The Flash S3E5 “Monster” Review
Directed By: C. Kim Miles
Staring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin
Synopsis: Caitlin visits her mother to help her understand her growing meta-human powers; Barry tries to convince Julian to let him help investigate a new meta-human attacking Central City.
Slow Build to Killer Frost
This show has always been good at giving us what we want, but making us wait for it. When Danielle Panabaker was annouced as Caitlyn Snow everyone anticipated the Killer Frost reveal. In season 2 we got to see Killer Frost but, it was in an alternate universe and she died. Fans of comic books now tat nobody is ever really dead and at some point we would see Killer Frost again and with Barry creating Flashpoint we get that opportunity.
Last week Caitlyn used her powers to help Barry get out of the mirror and this week she went to her mother, who is a noted scientist to figure out whats going on with her powers. Killer Frost is often a villain but sometimes she acts as a benevolent character and after watching Caitlyn for 2 years it was hard to see how she would become a villain. This episode delved deeper into another tragic relationship Caitlyn has had and figures to be the trigger that turns her bad. Not only has Ronny died, then Jay turned out to be Zoom, but now we find out that she has not really had a relationship with her mother since her father died. Its not hard to see how Caitlyn is on the edge of snapping and the next bad thing that happens will send her over the edge. It also seems that the more she uses her powers, the more they take over her body and they seem to bring uncontrollable anger.
As usual with Team Flash, Caitlyn has not told anyone on the team and expect things to come to a head over the next couple episodes. When Cisco got his powers he kept it from the team and eventually found that sharing was best, but this situation is different because the team has a bad experience with a powered Caitlyn from another Earth with the same powers and would probably cause some distrust. It would be a cool switch if they made Caitlyn a Hero of some sort, but I find that to be unlikely. Needless to say we are going to go on a ride that should conclude soon and Killer Frost will soon be back in Central City
Julian Is Not Who We Thought He Was or is He??
Outside of the Killer Frost stuff this episode was pretty mundane and somewhat an afterthought. The main villain was a monster terrorizing the city which turned out to be a hologram being controlled by a kid who got a classic Joe West #BlackFatherHood moment. But the interesting part of this plot was the evolution of the Barry-Julian relationship. Julian has been a dick to Barry since her returned from Flashpoint and continued this episode by snitching on Barry about minor things at work. It has been a common theory that Julian is Alchemy or has something to do with Alchemy but this episode showed that Julian is somewhat jealous of meta-humans, wish he had powers and feels powerless in trying to stop them. He basically expressed the case of classic male fragility. But, The Flash stopping him from shooting a child help put things in perspective for Julian and seemed to be a turning point for Barry and Julian’s relationship.
With all that being said, I am still not ready to say Julian will be a good guy going forward. Something about him oozes villain, and while him and Barry may be cool now, I expect something to change, probably Julian finding out that Barry is the Flash. I expect that to really make him jealous and push him over the edge and to possibly get powers from Alchemy.
The other big mystery which was a clear red herring to me was H.R Wells. He was acting very weird and eccentric which lead a lot of people to think he was going to have some ulterior motive, but he his just a phony. H.R came to this earth to write a book, but we find out that he is not an actual scientist like his counterparts but a “idea guy” who has no real technical or scientific skills. This was needed because the show did two seasons of is Harrison Wells trustworthy or not and it would have felt old if they did that another season.
This episode was not as action packed as the first three, but it build solid ground for the stories they look to tell throughout the season and setup some very important character development that should lead to some interesting conflicts down the road.
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