It’s finally come down to this, the end of World’s End. This drawn out excuse of a weekly has been going on for a good half a year and now the oversized creative crew gets to do their final send off to the book and this entire world. It’s about as disappointing as one would expect.
The Flash is back from his time-travel adventure sure of only one thing: that Harrison Wells is up to no good. He and Joe want to figure out what Wells is hiding from everyone, but a terrorist attack by a new villain, calling himself the Trickster, has everyone too distracted. Even worse, this new menace is mirroring a person from 20 years ago, someone who also called himself the Trickster while terrorizing the city. Can Barry stop this new threat and figure out what Harrison Wells is up to?
Last week, The Flash took our hero in an unexpected trip through time, after he ran so fast when trying to stop a tidal wave. The question left hanging at the end of the episode, was how many of the big events would be undone now that he’s ruptured the time continuum? As many of us expected and feared, the events of “Out of Time” are completely undone: Cisco discovering that Harrison Wells is the Reverse Flash – Dr. Wells killing Cisco – Iris confessing her feelings for Barry, and Barry revealing his secret identity to Iris – are all wiped clean off the board. The result is very disappointing.
The Flash has had a long and complicated history to say the least. These complications all began with “Flash of Two Worlds!” a landmark comic book story published in 1961, that introduces Earth-Two, and more generally the concept of the multiverse, to DC Comics. Long story short, by the 1980s, the DC Universe was drowning in these parallel Earths and multiple continuities and so the writers over at DC decided to solve these problems with Crisis on Infinite Earths, a reality-destroying crossover event that removed the concept of the Multiverse, and depicted the deaths of many long-standing superheroes.
This week’s episode of The Flash, titled “Fallout,” capped off a two-part story arc focusing mostly on Firestorm. Last week in “The Nucleur Man,” the team attempted to track Ronnie Raymond’s whereabouts after he makes acquaintances with one Quentin Quale. What began as an awkward conversation between them, ended with Ronnie losing control and unleashing his powers on the Concordance Research scientist. Knowing that Dr. Martin Stein is in control of Ronnie’s body, the Star Labs team devise a plan to find and capture Firestorm who’s becoming increasingly dangerous to the citizens of Central City. It turns out that Ronnie/Martin have been watching over Stein’s wife, so Caitlin and Dr. Wells hold a stakeout at the Stein house using Clarissa as bait. With her help, they bring Ronnie/Stein back to their labs, in hopes of separating them through nuclear fission. Wells uses the hours they have left to find a way to save them both and creates a makeshift quantum splicer out of his tachyon prototype to stabilize Ronnie’s body and separate the two personalities.
This week on The Flash, Britne Oldford stars as Shauna Baez (Peek-a-Boo) a metahuman who’s mastered the power of teleportation via quantum entanglement. After breaking her boyfriend Clay Parker, out of Iron Heights prison, Barry Allen is tasked with solving the case by taking the residual DNA particulates found at the crime scene to S.T.A.R. Labs for analyzing. Aiding Barry in his investigation is his incarcerated dad Henry who discovers that Clay owes money to a local crime boss, who just happens to be planning a major heist.
Since The Flash returned from its winter hiatus, the writers have done a fine job in shifting the spotlight on the supporting cast while also inching one step closer to the showdown between Barry and the Reverse-Flash. In “The Sound and the Fury” we learn more about the past of the mysterious Dr. Harrison Wells when his former protege Hartley Rathaway returns to turn his world upside down and ruin whatever good reputation Wells has left. Hartley begins attacking his family’s business with sonic blasts, and later steals information from S.T.A.R. Labs’ computer that would allow him to identify the frequency of Barry’s molecules so he can kill him. Elsewhere Iris West begins her career as a professional journalist at Central City Picture News, and Joe has Eddie start an investigation on Wells, suspecting his motives are not what they seem.
With a collection of new Amazon pilots to pick through and the return of spring television, it’s back to business for Randy and Sean on this week’s episode of The Mid-Season Replacements. After their first “WTF, NBC?” segment of 2015, the guys dig into the first episodes of the year for The Flash and Arrow, and wonder where the two shows are heading for the rest of the season. Then, after a little bit of fawning over Ground Floor, Randy and Sean go through Amazon’s latest slate of pilots, with lengthy discussions about The New Yorker Presents…, The Man in the High Castle, Cocked, and others (including the awful Salem Rogers). Finally, the guys talk about what they’ve been up to, and finish with a little talk about collectible card games (whaaat?) and Randy’s attempts to revitalize the digital version of the New York Knicks. Enjoy!
We’ve already seen plenty of exchanges between The Flash and Arrow since Barry Allen first debuted in “The Scientist”, but this episode marked the first major crossover between the two shows. The writers focused a great deal on the sheer entertainment in seeing these two heroes square off, and the end result is a fun, lighthearted, action packed adventure that knows exactly what it wants to be and executes it well. As DC and Warner Bros. prep Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to kick-start their interconnected big-screen universe, “The Flash vs. Arrow” proves their small screen worlds are miles ahead of the game.
Taking into account a DVR playback The Flash series pilot has risen to 6.8 million viewers since it first premiered. That’s The CW’s most-watched telecast in the network’s history. It’s also the network’s second biggest rating ever among adults 18-49. If you count all platforms, the tally rises to 13 million viewers. If anything, “Going Rogue” will only help boost those numbers. With a script that never forgets its heroes’ humanity, and two superpowered set pieces, “Going Rogue” lives up to its hype — and raises the bar for the DC canon. Not only does this episode introduce Wentworth Miller playing one of the Flash’s best-known enemies, but the special guest star turned in a great performance as the famous Captain Cold. And if that isn’t enough to tune in, “Going Rogue” was co-written by Geoff Johns, responsible for his fair share of some of the best Flash comic book stories. Finally, “Going Rogue” is also the first crossover episode, bringing Felicity Smoak over from established hit series Arrow.