Welcome back to Flashcaps, where we review previous seasons of the CW’s The Flash.
written by George Hatch
Expect the plan to…well, stay on the rails, actually.
Spoilers under the cut.
The Plot: Still reeling from Ralph’s death at the hands of the Thinker, Barry calls in help from Citizen Cold to get some outside-the-box thinking to transport Fallout to a secure location. Siren-X manages to follow and steal him for her murderous purposes. Harry confesses to Cisco that he’s over-used the thinking cap and is losing his intelligence.
The Good: I like that they’re at least trying to show how emotionally compromised Barry is after losing someone close to him yet again. I also like how different the Leo Snart character is from his Earth-1 counterpart, and the delivery of “Not countless. Counted. 18,322. 3,769 were under my watch. And I felt the weight of each of their deaths. I still do, some years after they died.” was perfect and will make me miss Wentworth Miller more (this is his final appearance in the Arrowverse). Caitlin getting a chance to be badass was very necessary, given what happened to her last episode. I even liked the Cisco and Harry stuff, even if Harry has been overly insufferable this season.
The Bad: So you’re going to tell me that the guy who factors everything into his equations now has a problem understanding emotion? Say what? Also, the whole emotional abuse thing with Marlize is incredibly hackneyed and betrays not a single sliver of understanding about how guileful Clifford DeVoe has been orchestrating things thus far. Also, his being able to predict Siren-X’s appearance makes literally no sense.
Oh, and when Team Flash is getting ready to transport Fallout to A.R.G.U.S., Barry has his mask off in front of him. Good job with the secret identity there, hero.
This was an okay episode with some really cringey bits thrown in. I’m not sure why they chose now to start de-powering the Thinker, but it takes away a little of his menace.
Next episode, we learn more about Marlize’s reasons for going along with her husband’s utter assery.