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TV Review: The Flash - Season 1 Episode 15 "Out Of Time"

03.18.2015
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EPISODE 15: "Out Of Time"

SYNOPSIS: With a vengeful villain (Weather Wizard) after Joe, it's up to Barry and co. to determine a way to neutralize his powers. Meanwhile, Iris and Barry's relationship takes another turn, this time for the better, and Cisco and Caitlin realize Dr. Wells isn't who he seems.

RECAP (Beware of spoilers!):

It’s been a month since we had a new episode of THE FLASH, but tonight’s thriller made the long wait beyond worth it. I can easily say this has been my favorite episode yet. After all, it isn’t every day that I open-mouth stare, in shock, at my television. Not only were there big surprises, but the character development and acting were top-notch. Not to mention, the visual effects (especially that tsunami) were incredible. The huge twists made it seem like this episode was a season finale, not a random, mid-season episode. With so many reveals, I am really excited to see what the writers have left for us in the rest of the season!

Let’s not bury the lead. We had some shocking reveals tonight. Iris confessed her love for Barry and found out he is The Flash. And Dr. Wells revealed he is the Reverse Flash to Cisco, then promptly “killed” him. But will these huge plot twists last, or will the new time-travel aspect of the show cancel them out? Where do we go from here?!

In the pilot episode of THE FLASH, we were introduced to our first meta-human villain, Clyde Mardon. He was given the ability to control the weather after he and his brother robbed a bank and tried to escape via airplane as the particle accelerator exploded. The dark matter infiltrated into their bodies and (as we found out tonight) gave both men the ability to control the weather. Clyde was a dangerous adversary, but Barry used his super speed to neutralize his powers. However, as Barry recovered from the exhaustive battle, Clyde pulled a gun on him. Thankfully Joe was also on the scene, and was able to shoot and kill Clyde before he killed Barry.

So, in tonight’s episode, Clyde’s brother Mark (SPARTACUS’ Liam Mcintyre), who is even more powerful than his brother, is seeking revenge. Mark’s first stop is the Central City Morgue. There, he threatens the medical examiner for information about his brother’s murderer. But even though the examiner spills the beans about Joe’s involvement, he still ends up dead thanks to balls of hail that were shot into his gut. What a way to go!

Meanwhile, Linda and Barry go on a date to the local bowling alley and happen to see Eddie and Iris there as well. The couples decide to double-date, and no surprise, it ends horribly. Between Barry and Iris’ flirting and Eddie and Linda’s side-eye, it’s obvious this isn’t going to end well for either party. But thanks to the medical examiner tripping a silent alarm before he died- since when do morgues have that feature – Eddie and Barry cut the date short, before the awkwardness gets even worse, and run off to the crime scene. But this experience creates serious tension for both couples throughout the rest of the episode and brings Barry and Iris closer together.

On the way to the morgue, Barry sees a weird reflection of himself in his “flash” and ends up in an unfamiliar part of town, where a girl is yelling about missing her cab. Eventually, he makes it to the crime scene and starts investigating the medical examiner’s death with the rest of the forensic team. Thanks to a new recording system at the facility, the police are conveniently able to hear the conversation that took place between Mark and the examiner, revealing Joe is in serious danger.

Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the group finds a way to neutralize Mark’s (aka Weather Wizard’s) powers. Cisco builds a “wizard’s wand”, which acts as a grounding mechanism, preventing Mark from tapping into the atmosphere’s electrical circuit and controlling the weather. But before Joe can find Mark to neutralize him, Mark shows up at the police precinct and attacks Joe, throwing a bolt of lightning his way. The police chief springs to action and pushes Joe out of the way, taking the hit himself. At that point, Barry, as The Flash, appears and uses the weather wand against Mark, though unfortunately he escapes. Barry rushes the chief to the hospital, but the damage is done. He is critically injured and may never be able to walk again. Do we think Joe is next in line for his job?

Now it’s Joe’s time for revenge. He and Eddie go to Mark and Clyde’s former hideout to settle things once and for all. However, it’s a trap and Mark uses his power to capture Joe. He then uses Joe’s phone to call Iris and lets her know her dad is being held at the waterfront. If she wants to save him, she will have to come without the police. “Police” doesn’t include Barry, and the two set off to save Joe. But on their way, Iris decides it’s a good idea to take a time out and tell Barry she loves him. It's a sweet scene and I'm glad Barry finally got a kiss from Iris, but I think if I were her, I would’ve maybe waited until my dad was safe to deal with all of that.

