Last night, The Flash paused for a breath. The last few weeks have had some pretty serious teases about Reverse-Flash and the identity of Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The story has been sweetened with little hints here and there about the past of the mind behind S.T.A.R. Labs. Last night, ep. 12 “Crazy for You” returned us to a bit of the procedural crime plotting we saw in the first few episodes of the season, and provided us with some bread crumbs about Ronnie (Robbie Amell) and the appearance of Firestorm.
While “Crazy For You” was certainly not the most action-packed or exciting of episodes, the writers were definitely laying some groundwork for future episodes. The showrunners have been hinting that Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will be dealing with some time-travel in this season. Clearly, a speed we have yet to see must be achieved. So how do we know Barry’s getting faster? How about catching a bullet before it pierces his neck? Yep. Faster than a speeding bullet. Suck it, Superman.
I’m quickly becoming a fan of Andy Mientus as Hartley Rathaway, the Pied Piper. The contrast created between his character and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is stark, and purposely so. Both were hired by Harrison Wells, and perhaps the polarizing differences between them illustrate the varying shades of our good doctor in the wheelchair. This episode served this purpose well, pairing the two characters together to come to a predictable end, but one serving a purpose in moving the Firestorm storyline forward. It also allows further development with Hartley, allowing more reveals of Wells’ past and the beginning of S.T.A.R. Labs.
And, of course, as suspected from the released clip for this episode, we got a snippit of Barry Allen singing. No good show runner could let talent like that slip through their fingers. Gleekers may gleek. Flash fans may groan. Either way, a little karaoke never hurt anyone.
Last, but certainly not least, Grodd. Need I say more? I fear this may be a long, hard tease. While viewers are hopeful about seeing an intelligent, talking, telepathic gorilla… I think this one may be a slow burn. Keep watching for more clues when we will see Grodd again.
Overall, ep. 12 of The Flash was not the most exciting of the season. But it was fun and pleasant. We saw characters interacting in new environments and in new ways, revealing new facets to the team. This allays any fears of the crew becoming stagnant. Arcs are necessary to maintain interest, and this episode served this purpose. We saw love interests change, adapt, and begin to evolve. (I am still haunted by Oliver Queen’s [Stephen Amell] words to Barry, “Guys like us don’t get the girl.” That can’t bode well for Barry and Linda Park [Malese Jow].) We saw more interactions between villains and heroes, and we saw Peek-a-Boo teleporting left and right, all for love.
Check out The Flash next week on the CW on Tuesday at 8/7c for ep. 13 “The Nuclear Man.” (Betcha can’t figure out what that one’s about, eh?)