Less than 5 – Skip it, 6 – OK, 7 – Good, 8 – Great, 9 – Phenomenal, 10 – You owe it to yourself to watch this episode!
Fallout continues the impressive Firestorm arc, teases the inclusion of time travel, show us Wells in the Reverse-Flash suit and gives us more Gorilla Grodd. It’s a comic book nerd’s wet dream and solidifies The Flash as the most entertaining CB show on television. Take a look!
Picking up right where things left off last week, Fallout does not skimp on the effects. Barry attempting to outrun a nuclear blast was just the tip of the iceberg, but the action stuff can wait for later. Once the blast has dissipated Ronnie and Dr. Stein emerge intact and separated. It was cool to see them interact outside of a single body and their respective reunions were heartfelt indeed. Seeing them apart from each other for the first time (flashbacks don’t count) yet still sharing a connection was an interesting idea, one that help reinforce the fact that these two characters need to be with each other. This concept is brought to its ultimate point when Stein and Ronnie decide to fuse again, possibly for good this time, in order to help save Barry and put a stop to General Eiling’s (Clancy Brown) plans.
His transformation sequence was unreal and by far one of the coolest (or hottest, whichever descriptor you prefer) moments of the season. Watching Firestorm fly towards the screen with the Flash right beside him is a scene few fans will forget. The effects are top notch for a television show, easily putting most others to shame. With graphics improving all the time, I can’t wait to see how they tackle some of the more outlandish elements (FLASHPOINT).
In addition to the in depth look at Firestorm, time travel is once again hinted at. Team Flash has a nice discussion talking about how confusing the concept is and that a single theory can’t be proven. Alternate timelines, erasure of history, time travel being the catalyst for time distortion… many things are brought up so as to give off the impression that this is something new to Wells (which it clearly isn’t) and to caution audiences of just how complex things may get, if time travel is a path they choose to follow.
Barry’s reaction to his involvement in his mother’s murder was a tad underwhelming. I was expecting more shock, specifically when he mentioned that it was “his destiny to fail”. A realization of that magnitude should be life altering, but everyone takes things at their own pace. His promise to Joe that he will save his mother has to be the final clue that The Flash is headed to Flashpoint. It is the only logical narrative direction and will lead to some of the coolest Flash stories possible. I can’t wait!
The majority of the episode was given to Ronnie and Stein, rightly so. However, Iris did manage to squeak a few scenes in between moments of epic action and time travel exposition. Iris West has seemed superfluous at most points on this show. Delegated to unrequited love stories that go back and forth with no real direction. Her recent jealousy streak was nice but it would be good if she played a part in the larger narrative as more than Barry’s future lover. That being said, her position as a journalist has finally come in to play. Part way through the episode she runs in to Caitlin and Ronnie at her father’s house. Having done a piece on “the burning man” a few episodes back, she finds him familiar. She eventually starts digging around her old articles and stumbles upon a picture of Ronnie while alight.
Having Iris slowly clue in to the world of the Meta-humans is a smart call. It slowly folds her into the STAR Labs team and will create a sense of tension between her and Barry that isn’t based around childhood crushes. As of now it sounds a bit like the Oliver/Thea secrecy that pervaded Arrow for far too long but given how well the team behind The Flash has handled things I think this will be fine.
And last but not least, the final tag. Harrison Wells swoops in and brings an unaware General Eiling into the sewers while dressed in his RF garb (seemingly putting an end to those “It can’t be Wells” outcries). Wells places him in the exact same spot the city workers found Grodd in last time we saw him. The same sense of horror pervades the scene and for good cause. Grodd is even stronger this time and we get an even better look at the telepath gorilla. Eiling’s statement about the voices in his head are a clear indication that Grodd has begun to manifest his psychic powers, and if that were not enough, he talks! Adding a cherry on top of this epic cake is the fact that Wells and Grodd seem to be working together. Wells seems to be taking an interest in the progression of Grodd similar to how he has been helping Barry achieve his potential as The Flash.
I sense an epic Grodd/Reverse-Flash vs Flash battle coming up in a Flashpoint scenario! One can dream.
An insane amount of comic Easter eggs, jaw dropping firestorm action and real headway on his mother’s murder case result in an epic installment of The Flash. If this pace keeps up, it may become my favorite show currently running (that seat is taken by The Blacklist, in case people were wondering). It’s a shame the next episode is a month away.
Overall I give this episode 9/10