In Review: The Flash – The Trial Of The Flash

Barry Allen stands trail for the murder of Clifford DeVoe

Synopsis: As Barry’s trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe begins, Iris and Joe must decide how far they are willing to go to keep Barry out of prison.

Review: As Barry stands trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker. Joe and Iris go all out to try and prove his innocence, but start to go into murky territory. Meanwhile, there is a new threat to the city in the form of a meta that seems to be slowly going nuclear.

This seems to be an improvement over many of the stories we have been getting this season and strikes just the right balance between drama and comedy. The drama is in the trial itself as Barry’s team try to convince him to reveal his true identity as The Flash. We also get Joe going down the slippery slope of trying to plant evidence but is talked round and given a reality check by Ralph Dibny who makes a fairly compelling argument.

Having taken the body of Dominic Lanse. The Thinker now has the ability to read minds as well as a few other tricks, which I’m sure we’ll see at a later date. The Mechanic aka DeVoe’s wife is struggling with her husband’s new body but is able to still put on a convincing performance as the grief-stricken widow in the court scenes.

The villain of the week in the form of nuclear guy is kind of very, very secondary to the court scenes and seems to be there to just give the Flash one more issue to solve before Barry Allen is sentenced.

There’s a nice moment toward the close of the episode where the judge is passing sentence and the scene is intercutting between the courtroom and the police department where the Captain is honoring The Flash for his services to the city.

The episode closes out as we’d expect given how much of a long game The Thinker is playing. But at this point, I have to wonder how Barry will prove his innocence from a jail cell.

Overall. A great come back for The Flash and tonally I hope it stays like this but with perhaps a little more action.

The Flash - The Trial Of The Flash
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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