The Flash, Episode 3 “Thing You Can’t Outrun” Broadcast on October 21, 2014
Written by Alison Schapker & Grainne Godfree
Directed by Jesse Warn
After the opening summary and a “Previously on The Flash,” Barry and Iris are leaving a movie when her boyfriend calls. She walks away to talk privately just as Barry gets buzzed by Cisco and Caitlin about a shooter involved in a car chase with a squad car. The criminal shoots at the police car as they’re making their way down a street until Barry pulls him out of his vehicle and sticks him in the officers’ car, complete with handcuffs. Barry returns to Iris at the movie theater just as she finishes her conversation. The two go off to get something to eat, passing a swanky restaurant. This setting is the meeting place for a crime family. An employee locks the front door as ordered, but breaks the key in the lock and smiles villainously. As the meeting begins, green smoke eerily creeps across the floor until it envelopes all present, killing them. Cue title card.
Barry arrives at work the next day overhearing the officers from last night brag about their easy capture of the shooter. Joe is surprised to hear Barry lament his not getting credit for the nab, and the young man responds, “It’s not like I want a museum built in my name…” The two make their way to his lab where Joe produces the evidence box from his mother’s murder. Before they can start to go through it they’re called to the murders at the restaurant. Barry recognizes the use of poison gas, but believes the gas was a metahuman since the poison didn’t kill everyone at once. The pair go to S.T.A.R. Labs where the disaster that created Barry’s power is retold from Caitlin Snow’s perspective. This flashback occus because the scientists realize they need a place to hold the criminal metahumans and the particle accelerator would be the perfect spot. Caitlin doesn’t want to go down there because that’s where her boyfriend Ronnie Raymond died. Barry asks she can work with him instead, and she’s relieved. Cue first commercial break.
This was a good episode with The Mist played by Anthony Carrigan being fantastic. He looked great and the effects used to show him in action were top notch. I would have wanted to see them look a little more humanoid, but for a first appearance they were fine. It was nice to see Caitlin getting out of S.T.A.R. Labs and seeing Ronnie, played by Robbie Amell, was slick. He’s going to be appearing as Firestorm at some point so it was neat to see him before and during the “incident.” There was another good pep talk from Joe focusing on how Barry should think when it comes to rescuing people. There was also a stellar scene with Barry’s dad, who might now know more than he’s telling.
The good: The Mist, a nice tip of the hat to DC Comics’ 52 books (check out the area the accelerator is located at), Ronnie Raymond being a great human hero, Caitlin getting some story and getting out of her usual location, and John Wesley Shipp.
The bad: Only one thing: I dare you not to think of the X-Men’s Cerebro when the characters go to the particle accelerator.
The final line: This series continues to be the show most similar to its source material. Great stuff! Overall grade: B+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two 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.