NOTE: This review is posting prior to THE FLASH airing in the Pacific Time Zone, USA – if you haven’t seen the show be aware that there are some spoilers here…
We are finally back to new episodes of THE FLASH after that mid-season break. This episode lets us see some of Barry’s worst nightmares…literally, while also bringing back that most classic of Flash villains, the Turtle! All that and more on the mid-season premiere of THE FLASH!
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD
Okay, let’s get this out of the way…Zoom grabs Patty, drops her from the top of a building, and she dies…except that it turns out to be a nightmare. Barry wakes up next to Patty, screaming, but she is otherwise okay. While I’m glad to see that this isn’t Patty’s fate, it’s a bit of a bait-and-switch that isn’t my favorite TV stunt. But, once we are past that, the episode is really good.
That is also pretty much all we get as far as Zoom appearances, though most of this episode is still based on the effort to stop Zoom. What we DO get is…The Turtle!
This version of the Turtle is a metahuman who can steal kinetic energy from everyone around him, effectively slowing everyone down. This opens up a whole host of possibilities…including (if they can figure out the secret) stealing speed from Zoom himself! As for the Turtle’s backstory…
The Turtle was a small time crook, until the particle accelerator accident. While he gained this amazing power, his personal life was falling apart. His wife was ready to divorce him, taking away the relationship that was the “most precious thing” in his life. As a result, he used his powers to take away whatever he thought was the “most precious thing” to other people. In the end, that meant grabbing Patty Spivot – while he didn’t figure out Barry’s secret, he could still tell that Patty was precious to The Flash.
In the end, Barry is able to beat the Turtle…though I’m at a loss as to how the Flash team figured out the deal about the time between the pulses of the Turtle’s power. Barry powers through and saves Patty…though not his relationship.
You see, Barry has been debating telling Patty who he is. Iris advises him to tell her, Harry advises him to keep it a secret, and Barry DOES decide to tell her. But, he is interrupted by one of the Turtle’s thefts…and in the end Barry loses his opportunity as Patty decides to break up with him and move away! Will this be the new normal for Barry? Only time (and future episodes) will tell.
The other story threads in this episode? We find that Wally has been street racing, winning his opponent’s cars to sell – and pay for his mother’s hospital bills. He wants nothing to do with Joe’s efforts to establish a father/son relationship, but in the end accepts the chance to be Joe’s friend. And, we find that Jay is dying…yes, dying – and his only hope is to recover his speed. Harrison Wells follows up on the research into the Turtle’s powers, with what appears to be devastating consequences for the Turtle himself. All this leads to an epilogue where we see…
SPOILER IS ON ITS WAY
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ABOUT THE SPOILER
The Reverse Flash! He appears near what I think is the Allen house, obviously confused about where (and possibly when) he is. But, this is the blond-haired, not-Harrison-Wells, Eobard Thawne Reverse Flash. This leads us to the trailers for next week’s show…can’t wait to see how they work this angle!
SUMMARY: This was a good episode, in spite of a few plot holes. Having us turn the big cliffhanger into a dream sequence was a bit of trickery that I’m not fond of, and the sudden knowledge of how to defeat the Turtle didn’t seem to come from a place that made sense in the script. Other than that, though, this episode did what it needed to do – establish a firm foundation for the rest of the season. We have – finally – a hope to defeat Zoom. Barry is back to square one – at least for now – in his personal life as Patty is poised to leave the scene (hopefully not, Patty’s character has been a great addition to the show). A new urgency has been given to Jay’s search for his speed. Wally isn’t “happy to be here”, but his relationship with Joe has a chance on a fairly realistic basis. All this and the return of the Reverse Flash means we have a GREAT half-season ahead.
So, other than a few minor complaints, this was a good episode. What do YOU think? Please leave your comments below!