The Flash: The Runaway Dinosaur

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

In the previous episode, “Rupture,” the series stepped up its Zoom game and ultimately “killed” Barry while attempting to regain his powers. This episode, much like the previous episode, focused on what it means to be a hero.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

“The Runaway Dinosaur” was a fantastic emotional journey for The Flash. Continuously throughout the series, the writers nail the emotional beats with such ease. It’s very impressive how well the series does it.

However, considering Kevin Smith directed the episode, I was expecting a lot more. He didn’t add anything to the series that hadn’t already been there. Instead, it felt like the script carried the episode. Especially given how television is a writer’s medium, Smith did exactly what he had to do: frame the actions shots and get the best out of the actors. More than anything, it felt like just another episode of The Flash. In case you missed it, there was a brief Jason Mewes cameo.

For some reason, Iris has been quite absent throughout this second season. I do have to say it is for the better. She’s one of those characters that are polarizing. Sometimes her mere presence is grating, however “The Runaway Dinosaur” was a showcase of how fun Iris can be. Maybe this can be contributed to how much of the episode she spent with Cisco trying to catch Girder. The return of Girder was the episode’s one misstep. It felt like it was added to the episode as filler or to give the cast something else to do. Nevertheless, Cisco and Iris’ comedic partnership was a success.

Also, it’s nice that her and Barry’s romantic relationship hasn’t been forced upon the viewer this season. There has been an undercurrent of something in the previous episodes, but this episode acknowledged the tension. Thankfully they left it open-ended. With the Zoom threat hanging over the show, the romance angle is not one that should be currently explored.

Watching Barry interact with the Speed Force was quite interesting. It’s written and performed well by the actors, so much so that just like Barry, the audience is torn between the Speed Force imposters and the actual characters. The performances of the actors allowed for Barry to open up to the Speed Force.

Grant Gustin hit the performance out of the park, especially when he interacted with Speed Force Nora. He was conflicted throughout his journey with the Speed Force but eventually opened up enough to save himself and his speed. The series has never fully explored Nora’s passing and its effect on Barry. We did see his journey last year as he faced the choice of saving his mother. Of course, this heavily weighed on him but it was somewhat pushed aside for the greater storyline. Also, earlier in the season, there was a quick moment in Earth-2 where Barry talked to his mom on the phone. That was a great emotional moment as well. And, Gustin reciting passages from the children’s book was a master class in acting. That one gets you right in the heartstrings.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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