Last week’s episode of The Flash was focused on Elongated Man’s journey to becoming a full-time superhero while Barry stuck in jail. This week it’s once again more focused on the side storyline, but this may not be a bad thing. My thoughts on the season thus far haven’t been that great, but the last episode was fairly enjoyable. Let’s see if this one continues that, as a new metahuman is introduced…and things get quite small.
As I said before, focusing on side storylines can and have been a bad thing, but they’re sometimes worthwhile. However, the opening threw me for a loop as it’s revealed Joe’s fiancée Cecile now has mind-reading superpowers due to her pregnancy. Besides the fact it makes zero sense, it seems like the writers are just looking for an easy way to stir up the team by introducing powers to a character that usually brings in the normality (I think it may be used to stop The Thinker).
Stuff like this makes me question the writing sometimes, but on the other side of the coin, there’s another subplot that actually worked for me. WWE former champion Goldberg’s relationship with Barry and Henry Allen has actually surprised me. His backstory gets explained here, and team Flash take another break from the main case to focus on getting another innocent man out of jail.
A new villain is introduced in Dwarfstar, a metahuman who can shrink anything he finds. So naturally, Dibny and Cisco are caught off guard and get shrunk pretty quickly. This villain is also coincidently the actual person who did the crime Goldberg is doing time for. The explanation is that DeVoe has carefully planned all of this somehow, the ending teases this, but it’s just lazy writing in my opinion. I doubt they will do any further explanation to this, I hope I’m wrong though.
Once Dwarfstar is finally defeated, they aren’t able to pull a confession from him. Barry doesn’t live up to his promise but is able to give hope to the man, something he thought he shouldn’t have. At the end, Allen decides to break him out Flash style all the way to China. He also gives him a small letter, and it was a very nice call back to the episode. Wolfe, who was perfectly cast, finds out Barry is the Flash due to him installing another camera. He’s as slimy as he is in the comics, and he’s now trying to “sell” the Flash to Katee Sackhoff’s character Amulet.
Overall, this episode takes a step forward and backward all at the same time. The subplot with Cecile getting powers is ridiculous and a bit of a reach. the other subplot, woven within the main one, was actually pretty engaging. Goldberg was a highlight here, and his final scene was great. It just feels all over the place at points, when it can benefit from cutting down on the fat so to speak.
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.