written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
The Firestorm saga continues after the explosive way the last episode came to a close. Professor Stein and Ronnie Raymond successfully separate but on the down side this falls on General Eiling's radar, and of course the power hungry General sets his sights on Firestorm... ya know... to make super soldiers and stuff.
General Eiling never struck me as a a strong villain, sure the misguided military man looking for a means to further his career with creating the next big leap in wartime combat is a common trope in fiction, when compared to others that the Flash has faced... he never struck me to be on par with any of his other rogues.
Time travel is still ever present and Barry is comes face to face with the day his mother was murdered... also with the notion that a version of himself was there when his mother died. Still, the time travel storyline has chugged along, a little bit revealed at Christmas... a dash last week... and Barry face to face with it this week. The saddest realization for Barry was that despite accepting that a future version of himself was present at the death of his mother, he failed.
Time travel concepts are a wobbly-wobbly-gobbildy-goop of confusing concepts. This further solidifies a theory that perhaps eventually they'll pull forward with a "Flashpoint" like story line in the series. Regardless, as I said earlier the whole time travel arc hasn't progressed much, hopefully to come to an epic climax in the coming episodes.
The part that warmed my heart the most was the interactions between the long lost lovers, for both Ronnie & Caitlin and Professor Stein & his wife. Of course this is short lived with a crazed military man hot on Firestorm's heels.
While Firestorm has made a cameo here and there, we finally get to see the Firestorm comic book fans love kick all kinds of nuclear ass. While the rest of Firestorm's powers haven't yet been realized, most of his combat scenes involve him just lighting things on all kinds of fire. I was hoping for more, and this quick tease felt far too brief, but on the upside we got quite a bit more Flash scenes this episode, something I can't really complain about.
Harrison Wells continues to slip further away from the hope I had that he isn't quite the bad guy the show's been setting him up to be, and come the end of the episode you'll know why. While a bit spoilery, you can check out the extended sneak peak for episode 15, which as a fan of the show tickles my inner nerd bone while also frustrating me... since the episode doesn't air until March 17th! We just got The Flash back and we have to wait even longer?
Overall, the episode was largely satisfying. Though Eiling felt like a weak villain, seeing Firestorm flex his powers with impressive bravado made up for it. The wait's killing me, but at least this episode ended on a satisfying cliffhanger. Quote of the week belongs to Cisco when commenting on Caitlin and Ronnie's relationship over the last year, "you guys are like ten season of Ross and Rachel but like smooshed into one year." Till next time... same Flash time... same Flash channel.