This week’s Flash takes us on a trip to explore his abilities a few steps further, while keeping the crux of the story rather close to home for Barry. It’s also not shying away from its usual menagerie of sins, so I guess it’s not entirely worth continuing to mention them week after week. But really. I HATE the narration in the beginning and end of each episode. When does Barry have the time to record his thoughts down? I wish he’d say something witty, like “STAR Lab date 11 11 14” before he began. Would be great. Also, STAR Labs really has no security. Anyone can walk in there. Literally anyone. I’d think their secret base of operation would be just a tad more secretive?
But those usual sins don’t end there. Plastique, the freak of the week, is just a poorly written character, with some spectacularly dull lines, and one killed far too early on. Although from the get go she appeared to be villainous, even blowing up the Streak’s suit with her ability to make anything she touches an incendiary object, her motives weren’t particularly evil, but misunderstood. Perhaps her introduction was more of a necessary evil in introducing General Wade Eiling, a military commander of unknown sinister intent.
But the actress who plays Bette Sans Souci/Plastique is pretty. At least Cisco thinks so. He quickly becomes attached to her character and unabashedly professes his admiration for her. Cisco seems a particularly lonely character when you dig past his humorous shell, so I hope he does get a woman he can count on at some point down the line.
Loved the bit about him not being capable of getting a buzz. This is perfect. His metabolism beats it out of his system to the point where it’s nonexistent. Later on in the episode Caitlin whips out a secret concoction – a drink with the equivalent of 500 proof alcohol (even though that’s not at all possible as that would make it 250% alcohol content).
The episode takes good strides at exploring his full potential as a speedster. It takes you through the math of how fast he needs to go to not only run on water, or on vertical surfaces, but also how fast he needs to go to sustain that speed with added weight, which was cool. Of course, it’s easy to overlook, but even if Barry were made out of marshmallow and feathers, the speeds he’s going to save individuals would be more damaging than if your were to get hit by a car. I also really enjoyed his ability to vibrate his vocal chords to the point where he creates an echo. (And Joe West really found that amusing too).
Iris needs to chill out. Yes. Blogging is fun. It’s a labor of love. But what she’s doing, by personally putting her name on the website is extraordinarily stupid and dangerous. Her subject matter isn’t all news and reviews. It’s digging into the secret that is the Streak. And although everyone tells her “look, stay out of all this,” she completely ignores all counsel. And for good reason. That reason being nobody gave her a plausible reason to quit blogging about the Streak. Even when the Streak visited her to tell her it’s a danger to herself, he forgot his purpose and decided not to bring up her safety whatsoever. Silly.
But hey. Gorilla Grodd.