TV Review: The Flash S1E5 Plastique
After a bomb goes off downtown, the army, led by General Eiling, rolls in and takes over the case, much to Joe’s surprise. Suspicious, Joe tells Barry that he and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs should look into the army’s involvement. Wells informs the team that Eiling was experimenting on his men to turn them into super soldiers. Cisco confirms one of Eiling’s soldiers, Bette Sans Souci, was at the bomb site. The Flash tracks her down and realizes that she’s not setting off the bombs, she is a meta-human who can blow things up just by touching them. Meanwhile, when Joe learns Iris is writing about “the streak,” he tells Barry to make her stop. Barry realizes Iris won’t listen to him so he decides to have The Flash pay her a visit.
As a whole, this episode was the weakest of the series so far. Plastique is very much a throwaway character, not very memorable at all. The tension with the army is just ok. It’s all meh.
But, there’s some cool things here otherwise. Barry talks to Joe West who admits he knows Barry’s feelings towards his daughter. That’s a nice one to see, and also solid of him to tell Barry he should tell the truth about his feelings to Iris. That’s also interesting since Joe is very protective of her, and doesn’t want Barry as the Flash to hurt her.
The biggest thing this episode was the ending which shows the word Grodd on a cage, confirming we’ll see Gorilla Grodd some time in the future. That should be particularly cool, especially to see how they handle the special effects. It can be fantastic, or really cheesy, and who knows how the audience will react to it all.
Overall, some cool things here, but generally, the episode is a definite dip from all that’s come before. As can be expected, even the fastest man will hit a speed bump once in a while.
Overall rating: 6.75