This week on the Flash: we’ve got a guy who can turn himself into a noxious gas, and his motives are as sinister as his powers sound. 3 metahuman villains in as many weeks? This is looking more like Smallville than anything else on tv. But it appears now they’ve actually got a place to put the errant metahuman scum: they’ve already got built in prison cells below them in the particle accelerator. Yep. That actually happens. Why must all metahumans have such dastardly motives? This week, The Mist as he’s aptly titled, just wants to kill three people. And that’s his endgame. He knocks off two. The third? Joe West.
One of the strongest scenes to play out actually occurs with Joe and Barry’s father. Henry was a good friend to Joe, and apparently Joe never made the excuse to see him after Henry was accused of murdering his wife. John Wesley Shipp does an excellent job with his facial expressions here, delivering the perfect amalgam of hate, sorrow, and hope.
Iris and Eddie Thawne… Hmm. I really have nothing to say about their relationship. I think it’s blatantly not going to work, which is annoying to have to watch, but it’s still slightly entertaining. Eddie Thawne is most certainly going to eventually become Zoom, or the Reverse Flash, whom we saw a brief snippet of in the Pilot episode, but he doesn’t appear to have any sinister intent just yet. I wonder if Barry’s inevitable relationship with Iris will spark this deadly rivalry. Does he already have his powers? Guess we’ll see. But I find I actually like his character so far.
This episode marks the first time we get to see what really happened behind the scenes with the particle accelerator mishap. We get to see Caitlin’s fiancé for the first time during the flashback sequences. He’s an incredibly self-sacrificing character, which is instantly likable in a person. I hope we get to see more of him – whether that means more flashbacks, or that he comes back to life. Robbie Amell is the actor’s name, and he looks remarkably similar to his cousin Stephen Amell. I wasn’t thrilled with Danielle Panabaker’s acting in this episode to be honest. It didn’t strike me as very genuine. Rather it seemed a very forced procedure.
Where this episode really let me down though was the emotions they were trying to convey. If the audience doesn’t at first empathize with the characters, telling them why they should doesn’t help. And this episode was one big pity party. Again, Barry’s emotions run rampant. He messes up and he blames it all on himself, and then he starts blaming himself for his mother’s death as well, and… It’s all overkill. We get it. He’s had it rough. But then he starts talking to Caitlin and she too tells Barry how hard her life’s been since her fiancé died. This series is way too young to fully grasp us in a believable pity party. We may like the characters, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to get involved personally. It bogged the episode down unnecessarily.
It turns out Harrison Wells knew the particle accelerator would explode. He fitted Barry’s work lab with a camera to see him get zapped by residual energy. So does this make him the bad guy? He’s certainly playing the puppeteer, but to what end? And do we really need these scenes at the close of each episode? Stay tuned next week and find out!
Current ranked average for The Flash Season One: 7.33