Some Streams of Consciousness on The Flash, Season 1, Episode 5

Last week, I was looking forward to watching the Flash and blogging about it, then realized that there was no episode. I was rather disapointed, so before I start watching, I’m hoping for a really good episode. It seemed that a lot of people liked the last episode, but I wasn’t too fond of it, not because the actress for Felicity Smoak didn’t do a great job or have great chemistry with the cast (she did a great job and indeed has great chemistry with the cast.) but because in my mind, it severely weakened the idea of Barry and Iris being a couple as something good.

But I digress, here we go!

  • Star Labs friends hanging out with Iris, Detective Pretty Boy (I can never remember his name) and Barry at a bar…that’s like George’s two worlds colliding theory right there. Barry’s Star Labs world (where his friends help him be a crime fighter) is colliding with his civilian life world (Iris, Detective Pretty Boy, etc.) How many episodes before everything explodes?
  • Barry discovers he can’t get drunk…stealing that from Captain America, I think.
  • Caitlin carries a blood drawing kit in her purse…things have officially become creepy.
  • Robbery in progress elsewhere; robber tosses a bag that explodes. Obviously, she’s the metahuman for the episode.
  • Flash to the rescue; he’s gonna run sideways up a building to save someone.
  • Wait, Iris arrives at the crime scene? She see’s the Flash!
  • Barry can’t find any sign of a bomb…I guess his CSI-vision is on the fritz.
  • Barry searches through filing cabinets at superspeed…I would LOVE the ability to read at superspeed. I read slowly as is…
  • Wait…the army shows up at the police station, and is taking over the investigation? Apparently, the bomber is former army.
  • Joe finds out Iris was at the crime scene and they talk about ‘the Streak!’ Great, Joe-being-mad-at-Barry scene is coming up.
  • General heading up this army contingent has bad history with Dr. Ed-from-Ed, but Team Flash find out the bomber’s address. She apparently can’t control her powers, because she touches his suit, and the Flash suit explodes. He took it off in time, of course.
  • Cisco is angry about his ‘tech’ being destroyed…but then acts like a creepy nerd when he sees a picture of her and is totally fine with it.
  • Writer’s please stop writing Cisco in this way. Please. Pretty please. I mean, seriously.
  • To be fair, she does deserve a Hello Nurse, but that’s not the point.
  • Joe shows up, and they have that scene I predicted. Barry talks to Iris; we know this will end well.
  • Ooohhh, Iris plays the ‘Why can’t you be more supportive’ card. Boom!
  • So Boom Girl is after the surgeon who performed on her; she thinks surgeon and Eiling made her a metahuman.
  • Flash arrives again…the Army happened to arrived on the scene at the same time, but to be fair, they probably figured out her motives and just camped out nearby.
  • Flash superspeeds Bomb Girl to Star Labs. She was in Central City when Star Labs went kaboom.
  • Cisco hits on her…because writing him as a socially-inept nerd is in. Quality of this show is going down a couple of notches.
  • Twist; there was a tracker on Bomb Girl when a bullet grazed her. Army comes to Star Labs.
  • General and Dr. Ed-from-Ed have a nice conversation.
  • Cisco dubs her ‘Plastique’ she has the ‘Rogue problem, where she can’t make skin-to-skin contact with anyone without blowing up.
  • Iris puts her name to her blog; Joe is not happy. Barry & Cisco play up the ‘my enemies will target her’ card.
  • The Flash (with some weird voice modulating thingie) meets up with Iris to try to discourage her blogging. I think they were going with the rooftop scene with Superman and Lois Lane (first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve)
  • Not quite as romantic, to be honest, but maybe it’s because I just can’t see them together, especially after the last episode.
  • So Iris started this whole blog thing and tracking the Flash because she wants Barry’s belief in the impossible to be validated. Touching, but not
  • Bad news at Star Labs; bomb Girl can’t be cured of her condition. Rather ominous foreshadowing with Dr. Ed-from-Ed saying the technology to help her hasn’t been invented yet.
  • Barry wants Bomb Girl to join Team Flash, but the rest of Team Flash thinks it’s a bad idea.
