the flash season 3

So I said a few weeks ago about how it looked like The Flash was pretty much done with the Flashpoint storyline, well I was wrong because this episodes arc pretty much revolved around the people from Flashpoint. Spoilers for the Flash ahead.

The story for this episode is that there’s a new meta in town by the name of Clive Yorkin that was created by Julian AKA Dr. Alchemy from a while back. This meta’s ability is that he is able to kill anyone he touches by making them decompose at an accelerated rate, he’s targeting the CCPD cops that went after and caught him in the Flashpoint timeline except he’s targeting the versions of them from the timeline, this includes Julio Mendez who was the captain in Flashpoint and of course includes Joe.

This episode’s story does feel kind of similar to the season 1 episode ‘Plastique’ in which the meta-human Plastique killed anyone who touched her and made them turn into an explosive, except for Flashpoint and that Plastique wasn’t actually being a bad person and she didn’t mean to kill the people she touched.

A lot of this episode was about Wally’s training and him being the person who has to save Iris from being killed by Savitar, this included my favorite part of the episode in which Barry and Wally raced and Wally would’ve actually won if Barry hadn’t phased through the building. Wally eventually does learn how to phase by the end of the episode and it does look like by the end of the season he may be as good if not even a better a speedster than Barry. It is weird how much the show is focusing on Wally rather than Barry.

This episode also focused a lot on the Killer Frost/ Caitlin story and Julian. So Iris is in a near death state after being touched by Clive Yorkin and the only way to save her is for Caitlin to freeze her arm to stop Iris’ decaying arm from spreading to the rest of her body. This means that Caitlin has to keep using her frost powers to save Iris. As Caitlin keeps using her powers, her Killer Frost side begins to show and Julian has to talk her away from killing Iris. This ended with Caitlin asking Julian out and if I can remember right, this makes Julian Caitlin’s first romantic interest on the show since Ronnie.

Team Flash figured out that the way to stop Clive was to use a speedster’s blood on his as is blood essentially acted in reverse to that of Barry’s and Wally’s. The final battle gave us a really cool scene in which Barry has to vibrate an entire train fast enough so it doesn’t get it. Wally then successfully phases and is able to get his speedster blood inside Clive to neutralize his powers. The episode ended with Jesse Quick coming through a breach in S.T.A.R. labs to ask Team Flash to help her save her dad from Gorilla Grodd which sets up the next episode and this seasons two parter.

This episode of The Flash was good but there was nothing that was really exciting about it, which unfortunately seems to be the status quo for this season of the show, there hasn’t really been any bad or terrible episodes but the episodes haven’t exactly been amazing or mind-blowing either, besides maybe the mid-season premier or ‘the crossover episode. Season’s 1 and 2 in my opinion didn’t go 2 episodes without something amazing and great happening. This also needs to be compared to Arrow and Legends’ current seasons, both are doing much better than their previous seasons and are passing Flash in terms of good episodes this year. But I’m still excited to see the next few episodes and can’t wait to see where the rest of the story goes this year.

Unfortunately there’s no new episode next week but The Flash should be back the week after.

THE VERDICT

It wasn’t a bad episode and leaves a lot to look forward to for the next few episodes.

7/10

 

Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio

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