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March 06, 2018 at 10:32 PM EST

The Flash

TV Show
run date
Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton
The CW
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

This week, The Flash breaks away from its formula and tries something new: an episode that mostly takes place in the span of about 10 seconds. Sure, it’s gimmicky, but I loved it! The episode is tense and packs quite the emotional punch thanks to a Harry and Jesse story line that feels like it came out of nowhere.

Since figuring out that DeVoe’s lair is hidden in a pocket dimension, Barry has been practicing trying to catch him, which means having Cisco create a breach as Barry tries to reach it before it closes. Training is not going well, so he’s frustrated and Cisco’s exhausted. Iris, doing her best Eliza Hamilton impression, convinces Barry to take a break from his training, and they make some date night plans since they haven’t had any quality husband-wife time in quite a while. (Prison will do that).

Meanwhile, Jesse decides to respond to the apology cube she received from her father, which was missing the apology, in person and pops over to our Earth — and we finally learn why they’re actually on the outs. It turns out Jesse has been trying to get her father to open up about her dead mother because she thinks he still hasn’t dealt with it and opening up might make him less angry. Stubborn as always, Harry refuses. Thus, the Wellses reach an impasse. Luckily, a crisis arises to distract from all of this drama.

Joe, who was escorting an ARGUS container, comes under heavy fire while defending said container and calls Team Flash for help. By the time they arrive on the scene at the air hangar, one of the robbers has opened the container and activated the fission engine (a.k.a. super nuclear bomb, which is the scientific term for it) inside. (Fun fact: The easiest way to make a story more exciting is to throw in a nuclear bomb. It’s sort of like how Michael Scott used to draw a gun in every improv scene he did.) Barry immediately enters Flashtime, which means he’s moving so quickly that everyone around him looks frozen. Jesse is there with him, too. So they get to work on figuring a way out of this.

Here’s a list of possible solutions:

  • They could run it to a deserted part of our Earth: Nope, that’s not an option because their speed would accelerate the nuclear reaction.
  • Breach it to another Earth: Again, nope. Barry discovers that won’t work either when he brings Cisco into Flashtime, where Cisco’s powers don’t work because he’s moving too quickly.
  • Time travel? Jesse has this bright idea, but thankfully Barry shoots it down because he’s learned his damn lesson.
  • Sending it into the Speed Force, as Harry suggests: This is something they could do, but Jay, whom Jesse recruits to help with this latest problem, shoots down that idea immediately because they have no idea what will happen to the Speed Force if they allow a bomb of that magnitude to go off in inside of it. Every speedster could lose his or her speed if the bomb goes off, and that’s the last thing we want to happen! (Note: I think the key to enjoying this episode is giving up trying to figure out what the Speed Force is/can and can’t do.) (Next: In the end, the real Speed Force was feels)
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