In the meantime, Mark has conjured up a huge tsunami that is on its way to hit Central City. Barry gets word from Caitlin that their only chance at survival is for him to use his super speed to create a wind barrier around the city.  With no time for another plan, Barry says to Iris, “I didn’t want you to find out this way”, and turns into The Flash right before her eyes. In order to stop the tsunami, Barry must run faster than he ever has before. But as he goes faster and faster, he starts to see his image reflected again, and shoots through a time barrier. Once again Barry ends up back in that strange part of town, at the same period of time, with the woman screaming about missing her taxi.

Besides eliminating the villain, the other main conflict in tonight’s episode was figuring out what the hell is going on with Dr. Wells. And, interestingly enough, we finally got some answers. When Iris’ boss, Mason Bridge, informs her that Dr. Wells was the last one in the building before Simon Stagg mysteriously disappeared, he tasks her with obtaining inside information from her friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. So, Iris talks to Barry and asks if he truly trusts Dr. Wells. Barry still believes his mentor is a good man, however, when he relays the conversation back to Cisco and Caitlin, Cisco isn’t on Team Wells. In fact, he goes to meet with Joe to ask why Joe believed Dr. Wells killed Barry’s mom, but due to the Weather Wizard issue, he doesn’t have time to talk.

Still not satisfied that Dr. Wells is a good guy, Cisco tells Caitlin about his suspicions. After all, a lot of things aren’t adding up, especially the fact that Cisco couldn’t find anything to explain the failure of the containment system that was holding the Reverse Flash in episode 9 (“The Man In The Yellow Suit”). In order to do more covert tests on the containment system, Cisco asks Caitlin to keep Dr. Wells busy. So, Caitlin takes Dr. Wells out for coffee. But, Dr. Wells can tell something is up, and when Caitlin goes to grab to-go cups for their coffee, he is gone… and by gone I mean he left his wheelchair behind. Now she knows Cisco’s suspicions were correct and Dr. Wells isn’t who he says he is.

While Caitlin and Dr. Wells were getting coffee, Cisco realized that there wasn’t anything wrong with his containment system. Dr. Wells created a hologram of Reverse Flash, which made it look like he was physically contained; in reality it was an illusion. At that moment, Dr. Wells walks (yes, walks) into the room and everything starts to unravel. Like any good villain, Dr. Wells tells Cisco his villainous motivations. His real name is Eobard Thawne, and is a distant relative of Eddie. Using his speed, he shows Cisco how he made himself multiply to the human eye (a speed mirage). He also admits to killing Barry’s mom, but says he didn’t mean to because he was actually trying to kill Barry.

Cisco asks why he tried to kill Barry as a kid but is helping him now as an adult. Dr. Wells explains he has been “marooned in this place for fifteen long years” and Barry’s speed is the key to returning him to his world and time. In a heartbreaking final scene, Dr. Wells says Cisco was like a son to him, but he kills him anyway. “Forgive me, but to me you’ve been dead for centuries.” RIP (for now) CISCO! But hopefully this isn’t the end for our boy. As we saw from the scenes at the beginning and end of the episode, Barry’s increasing speed has given him the ability to break through the space/time barrier and repeatedly be in the same period of time (the woman yelling about the taxi). Obviously this new time-travel power is what Dr. Wells wants to utilize, and I think it’s safe to assume that Cisco’s death won’t be for long.

 

STINGER: No real stinger tonight. And with all of the reveals, I’m not sure my heart could’ve taken any more. Let’s just say the final ten minutes of the episode was the stinger.

DC UNIVERSE EASTER EGGS: In the comics, Weather Wizard used a wand similar to Cisco's "wizard wand" to control the weather. Also, Eobard Thawne (aka Professor Zoom) is The Flash's archnemesis, who was born in the 25th century and genetically engineered to be brilliant. Perhaps this is the time period he is trying to get back to. For a potentially spoiler-filled background on the character, check out the entry on the DC Comics wiki page.

COOL ALTERNATE USE OF "THE FLASH" POWERS: Is there anything cooler than Barry using his speed to freakin’ time travel? Hopefully he will use his power to save Cisco and maybe to also erase Iris’ memory about his identity. Thoughts?

FAVORITE QUOTE: I’m a sucker for Cisco’s self-aware quotes, so I loved when he named Mark the "Weather Wizard", “He’d have to be a... weather wizard. Oooo I’ve been waiting since week one to use that one.”

 

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Source: JoBlo.com

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12:05PM on 03/18/2015
"Hopefully he will use his power to save Cisco and maybe to also erase Irisí memory about his identity. Thoughts?"

Well, we saw in the teaser for next week that Barry tells Wells that he's living the same day over again, so we can assume that everything from that time on didn't happen (ie. Cisco's death, Iris finding out he's Flash, etc.) and that Barry's actions can save people, without screwing up the timeline. Also, Cisco can't die, because he has to become the break dancing superhero,
"Hopefully he will use his power to save Cisco and maybe to also erase Irisí memory about his identity. Thoughts?"

