Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Flash - The Fury of Firestorm

Despite introducing both a new hero and villain while searching for a suitable candidate to merge with Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) and calm the unstable Firestorm Matrix, and spending most of the rest of the episode dealing with Iris (Candice Patton) and her family drama given the unexpected return of her mother (Vanessa Williams), "The Fury of Firestorm" hides its best moments on the periphery of the storyline of the week. Don't get me wrong, I think Franz Drameh did a fine job as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson, and I like the look of the new Firestorm slightly better than the original (although it could still us a little more comic book styling), and I wouldn't mind seeing Demore Barnes return as Tomahawk, but "Fury of Firestorm" saves its best for last.

Once again The Flash slow plays the obvious chemistry between Barry (Grant Gustin) and Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten). Iris who? Get these two together, stat! And the Flash running into the Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) of Earth 2 certainly forshadows an episode with bigger implications for the season just around the corner. Also, I can't forgot to mention the glorious, and completely unexpected, cameo of King Shark (a D-list character who earned some respect and credibility recently thanks to Gail Simone's Secret Six run). I thought the tease of the character earlier in the episode with Patty's dialogue about a man-size shark was a nice nod to the comics but seeing him on-screen (and the reveal of Wells taking him down) provided the episode's biggest geek moment. Well done.

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