Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Flash - The Nuclear Man

After teasing us for weeks slowly putting the pieces together about what happened to Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) The Flash finally turns its attention to Firestorm whose growing instability endangers all of Central City. Although the main storyline gives the episode its name, promises to cause the return of General Wade Eiling (Clancy Brown), and offers more insight to the mind/body combination of Ronnie and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), the episode's various subplots may have more lasting impact on Barry's (Grant Gustin) life.

"The Nuclear Man" is only the second episode of the series that doesn't feature a villain of the week (although the threat Firestorm poses is certainly substantial). When not helping his friends track down Ronnie, Barry is busy both impressing and disappointing Linda Park (Malese Jow) who, despite Barry's odd behavior given his secret crime fighting, appears to be sticking around which elicits a mixed reaction from Iris (Candice Patton). So far I actually like Linda and Barry together and hope the show isn't using her solely as a plot device to force Iris to rethink her feelings for our hero.

The most interesting piece of the story, however, concerns the ongoing story of the murder of Barry's mother as Joe (Jesse L. Martin) enlists the help of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) which lets the scientist in on Joe's suspicions about Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and reveals the identity of one of the speedsters in the Allen household as the Flash continuing to lay the foundation of time travel. The fact that Wells wasn't identified as the Reverse-Flash continues the series hedging their bets that more than one man will don the yellow suit in an attempt to destroy Barry Allen's life.

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