A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
An upwards rebound from last week, Fallout leaps from exactly where The Nuclear Man left off and the narrative stakes were immediately raised. As it turns out, at initial onset separating Ronnie and Dr. Stein from each other seemed to be the solution to the Firestorm quandary. As one would have it, it was only the beginning. The two developed a sort of telepathic connection to each other that can transcend the mediums of time and space (it is sort of reminiscent of how Harry functioned as one of Voldemort’s accidental Horcruxes). Dr. Stein, who used to hate pizza, developed Ronnie’s obsession for it and when the doctor felt dizzy and fell to the ground, Ronnie felt the same pain. At first it seemed to be an intriguing possibility, full of potential scientific promise. Then Clancy Brown’s General Eiling comes into the picture and all of a sudden that seemingly innocent intrigue becomes literally torturous, the very real possibility of imminent death around at every corner. A plethora of cliffhangers are put neatly into place right before a thundering arrives, leaving us in shock until the sow returns on March 17th.
General Eiling’s obsession with creating a metahuman weapon hasn’t abated since we last saw him and Brown manages to make him even more loathsome this time around – committing torture on an elderly scientist and then putting a gun to his head generally helps with that negative sentiment. The reappearance of Firestorm has set off alarm bells and the general’s desires reawaken with an even greater thirst for conquest – in the name of national security, of course. He naturally comes knocking at Dr. Wells’s door and here is a bit of a snafu that I don’t quite understand. Dr. Wells gave up Dr. Stein and that is hardly surprising in and of itself – it seems perfectly within his nature. But Dr. Wells going to the trouble of then wearing his Reverse Flash suit, revealing himself, and then handing himself over to the very real Grod renders the kidnapping and the subsequent rescue a little moot. Sure, it was exciting to see General Eiling employ his little sharp tools against the Flash and Firestorm to sort of even the field, but his seemingly certain doom renders that a little unnecessary, narratively speaking. The only purpose I can find to that endeavor is to check if Ronnie and Dr. Stein could merge and separate without trouble again (which they do), but there ought to have been a more logical way of getting there. Unless, of course, Dr. Wells has learned something unbeknownst to the audience and in that case, color me corrected. It certainly, anyhow, looks like the end for our war hawk General unless Dr. Wells wants to keep him alive for other nefarious purposes.
Joe wastes no time in telling Barry exactly what Cisco had found. I was a bit worried that for the sake of melodrama Joe would try to keep everything under wraps but him calmly telling Barry exactly what he had found and what the implications could very well be was nicely done. There’s just the right mix of emotional heft that Joe embodies when he tells Barry everything that is perfect for their relationship. Barry is understandable shock that slowly ebbs away and is replaced by determination. Now that he know one piece of the puzzle, it’s much easier to fill in the entire portrait so to speak. If he can traverse through time, perhaps he can ensure that the murder never took place and save his entire family. But what implications could that have in and of itself? Speaking of implications, Iris comes across Ronnie without knowing who it is, but remembering that he at the very least looked familiar. It seemed obviously suspicious from the start, only compounded by Iris researching the Burning Man’s face on her blog. Quickly she tests Caitlin and grabbed onto the one trip she made by forgetting where her cousin “Sam” came from. Iris smiles knowingly – if Firestorm is within her grasp, how far away is the Flash?
Great/Not So Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+The opening sequence was fantastically done
+The visual effects on their budget continue to impress
+Clarissa and Dr. Stein
+“I don’t fully know how Cisco did it.” Nor does, logic, Joe. Nor does logic.
+“Might as well be in Dothraki…”
+“I’m still inside Ronald.”; “There has to be a better way to phrase that.”
+Her cousin Sam from Coast City
+“I thought you’d be wheeling by.”
+“We love you.”
+“You two are like ten seasons of Ross and Rachel smushed into one year.”
+“Midway via Coast City…”
+/-Addressing radiation and then sort of forgetting about it for the rest of the hour
+/-“Gentlemen, we are at war.” Okay, General. Calm down.
Written By: Keto Shimizu & Ben Sokolowski
Directed By: Steve Surjik
Image Courtesy: Screen Crush