Friday, December 2, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 3, Episode 7 “Killer Frost” (B-)

The whole idea of alchemy was already a bit to take given that it’s extremely supernatural in the way that it’s constructed, and I think this episode took things even further in an unappealing direction by introducing the “speed god” Savatar. I’m not even a fan of the speed force existing as something corporeal that manifests itself in human form to convey its wisdom to Barry, and I think there’s more than enough in the way of superpowers and compelling characters to make this show work without such things. That’s also why I found Caitlin’s full-on transformation into Killer Frost to be less than exciting, since she didn’t do anything that truly can’t be reversed but also showed that her powers can get the best of her, making her a volatile member of the team who will need to be monitored closely. Wally, on the other hand, managed to get his powers under control pretty quickly after vibrating at a formidable frequency. The new Wells is proving to be relatively useful by making connections that are actually worthwhile, which is a good thing given how tired everyone was getting of him. Caitlin taking Julian wasn’t good for anybody, and Barry quitting his CSI job is a real shame. It turns out that Julian may be far more nefarious than he initially seemed, and I imagine that Barry will be happy to take him down eventually. Let’s hope that’s soon, so that we can get back to metas just being metas without any of this Alchemy or Savatar business in the way.

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