Barry: “If there was an Olympics for bad luck, you didn’t just medal, you Michael Phelps-ed.”
“Power Outage” is the November 25 episode of “The Flash.” Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. Part one of “The Flash” crossover with “Arrow” airs next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
There is a lot happening in this episode. The clock king aka William Tochman makes an appearance, and Barry is dealing with Farooq. It’s interesting that Tochman takes a minor role, of sorts. He is this big villain from “Arrow,” but he never goes up against the Flash.
Aside from Tochman’s wacky personality, his storyline is really boring. Iris does step up, but her final moment where she defeats Tochman is not even shown. Honestly, it is a waste of a storyline. Tochman doesn’t contribute anything exciting, which he has shown he is more than capable of on “Arrow.”
It’s hard to tell what the writers wanted to accomplish with this storyline. Barry feels bad for not being able to step in and help, but it is a very minor moment where this happen. Iris learned that the Flash won’t always be there for her, but there isn’t a huge payoff from it. Sure, she says that she had to step up, but it’s unlikely that she will stop hoping that the Flash will swoop in and save the day. What did you think of the storyline? Did you like it?
This is a good episode to showcase Wells’ view on humanity. He doesn’t value everyone. All he cares about is Barry and that the future remains intact. If that means that some people have to die, then it’s fine. Wells has a very happy outlook, but hey, at least he knows it.
Wells has been a bit of a mystery as far as his life goals and motivations go. He has come off as evil at times, and yet not evil because he protects Barry. Wells lives in the gray. At the end of this episode, there hasn’t really been any further illumination. He keeps a journal of Barry’s progress, and that’s all that is learned.
It is nice that the writers are slowly building on Wells, but there still isn’t a lot that is learned. All that is being given is more instances that he is focused on Barry. At least his more devious side comes up when Wells realizes that the way to motivate Barry to kick it up a notch is to go after his loved ones. Do you think Wells will put someone Barry cares about in harm’s way?
The one really curious thing in this episode is the end. Why does he want to know how Farooq stole Barry’s powers? Now, Wells could have purely altruistic motives for doing this – maybe he wants to be able to prevent this from happening in the future. Another option is that Wells wants to be able to permanently steal Barry’s powers and be able maybe to even transfer them. What’s your theory?
Alright, this was a Wells episode, and now there needs to be Cisco and Caitlin episode. There’s not much that we know about Cisco, particularly. Caitlin’s big episode will most likely be whenever her fiance reappears (spoilers?).
Cisco is a huge mystery. He is a great comic relief, but there isn’t much that viewers know about Cisco as a person. It is about time that he gets a chance to shine. The writers need to build on more of who he is, and what drives him.
What did you think of the episode? This episode had potential, but it didn’t fully follow through. Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.