The Flash is back after it’s action-packed mid-season finale from last year and that’s news for us fans, but certainly not for Barry. Last time we saw him he was getting arrested for the murder of DeVoe, after being framed by the victim himself. DeVoe is still alive however after transferring his mind into someone else’s body, so he’s still very much a problem. Let’s find out what unfolded after all of this madness in the mid-season premiere of The Flash.
My expectations weren’t too high for this episode after the somewhat lackluster first half of the season, but this was an alright start to the last of the season. Right off the bat the episode gets to the nitty-gritty; the trial of Barry Allen. The quick pace, in the beginning, helped kick off the last half of the season well and it had me almost instantly hooked. There are also two scenes that kind of mirror each other. Iris and Barry have a “hugging/talking” scene pretty early on, then we get into a scene featuring DeVoe and his wife discussing his new body. The scene with Barry and Iris is easily the weakest one, while the DeVoe scene is far more engaging and interesting.
The side story throughout the whole episode, the nuclear metahuman “Fallout”, is something that I found to be the one thing dragging this episode. As the trial Barry Allen goes on, Cisco and the gang look to take down the new villain. Although the scene themselves are good, they’re also too short to really enjoy them and get invested in that story. At points it seemed like they just needed something to fill the gaps in the episode, and I think it would’ve really benefited from spending more time on trying to prove Barry’s innocence.
Around the halfway point, when everything seems pretty much over for Barry, Iris attempts to reveal his alias as the Flash. Allen almost freezes time to speak to Iris, which I guess is a new ability of his. At first, the scene seemed a bit too convenient, but after further thought, this could setup how he can defeat DeVoe. I mean it must be, as the episode’s ending suggests nothing is going in Barry’s favor anytime soon.
The guilty verdict at the end going hand and hand with the award going being given to the Flash served as a gut punch. It was fairly well executed, but I would’ve liked it more if it didn’t seem like Barry didn’t care. He was way too passive here, even if he already had very good feeling he was going to jail. It made the whole episode feel slightly obsolete, but the very last scene did make an impact on me. Barry ending up exactly where his Father was in jail was quite the scene.
It was a fine episode overall, but I think they still have some work to do to bring this show back to form. It has its moments, but the weaknesses in plot and direction are still here. The trial aspect of the episode was quite well done and entertaining, espieically the opening.
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.