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TV Review: THE FLASH: Season 1, Episode 14: Fallout [The CW]

Grant Gustin The Flash

The CW’s The Flash Fallout TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 14: Fallout, places Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and the other team members in a very hot situation. While attempting to keep duo meta human Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) from exploding in a nuclear blast, General Wade Eiling (Clancy brown) returns with other plans.

You have to hand it to the producers of this series. Episode 14 has set a standard for the show. This episode dealt with all the main players and set the groundwork for more seasons of this show. Somewhere on the journey they figured out the right formula and are not letting go. I have been very critical of the show because I knew what it could be and they were struggling to get there. Rest assured, they have truly arrived.

You have to appreciate Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). Being the cop that he is and going along with his world being turned upside down is fun to watch. Like his daughter he too is finding his way. This is uncharted territory for Joe but he is showing us he is up for the challenge. When he chose to follow his hunch (At Barry’s old house) and it paid off we can only wonder where this new information will lead us. Both Barry and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) seem to get unnerved when Joe suggests Dr. Harrison Wells is involved somehow. This plays very real. We can see how both Barry and Cisco look up to Wells almost like another father figure. They will both protect his honor till the evidence almost runs them over. All of this was very well played.

Solving the problem that was Firestorm, came with a bit of complex irony. Before the duo identity character existed, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) was on team with her fiancé Ronnie Raymond headed to the alter. They were in the process of doing a merge. This was a very interesting dynamic and Caitlin dealt with her loss very well early on. When we found out Dr. Martin Stein and Ronnie were sharing the same body things just kept getting more and more interesting. Both men had experienced loss and in the end both accepted their fates were one in the same. The whole Firestorm story was really well structured. Caitlin can rest knowing her hubby didn’t die as horrible a death as she imagined. Even though they cannot be together we are satisfied that she knows he loves her and circumstances that are greater than both of them take president. Big comic book stuff here…themes everyone can chew on. Major kudos to the writing team on this one.

For a while Iris West (Candice Patton) was being a bit of a pest. From where I sit she appeared to be playing with Barry’s heart in the beginning. There is no way she couldn’t have known he was in love with her before he told her. No one is that shallow. After he bares his soul to her, she still moves in with Eddie Thawe (Rick Cosnett) and doesn’t bother to come to some sort of resolve with him. Her whole attitude was like she felt it would all blow over. This stance was very insensitive and placed her on the outside for a while…especially when Barry started to date. In this episode we realize like Barry, Iris and her shortcomings are finding the way. Moving in with Eddie was a very grown up thing to do. Championing running the blog about The Flash was a big step as was landing the job writing big time articles. With that in mind her deciding to try and follow up on what is happening at S.TA.R. labs doesn’t surprise us. She is still the ambitious girl we met 13 episodes ago. The difference is she needs to prove herself…to her mentor, her father and to herself. She is finding her way and even though at times it’s annoying…she fits into this world nicely. She even makes her exit with style…letting us know The Flash will have to watch his back.

General Wade Eiling made it very clear from his first appearance that he was a very unsavory character and has done some very foul things. The way it goes in these kinds of stories is a character like that will get back what he puts out…times 2. His mission, we have heard many times before but for some reason when Clancy Brown lays it out we don’t mind. Clancy brought the power and credibility to the role and made us listen to his every word. Super human High fives to the casting for seeing to it that this man made it on the show. Now, after being defeated by The Flash he gets his punishment delivered when he least expects it and in the dark. It was very satisfying to see Wells looking down upon him for the last time. There were multiple things we could read from the General while he was waiting to see how he would meet his end. One of them, was we could feel him drowning in the irony…early on he thought he was superior to Dr. Wells when he confronted him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still, he was enjoying being a pain in the rear and was drunk with power. On top of that one of the worst beings from the DC Comics universe was laying in wait in the dark with them. Gorilla Grodd, a hyper intelligent gorilla with telepathic powers, stepped out of the dark and showed himself briefly before dragging Eiling off. We are not sure if he will make a major appearance on the show but for now he was the executioner…and it was good.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

  • This is one of my favorite episodes of the season and you’re right about Iris. She started as a wonderful strong character and a great romantic lead, but her character is turning annoying. With her inexplicable insensitivity to Barry’s feelings and distance from the Flash her character is turning useless. That said, I can totally see a Firestorm show with an Odd Couple dynamic between them. If it gets green-lit it’ll be a hit.

  • The Walking Cuban

    Excellent review.

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