Welcome back to Flashcaps, where we review previous seasons of the CW’s The Flash.
written by George Hatch
Someone watched a lot of Netflix before filming this.
Spoilers under the cut.
The Plot: The Thinker infiltrates the A.R.G.U.S. facility where they’re holding Fallout, takes some hostages, and forces Fallout to reach critical mass. Barry must train Cisco and Caitlin in Flashtime to save the hostages and get to the Thinker’s portal when he leaves. The Thinker launches his satellites, but Barry manages to destroy one with Amunet Black’s gift. It doesn’t matter, though, as DeVoe takes over one of S.T.A.R. Labs’ satellites. He portals into the Time Vault and then uses Gideon to begin the Enlightenment. Meanwhile, Harry and Iris track down Marlize and convince her to help them.
The Good: Almost everything after last week’s episode. In particular, I love the battle inside A.R.G.U.S. where the Thinker demonstrates just how powerful he truly is. It’s definitely inspired by Daredevil‘s hallway sequence and it gives you a real taste of how malevolent Clifford has become. I also find myself liking his ultimate end goal. It’s got a lot of holes, but it actually goes further than most “villain wants to take over the world”-type plans that get thwarted.
The Bad: There’s a subplot with Cecille’s telepathy going haywire and her adopting the personalities of the people around her. I know it’s setting up things for the finale, but it really only serves to slow down the storyline. Also, Barry being unwilling to risk his friends’ lives after already risking his friends’ lives for the past couple of weeks is…a choice to take for the emotional subplot. Not a good choice, mind you.
An above-average episode, but I feel like the show lost a lot of momentum in the last few weeks and this one didn’t really recapture it. Next up: the Season Four finale.