The CW’s The Flash Out of Time TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 15: Out of Time, makes everyone in Barry’s (Grant Gustin) world face the music. Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre), having survived his apparent death during the black-matter explosion, returns seeking revenge on Joe (Jesse L. Martin) for the death of his brother and has the same weather-manipulation powers as his deceased sibling.
Don’t you just love it when a synopsis leaves out the real meat and potatoes of an episode? In this particular case, I really appreciate the surprises episode 15 delivered. It was what I would call a full course meal. Everyone was affected and not just on one level.
On the surface, Joe finding himself dealing with his past is expected. Criminals go to jail and get out with hard feelings and move on. What’s not expected, is him trying to deal with a character with super human powers dead set on revenge. Talking about dealing with whats not expected, when Barry starts out and sees another version of himself running beside him, that raised my eyebrow. At first I thought he was hallucinating. What he was really seeing is something that makes this show really good. Could he be over worked or did we witness a hint at something more?
We are constantly reminded that even if viewers didn’t read the comic and have no clue where this show was headed, they can still follow along and enjoy the ride. This was another episode where that becomes crystal clear. Relationships are very funny creatures. After a strange night of double date bowling, Eddie (Rick Cosnett) is starting to feel like something is happening between Iris (Candice Patton) and Barry. Even Barry’s girlfriend Linda (Malese Jow) is starting to feel it and she doesn’t like it one bit. I get the feeling that Barry is going to break his promise to her very soon. The acting was really on point during these scenes. We see Barry growing and learning how to deal with a relationship finally. We also see Iris, starting to feel regret after committing to Eddie. Will this woman make up her mind…please?
When Joe recruited Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) to help him with his theory, we knew he never meant to place him in harms way. It sounds good on paper but when Joe was suggesting Wells (Tom Cavanagh) could be a monster, the facts didn’t look good. Knowing that it could have been a possibility, I have to question his willingness to involve a kid like Cisco. He placed him in harms way and created a question inside of him that kept growing. Not to say Harrison Wells doesn’t look guilty, he has done some foul things. Even Iris’ co-worker, Mason Bridge (Roger Howarth) thinks he is guilty of something and suggests he has some proof. Back to Cisco, when his hunch pays off it costs him more than he was expecting. The scene with Wells taking his life is very powerful and symbolic. I cannot wait till Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) arrives to find her co-worked murdered. The guilt will almost kill her. She was supposed to be keeping Wells busy and failed Cisco. Yes, the story is very complicated but it is unfolding very smoothly.
After watching Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) take a blast for Joe, the only thing more compelling was watching Joe basically beg Barry to watch his daughter while he heads off to take on Mardon alone. Joe is willing to sacrifice himself when he knows the power Barry has. It is strange but without it Barry cannot be the hero and save him, so I get it. Yes, it should be the other way around but I get it.
Fifteen episodes and we finally get to see Barry and Iris smooch. This is major because of how all of the characters are so close to one another. Eddie is real close to her father and how would this affect their relationship? This will certainly change some of the dynamics of the show. It does however pose some very good conflict for the long run. We know Eddie was feeling like Barry and Iris had something, now we know it’s true. She will look like a liar and a sneak. Where will this take them?
The only scene that could draw more heat than Barry and Iris hooking up was watching Barry go so fast he travels through time. That was a major geek moment and took the show to a new high. Now we know what Barry was seeing in the beginning of the episode. We know that Barry will have a chance to save Cisco but will he even know what happened to Cisco so he has a shot to change the events that led to his death? With all of these juicy questions, we have one final thing left…a very heavy confrontation between Barry and Wells. This has been coming for some time and if Harrison Wells words are true and he killed Barry’s mother and meant to kill him…it’s game on!
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