In Review: The Flash, Episode 15 “Out of Time”

The best episode yet with tons of payoff and one amazing scream-worthy conclusion.

The Flash, Episode 15 “Out of Time” Broadcast March 17

Written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing

Directed by Thor Freudenthal

“Previously on The Flash,” the original Weather Wizard battles the Flash, but is shot down by Joe West. Iris tells Eddie she and Barry are “just best friends.” The Reverse Flash is just too fast for Barry, so Cisco creates an electronic barrier to catch him, but he escapes. Joe tells Cisco he knows that Dr. Wells keeps secrets, and then the good doctor reveals to the audience he has the Reverse Flash suit. “A year ago,” the Mardon brothers are escaping in a plane, having shot Joe’s partner. As they fly through the rainy night, the blast from S.T.A.R. Labs occurs. Their windshield is pulverized as the blast coats both siblings. The plane begins to splinter around them, until it explodes and their bodies fall to their fates. Cue opening title card.

“Now”: Barry has taken girlfriend Linda for a night of bowling, where they meet Iris and Eddie, much to Linda’s displeasure. The way Iris and Barry act around each other is making Linda and Eddie jealous. Meanwhile, at Central City Morgue, the sole medical examiner’s taped analysis of an autopsy is interrupted by the arrival of Mark Mardon who wants to know the name of the man that killed his brother Clive. “That’s privileged information,” the man says, so Mark conjures a snowball of ice and hurls it at the man. At S.T.A.R. Labs, Harrison and Cisco are watching a Buster Keaton movie. Their conversation about Cisco’s family is stopped when they pick up a silent alarm from the morgue. Eddie is called by the station to go there and Barry says he’ll meet him there, though he’s going in costume. As he races down the street, the Reverse Flash appears to run beside him. Barry stops, but his opponent is gone. With the police on the scene, Barry tells Eddie that the coroner was killed by hail. Eddie discovers the dead man’s tape and they overhear the examiner proclaim to Mark that Joe West killed his brother. Cue first commercial break.

Wow! Talk about payoffs in this episode! Only fifteen episodes in and this all goes down? What starts as a seemingly typical episode where a new villain–okay, a better one than the previous one–appears to bring trouble to Central City, Iris–who hasn’t been given much to do at her new job or as a character–is handed something that changes the story quickly. There’s a terrific sense of impending doom throughout the episode, from Joe feeling he and his daughter are at risk from the new metahuman, to Barry starting to feel doubtful about something, to Cisco having Caitlin entertain his doubts, to the reveal in the coffee shop. The last fifteen minutes had me and my daughter screaming at the television, first in joy, then in shock. This is an outstanding story from the Helbings. The actors take this outstanding story and really make the most of it. Grant Gustin finally gets to have Barry become a Doubting Thomas, Jesse L. Martin gets a meaty role this week, Tom Cavanagh is dripping with evil, Carlos Valdes gets a script that has him acting his butt off, and Danielle Panabaker gets to play worry, confusion, and finally shock. Rick Cosnett also gets a strong scene with Candice Patton, who must have been overjoyed for this story. Liam McIntyre is good as the Weather Wizard, and the effects in this episode show that controlling weather is not a power to joke about. And what a fantastic cliffhanger!

The good: Todd and Aaron Helbing’s script, the entire cast with stand out performances from Cosnett, Valdes, Cavanagh, and Martin. A nice twist with Patrick Sabongui’s character. Outstanding special effects. The Flash does something fans have been waiting for, and the worst of all reveals happens to one character.

Fun lines: “I didn’t like the way I felt watching you and Barry last night, ” “Whatever that is, I am not okay with it,” “Lucky for you, your friends at S.T.A.R. Labs do,” “Harrison Wells is  good man,” “Heard you’re looking for me. Here I am,” “What do you think of Dr. Wells?”, “Do not leave her side,” “I want so much more than an eye,” “Forgive me…” and “Go!”

The bad: One shot from director Thor Freudenthal was too much–the camera rotates at an unbelievable speed around two characters that added no tension to the scene, but made me extremely nauseous. Still, that’s only two minutes out of 43.

The final line: The best episode yet with tons of payoff and one amazing scream-worthy conclusion. This is what you show people to make them fans. Overall grade: A+ 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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