Let’s start our review of Tuesday night’s new episode of “The Flash” by stating the obvious: There were flaws aplenty in it. For example, why would both Cisco and Barry Allen be so willing to give up information to a man they very well know is responsible for so much pain and heartache in their lives? Also, is the whole “I’m trying to protect you” narrative enough to keep Patty Spivot and Barry apart?
In the instance of the latter, we mostly just really feel for Patty since she clearly could care less about whether or not Barry had powers. She just wanted to be with, and thought that they could work together as this sort of crime-fighting tandem. She’s certainly capable of it. With that said and as much as Barry may claim this is about protection, we just think that he wasn’t in love with her to the extent he needed to be. If this was Iris, he would’ve probably done everything that he could when the chips were down.
As we start to look at the Patty story in the horizon, we do hope she returns in some form, even if it is not as a Barry love interest. Also, congratulations to the writers for coming up with the great idea that she figures it out without any help. The last scene with them was clever, and we think Patty can be trusted. Now, here’s the one flaw with it: Why didn’t anyone on the train freak out over Patty’s phone call about the train being in danger?
We thought that the next order of business in this review would be discussing the Reverse-Flash, but instead, how about Hunter Zolomon? In the comics (spoiler alert), this person goes by a different name: Zoom. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Earth-1 Jay Garrick is the season 2 Big Bad, but he certainly has to be at the top of the list given what we know at the moment. If this does turn out to be true, then it definitely gives Teddy Sears some pretty awesome material. Hunter’s difference in DNA keeps him from being used to heal Jay in any form.
Speaking of which, the battle between Barry and the Reverse-Flash Eobard Thawne was all we wanted and then some. Super-intense, even if it did end with Barry doing almost nothing to change the timeline. What’s interesting is that other than saving Dr. McGee, he didn’t get anything he want. Instead, he armed Eobard with more information that he will someday use to kill Nora Allen and take over the body of Harrison Wells.
All in all, quite a lot of action for an hour’s worth of programming! Flawed, but fantastic at the same time. There are times you do have to leave logic at the door, and if you think too hard about it you could become like Cisco before the timeline was repaired. Grade: A-.