The Flash: Fallout Review

I’m going to be completely honest.  I’m a Marvel guy.  I’m a Marvel guy who thoroughly enjoys DC Comics, and their DC TV Universe.  I liked Smallville, thoroughly the Flash, but the crown jewel for me has always been Arrow.  That’s the show I’m most excited to watch every week…


Well, with this episode of the Flash, it joined the ranks of Arrow in my book.  And I’ll tell you why:  Fantastic storytelling and fight sequences that make me want to round house kick someone.

**SPOILERS BELOW**

This week’s episode starts up right where last weeks episode left off.  The Flash and Caitlin escape the nuclear explosion caused by Firestorm, only to find there’s no radiation in the air, meaning they can go back to ground zero and see if Ronnie and Dr. Stein have split.  Guess what!?  They did!  Oh, the miracle of nuclear energy……. But anyway, Caitlin gets her fiance back, while Dr. Stein gets to go back to his wife.  Cut and dry, right? Nope.  They’re still connected. At first it’s little things.  Dr. Stein has a craving for pizza, which he never had before (courtesy of Ronnie Raymond).  But later on in the episode, when Dr. Stein is kidnapped by General Eiling (that dude HAS to be wearing a mask), Ronnie can feel the cold that Dr. Stein is experiencing.  Then Ronnie is able to scratch into his arm the word “where”, which appears on Dr. Stein.  Stein communicates back his location through Morse Code.  And I said to myself, “That’s pretty freakin’ cool.”

Alas, it’s confirmed that their connection is only growing stronger.  As Ronnie and Barry get closer to Stein’s location, Ronnie feels as if they’re being drawn to each other, as if they want to become one, whole, once again.  Once they find Stein, in order to escape, they do fuse back into one.  And what results, in my opinion, is one of the coolest, most original sequences I’ve ever seen in a Superhero show…or any TV show, for that matter.

Once Stein and Ronnie re-fuse, in a cool effect I might add, with the help again of Dr. Wells’ contraption, Ronnie’s body immediately goes flammable and his eyes go white.  Awesome? Yes.  But that isn’t even the best part.  While fused, you here his/their inner monologue.  You can hear Dr. Stein talking to Ronnie throughout the fight, instructing him in a way.  They’ve figured out how to co-exist inside one body, taking the best parts of each other and working together.  With that said, they then kicked the hell out of some army dudes, and then split (without the nuclear detonation this time).

All is well in the world, and Ronnie and Stein go to Pittsburgh (really?….Pittsburgh?) to get some medical advice and how to better handle their “condition.”  And yeah, Barry’s Mom’s murder was a plot line again, and Iris is now trying to get to the bottom of the crew at STAR labs, but honestly, this episode was all about FIRESTORM.  And you know what?  That’s alright.  Part of what I love about this show is that it doesn’t have to be about Barry/The Flash all the time, and the show doesn’t suffer when it isn’t (something that Arrow hasn’t been able to figure out yet, in my opinion.  The show is exponentially better when the story revolves around Oliver.)  With that said, there were some cool moments otherwise that need to be mentioned…

-Caitlin explaining to Cisco the back and forth with Ronnie, and his response of “You guys are like 10 Seasons of Ross and Rachel mashed into one year…”  Cisco, you must know the way to my heart is a FRIENDS reference.

-In hiding Ronnie’s identity from Iris, they say he’s from Coast City.  You know who else is from Coast City?  Hal Jordan. And now, I will yell the entire Green Lantern Oath (don’t worry, I’m home alone.)

-General Eiling meets his end at the hands of Grodd, the Intellectual, Bad Ass Gorilla that has been teased over the course of the season.  Eiling mentioned the gorilla when torturing Stein, so it seems the General got what he deserved.

-OH! And we saw Harrison Wells in the Reverse Flash suit again.  Damn that dude is so awesome!

We have to wait almost a full month for a new episode, but judging by the previews, it will be worth it.  Wells reveals his true identity?  As much as I don’t want to, I’ll wait a month for that.

FINAL SCORE

9.0/10

We have to wait almost a full month for a new episode, but judging by the previews, it will be worth it.  Wells reveals his true identity?  As much as I don’t want to, I’ll wait a month for that.

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