THE FLASH “Things You Can’t Outrun” Review

Will the third installment of The Flash can the CW keep blazing away at breakneck speed or will it go up in smoke?  Read on!

As Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work to capture Kyle Nimbus a.k.a. The Mist, a dangerous new meta-human with toxic gas powers, they revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin’s fiancé, Ronnie Meanwhile, Joe decides to finally visit Henry in jail after all these years, but things take a dangerous turn when Kyle shows up looking to punish Joe for arresting him years ago. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie continue to hide their relationship from Joe.

As is the formula with this show, a new metahuman is revealed and this one, unlike last week’s, has a personality and carries an air of danger. We follow Barry as he learns about the new menace and go with the S.T.A.R. Labs crew into the past for some informative flashbacks. Doctor Wells continued to be mysterious and Detective Thawne gives me the willies.  But, once again, the relationship between Barry and Detective West carries the arc, as The Flash saves the day and we get to know Allen’s crew a little better.


I really love the awkward love triangle forming between Caitlin, Barry and the supposedly dead boyfriend. There’s something bothering Cisco about the night of the superconductor accident and Wells reveals that he either knew about Barry’s ‘accident’ or orchestrated it in the first place. For now, Barry‘s dad seems totally out of the loop but we didn’t get to hear from him after his first look at the Flash.  All of the tension worked in the right places as the pace kept its usual speed.


Have to say that Anthony Carrigan did an amazing job pulling off the ominous Kyle Nimbus aka ‘the Mist’.  He was creepy and had fewer lines than that cardboard villain from last week and, yet, sold the stone cold killer in spades. Grant Gustin excelled once again as Barry Allen especially with the support of Jesse L. Martin (Detective West).  Their on screen chemistry keeps the show working on an emotional level.  And, speaking of emotional, the time Barry spent with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) was well spent.  In fact, the whole S.T.A.R. Labs crew makes this show what it is.

All in all, it was one of their better episodes of The Flash and that’s saying something.  This fanboy recommends that, if you haven’t watched this episode or any of the series it’s time to jump on and catch up.  You will not regret it.

[For ‘The Fastest Spoilers Alive’ the morning after]


  • + Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin put in excellent performances
  • + Anthony Carrigan as the Mist was superb.
  • - Still a bit of a loss on Candice Patton as Iris.
  • - Rick Cossett doesn't shine as Eddie Thawne.