The Flash “The Flash & The Furious” Review
The Flash serves as the first of the DC/CW shows to return from the winter break, and quick to jump right back into the thick of their problems. Right now it seems like a lot of things they have to deal with, so I was prepared for this episode and those to follow being pretty packed. There was only some worry that this would be an episode where we would see more of Nora than Barry.
This week;s plot was one to anticipate when Team Flash has to stop the formidable team-up of a newly sprung from jail Weather Witch (guest star Reina Hardesty) and Silver Ghost (guest star Gabrielle Walsh), a new meta-tech villain who can control engines and motorized technology. This was a double positive for me because I’ve said it before that not every villain we need to only see once and toss away. It helps that some of them can have a story to continue, and in the case of Weather Witch, she had a story worth continuing as someone who had to be tried in court in an interesting way. I mean how many times has a villain really been taken to court? Then the character exploration given to her was engaging for the way that villains like her are viewed. As for Silver Ghost, that is the kind of creativeness in powers that you have to appreciate. It was fun to see someone whose powers made her so free and dangerous at the same time. What turned her to crime was believable enough for the overlapping plot shared between herself and Weather Witch.
I don’t dislike Nora as a character, but I feel that the writers are always trying to write her out of a box that they put her into. That box being the kid who wasn’t raised properly. I hate to even use the word kid, because she is old enough to have a job as a CSI. So it’s hard to give Nora that room to be reckless, rebellious, and troublesome as she tends to be. Barry was without both of his real parents, but you wouldn’t have used the word immature to describe his actions a lot of the time. With that said, Barry in this episode was enjoyable despite being out of action for a majority of the time. Every time the camera turned to him, he had a tendency to say something that could make you smile because you realize that he is really out of that brooding phase that made the season before hard to connect with here and there.
Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) grappling with the revelation that Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) killed her grandmother was also a part of this story that gave me mixed reactions. Her reaction was worth exploring as someone who really was unaware of so much tragedy from her dad’s past. However, at the end of the day you sit here wondering why on Earth she could justify working with someone who is that significant of a villain in Barry’s life. All of this is a hard sell that will have to get somewhere good soon.
Now I was also met with mixed reactions about Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) discussing creating a meta-human cure as well. This kind of story is one that you inevitably end up on when you have a world full of people with powers. The kind of discussion they had was textbook for the pros and cons that they addressed about this cure. However, a bit troublesome that it had to be Cisco who once again finds himself trying to run from being Vibe. His character is going into circles which hurts his overall appeal as the guy who should actually be more lively due to his powers. Odd that it could be Caitlin taking up that role instead. I suppose they needed to opposing forces on the situation. I just hope that this has payoff in the near future, and not just be a plot device that it seems like on the surface.
The Flash “The Flash & The Furious” was a solid return to form for Team Flash after the crossover and madness leading up to the midseason finale. With that said, this second half of the season has some work to be put in to begin wrapping things up. Odd time to start stacking more storylines and twists in, but I do have faith in what can be accomplished in the episodes to come.