Alternate title for this one: Don’t Cross The Streams.
Yes, I’m jumping into this series with both feet in but these are no longer full recaps. I’m sticking a lot more to commentary. I’m a little late to The Flash, but Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has already gone through a lot. After a great crossover with Arrow and the mid-season finale where we finally get a closer glimpse at the Reverse Flash AND confirm the villain’s identity, we’re going to slow things a bit. Captain Cold aka Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) has joined forces with Heat Wave aka Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell). Barry is still getting used to the fact that his greatest enemy had the upper hand the whole time and is not feeling too sure of himself. This is good, this humanizes him a lot more.
It’s the perfect opportunity for Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) to instill in him some priorities, reminding him how his presence can provoke Snart into killing innocents. As a result, Barry decides to leave the Hot and Cold duo to the police to focus on improving his speed. Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) knows this is Dr. Wells doing but at least the seemingly paralyzed scientist is collaborating. Cisco has brought some cold-resistant shielding to help the battered police forces. Too bad that they end up fighting both flame and frost.
It’s a nice little middle-of-the-road episode with a twist. We knew all along these two criminals would end up getting caught, but someone frees them up on their way to jail. Has someone else been pulling the strings behind the stage? Somehow I don’t believe this is Dr. Wells, because what would be his reasons? Then again, what would be his reasons for helping out Flash… well, most of the time anyway?
All in all, it’s a good episode that slows down the tempo without completely being a stop and at the same time sets up the story for a bigger and better story line.
- The solution to catch Captain Cold and Heat Wave is to cross the streams. With STAR labs inhabited by an all-geek staff, the reference to Ghostbusters is not ignored but celebrated.
- The episode is not so much downtime for Barry as much as an opportunity to test his mettle and build up his confidence. It’s a “fun” episode without falling into a funny one.
- Leonard Snart is cold and calculating while Rory flies off the handle, very fitting personalities and it’s almost a shame that our two evildoers are not given more to do. There’s hope, as the ending hints at a bigger picture.
- The hints of the coming of Firestorm are there. This could go either way, but I’m hopeful we’ll get a decent origin story here.
- The big revelation regarding Dr. Wells (which was not so big considering how ambiguous the character is) is not played up with any winks. Dr. Wells might as well not be the same Reverse-Flash that killed Barry’s mother or one from a different timeline. I actually expect him to be Professor Zoom from the 25th century. Either way, Dr. Wells is behaving as enigmatic as usual and not giving us any “evil” hints.
- Dr. Caitlin Snow becomes a damsel in distress. Ho hum. It’s an old trope. The whole kidnapping angle was unnecessary and it would have made a lot more sense for Caitlin to free herself.
- I know, cross the streams was cool. However, explain to me why Barry couldn’t have stolen their guns away? I guess we can say he’s not that fast yet, but it was a bit a of forced angle.
- The whole Eddie and Iris moving out happens just as the city is gripped in fear by Mr.Free- oops, I mean Captain Cold and Heat Wave. I know it’s a side story, but it makes no sense that the plans to move in together go on while there’s a threat to the city. Yes, I’m picking at straws because I didn’t care for this side quest.
That will do for now.
(Sources: The CW)