The Flash, S3 Ep03 – Magenta

The third episode in The Flash‘s third season entitled “Magenta” deals with multiple issues as Barry and Iris try pursuing a more romantic relationship, Jesse and Harrison Wells return from Earth-2 to reveal Jesse has gained super speed, and Wally struggles with the fact that he did not gain super speed himself. Meanwhile, a new meta-human is revealed, thanks to Dr. Alchemy, referring to herself as Magenta, played by guest star Joey King (Fargo, The Dark Knight Rises).

The Flash -- "Magenta" -- Image: FLA303b_0005b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R) Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Barry and Iris attempt to be something more

Although both characters share the same feelings for each other, the series has chosen to take it slow with Barry and Iris’ romantic relationship. The episode begins with the two attempting to go on a normal date, which ultimately fails due to The Flash’s obligations to Central City. It’s more interesting to see this aspect of their relationship as it shows they are both trying and there is much room for improvement, rather than having the two immediately fall completely in love and have everything be perfect.

It’s not just that Barry leads a double life, but also the fact that the date turned out to be somewhat boring, which is addressed later in the episode. The failure of the date even leads Barry to believe that maybe they aren’t meant to be, but an optimistic Iris suggests they keep working on it. By the end of the episode we do see some hope that their relationship will flourish.

“Magenta” heavily takes on the relationships between parents and their children as both Harrison and Jesse and Joe and Wally both go through their own respective issues. In “Magenta” we find out that Jesse has gained super speed thanks to the controlled particle accelerator blast that occurred towards the end of season two. While Harrison states his visit to Earth-1 is to simply run tests on his daughter, we soon realize he has ulterior motives. He has returned to Earth-1 to ask Team Flash’s assistance in convincing Jesse not to embrace her meta-human side.

This aspect leads to a couple of conversations between Jesse and members of Team Flash, including Caitlyn, who is secretly harboring her own meta-human abilities, and Wally, who longs to become a speedster himself. Jesse soon comes to the realization that her father would rather her stay safe instead of using her abilities to fight crime. Jesse brings up some strong points about how Barry jumped right into fighting crime, and brings up her gender as a possible excuse for why her father won’t let her embrace her super speed.

By the end of the episode Wells does decide to let Jesse use her abilities and assist Barry in the episode’s final battle with Magenta. The interaction that follows between the two is sweet, as we see a father show pride in his daughter’s desire to do good with her meta-human abilities and see the reveal of Jesse’s new Flash-inspired costume.

From what might be a result of the Flashpoint universe, Wally has more of a desire this season to become a speedster. As the episode progresses we get the sense that Wally is upset and at times sad that he didn’t gain super speed like Jesse did, even though they were both hit with the same particle accelerator blast. Confronting Jesse even leads to a surprising moment where Wally steps in front of a moving vehicle in order to “jump start” his transformation. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t work. By the end of the episode, after some “Dad Cop” discussions, it seems Wally has come to terms with his situation. All that being said, I’m sure Wally will still long to be a meta-human in the back of his mind, and I highly doubt we’ve seen the last of Kid Flash.

The Flash -- "Magenta" -- Image: FLA303a_0003b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

West gives his “Dad Cop” talk

This episode’s villain-of-the-week, Magenta, is different than other meta-humans we’ve seen in the past. She has split personalities in which one is simply Frankie Kane and the other is Magenta. Her Magenta side is able to levitate objects with her mind and seemingly only comes out when faced with stress. At one point Tom Felton’s Julian brings out the dark side of Magenta when arrogantly interrogating her at the CCPD. Julian definitely loses some points as a meta-human specialist for knowingly taunting a meta-human after seeing the pain she caused towards her abusive foster father.

Being that Magenta is a good person at heart, the episode’s climatic battle is one not fought through the use of fists, but with words as Barry talks her out of dropping a boat on a hospital in order to kill her foster father. Of course, this is only accomplished with the help of Jesse as she is able to use her speed to hold the boat in air while Barry and Magenta talk it out.

Overall, “Magenta” was a very satisfying episode. It contained a more compelling antagonist than usual and featured some sweet moments between parents and their children. Also, with Zoom no longer looming over his head, we see a much brighter version of Harrison Wells this season. His use of the word “Not” several times throughout the episode made for some humorous moments. Additionally, while not too prominent, we see more of Dr. Alchemy as he confronts Magenta. The voice of actor Tobin Bell (Saw franchise) is also way more apparent and fits perfectly for Dr. Alchemy. While Dr. Alchemy is generally creepy and mysterious, his motives for why he is converting the meta-humans of Earth-1 have not been revealed. Hopefully, we learn more about this soon.

Next week Barry will continue to team up with Jesse Quick against Mirror Master, played by guest star Gray Damon (Aquarius). Check out The CW’s official promo for “The New Rogues” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Magenta” in the comments.