written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
The unfortunate tale of Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein come to climatic and explosive fruition, while Barry's new found love begins to escalate to spicy (literally... you'll see) levels and Joe's investigation of Harrison Wells creates an equally spicy working environment with Cisco... this episode took three distinctly separate trails.
First let's focus on the budding romance; since Christmas Barry's love life hasn't exactly been speedily moving along at a pace his body was used to moving. But seeing how since his Holiday confession to Iris... love hasn't exactly been on Barry's side. Despite how I'm still a bit hesitant to accept Linda Park as Barry Allen's love interest (comic fan's know her as Wally "the-third-Flash-and-Barry-Allen's-nephew" West's wife) seeing the two of them together feels so right, Grant Gustin's boyish charm comes through when seeing him nervously prepare for a date or smile uncontrollably from ear-to-ear when in Linda's presence. Sure, I wish it would work out for Barry and Iris, but at least at this point I'm digging Barry and Linda... or Barinda? Binda? perhaps... Linarry?
As far as Joe's investigation, searching for any clue that could link Harrison Wells to the death of Barry's mother he enlists Cisco Ramon's aid in hunting down any clue in Barry's childhood home. Thanks to some sciencey-mumbo-jumbo with lightning and a mirror, Cisco was able to construct a device that creates a holographic photo of the events of that fateful night... complete with a blurry yellow speedster being chased by a blurry red speedster. Can't imagine anyone else that could be, so I guess we can start looking forward to time travel joining the overarching narrative on The Flash.
The Firestorm part predominantly leads the episode with Team Flash trying to figure out how to separate Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein. While this drives the episode, it doesn't exactly lead it. Though the episode title leads the viewer to believe it will focus primarily on the Firestorm saga, it ends up as the weakest element of the entire episode. While I'm glad that we were finally able to see more of Robbie Amell aside from going full on Human Torch, the episode felt boring. Seeing Barry fuss over his outfit before a first date was charming... but the episode felt more so light on the scarlet suited antics.
It wasn't the best, and for the first time watching this series I was bored by an episode... but at least we can expect some time travel in the coming episodes.