After a 3-week hiatus, The Flash is back to tackle the major plot developments from the last episode. From The Thinker changing his body once again (Harzard) to Barry back being Central City’s Flash, there’s a lot of un-pack here. Oh, and there’s also a new metahuman that has a superpower that may please and annoy some. The question is, will the show get back to the level of quality of previous seasons? Let’s find out.
After the action-packed ending from the last episode, The Thinker now has more powers than ever before while Barry gets a “leave of absence” from work due to everyone’s suspicion of DeVoe’s return. This means he’s gonna be Team Flash full time for now, which leads to a more Flash-focused episode. Now the team is pursuing the next metahuman that was effected on that bus, a country-singing women no less. Named Izzy Bowin, the singer has the power to manipulate sound, and this has DeVoe also keeping an eye on her.
The quick pace of opening of the episode does a good job of getting back into the groove of things post-break, and I was on board early on. One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb, however, is the country music, and no offense to those who enjoy it, it just doesn’t fit the show at all. It doesn’t pop up too often in this episode, so it’s not too distracting but there are still moments of a certain amount of annoyance. Bowin’s powers, however, are displayed pretty neatly, albeit slightly similar to the Black Canary scream.
After their encounter with DeVoe and several of his powers, she proves herself to be quite effective against him. This leads to the team taking her in to train her to help them defeat DeVoe, and of course, Ralph gets attached fairly quickly. A theme in this episode is how certain people have their own paths; even when they get life-changing powers some are simply meant to not be the hero people want them to be. However, when they get forced into a different path, this will probably backfire on them (it does).
Before I get to the eventful final ten minutes of the episode, I have to address the side-storyline that simply doesn’t work at nearly every level; Wells and Cecile bonding. The show is simply looking for a way to give purpose for Harrison Wells and although at he ends up making a device that momentarily stops DeVoe, it still feels like the various scenes of the two talking could’ve been almost completely cut. Cecile and her powers still don’t make any sense, and it feels like the writers are trying to hard to add fun-entertaining supporting characters.
The final moments are when the team confronts DeVoe once again, but Izzy doesn’t make it and the Thinker has a new body. Another scene showing DeVoe easily manipulate everyone when the team over-complicates their plans to overpower him; they have the fastest man alive constantly getting knocked out for no good reason. It’s gotten quite tiring as of late, but at least the team finally figures out that The Thinker has (somehow) been traveling into a pocket dimension to his lair. The reveal is still far too small to justify all the team went through beforehand, and I assume it’s the fact the writers have to find a way to fill a 20+ episode season so they stretch (hehe) each episode.
At the end of the day, the entertaining bits of the show get handicapped by the lame storytelling and stretched plot points. The fast pace helps getting through it, plus there are some good moments from Ralph Dibny and the Flash himself. I’m still somewhat invested in the main storyline and will stay with it until the end, but if it doesn’t go uphill soon I’m not sure I could stick around for the 5th season.
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.