Team Flash deals with another meta-human bent on destruction while a holdover villain from Arrow makes an appearance, proving that there’s life after being beaten by one superhero on The CW.
The meta-human this week is a guy named Farooq who was stuck between the dark matter energy blast and a power transformer, leaving him with a need to feed… on energy. Large masses of energy. You know who tastes really good, too? The Flash, toasted.
Unfortunately for Barry, “Blackout” (as he’s later dubbed) manages to suck out his super-speed. This is very bad timing when (a) the villain breaks into STAR Labs and (b) former Arrow villain The Clock King takes over the Central City police station.
While Joe and Iris try to outwit Tockman at the station, Barry and Company try to outwit Farooq.
They come up with a plan to hit Barry with another high-voltage charge and hope that it ‘jump starts’ his powers. However, it turns out that all you need to do is really believe. Because when Blackout threatens his friends, Barry’s speed returns.
Meanwhile, with the help of Joe and an injured Eddie, Iris manages to get the drop on Tockman and shoot him. She’s disappointed that the Flash didn’t show up to help out, but not enough to stop being infatuated with him.
And Wells frets about the future changing – in what is very much not an un-creepy manner.
What Hit the Target
Things I learned from The Flash this week:
1. Harrison Wells is starting to scare me. We’re still unsure who he really is, in relation to Barry’s future or Flash canon, but it’s increasingly apparent that he’s not a particularly good guy. He has a clear tendency to turn to violence as a first resort and urge others to kill as well. And while it seems like he’s interested in Barry (or perhaps just The Flash) for a really strong, almost obsessive reason, I’m starting to think it doesn’t bode well for Barry.
2. Speaking of canon characters… whoever Eddie Thawne is, I don’t think he’s the character we all assumed based on his name. Unlike Wells, Eddie started out seeming a little suspicious but has grown less and less so as stories have progressed. I’d like to learn more about him as a character, rather than just Iris’ love-interest.
3. That’s an interesting list of characters introduced into series canon by Wells during his confrontation with Farooq. I hope not all of them are truly lost.
What Missed the Mark
I hope we’re not done with the Clock King yet. He’s a good villain excellently played by Robert Knepper (who will forever be “T-Bag”, to me). But he gets short-changed in this episode (as he did in Arrow as well) by being second-fiddle to the advertised villain of the week.
No wonder this town needs The Flash – their police force is kind of lame.
However, apparently the general citizenry of Central City is less lame than the police, because there’s not nearly the kind of public chaos that a city-wide power outage (and lack of police presence) should have caused. I guess the real riff-raff move to Starling City instead.
Why didn’t Tockman just escape into the darkened city when he first had the chance? Sticking around long enough to be surrounded by police and stuck in a hostage stand-off seemed really unnecessary for a guy with his skills.
The Final Score
This episode was tight and full of great tension, despite the fact that there was as unnecessary storyline inserted. Farooq was creepy, as was his assault on STAR Labs. It was actually nice to see Tony Woodward’s storyline finalized and Tockman had a memorable, if fairly pointless appearance. There are hints of the greater DC comics universe in this story, as well as clues to maybe even the Crisis events we’ve been wondering about since the pilot.