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TV Review: The Flash - Season 3 Episode 6 "Shade"

11.15.2016
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EPISODE 6: "Shade"

SYNOPSIS: When Wally starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris and Joe about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe.

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REVIEW: That's what I am talking about. Man, I feel like I have been waiting a long time for The Flash to regain some of the greatness it showed during it's first season and a half. So far, the Flashpoint storyline has felt muddled and ill-conceived, but tonight's hour finally puts the pieces together into a competently scripted episode that progresses the main narrative while also giving us some much needed development for multiple supporting players. This episode gives a good deal of the limelight to Wally West but also spends time with Cisco, Kaitlyn, and Earth-19's H.R.. Plus, Alchemy comes back into the forefront of the plot and gives us a good idea of his strength and his alliance with our second primary villain, Savitar.

While this episode is titled after the villain of the week, Shade himself is barely explained and serves as nothing more than a mere plot device to progress the main story which surrounds Wally West and his link to Alchemy. As we saw in the season premiere, in Barry's Flashpoint universe, Wally was actually Kid Flash. Left with a mortal wound before Barry reset the timeline, Wally has been anxious to get powers after Jesse Quick's exposure to dark matter resulted in her becoming a speedster. Wally begins having dreams induced by Alchemy which excites the young man into the potential to be a hero. Both Joe West and Barry have hesitancy since the dreams come from Alchemy but Wally doesn't want to hear it. It is not until he suffers seizures and volunteers to lock himself in The Cortex at STAR Labs that he realizes there may be a downside to what is going on. Barry's revelation about Wally raises questions for everyone, including Iris, who laments her own lack of purpose on the team after hearing her involvement in helping Kid Flash in the alternate timeline.

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The powers question also forces Kaitlyn to reveal to Cisco that she has been exhibiting Killer Frost's abilities. She asks him to vibe and see if she becomes the villainous ice queen and Cisco sees the two of them dueling in the future. At first, Cisco lies to Kaitlyn when she says she would have to leave and never return but eventually shares the truth with her. Cisco also forces her to reveal her abilities to the rest of the team. Barry also reveals to Kaitlyn that her powers were likely caused by Flashpoint, deepening the hero's guilt about what his manipulation of the timeline has wrought. All of this comes coupled with the fact that a metahuman who can take the form of a shadow, Shade, is killing innocents in Central City. Using Cisco's powercuffs, the team accompany Joe West on his date at a movie screening in a local park. Barry and Iris stay back with Wally but The Flash is soon needed when Shade arrives. With H.R. interrupted from hitting on Joe's date (along with some cool technology that masks his Harrison Wells visage to the public), the team flood the park with light and thereby stop Shade from harming anyone.

If the sudden capture of Shade seemed premature, rest assured that his existence was merely to offer a distraction while Alchemy floods Wally's mind with pain and torture. The villain beckons Wally who decides he has to act as bait to lead The Flash to Alchemy. Heading to an abandoned factory (natch), The Flash, Joe, Wally, and a SWAT team descend on Alchemy and a pair of his minions. Alchemy waxes philosophical about granting Wally his powers and they allow him to get comfortable before The Flash makes his move. They take down the minions relatively easily and Alchemy is dropped to his knees. It seems like a fairly easy resolution after only a handful of episodes this year, but Alchemy fights back using some sort of energy weapon which Wally is entranced by. Suddenly, a flash of white light speeds around the room, killing the various members of the SWAT team. Barry pursues but is quickly beaten back while Joe and Wally try to make their escape.

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But as Alchemy seems to have everything where he wants it, we as viewers are thrown for a loop. Wally touches Alchemy's glowing stone and is immediately encased in a chrysalis which we are led to assume will grant him his Kid Flash speed. Barry meanwhile keeps fighting the new speedster who gets the upper hand on him. At normal speed, we finally get a look at Savitar, the new speedster villain on the show. Looking like a TV budget version of Megatron, the new villain is composed of some sort of metal with glowing blue eyes. The episode ends in the middle of the fight between Barry and Savitar with little else to suggest the fight will not immediately continue in the next episode.

While I was a bit disappointed that The Flash would introduce yet another speedster as a main villain, the duality of Savitar battling alongside Alchemy does give us a dichotomy not seen in prior years. Savitar may or may not be more powerful than Reverse Flash or Zoom, but he definitely doesn't look like another alternately-colored Flash. While the less than subtle disappearance of Julian Albert (Tom Felton) doesn't assuage theories that he is Alchemy, we now have to wonder if maybe he is Savitar instead. Either way, this was a solid episode and possibly the best hour of the third season so far. Darker and more dramatic than prior episodes, this episode had it's fair share of humor which mainly came from Tom Cavanaugh's latest Harrison Wells variation. H.R. originally struck me as a one-gag character, but Cavanaugh has once again proven that he is able to play this character in any number of ways and still make him likeable and dislikeable in equal measure. The development of Wally West is also moving along nicely as he doesn't seem like he will be the prototypical superhero. Hopefully all of the drama and twists thrown into this season so far will result in the next dozen episodes continuing this hour's upward trend in quality.

