By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
A Plot: #Feminism
This episode saw the guys take a backseat while the ladies took over the action. This was a great episode for so many different reasons. It was fun, well-written, and allowed the supporting cast to shine in ways we haven’t seen on the show. I loved that this episode allowed the women of the team to take over without making it seem like a gimmick. We’ve been following these characters for four seasons now (even Cecile, who has been on the series from the beginning) and we know they’re strong and capable. They’ve helped save the day on countless occasions and it’s about time they got the spotlight for the night. While I love watching the Flash in action I wouldn’t complain if episodes like this happened more often.
I also liked the way Killer Frost was worked into this episode. I’m not totally sure but I think by the end of this episode Caitlin was able to take control of her powers without going totally murder-y on everyone. If that’s the case, then I’m happy. I like Killer Frost and appreciate everything the character has brought to the series but I’ve been ready for her story to be resolved for a while now. Having Caitlin get ahold of the powers and using them for good is an excellent way to resolve this arc while keeping the “other” character around.
B Plot: Guys Night Out
The guys’ portion of the episode was a little more slapsticky but still fun. I enjoyed seeing drunk Barry stumbling around the bar while telling everyone, “I’m the Flash!” I also like how it integrated Dibney into the team without making him a fully reformed character from the sleazeball we met last week. While I’m sure he will be transformed into a guy worthy of being called a superhero I’m glad that isn’t happening overnight.
C Plot: The Thinker
The team now knows the identity of The Thinker but has hit a wall trying to find out who he is or what he’s trying to accomplish against the Flash. This is the earliest we’ve learned the identity of the main villain of a season. Normally, by the time we know who the man behind the mask is the episodes switch into a higher gear. This time, the writers have opted to go with that big reveal early (for the audience at least) while maintaining a slow and steady pace. This is a welcome change for me that I hope continues to work until the end of this season.
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