The Flash, S1 Ep09 – The Man in the Yellow Suit

In only eight episodes, The Flash has done very well progressing its characters, further developing The CW’s DC universe, and constantly supplying viewers with more mystery and intrigue. Everything that’s happened in Barry Allen’s journey has been leading up to this as he comes face to face with “The Man in the Yellow Suit.” Not only are we introduced to the so called Reverse-Flash and allowed to hear the sinister tone in his voice, but this episode also further develops the love triangle between Barry, Iris, and Eddie, and re-introduces Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) as Central City’s newest meta-human.

Off to find Ronnie

Off to find Ronnie

Ronnie Raymond’s current state is treated more as a tease for whats to come with the character next year. As the episode mainly focuses on Barry’s relationship issues and the introduction of the Reverse-Flash, Ronnie seems a bit out of place. Still, I enjoyed seeing Caitlin and Cisco bonding and going off on their own to find Ronnie. When they do find him he is seemingly confused and doesn’t even know who he is. The only thing he says to the duo that holds any weight is the word “firestorm”. I welcome seeing Team Flash look further into what the word actually implies in upcoming episodes. Readers of DC Comics will already know what it means. In the mean time, it was cool seeing Ronnie’s head go ablaze, seeing him take down Reverse-Flash, and flying away Human Torch style.

It constantly bothers me that Iris is the only one who can’t see that Barry has feelings for her. The trend continues in this episode as Eddie even realizes it before she has an inkling. So, I’m glad this won’t be an issue going forth as Barry finally protested his love for her. As Barry even states himself, the act was poorly timed. Iris is in love with Eddie, with good reason, and is even moving in with him. Now that the truth is out in the open this should add a new dynamic to the characters of Barry and Iris.

The meat of this episode, as evident by the title, focused primarily on The Flash going toe-to-toe with the Reverse-Flash, the speedster who murdered Barry’s mother. Reverse-Flash is without a doubt The Flash’s most formidable opponent yet as Barry fails to defeat him twice. Reverse-Flash remains a sinister force throughout the remainder of the episode and we’re never given any clues to who he might actually be until the very last scene.

Through some evidence found by Cisco it is implied that there are indeed two Reverse-Flashes. The final scene sees Harrison Wells enter his secret lair where we see he has a yellow suit of his own. He even throws on the voice just in case the suit didn’t make it clear that he is one of the two. But who is the other one? Of course, DC Comics readers have their theories and the obvious answer could very well be true, but keep in mind both The Flash and Arrow have altered the origins of specific characters from the comics. So, anything is possible.

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Barry’s no match for the man in the yellow suit

Overall, “The Man in the Yellow Suit” was a highly enjoyable and emotional mid-season finale. The action scenes between The Flash and Reverse-Flash were a pleasure to see on screen, especially for fans of the comics. Barry opened up a whole new can of worms that should potentially lead to some drama involving Iris and Eddie. Grant Gustin continues to grow as an actor and seeing Gustin’s Barry break down in front of his dad during visiting hours nearly brought a single tear to my eye. While I enjoyed seeing Ronnie Raymond return, seeing him fly away into the night after throwing a fire ball at Reverse-Flash did seem a bit cheesy. But I’m all for a little cheese here and there.

One thing that kind of bothered me about the conclusion was the fact that Barry or Joe didn’t immediately check on Iris after the Reverse-Flash escaped, especially after he reminded Joe of his original warning. Being that The Flash is from the creators of Arrow, I’m at times on edge and worried that someone is going to die. Fortunately, Iris was no where near harm’s way and Barry and his friends and family were able to enjoy a nice Christmas Eve together.

Also, for those of you who weren’t alive when The Flash was on TV in 1990 (I was only 4), actor Amanda Pays reprised her role as Dr. Tina McGee. While her character was somewhat pivotal to the overall plot she stood out mainly as a cameo. Still, its nice seeing The Flash pay homage to its predecessor first by casting John Wesley Shipp (the original Flash) and now with casting Pays. Its already been revealed that SPOILER ALERT Mark Hamill (Star Wars) will reprise his original series role as The Trickster in an upcoming episode. Now there’s something we have to look forward to.

The Flash returns Tuesday, January 20 in “Revenge of the Rogues”. Check out the official promo below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “The Man in the Yellow Mask” in the comments.