This weeks villain was surprisingly brutal for a freak of the week, while his one kill and subsequent murder attempts weren’t realized onscreen his intentions were clear enough to visualize some pretty gruesome endings more inline with what you might expect to see on another CW show Supernatural. Killgore’s story was a pretty run of the mill revenge plot but coupled with his unique abilities was enough of a base for the episode to fall back on after having prioritized focusing on Barry getting back into the swing of being a fiance and member of team Flash.
With Barry disrupting the structure Iris had built up for the team over his six month hiatus its pretty understandable for her to be upset, as per Barry’s reaction couples counselling might be associated with a negative stigma but it was used here in two great ways. The first being a creative humorous method for the show to be self aware, poke fun of itself, and recall all the crazy events the characters have lived through. The second, putting Barry and Iris in a position where they are forced to address and overcome any issues they are facing now kills the need for a larger drama between the two down the road which none of us want to see again.
Barry not being the only one with girl problems of his own making this week. Mirroring Barry, Cisco spent the episode ignoring his partner Gypsy, while it was for a noble cause it didn’t make being sidelined any less frustrating for her. Lucky for Cisco he has Caitlin to act as both translator and adviser on the matter, also making up for a missed 111 day is a bit easier than say if you were to disappear on your fiance for six months. Hopefully we will get more screen time of Cisco and Gypsy together because so far I’ve enjoyed their relationship dynamic.
I really loved how creative the writers got with all the bells and whistles they had Cisco put into Barry’s ridiculous new suit, it fit so perfectly because they were set to update the suit anyway after Barry visited the future last season, Cisco had the six month window to design and build it, and it played into the villains powers. While I’m not so sure how great of an idea it was to throw lightning at himself instead of trying to phase out of the suit, at least Barry listened to Iris and we got to see a new use for an old move that we haven’t seen in a while, and I guess a 1 in 3 chance of survival is better than nothing.
It looks like the show is going to keep slowly teasing out The Thinker as hes also looks for this group of new metahumans that are not a result of the particle accelerator explosion, I’m completely fine with this, hes not a speedster villain and hes not hiding his face to eventually reveal hes someone we knew all along.
Eagle eyed fans will have noticed the episode opens on the same set used for Oliver Queen’s home on Arrow, this wasn’t the only nod to the Emerald Archer and his show this week as during the couples counselling a newspaper headline addresses Queen’s public outing as the Green Arrow.
A few extra fun bits I caught in the episode – Barry doing Tom Cruise in Risky Business, Cisco speeding up six months of television shows to x1000 speed, Game of Thrones reference about Jon Snow, fastest man alive still late to work, Cisco CCPD tech consultant probably filled in a lot while Barry was away, and a Battlestar Galactica reference from Cisco in “Frak!” which is incredibly fitting with BSG star Katee Sackhoff set to come on the show as Blacksmith.
Another fun episode out of The Flash as it finds its way back to the tone of the first two seasons 8/10.
Catch the next episode on The CW Tuesday October 24th in the US, and the day after in Australia. Watch the trailer for next weeks episode here: