The Flash “Monster” recap and review
A “monster” was causing problems in more ways than one for the members of team Flash. Caitlyn, Julian, and H.R. Wells took centre stage for this episode. Let’s dive in to an odd episode of the Flash.
Caitlyn is out-of-town for a few days visiting her mother, who she gives a rather frosty reception. She wants a cure and stays so tests can be run on her. It unfolds that her energy levels are sky-high (that’s for you Danielle Panabaker fans out there) and they struggle to find a cure. Caitlyn leaves after a scientist working there wants to take advantage of her condition.
Meanwhile, the team at Star Labs have their own monster to deal with. Monster is an apt description for this humongous beast that roams the city multiple times throughout the episode. Julian also leads investigations into it which leads to more clashes between him and Barry. It even stops The Flash from taking on the monster because he is stuck shadowing Julian. This is after Julian rats out Barry for breaking 9 different rules. Tom Felton was channeling his inner Malfoy for that scene. To be fair, Julian raises some strong points that Barry is allowed the get away with more than most would. It turns out that the monster is really a hologram run by a teenager.
The Flash has to save people from being accidentally killed by police sniper bullets then has to prevent Julian from killing the kid behind the monster (although Julian didn’t know he was so young). Some soul-searching is done and Julian warms up to Barry and they head out for a drink.
H.R. Wells definitely didn’t help stop the fake monster. Even though he is hilarious with everything he does and says, he doesn’t know how to do much. He just parrots back what everyone says and doesn’t even get Star Wars references. Barry and “San Francisco” (I love the nickname) become suspicious of him, as do we the audience, when Wells talks about his ulterior motives. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a case of lightning striking three times because all Wells is up to is writing a book. A science-romance book to be exact, write what you know after all. It is also revealed that he comes up with ideas, but can’t execute them – his assistant cracked the code sent out by Wells. The team forgive him and it all ends well.
Now, how about we review the episode? First of all, I have to give big praise to Harrison Wells. Tom Cavanagh completely owns each Wells he plays and I am really glad that this Wells won’t betray them (at least not yet). Everything Wells say is amusing and you don’t want to miss a scene he is in. It’s important that he isn’t evil this time, so we get a fresh Wells. Speaking of Wells, I am glad the side characters stepped up for the episode. We already know Tom Felton is a big name but it was nice to learn more about Julian. I wonder if he could work for S.T.A.R labs in the future? I can understand his frustrations and he’s a good sparring partner for Barry. Caitlyn continues to slowly develop into Killer Frost and it is enjoyable to see where it is going. How she will use her powers is up in the air for now.
Another surprise was the main monster villain. Mainly because it wasn’t really a villain, it was just a hologram. That genuinely fooled me a lot. It did provide the moment Julian almost shot the kid but in reality there wasn’t much of a threat. This is the second week in a row without Alchemy so I would say this episode didn’t develop the story but instead opted to develop the characters, which can be just as important. There was still plenty of action but I am looking forward to the return of Dr. Alchemy next episode.
A light-hearted episode with fascinating side stories but didn’t have a vital main villain this week.
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