Another week, another entertaining episode of The Flash. At this point, it is pretty much a guarantee that The Flash will deliver an entertaining episode and all of the naysayers who were sure the series wouldn’t make it past the first few episodes are now claiming that they knew the series would succeed all along. That’s when you know you have made it and The Flash has certainly made it big. No one will claim that last night’s episode, Fallout, was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly entertaining and gave its audience a few laughs along with the action. Spoilers ahead.
After a cliffhanger ending that led one of our readers to declare “that’s just bad writing” last episode, Fallout started with a bang – literally. The show opened to Flash carrying Caitlin Snow at breakneck speeds as they fled the explosion caused by Firestorm (or is it F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M.?) at the end of last week’s episode. This scene displayed some great effects but it definitely required suspension of belief, more due to the lack of injuries to our heroes than the explosion itself. Caitlin and Barry are always inches away from the blast cloud but, somehow, no debris, heat, or radiation seems to bother or even touch them. Yes, the radiation aspect is addressed immediately, but this is easily one of the least believable scenes of the series, and considering this is a series that has even featured a villain that can turn himself into a gas (“That was, like, week 3,” according to Cisco), that is saying something. As expected, the explosion separated Professor Stein and Ronnie Raymond, leading to a sweet moment that reminded the audience yet again that Killer Frost is likely on the way. Of course, this was just the beginning. Through the episode, we find that the army has developed weapons specifically to combat The Flash, they want Firestorm for obvious reasons, and that Wells is willing to sacrifice others in order to save himself. This has been seen before but considering the Wells-Is-Future-Barry theory, it seems important to mention, even with the reveal at the end (no, the end does not cancel out the Future Barry theory…yet). Wells, at times, seems to know what the future holds while others, he seems to be trying desperately to make sure that the past flows as he would like it to (as he remembers it, perhaps), so it is possible that he isn’t actively sacrificing others but simply sending them along a path he knew they have already taken. Time travel, am I right?
As with every episode thus far, there were several subplots that made the episode feel as if every character is important and doing an important job, even when they aren’t on screen. This week, Joe decided it was time to share his recent discovery regarding “Future Barry” with, um, “Now Barry”, placing another burden on Barry’s shoulders. The revelation raised more questions than it answered, considering that even in the show time travel is pretty much impossible, but as Cisco points out, “[i]mpossible’s just another Tuesday for us”. Yes, Cisco was definitely bringing the funnies last night but, more importantly, his cracks about the show were a great way for the showrunners to let the audience know that they are in on the joke. Did this get them much further with the case? Not really, but it did present the show with an opportunity to discuss time travel in a way that was easy to understand and even believe, though it’s doubtful that time travel can be as simple as just going really, really fast.
The second subplot that showed up (but didn’t bash the audience over the head) was Iris’s new career and her partner Mason Bridge’s suspicion that she knows much more about Wells and the S.T.A.R. Labs explosion that she is letting on. This was a fun way to show that not everyone in Central City is gullible enough to believe Wells on his word and that not everyone is buying what he is selling. Bridge believes that Wells didn’t just let the explosion happen – he caused it. As someone who has only seen Roger Howarth (Mason Bridge) act in soap operas, it is a treat to see him in a different type of role that calls for real acting. Not to mention, the chemistry between Bridge and Iris is only made better by the fact that the actors that portray them play very well off each other.
The most exciting scene in the episode, the one that viewers truly got a treat out of, can be described in one word: Grodd.
Fallout is an interesting episode in that it truly tried to lighten the mood of the series, which is a bit unnecessary, considering it is usually much lighter than its spiritual brother, Arrow, while still maintaining the action that viewers are used to witnessing. Fans of the comic book series had plenty to talk about afterwards (the Stein/Ronnie rivalry, Coast City, Grodd, to name a few easter eggs dropped) and fans of the television series were able to breathe a bit, since the tension wasn’t as high as it has been previously. All in all, Fallout may not have been the best episode, but it was a damn good one, and still better than most superhero shows on television. Check out a preview of the next episode, Out of Time, which will air when the series returns on March 17.
How did you like last night’s episode? Are you still loving the series?