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The Flash Review: Training and Waiting in “Untouchable”

by on February 8, 2017
 

While this week might have been a filler episode in terms of the villain, it did have multiple plot points that were quite useful in terms of moving the overall story along. That being said, “Untouchable” still felt at times like it was treading water, staying far too long in the same place which kind of made the episode feel like it was dragging its heels. Almost everything was forgiven however, with the final clip that had me fanboying away with a stupid grin on my face.The Flash -- " Untouchable" -- Image FLA312a_0085b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The bulk of this episode was about Barry training Wally as Kid Flash, preparing him to be ready to save Iris from Savitar when the time comes. However, while Barry had some excellent if not morally corrupt teachers in Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne and Zoom, he is not having the best of luck motivating Wally to be all he can be and Kid Flash is struggling a bit because of it. Barry is not perfect (I’m looking right at you, Flashpoint) and this is causing him to question whether he is the right person to be teaching Wally anything, let alone preparing him to go up against Savitar.

The meta this week is pretty damn powerful, able to disintegrate anything with a single touch. It turns out he wants the cops who put him away, imprisoned in Flashpoint, and also was awakened by Alchemy. He ends up going after Joe and then Iris and this leads to the team finally telling Joe about what Barry saw in his visit to the future. The meta does manage to get his ‘hands’ on Iris which allows Killer Frost to come out to try and save her by freezing her arm and slowing the spread of…whatever it is that will kill Iris if left unchecked.

All of these little plot devices flash-untouchable-e1486071569648have a purpose. Caitlyn and Julian both struggle with their inner demons, Julian with what he has done as Alchemy and Caitlyn with the darkness that lives inside her as Killer Frost. The team realizes that trusting one another is key, so they should have told Joe earlier and Wally needs to trust in himself more, not just rely on others to get him through tough times.

This leads us to the finale of the episode, where Kid Flash ends up going head to head with the meta after Barry does something bizarre yet fun with his powers to save a train full of people, which happens to include Joe. Exhausted from this maneuver, it’s left up to Kid Flash who very successfully pulls off a trick that he and Barry had been practicing for a while now. Everyone is all smiles but the fact remains, Barry is still not the best of teachers and I think that will come back to haunt him in some way before the season is over.

Oh yes, and then there was the final clip. It might have only been twenty seconds but the mere mention of a certain incredibly smart and powerful gorilla made me very excited for next weeks episode.

 

 

Three and a half stars out of five


Positives

- Some great moments between Barry and Wally

- All the characters got involved this week

- Julian is beginning to grow on me, and not in a fungus kind of way

Negatives

- Meta human was a filler villain

- Some good plot threads but the episode still left me wanting more

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85%

 
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90%

 
Writing
87%

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While there can be no denying the 'filler' aspect of both the villain and the episode as a whole, 'Untouchable' did serve a useful purpose in terms of story. However, let's hope this is the last of this kind of episode this year and The Flash sticks to going with the story it has now laid out.