The Mist, Supposedly
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The thing that The Flash can’t seem to outrun is itself. There’s already a sense of plot mechanics being recycled this early on and all of the bubbling weaknesses of the show that weren’t too nagging for me have sort of come back in full force and it induces at the very least a slight groan. Perhaps the most annoying part of that entire sense of déjà vu experience was another speech that Barry gets on the importance and responsibilities of being who he truly is. We get it Barry, being a superhero isn’t just all fun as you had assumed it to be and it’s not that easy. But do you really need a pep talk about it every episode? Next week there’ll be a seminar. This is only the third episode, so I’ll cut them a bit of slack, but hopefully they refrain from “being a superhero is hard” speeches in the future.
The Mist takes the villain of the week spot, someone who was supposed to die in the all powerful particle accelerator explosion. Instead of dying, his “mist” for lack of a better phrase turns into hydrogen cyanide. It’s a fun little twist of irony and the character itself is fine, if surprisingly forgettable. But when Barry goes into full battle mode against the Mist, it can’t help but be fully evocative of the tornado battle that just happened. Nor is the outcome of that battle itself particularly thrilling, which is fine, because the cleverness of it beats any necessity of full on fights for me. The end of locking him in with the particle accelerator seems like it either is a really clever idea or a fairly stupid one. We’ll see.
The actual night of the particle accelerator explosion comes black in flashbacks. Flashbacks on principle can be incredibly tricky to execute well and at their best they can be revelatory and add additional depth to characters you already know and or characters directly related to them. The flashbacks here certainly accomplish that quite well. Caitlin’s characters gets welcome layers as a bit more is revealed about what happened to her fiancé Ronnie. He was inside, going for a self-sacrifice moment as Cisco locks down the blast doors. From here I garner that Ronnie is still alive, considering the particle accelerator hasn’t killed anybody but has instead given them freakish powers. In a welcoming mystery element, who Wells truly is and what his motivations are treated with the appropriate level of narrative. He’s becoming a far more doubtful individual but the show drops just enough nuggets so you’re not truly sure whether or not to trust your instincts on the possible shadows in Well’s life.
In CW-related news, the Iris and Eddie romance is still unfortunately playing out. But at the very least, they’re avoiding the romance triangle in the shadows, which was beginning to feel like the route they were going to take. Thankfully they’re not going down that route and instead they just make it super obvious that the two are together. I am totally down with that, mostly because this isn’t a romance that in any way, shape, or form benefits from a mystery angle. Overall, it’s a meh romance that just kind of exists because it needs to do but as long as they don’t shove it everyone’s faces (like it’s prophetic speeches about responsibility), that’s totally fine. Until next week, folks.
Title: Things You Can’t Outrun
Written by: Alison Schapker & Grainne Godfree
Directed By: Jesse Warn
Image Courtesy: Stay on Target Podcast