In Review: The Flash, Episode 27 “The Fury of Firestorm”

Everything but the main story was good, which was disappointing. But those last two minutes -- OMG!

The Flash, Episode 27 “The Fury of Firestorm” Broadcast October 27, 015

Written by Kai Yu Wu & Joe Peracchio

Directed by Stefan Pleszcynski

“Previously on The Flash,” Iris’ mother Francine returns, Joe tries to pay her to leave, Jay Garrick appears from Earth-2 and tells Barry that Zoom will target him, Cisco reveals to Stein he gets a “vibe” about future events, Firestorm sacrifices himself to close the portal over Central City, and Stein flares up before suffering a seizure. Flashback to 2 years ago, high school football player Jefferson Jackson has just won a game, attracting the notice of several scouts. His future overjoys him until the explosion from S.T.A.R. Labs sends its pulse his way. He saves a friend from the wave, but he’s caught it and is slammed against a wall. Cue opening title card.

In the present, Stein is hooked up in S.T.A.R. Labs’ medical bay. He’s still suffering seizures and blue flame is erupting from his head. Cisco’s reconfiguring of an old Firestorm stabilizer stops his woes, but he doesn’t know for how long. Caitlin tells Barry and Cisco the professor will blow unless he finds someone new to fuse with. She’s found two potential candidates whose records show they were hit by the blast: Henry Hewitt and Jefferson Jackson. Barry gathers DNA samples from both, without asking, to see if either is match for Stein. At Joe’s, Iris is going through old photos of her and her mother before finally meeting the woman. At CCPD, Patty Spivot asks Barry to look at some shark teeth found in an alley where a witness claims to have seen a shark walking on land. She leaves Barry with Joe’s arrival and Barry zips back to S.T.A.R. Labs where Stein is awake and Caitlin shares that either man could be a match for him. She suggests going with Hewitt because he’s a scientist, while Barry leans toward Jackson whose DNA is more aligned with the professor’s. Caitlin will go to her choice and Barry and Stein to theirs. Cisco stays behind unaware the Earth-2’s Harrison Wells is behind him. Cue first commercial break.

This was an okay reintroduction of Firestorm, with half the character being new. It was a really predictable outing for the Flash. Franz Drameh was good as “Jax” Jackson, but there weren’t any surprises with his character or with the episode’s villain. However, there were four good moments in this episode: 1. The scenes with Iris and Mom were strong and surprising. Candice Patton finally got some scenes with some bite and she shined; 2. Amanda Pays! I’m a television fan of the Flash from the first time he was live action, so any scenes featuring her are great; 3. Caitlin showed quite a bit of anger. She had some spite in what she was saying. One could almost say she was cold. Okay, that’s pushing it too far, but she’s showing signs of not being thrilled with some heroes’ choices, so this could be a pushing of her character to the Dark Side, after all, pictures showed up of her online over the weekend of her alter ego; 4. The last two minutes. I screamed as loud as when Grodd first appeared when “the” character appeared during Barry’s closing narration. And he spoke! And then “he” appeared. I screamed and yelled the last two minutes. It has me dying to see what happens next for Barry.

The good: Franz Drameh, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, and the last two minutes.

Fun lines: “Life has its own plans for you whether you like them or not,” “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were flirting with my partner,” “Barry can’t hear of this,” “Convergence? You and me?”, “He said no to being a super hero? Who does that?”, “You did this to me!”, “Welcome aboard, Firestorm,” and “The very thing that makes you different makes you special.”

The bad: The A-story with the Flash and Firestorm held no surprises.

The final line: Everything but the main story was good, which was disappointing. But those last two minutes — OMG! Overall grade: B- 

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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