I make up for a bad episode with cringey Harry Potter and Frozen jokes, so you should keep reading.
(spoilers beyond the jump)
In case anyone is wondering, Iris West manages to not have romantic drama with Barry this week, and she is kind of in one scene during a monster attack helping some people out of a bus (but Flash has to help her even in this) and she does make a vague reference to being there for a story. O...kay, I guess? Kind of an improvement? Ish? But then they ruined it by making her most substantial scene be one in which she tries to give her father permission to date the hot D.A. that keeps trying to ask him out on a date.
Well that's enough of that. Let's get on with the freak-of-the week, shall we? This week, the freakshow is just an excuse to develop Julian's character a bit more. I'm into it, because Tom Felton.
|Ten points of hotness to House Slytherin, Mr. Felton|
Okay but there's a monster roaming around Central City! Like really, it's a monster!
Anyway, while the team tries to figure this new monster meta out, Cisco is already over the presence of HR Wells at STAR Labs. Turns out our new Wells from Earth-19 isn't very useful, and Cisco eventually realizes that Wells is really good at BSing them by basically restating what Cisco and the team have already said.
|I TOLD you guys to go with Steampunk Harry. But did you listen? Nooooo.....|
Look, just skip ahead to the inevitable and get Earth-2 Harry and Jesse back. Please?
So Julian and Barry are investigating the monster sighting and we get a little more of Julian's problem with metahumans. Julian has a gun, and apparently he was in the military for a while. And then later, back at the lab, Julian goes on an anti-meta tirade about how they end up using their powers for bank robberies and such, and Barry quietly tries to suggest that maybe they should try to see things from their point of view. You suddenly get these powers, you're freaked out, don't know what to do, and sometimes you do bad things. And sometimes, you do good things, like The Flash does. Julian is unimpressed and tells Barry to bugger off and not shadow him anymore.
A final encounter with Godzilla has Barry trying the old Empire Strikes Back trick, but since this thing is totally a hologram I called it way back when, that doesn't work. Julian, however, had figured out how to follow the electrical grid to the source, and Barry realizes that you'd need some major power to run a hologram like that. He follows the source too, just in time to stop Julian from shooting the culprit.
|Just a dumb kid.|
I mean, I didn't mind the overall development of Julian, and Tom Felton and Grant Gustin acted the hell out of their final scene together in this episode, but they could have surely gone with a less cliche story than old money. Am I the only American here who doesn't think all Brits are old monied snobs? And surely there could have been a way better story to be told than hologram Godzilla to lead to Julian's change in character.
|Look, Elsa, that equipment is pretty expensive. Do you mind?|
Scared of the monster she's becoming, Caitlin heads home to ask her mother, a renowned scientist, for help. Mom is totally cold (sorry) and kinda treats Caitlin like a test subject, but she's got this lab assistant who seems pretty chill (sorry). Things get d-icy (sorry) when Caitlin and mom have an argument, in which we find out that her mom became distant after the death of Caitlin's father, and mom accuses her of "not understanding" these things. To which Caitlin replies that she does, because she lost her husband last year. This is the point at which mom seems to start to defrost (sorry!) towards her a little.
Still, Caitlin is about to leave in a huff, but lab assistant locks her in the room and tells her she's not going anywhere, because she's the key to his "getting out" from under her mother's shadow or something. I mean, couldn't you just go get another job? Anyway, Caitlin's not having any of it. I honestly don't know what this guy thought he was going to do to keep a meta locked up. Or why he thought it was a good idea to lock himself in the room with her.
|Caitlin! Remember! "Conceal, don't feel!"|
Mom calls Cait later to tell her that she needs to not use her powers as much as possible, because once she changes, it's not going to be easy to change her back. This is apparently quite upsetting.
|Caitlin, don't know what you're upset about, but you really need to let it go. (#sorrynotsorry)|
Caitlin deserves better, but at least we got more for her this week. In two weeks we get the Kevin Smith-directed "Killer Frost" episode where hopefully all this comes to a satisfying head. I actually hope we see Snow Mom again, and that she has a genuine part to play in pulling Caitlin back from the brink. That would be a far more compelling narrative than say, having Flash pep-talk Killer Frost under control.
Nothing new to report on the Flashpoint timeline front, and Dr. Alchemy has apparently taken an extended vacation with Prometheus from Arrow or something, because we haven't seen either of them in two weeks.
So what did you think of HR Wells, Killer Frost, and Godzilla? Sound off in the comments!