The Flash: The Flash is Born Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)



Overall, “The Flash is Born” was a pedestrian effort. It was about time that The Flash had a small stumble. There was something lacking in this episode that the other seven episodes have done so well.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Well, The Streak moniker is now officially retired. Really, I didn’t hate the name as much as some others, but it’s surprising that it only took eight episodes for the scarlet speeder to get his official name. I liked that he was the one to actually name himself, even though Oliver Queen was the first one to semi suggest it. It’s a whole lot better than having Cisco be the one to come up with that name.

I liked that this villain, Girder, had some sort of history with Barry even though said villain had no idea it was Barry underneath that red suit. I think this is one of the few times the flashback sequence worked. They were able to show the history between the two characters. However, the flashback scene with Little Barry and Little Iris was utterly boring. It felt more like they were obligated to use the kids again in another scene and just threw it in.

Joe and Dr. Wells squaring off was easily the highlight of the episode. First of all, Dr. Wells actually left STAR Labs in this episode. These two are such strong characters and it was great to see them finally duke it out. If anything, the scenes humanized Dr. Wells with his loss of Tess Morgan. So far, he has been a villain with little else to do, so getting a little more backstory on the character was well needed.

I have to say, Eddie really shined in this episode. It was one of the rare times he was used for more than Iris’ love interest and Barry’s romantic foe. Instead, we actually saw him and Barry have a few bonding scenes. I would actually really like them to have a bromance so if and when Eddie turns evil, it could really increase the drama level.

I’m starting to become irked that The Flash is now doing regular rooftop meeting with Iris. It’s coming off too Superman-ish. (Speaking of Superman, did anyone catch Dr. Wells “a man of steel” comment? Oh, and another Easter egg: Thanks to Iris’ blog, we know Firestorm is out there.) The only difference is that Lois Lane is kick-butt and Iris is so not. This episode just confirmed the fact that she will become the series’ damsel in distress. Since she refuses to stop writing her blog, which is admirable from a journalistic perspective, she is constantly going to be in danger making her in need of saving.

Even though I didn’t like Iris being the voiceover for the start of the episode, I have to give them credit for actually trying to change it up. Thankfully, they also changed up the ending tag scene as well. Instead of Dr. Wells, they had Joe encounter the yellow streak. It seems as if Joe was on the right track in order for someone to take all of the evidence.

The sonic boom and the supersonic punch looked great. They slowed it down just enough to not look cheap or cheesy.

I’m not a fan of Barry revealing his identity to his former bully. Hypothetically, if he gets out of the STAR Labs prison, he could easily share with the rest of his inmates who The Flash really is. Even though it was emotionally satisfying, in the end, it’s not a smart move.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


    One Comment

  1. EnochNovember 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Cannot agree more with the ending comment about Barry revealing his identity to Girder. Now if (read: when) a STAR Labs prison break happens, either Girder has to die or stay incarcerated or else they’ll have a hell of a time explaining why he decided to not reveal the Flash’s identity. Either that or they really mix things up by having everyone (or at least the rogues) learn the Flash’s identity.

    Still, I thought it was a strong episode with a good villain and overarching story progression 🙂

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