The Flash

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“Fallout” serves two purposes as the latest episode of The Flash wraps up the Firestorm storyline by decoupling Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and removing any doubt to the identity of the Flash‘s (Grant Gustin) arch-villain as Barry learns a troubling truth that he will travel back in time to save his mother… and fail.

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After teasing us for weeks slowly putting the pieces together about what happened to Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) The Flash finally turns its attention to Firestorm whose growing instability endangers all of Central City. Although the main storyline gives the episode its name, promises to cause the return of General Wade Eiling (Clancy Brown), and offers more insight to the mind/body combination of Ronnie and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), the episode’s various subplots may have more lasting impact on Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) life.

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Although the main story lacks a big name Flash villain there’s quite a bit to enjoy in the latest episode of The Flash. “Crazy for You” introduces our hero to a new meta-human in the unfortunately-named Peek-a-Boo (Britne Oldford) who has the ability to teleport short distances within line-of-sight allowing her to break her boyfriend (Micah Parker) out of prison and go into business for his boss using her powers for big scores leading her into contact with the Flash (Grant Gustin).

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“The Sound and the Fury” introduces yet another of the Flash‘s (Grant Gustin) trademark villains when the Pied Piper comes to town. In an episode that all but confirms Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) as the Reverse-Flash given his use of super-speed and absorption of the Speed Force through futuristic technology, former Star Labs golden boy Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus) returns to Central City seeking vengeance on Wells who he blames for the accelerator explosion and everything which came after.

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Since his defeat to the Reverse-Flash in the mid-season finale Barry (Grant Gustin) had rededicated himself to stretching the limits of his abilities, getting faster, and reclaiming the moniker “The Fastest Man Alive.” The intense training comes at the cost of his new super-hero duties which causes problems for Central City when Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and his new partner Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) return to town spoiling for a fight.

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Although the introduction of Firestorm is a bit of a dud, otherwise The Flash‘s mid-season finale doesn’t disappoint as the Reverse-Flash finally makes his presence known and “The Man in the Yellow Suit” gives us Barry’s first encounter with the man responsible for his mother’s murder 14 years ago. After weeks of teasing us about the true identity of the Flash’s arch-nemesis the last few sequences of the finale seem to suggest that both Detective Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and Professor Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) are connected to the villain whose power set follows the more modern take on the character in that his powers are similar, but the source of them are in sharp contrast, from those of our hero.

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The second-half of The Flash/Arrow crossover brings Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) all to Starling City to help in the search for a former agent of Argus returned to take revenge on the organization that left him for dead. I’ll freely admit Captain Boomerang (Nick E. Tarabay) has one of the more ridiculous concepts of any Flash villain. He’s a killer with a boomerang fetish, but is that any more ridiculous than a hero with a bow and arrow? Presented here as a merciless and skilled killer as well as a battlefield technician whose arsenal includes several surprise trick boomerangs, the episode makes good use of the character by presenting him as a large enough threat that both heroes, and both supporting teams, are all needed to stop him.

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The first-half of the two-part crossover brings Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) to Central City for Star Labs help in identifying an unusual weapon used in a recent killing in Starling City. Although we’ll have to wait a day for the story behind the boomerang and the official introduction of Captain Boomerang on Arrow, the latest episode of The Flash does offer a different challenge to the heroes who struggle to work together to take down a metahuman with the ability to put his victims into an uncontrollable rage.

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Oliver Harper’s latest retrospective focuses on the 1990s Flash television show.

Retrospective / Review: The Flash (1990) TV Series.

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