Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Flash - Into the Void

Despite the episode dealing with some weighty issue such as Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) dealing with the loss of their daughter (he by throwing himself in his heroics and her in bottling her feelings) and the threat of a black hole destroying the entire city, there is quite a bit of fun to be had in the show's Sixth Season premiere. (By the way, I'll take busy-bee Barry over brooding Barry any day.) Taking place a few months following Nora disappearing from history, "Into the Void" offers an immediate challenge in the form of a garage scientist (Brandon McKnight) who accidentally creates a recurring black hole around Central City and foreshadow trouble down the line in Caitlin's (Danielle Panabaker) old friend (Sendhil Ramamurthy) who has become obsessed with using dark matter to save himself and others from the disease which took his mother's life (no matter the cost). McKnight turns out to be one of several fun surprises, and hearing that he'll be sticking around Star Labs for the next several weeks makes me hopeful we'll get more of Chester P. Runk.

It's in the episode's beginning and ending sequences that The Flash begins to tease the mid-season crossover beginning with speedsters out of time running amok in Central City and ending with the appearance of the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) delivering bad news to Team Flash about Barry's upcoming fate. The premiere also foreshadows big changes for Caitlin who agrees to let Killer Frost take the lead for the foreseeable future, a move spurred on by the surprisingly insightful Ralph (Hartley Sawyer). The episode is also notable for two events. The first of these is the show's adoption of the best looking Flash suit (which thankfully gets rid of those awful ridges in the cowl). The second is fans sharing in Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) unapologetic joy at rocking out the perfect song as the Scarlet Speedster saves the city from a black hole.

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