Well, we saw in the teaser for next week that Barry tells Wells that he's living the same day over again, so we can assume that everything from that time on didn't happen (ie. Cisco's death, Iris finding out he's Flash, etc.) and that Barry's actions can save people, without screwing up the timeline. Also, Cisco can't die, because he has to become the break dancing superhero, Vibe.
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9:58AM on 03/18/2015

Best comic episode of a show I've seen....

I criticized you for giving consistently low grades to this show while AoS and Arrow get higher grades every week (for inferior shows), but this episode proved you were right. This was the best episode of a comic tv show I've seen, and they did it within the framework of the universe they've set up. Kudos to the writers and the FX team for something so remarkable on a Tuesday night weekly series.

My only criticism is that I can see where they are going with this. After all the amazing
I criticized you for giving consistently low grades to this show while AoS and Arrow get higher grades every week (for inferior shows), but this episode proved you were right. This was the best episode of a comic tv show I've seen, and they did it within the framework of the universe they've set up. Kudos to the writers and the FX team for something so remarkable on a Tuesday night weekly series.

My only criticism is that I can see where they are going with this. After all the amazing reveals and tying up storylines, Barry is going to reverse everything with his time-travel. We'll go back to Iris not knowing, Cisco being alive, and no one knowing Wells' true identity. That's going to feel like a serious cheat, especially when Caitlin was trying to tell Barry about Wells, but he didn't let her finish (and he'll be the only one who remembers the timeline).

I have to say I'm disappointed Wells is Thawne. I really like him in the series and hoped the writers were going for a more intricate storyline that would have allowed him to remain part of the team. He'll be a great villain, but he would be even better as a morally ambiguous ally. The show really works with Ciscso and Caitlin able to be the sidekicks, and Barry learning under someone else's tutelage. It will really mess with the dynamic and I hope the show is able to maintain it's consistent level with the changes.
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11:19AM on 03/18/2015
They might cheat a little bit. But with how well the writing has gone in this first season alone I'm confident that they won't cheat all the way. Perhaps Cisco will be brought back, but I feel like in doing so someone from the group (either Cisco, Caitlin, or Barry) will retain some sort of knowledge about Wells/Thawn. So for at least the rest of the season the dynamic will be maintained, but someone will have their eye on Wells/Thawn for when he shows his hand again.

I think the biggest
They might cheat a little bit. But with how well the writing has gone in this first season alone I'm confident that they won't cheat all the way. Perhaps Cisco will be brought back, but I feel like in doing so someone from the group (either Cisco, Caitlin, or Barry) will retain some sort of knowledge about Wells/Thawn. So for at least the rest of the season the dynamic will be maintained, but someone will have their eye on Wells/Thawn for when he shows his hand again.

I think the biggest issue is if they reset the development between Barry and Iris. I know that relationship is not a focal point of the show yet, and most people regard it as tacked on. But having Iris know about The Flash/Barry and then reverse it to let that relationship be reset seems like a bigger cheat. That had potential for some serious development in character dynamics, but it's all gone with the reset.
8:09AM on 03/18/2015
Awesome episode! I was surprised that Wells just left his wheelchair like that, but maybe he knew these events wouldn't stick? When he killed Cisco I was like "Did that just happen?" Then of course Barry time traveled so. Next week will be interesting since the Rogues are back. I wonder how quickly they will wrap up this weeks events and get to them.
Awesome episode! I was surprised that Wells just left his wheelchair like that, but maybe he knew these events wouldn't stick? When he killed Cisco I was like "Did that just happen?" Then of course Barry time traveled so. Next week will be interesting since the Rogues are back. I wonder how quickly they will wrap up this weeks events and get to them.
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10:08AM on 03/18/2015
When that happened I wondered if Cisco outsmarted Wells by doing his own hologram (possibly one not pre-recorded.....like Loki's favorite magic trick), but it makes more sense that everything will just be reset and we'll be tossed back into a pre-reveal world for another couple weeks. Hopefully they address it again in the final episodes.....it will really suck if this drags on into next season with us knowing more than the characters.
When that happened I wondered if Cisco outsmarted Wells by doing his own hologram (possibly one not pre-recorded.....like Loki's favorite magic trick), but it makes more sense that everything will just be reset and we'll be tossed back into a pre-reveal world for another couple weeks. Hopefully they address it again in the final episodes.....it will really suck if this drags on into next season with us knowing more than the characters.
4:36AM on 03/18/2015
Fucking amazing. Yup best episode of the series, though I seem to say that every week lately. I don't want to be that guy but yeah this is what i expected and predicted lol. I knew Wells would be the Eobard Thawne version of the reverse Flash and they did it so well. Him killing Cisco, even temporarily is crazy. My jaw dropped on that one I admit. I mean we all know he's back next week like nothing happened, but still sucked to watch. The special effects still impress me for a TV show. Marvel
Fucking amazing. Yup best episode of the series, though I seem to say that every week lately. I don't want to be that guy but yeah this is what i expected and predicted lol. I knew Wells would be the Eobard Thawne version of the reverse Flash and they did it so well. Him killing Cisco, even temporarily is crazy. My jaw dropped on that one I admit. I mean we all know he's back next week like nothing happened, but still sucked to watch. The special effects still impress me for a TV show. Marvel with all its money doesn't seem to have enough of it to make My Hyde transform even once, yet Flash has no problem laying down week after week of practically movie quality effects.

