‘The Flash’ season 3, episode 4 review: Meet Earth-19’s Harrison Wells, Mirror Master; Caitlin gets frosty
Love was in the air on Tuesday night’s new episode of “The Flash,” and it came in many different forms.
First and foremost, let’s talk demented love. Our villains for the episode were Mirror Master and Top, a pair of criminals who, after spending some time apart, managed to come back together to resume their work. With Captain Cold presumably long gone, they saw an opportunity to take over the city and get all of the money they could possibly want.
The biggest issue that the show struggled with in this episode was presenting Mirror Master’s powers in a way that was scary and compelling. There was so much more that they could have done, given that this is one of the most infamous villains in the entire comic series. We didn’t get a sense as to the intelligence that can come with battling him until the very end of the episode, where Barry, with the help of the team, figured out a way to disorient him using some of his own powers against him.
Barry and Iris – They’re growing closer, but at the same time we’re seeing both Barry and Joe struggle with the sudden change in dynamic. This led to Barry realize that he probably should get his own place, mostly because living with his girlfriend’s father was a little awkward and then some.
Wally and Jesse – Wally, meanwhile, struggled with a different sort of insecurity in that he was worried he’d fall for her only for her to go back to Earth-2. By the end of the hour, though, he decided that the risk wasn’t quite worth it. She did head back to Earth-2 for the time being in order to protect it, so consider this relationship temporarily on hold. We do figure that she’ll be back … eventually.
Joe’s new love interest – Hey, he’s got one! It’s too bad that for him, he doesn’t know how to detect all of the signs.
Beyond romance – Harry realized that he needed to go back to clean up Earth-2 with his daughter, so we saw Cisco Ramon search for a replacement. Ultimately, he found one all the way on Earth-19 who had more of a sense of humor, but plenty of the skills.
Tonight’s cliffhanger had to do more with the origins of Caitlin as Killer Frost on this earth, as she realized that her powers were starting to take over after using them to free Barry from his mirror-trap. This moment helped to lift what was a relatively quiet episode, one that failed to feature either Alchemy or Julian, two of the season’s new additions. Grade: B.
Next week – To get some other insight into what is coming up moving forward, including some Caitlin Snow scoop, head over to this link. (Photo: The CW.)