We gave it a B-
When Joe and Harry’s search turns up nothing, Harry takes it upon himself to have an important conversation with Iris. He tells her that they’re failing at finding their friends because their resources are stretched too thin. The satellite can’t possibly track Caitlin’s powers and Barry’s Speed Force energy at the same time, so it’s time for Iris to make the tough call as the team’s leader. Obviously, Iris can’t bring herself to choose between her husband and her friend, but eventually she does. She decides to focus their energies on finding Caitlin because she’s in a vulnerable position and Barry can handle himself. If there’s one thing I love about this season, it’s that Iris is being given more to do on the team.
Iris isn’t the only member of Team Flash who has a strong character moment in this episode. After Caitlin’s abduction, Cisco took out his frustration on Ralph, whom he blamed because Ralph drove Caitlin off by saying how much fun Killer Frost is. Eventually Cisco apologizes for putting that all on Ralph, and Ralph apologizes for being a dick and admits that it’s been a while since he’s had actual friends. While I still find Ralph more annoying than charmingly gross, this episode struck a nice balance between his grossness and humor, which is something that was missing the last time he showed up on the show.
Using old equipment she finds in the hospital, Caitlin manages to create what she needs to safely remove the shard of metal from Dominic’s neck. However, she uses the surgery as an opportunity to also knock out Amunet and her men, and she and Dominic make their escape. Amunet quickly recovers and chases after them, but thankfully, Cisco and Elongated Man arrive in time to save her. It’s a pretty disappointing solution because with Caitlin’s Killer Frost powers, there was reason to believe the show wouldn’t use her as a damsel in distress. To be fair, the problem isn’t that bad here, because Caitlin did fight back and wasn’t waiting to be saved, but imagine if she had managed to completely escape on her own and this entire adventure was about her learning how to work with her Killer Frost side.
It turns out Iris was right about Barry being able to handle himself, because Barry tricks DeVoe into opening his cage by vibrating so quickly that it looks like he’s invisible. Once the force field is gone, Barry attacks DeVoe, who teleports them into the air, where their fight happens. Thankfully, Barry manages to escape from DeVoe without killing himself. (Shoutout to the raft function in the suit, which comes in handy).
Given the day’s events, Team Flash, with newcomer Dominic in tow, gathers at Joe’s apartment to celebrate Christmas, because they need some fun. However, the peace doesn’t last long. The alarm in Barry and Iris’ apartment goes off, so Barry speeds off to check on it. When he gets there, he receives a call from Dominic, who is actually the Thinker (Amunet recaptured Dominic and sold him to Marlize and DeVoe). There, in his apartment, Barry finds DeVoe’s old body, which was stabbed with a knife Barry and Iris got during their wedding. The cops arrive and bang on the apartment door, and for some stupid reason, Barry allows himself to be arrested for a crime he didn’t commit instead of using his powers to escape or clean up the crime scene before the cops barge in.
Wall of Weird:
- This episode was pretty funny. Cisco and Harry bickering will never get old.
- “Are you a time traveler? Because those white girl dreads came straight from the ’90s” — Cisco, to Amunet Black
- “You, Caitlin Snow, are and have always been remarkable” — Amunet, to Caitlin
- “You shoud learn to lose every once and a while Barry. A little humility will prepare you for what’s ahead” — DeVoe to Barry