EPISODE GRADE:

NEXT ON THE FLASH: "Killer Frost" airs November 22nd - Caitlin uses her powers to save Barry but as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian and battling both The Flash and Vibe. Meanwhile, Joe and H.R. have a heart to heart talk.

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9:52AM on 11/16/2016
I'm kind of torn on this episode. Overall it was really good and the ending was great. I'm digging Savitar, even if he does look like Megatron (but at least it's not another Flash suit in different color).
But I felt this episode would have had more weight to it had either Alchemy or Savitar been referenced more in previous episodes, even from a peripheral standpoint. Aside from Alchemy appearing once in a previous episode, he's had no real presence on the show until now. And that goes
I'm kind of torn on this episode. Overall it was really good and the ending was great. I'm digging Savitar, even if he does look like Megatron (but at least it's not another Flash suit in different color).
But I felt this episode would have had more weight to it had either Alchemy or Savitar been referenced more in previous episodes, even from a peripheral standpoint. Aside from Alchemy appearing once in a previous episode, he's had no real presence on the show until now. And that goes double for Savitar as well. These villains and their threat kind of come out of nowhere 6 episodes into the season. I'm guessing the first 5 episodes were all about building up the character drama between the main cast as that will figure into the storyline more moving forward as they deal with Savitar?
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9:10AM on 11/16/2016
Pretty cool to see Megatron on the show.
Pretty cool to see Megatron on the show.
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1:57AM on 11/16/2016
Best episode of the season no doubt. Finally Savitar arrives. I gotta admit I'm a bit thrown by Savitar's look. I expected him to be big and partially metal, but somewhere I hope there is a man under there. Savitar's god of speed line was awesome, and ripped right from the pages of the comic. They actually introduced him perfectly timed too. Caitlyn's Frost powers are basically a heat vampire. She absorbs heat and feeds on it to live. Savitar is almost a speed vampire. He can absorb the speed
Best episode of the season no doubt. Finally Savitar arrives. I gotta admit I'm a bit thrown by Savitar's look. I expected him to be big and partially metal, but somewhere I hope there is a man under there. Savitar's god of speed line was awesome, and ripped right from the pages of the comic. They actually introduced him perfectly timed too. Caitlyn's Frost powers are basically a heat vampire. She absorbs heat and feeds on it to live. Savitar is almost a speed vampire. He can absorb the speed around him, thereby slowing others around him down and always being the fastest. God of speed indeed. I saw the Wally thing coming from a mile away. I hope we don't lose Caitlyn to becoming a re-occurring villain after this season. So I'm hoping much like the real flashpoint, at the end of this season I'm hoping there is a true reset back to the original timeline.
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12:06AM on 11/16/2016

Wild episode....

But you left off the part where Savitar calls himself "The God of Speed." Yeah, any other time that would sound like delusions of grandeur, but he's far larger than Barry, definitely not remotely human, and was invisible to everyone in the room other than Barry. Whatever he is, it's going to make for an interesting set of episodes (unless he's the villain for the rest of the season).

I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say he has some relation to the Speed Force (like the Time
But you left off the part where Savitar calls himself "The God of Speed." Yeah, any other time that would sound like delusions of grandeur, but he's far larger than Barry, definitely not remotely human, and was invisible to everyone in the room other than Barry. Whatever he is, it's going to make for an interesting set of episodes (unless he's the villain for the rest of the season).

I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say he has some relation to the Speed Force (like the Time Wraiths) and is there because Barry messed with the timeline (then tried to mess with it again). By the end of this season, he's going to find some way to go back and "fix" everything. Even if it's not 100% the way it was when he left, I don't believe they're going to leave this world the way it is right now.

At the end of that, he will FINALLY accept the death of his parents and move on, becoming the Barry we know from the comics.
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1:59AM on 11/16/2016
I think Savitar will be the big bad of this season. He certainly is a menace worthy of it. It doesn't look like they are following the comics with him though, unless the robotic exterior is just a suit. I do agree that at the end of this season will probably be a reset back, and end with him once again in his mother's house telling himself no don't do it.
I think Savitar will be the big bad of this season. He certainly is a menace worthy of it. It doesn't look like they are following the comics with him though, unless the robotic exterior is just a suit. I do agree that at the end of this season will probably be a reset back, and end with him once again in his mother's house telling himself no don't do it.
10:13PM on 11/16/2016
I'm not sure if they'll do that or choose the iconic image from the Flashpoint animated film where he actually runs himself down in the time stream and stops himself just in time. We'll see.....
I'm not sure if they'll do that or choose the iconic image from the Flashpoint animated film where he actually runs himself down in the time stream and stops himself just in time. We'll see.....
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