  • Joe and Barry meet up; Barry reveals all, the Flash meeting Iris, the reason Iris is blogging about the Flash.
  • Barry can vibrate his vocal cords to modulate his voice…pretty cool actually.
  • Joe knows Barry loves Iris and has been waiting years to tell her…
  • I know television and movies is like life at warp speed, but if I told a girl I had a thing for I love her, I’m pretty sure she’d freak out. In movies, it’s somewhat forgivable, but this is a serialized show; take the time to build the characters and relationships first.
  • I know the show is playing up that they’ve known each other forever, but still.
  • Dr. Ed-from-Ed has a conversation with Plastique…and manipulates her to try and kill the General. Yes! I was annoyed we didn’t get an evil Dr. Ed-from-Ed moment last episode.
  • Plastique lures General Eiling into a trap; Flash races to the rescue, but doesn’t get there time.
  • General manages to shoot Plastique before biting the dust; she tries to tell Barry (who takes off his mask…what the heck? Does Grant Gustin have Tobey Maguire-envy?) about Dr. Ed-from-Ed’s manipulation.
  • That’s a reference to how in the first Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Parker would have has mask off ALL THE TIME!
  • I get that actors are taught to act with their face, but you’re playing a superhero that wears a mask, so leave the mask on when you’re in uniform! Especially in public! At this point, I’m having a hard time believing that no one knows your “secret” identity.
  • Her body is going to go ka-boom.
  • Barry’s plan; run on water. Team Flash calculates that he has to maintain a velocity of 650 mph to run on water. Neil Degrasse Tyson, assuming for a moment that it’s safe for any creature to move this quickly (it’s not,) is this accurate?
  • Flash runs on water, dumps the body and speeds away, before she goes kaboom.
  • Flash manages to escape the explosion…and takes off his mask yet again before we cut to commercial.
  • General Eiling lives! The explosion is being sold as the military conducting a test. Convenient!
  • Ooohhh, more foreshadowing, with Dr. Ed-from-Ed saying powerful men have a way of avoiding consequences.
  • Barry talks to Iris, trying to get her to quit her blogging by playing the friend dying card. Doesn’t work. He tries to convince her that he’s put the death of his mother behind him. Doesn’t work. Iris knows there’s something Barry isn’t telling her. D’OH!
  • Iris is now gung-ho about the world knowing about the Flash for some reason…
  • Barry is thinking it’s better they don’t see each other for awhile. No, this is good! He can now get that relationship with Felicity going. It’s not like he can’t run to where she resides regularly.
  • Barry at a bar. Caitlin and Cisco show up.
  • Caitlin develop 500-proof alcohol for Barry! He was buzzed for about 10-seconds before it’s gone. Whoa!
  • Barry outro where he talks about friendships ending and how much it hurts.
  • Yes! Another Dr. Ed-from-Ed evil scene. General Eiling shows up. Eiling wants to work together, as he’s seen the Flash in action, and figures out weird stuff has become possible after the Star Labs explosion.
  • But EVIL Dr. Ed-from-Ed says no. Both try to threaten each other, bit of a stand-off ensues. General claims he figured out Dr. Ed-from-Ed’s secret before leaving.
  • Flashback to five years ago where we see Eiling and Dr. Ed-from-Ed’s partnership dissolve. We see a cage with a gorilla in it, and the name ‘Grodd’ on the cage. Wow!
  • Double Wow…I can’t believe it took me this long to realize General Eiling is being played by Clancy Brown.
  • Clancy Brown voiced Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series / Justice League / Justice League Unlimited.

On a side note, if you actually got to the end of this blog post, I must admit that I’ve been jonesing for a pizza with pepperoni, olives, and jalapenos, the pizza Joe gave Barry at the end of episode 2. I’m not even into hot food all that much, but it’s a pizza topping combination I suddenly want to try. I can’t help but think that it’d be pretty good. Interestingly enough, I’m finding a lot of pizza places don’t have jalapenos as a pizza topping. Just as interesting, I found out that the large pizza chains (Dominoes, Pizza Hut) do have jalapenos available. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that to be odd.


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