THE FLASH Review 1.15 “Out Of Time”

Good lord, this show.

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"Forgive me, but to me you've been dead for centuries."

The Flash has been on hiatus for a month, and when it returned, it came back HARD. So much happened in this episode, and yet, sort of nothing happened in this episode. Next week, only Barry will be changed - but we will be, too. Because we're the only ones who know the truth about Dr. Harrison Wells. 

And of course that truth is that Harrison Wells is the Reverse-Flash, he killed Barry's mom - but only because he was intending to kill Barry - and his real name is Eobard Thawne, a distant relative of Eddie's. His sole reason for helping Barry is that he needs Barry's speed to return to his own world and time. How are we supposed to handle this news? The one thing Wells hasn't been faking, apparently, is his affection for Cisco (and I imagine his fondness for Caitlin and Barry is at least partially genuine) - but that affection didn't stop him from blurring his hand into the chest of his surrogate son and choking the life out of him. 

God, what a devastating moment. Cisco is such an important part of The Flash - its beating heart - and it never even occurred to me that he could die. Or that Iris could reveal her feelings and discover Barry's other identity so soon, or that she and Barry could share a pretty major kiss at this juncture of the show, or that Captain David Singh could be paralyzed for life. But all of those things happened this week - and then didn't happen, because as Barry is racing faster than he ever has before to prevent Mark Mardon's tsunami from pummeling into Central City, he suddenly races himself back in time, just a few days, before all of this happened. "Oh boy," indeed. 

It almost feels reductive to discuss any of the other events of the episode - Eddie and Linda's shared jealousy of the flirtation between Barry and Iris, Mason Bridge's investigation, even the intensely anxious scene in which Mardon threatens Joe's life on the waterfront - none of it seems to matter in light of our revelation about Wells, and some of it truly doesn't matter now that Barry has traveled back in time. Of course Mason will keep investigating Wells (I certainly don't hate that idea anymore), and Barry and Iris will still have feelings for one another, and Mark Mardon will still be intent on avenging the death of his brother. It will be fascinating to see where the writers take these threads now that we've already seen them play out once. 

And it will be even more fascinating to observe Team Flash's interactions with Wells now that we know the truth about him. And the truth is about as bad as it can get - this incredibly charismatic, brilliant, warm and funny man is...a bad guy. The worst guy! At some point STAR Labs will have to lose its leader, and I don't know how I feel about that. 

But hey. At least Cisco is still alive. 

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Well, that was certainly one hell of an ending. 

I love the friendship that Cisco and Caitlin share - one of complete, unwavering trust. Cisco knew he could count on Caitlin to distract Wells while he searched STAR Labs, even though Caitlin didn't believe that Wells could be responsible for Nora Allen's death. These two can go to each other with anything, and they've opened up that trust to include Barry. Thank god for that, because Barry, Caitlin and Cisco are all really going to need each other once they learn the truth about Wells. 

Joe's as wonderful as ever this episode, even though his stubbornness nearly gets him killed. His chuckling, "Things have gone way past complicated" line is so perfect, but my favorite moment is when the doctor tells Singh's fiancé that only family can visit Singh, and Joe doesn't hesitate to tell her that this is family. It's a small moment, but one of many that remind us that The Flash has an incredible amount of heart in all the right places.

"You'd have to be a Weather Wizard. Ooh, been waiting since week one to use that one!" Never die, Cisco. Never.