The Flash, S1 Ep14 – Fallout

“Fallout” continues directly after last week’s episode, “The Nuclear Man”, which ended with the conjoined Ronnie and Dr. Stein exploding in an effort to separate themselves. In the beginning of this week’s episode we find out that the two separated successfully, leading to a sweet reunion between Caitlin Snow and her fiancé, Ronnie. But all is not well, as the explosion caught the attention of General Wade Eiling who sets out to capture Ronnie and Dr. Stein.

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Dr. Martin Stein in the flesh

Much of this episode’s attention is focused on building on the origin of Firestorm, and thankfully concluding it appropriately. It is revealed that even though Ronnie and Dr. Stein have been separated they still have a connection with each other, which leads to a humorous line regarding Dr. Stein being “still inside Ronald”. With Eiling now on their trail, it’s up to Barry and the rest of Team Flash to assure Ronnie and Dr. Stein’s safety. Unfortunately, Eiling has improved his tactics since his last encounter with The Flash, developing weapons specifically created to counter Barry’s abilities.

As it probably wasn’t hard for him to figure out, Eiling has determined the secret identity of The Flash. He uses this knowledge as a bargaining chip for Wells to give up Dr. Stein, which Wells succeeds at doing by drugging Stein’s drink. Using the connection Ronnie and Dr. Stein have, they’re able to find Dr. Stein in a seemingly abandoned military complex where Eiling has been torturing him for information. As The Flash successfully rescues Stein he is eventually caught by another one of Eiling’s traps, which leads to Ronnie and Dr. Stein having to merge once again and take down the military surrounding them.

It was nice to finally see Firestorm perform some super heroics. The two now have a handle on how to control their powers and no longer look like a unkempt homeless man. The scene where we get to see Firestorm’s power displayed is brief but fun to watch, and leads to an awesome hero shot of The Flash and Firestorm running/flying away as a team.

What bothered me about this plot was a small convenient hole that was never addressed or explained afterwards. Wells drugs Stein in order for Eiling to capture him, but after his rescue is all said and done Stein has no recollection of that ever happening. Maybe the drug caused some short-term memory loss? Whatever it was, it just seems like a convenient way of prolonging Wells’ cover.

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Clancy Brown returns as General Eiling

Iris West steps into some new territory as she is convinced by a fellow reporter that she should investigate S.T.A.R. Labs. At first it’s hard for her believe that they might be up to anything sinister, but after reviewing her old blog posts she notices a resemblance between “The Burning Man” she blogged about and the man Caitlin was seen with: Ronnie. That, plus the fact that Eiling’s soldiers attempted to capture Ronnie at the coffee shop. By the end of the episode Iris has grown very suspicious of those working at S.T.A.R. Labs, and Caitlin’s failure to recall the city they stated Ronnie was from only aids in enhancing that suspicion.

One of this week’s biggest developments regarded Barry Allen and him learning that he will travel to the past to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash. Now knowing that he is destined to go back in time he decides he will not fail at saving his mother a second time. If Barry succeeds this second time around it can lead to some serious, universe-shattering repercussions and may change the present-day drastically. You would think after all the comics Barry has read he’d know better than to mess with the space-time continuum, but he’s going to do it anyway. We can’t blame him as the act will ensure his mother will never die, but if he’s successful I look forward to seeing how things change.

Overall, “Fallout” was a fun episode. Other than Dr. Stein conveniently forgetting Wells drugged him, I had no issues with it. I was happy to see this drawn-out Firestorm origin finally come to a close, glad that The Flash isn’t afraid to incorporate the concept of time travel into its overall plot, and I like the new direction Iris is being taken in. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Iris found out the truth about Barry and S.T.A.R. Labs by the end of the season. Would she have to create false reports to protect the lives of her friends, or will she be so hurt from being lied to that she will report the truth anyway? Also, how about that final scene? Grodd is coming and I can’t wait.

Sadly, The Flash won’t be returning with new episodes until Tuesday, March 17. In the meantime check out The CW’s spoilerific promo for the next episode entitled “Out of Time” below, and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Fallout” in the comments.

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