Everything so far has led up this moment. Can Kaitlin stand the fire? Will Barry stop something he can’t catch?
CW’s official description:
BARRY COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SUIT/AMANDA PAYS RETURNS TO THE FLASH — Barry (Grant Gustin) finds himself face-to-face with his nemesis, the man in the yellow suit, a.k.a. Reverse Flash, who killed his mother. Barry is frustrated when the Reverse Flash escapes, but Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) come up with a plan to trap him. All they need is bait, so they turn to Dr. Tina McGee (guest star Amanda Pays) from Mercury Labs to help. Meanwhile, it’s Christmas at The West household and Iris (Candice Patton) is in full holiday cheer. Eddie (Rick Cosnett) gives her a surprising gift but also leaves her with a question that could change her life. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) joins the search for the man in yellow and ends up in the crossfire. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) finds Ronnie (Robbie Amell).
I’ve been pleased with each and every episode of The Flash thus far, but, I have to say, this one did not disappoint. We got plenty of Reverse Flash and Firestorm (if that’s possible) and, although many of the questions we had were surprisingly answered, there were fresh mysteries to keep us wondering all the way into January. There was nothing in this episode that held it back. We encountered a new wrinkle in the Barry/Iris relationship. Caitlin and Cisco found Ronnie (sort of). The Reverse Flash breaks all of our preconceived notions about who he actually was. And, then, as usual, the Dr. Wells segment at the end blows our minds and we’re in for a treat.
As a writer I’m always thinking about how the story should progress. So when I find a show that runs circles around me, I’m drawn in. Watching Barry torn through every inch of his life also connects us to him. We feel for him. We want him to win much like Dr. Wells and the S.T.A.R. Labs crew. All the relationships work from Caitlin to Barry and Det. West. And the story was built around the coming of the ‘man in the yellow suit.’ And, instead of leaving you with a letdown feeling once we get there, it energized us.
All of the players in the show are beginning to find their own. Detective Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) is showing more passion. Iris West (Candice Patton) is finally fleshing out as a character. Detective West (Jesse L. Martin) delivered his most emotional lines to Barry (Grant Gustin) that proves that their chemistry. We got to see Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and her ‘dead’ boyfriend, Ronnie (Robbie Amell), do some impressive acting. Even Barry’s father (John Wesley Shipp) got to us when he pleaded with his son to just let it all go.
Bottom line? I can’t say enough about this episode. There was a perfect amount of action and heart to tell the first act of what has quickly become one of the best stories on television.