The Flash: Untouchable Review
The CW’s The Flash: Season 3, Episode 12: ‘Untouchable’ went back into the Flashpoint storyline from earlier this season. It’s understandable that Flashpoint was a waste of time and the show seemed to be done with it after moving into trying to change the future in order to save Iris (Candice Patton). The best thing about this week’s installment was that they managed to fix some issues with Flashpoint while also teasing that Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) might not be done with the alternate reality than he thought.
During the episode, we learn that there are still some metahumans out there when Julian (Tom Felton) was under the guise of Dr. Alchemy. One of them surfaced in the form of Clive Yorkin (Matthew Kevin Anderson), a metahuman with the ability to decay anyone or any object with just a touch at an accelerated rate. Yorkin wasn’t well utilized like the comics, which is the constant complaint with the show when it comes to their villains. Yorkin felt like a run-of-the-mill type of villain we see every week, but he did serve his purpose during the episode in a big way.
Clive Yorkin really challenged Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) this week as he tried to learn from Barry in order to become faster. While Wally was excelling at speed that could supersede Barry’s, he still had a lot to learn since he doesn’t have as much experience as Barry does. Wally realizes that being Kid Flash is more than just being fast and getting pictures with fans. Both Wally and Barry ended up learning something as both mentor and student. For Wally, he got to reevaluate his duties as a hero and learned that his recklessness can cause consequences to those he loves. With Barry, he finds himself in the same role as his past mentors like Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Jay Garrick. Barry ends up teaching by learning on the job, which is something that works best for him when it comes to defeating Savitar.
This episode was a big one for Joe (Jesse L. Martin) as well. He finally learns the truth about the future that Barry saw where Savitar kills Iris. Jesse L. Martin continues to amaze us with his performance as a concerned father after he finds out the truth that everyone has been hiding from him. It was understandable for Joe to react as he did after his friends and family kept a big secret. Joe felt hurt and betrayed by the news, making this one powerful scene that Jesse pulled off really well. With a powerful performance, we can’t help but wonder if it’s possible that Joe may end up getting killed by Savitar’s hand. We did see him getting an honorable mention in that future Barry saw at city hall. At this point, anything can happen but it’s the question of whether fate can be changed.
Iris was left at death’s door during the episode, but it was obvious that she would somehow come out of this alive since it’s not her supposed time to die yet. It did however give more development into Danielle Panabaker’s character Caitlin Snow as she struggled to control her powers. It gave writers a chance to explore her growing connection with Julian. With Julian being a member of Team Flash, it was important for him to make some connections with the rest of the characters and this week proved that he could play well with others. Caitlin’s struggle over her powers and Julian’s guilt over being controlled by Savitar was what’s needed for the both of them to connect.
Seeing Wally’s quick progress in developing his powers makes us worry that he may turn out to be Savitar if that’s the case. That final scene with Wally being able to phase through a wall mirrored the move that Reverse-Flash uses. Seeing that Joe was asked whom he would choose between his two speedster sons makes us think if he would have to make that choice somewhere down the line. We could probably see that happening in the last few episodes of the season.
‘Untouchable’ had a few problems, especially with the constant underdeveloped villains and Iris putting herself in danger all the time. We did get some nice developments with the Barry/Wally dynamic while Jesse L. Martin became the highlight of the episode with his great performance. The show revealed that Flashpoint isn’t done this season as the aftereffects are still there.
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