As usual, this is your chance to look away if you haven’t seen this week’s episode. But, if you’re ready to accept things, then continue reading.
This week’s episode starts off with a flashback to the events of the particle accelerator explosion. The local high school football game had just ended, and our soon-to-be hero – Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh) – is being congratulated by his teammates and coach. It seems everything is going well for Jefferson. However, that all changes as an explosion in the distance makes its way to the football field. Acting natural, Jefferson saves the life of his teammate, but in doing so, is hit by the explosion’s shock wave.
Luckily for them, Jax reconsiders his options and comes to the lab seeking help. However, he finds out that they weren’t looking to help him fix his leg. They let him in on the details of the Firestorm Matrix, and again, Jax turns them down. Being a superhero is something that he doesn’t want. Out of desperation, Caitlin calls out Jax on his test scores and being able to go to college, but electing not to go. She questions his ability to commit, claiming that any set back will cause him to fold and causes him to leave.
Meanwhile, strange things have been going on at Mercury Labs. Det. West and Patty are called in to investigate a break in. Someone resembling Dr. Wells was seen taking something from the lab. Back at the CCPD, Mrs. West still hasn’t left the city. It turns out she’s dying and tells Joe that’s the reason why she came back. She wants to be able to spend time with Iris as a clean woman before she dies.
Remember our scientist who failed to fuse with Professor Stein? It turns out, even though their fusion failed, it ignited the dormant Firestorm molecules in his body, and now he’s a walking time bomb with anger problems.
At the lab, Stein has another set back. Caitlin sees the errors of her way and says that she didn’t believe that Jax had what it takes to be a hero. Barry, using his new found knowledge from Joe, realizes that Caitlin believing in Jax wasn’t the problem. She chose not to believe in him. He reminds her that great possibilities are sometimes standing right in front of them. They just have to be open to exploring new options.
At the football field where everything happened to Jax, our mad scientists shows up and starts to absorb all the energy from the stadium lights. All that comes to an end, though, when Firestorm and The Flash show up to save the day.
The episode comes to an end as Firestorm takes off to meet up with a friend of Stein to continue exploring their powers. Barry (in costume) finds Patty at a coffee shop and prepares to take a chance. However, that chance quickly disappears when King Shark grabs The Flash. Patty sees this and fires her gun at the giant fish, but her bullets just bounce off of him. Then, out of no where, King Shark goes down for the count. A man in a hooded sweatshirt walks away, but not before the flash catches up to him. It’s Dr. Wells.
The previews really hyped up this week’s episode, and it had a lot to live up to. Did it do it’s job? It definitely did. The episode started off with a voice over from Barry which really helped set the tone of the episode. They also ended the episode with Barry summarizing things. Voice overs are something that’s done on a lot of shows, but it really worked well in this episode and should be something to consider doing in future episodes. It could even be a regular thing.
So was there anything that the show lacked? Not really. For the most part, they covered everything pretty well. Except for one thing. We got a small taste near the beginning of the episode when Patty walked up to Barry asking for help on a case involving some kind of man-shark. That would be the last we heard of this weird being until the end of the episode when finally get to see King Shark. King Shark looked so cool. It’s hard to believe that this is all we’ll get to see of him. Hopefully this won’t be the last time. If it is, it’ll be a waste.
“The Fury of The Firestorm” overall grade: A
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