When I said I predicted what was going to happen with the Flash, I did so a few days ago when JoBlo put up the New Arrow/Flash teaser trailers. This is what I said:

"As far as Flash goes well the writing is on the wall because of the new superhero team up series. My guess is by years end this will happen. Barry will discover his mother's killer. There will be two Reverse Flashes. Eddie will be one of them, Wells the other. I think the way this series is going Wells will assume the Eobard Thawne version of the Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom. That version tried to challenge Barry to get better, never to kill him. Eddie on the other hand I think will be the Hunter Zolomon version of Reverse Flash. That one did try to kill him. My guess is this storyline is going the direction of the Flashpoint story. If that is the case the Hunter Zolomon version never appears again. Basically I see Barry learning who killed his mom, going back in time and stopping it. Also in the new future created by the new past Barry alters, Captain Cold becomes good and Firestorm is Victor Garber only not a blend of two people. See the new superhero team up show has both a good Captain Cold and there is no mention of Amell in it only Garber. So that means one man is Firestorm not two. I am guessing also Black Canary is alive again since the timeline is completely changed and the actress is signed to this new series as well. So the events of the Flash show will impact not just the Flash series but ALL DC television universe shows, and that is nothing short of fucking awesome."

I'm beginning to think I might be onto something. A few things anyway. Eddie might not turn out to be the Hunter Zolomon version and now clearly there weren't two Reverse Flashes as one was a recording. But whatever it turns out to be what a ride we all get to join them on. Cisco better not die again next week though lol. Unlike AOS which sucked a fat one this week, this Flash episode fired on all cylinders. What an episode. Tuesday's can't come quick enough. Fuck if there was ever a show I wanted to binge watch like RIGHT NOW, its this one. If Daredevil is half this good, I'll be happy to be able to watch the whole season in like two days lol. 11/10 because fuck 10 just wasn't enough and this one goes to 11.
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1:41AM on 03/18/2015
this show is hands down the best superhero show on TV. It keeps growing week after week in awesomeness. I think by the end of next week everything will be reset to before Kaitlyn saw wells empty chair and Cisco will not find the recording and Wells secret will remain
this show is hands down the best superhero show on TV. It keeps growing week after week in awesomeness. I think by the end of next week everything will be reset to before Kaitlyn saw wells empty chair and Cisco will not find the recording and Wells secret will remain
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1:33AM on 03/18/2015
Easily the best episode of the season and talk about your game changers. So many reveals that it was difficult to keep track of. But the best one had to be Dr. Wells revealing his true identity and confirming his actions and motivations.

And have to agree with the article that this felt like a season finale; especially with that cliffhanger of an ending.

Really excited to see how the rest of the season comes to a head and how much bigger and vital of a role the time travel in this
Easily the best episode of the season and talk about your game changers. So many reveals that it was difficult to keep track of. But the best one had to be Dr. Wells revealing his true identity and confirming his actions and motivations.

And have to agree with the article that this felt like a season finale; especially with that cliffhanger of an ending.

Really excited to see how the rest of the season comes to a head and how much bigger and vital of a role the time travel in this episode will play throughout the remaining episodes.
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10:05AM on 03/18/2015
Except you know it's not a game changer because the show has to reset to before the events happened. We know Cisco lives because he meets Laurel (lame Black Canary) in an upcoming episode. So Wells' secret stays a secret (because Barry conveniently cut off Caitlin as she was trying to tell him), and this episode becomes a painful tease until the show is ready to finally do the time travel episode.
Except you know it's not a game changer because the show has to reset to before the events happened. We know Cisco lives because he meets Laurel (lame Black Canary) in an upcoming episode. So Wells' secret stays a secret (because Barry conveniently cut off Caitlin as she was trying to tell him), and this episode becomes a painful tease until the show is ready to finally do the time travel episode.
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