How can you beat a villain you can’t touch? That is the conundrum on this week’s THE FLASH. Going literal with its episode title, the metahuman of the week is working stronger in the second half of the season more than it did in the first half. Everyone is pulling their weight in Team Flash, but will it be enough to stop Clive Yorkin (Matthew Kevin Anderson)?
As Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to train Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) in making him faster and teaching him the ability to phase through solid objects, a new metahuman comes in by the of Clive Yorkin who can make anyone disintegrate at the touch of his hand. With no way of touching Yorkin, Team Flash must devise a way of beating this new threat all while still fighting the future.
I loved that every plot point tied back to Yorkin this week, a villain they couldn’t punch. Anderson played him with a sinister evilness that wasn’t cliched. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is finally meeting Cecile’s (Danielle Nicolet) daughter Joanie (Riley Jade), a meeting that gets cut short as Yorkin is hunting down the cops who arrested him in Flashpoint as Doctor Alchemy has given Yorkin his powers and memories back from that timeline. And because Flashpoint is an alternate timeline, it still exists as Cisco (Carlos Valdes) was able to vibe to the Flashpoint timeline and see that Yorkin was indeed arrested in that timeline. Yorkin has a cocky swagger that fits the character as he wreaks havoc, he does it with a pep in his step.
Julian (Tom Felton) is still working on his manners as he’s being an outright jerk to Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). Caitlin is trying her best to work with Julian as the request he put in for the 3D rendering equipment was denied by the police department, leaving Julian no choice but to operate out of S.T.A.R. Labs. The romantic tension between the two has been evident from the get go, but when Killer Frost started to emerge as Caitlin was trying to save Iris (Candice Patton). Julian talking to her about how good of a person she is was very sweet. I actually breathed a sigh of relief when Caitlin asked Julian out. Sometimes these romantic pairing don’t work on these DC/CW shows (Oliver and Felicity anyone?) but here this seems natural and fitting as Caitlin still can’t be hung up on Ronnie (Robbie Amell).
Iris coming to terms of telling Joe her fate was also another right step for the show. As we inch closer to that May date, they needed to tell him sooner rather than later. And not a time too soon as Yorkin gets to her as way of getting to Joe. This episode is all about the question is Wally fast enough? And in the case of saving Iris not so much. But, Barry believes he is as the race the two did at the beginning of the episode proved that if Wally knew how to phase he would have easily beat Barry. But as Barry showed Wally sometimes it’s not about being fast and more or less about using your wits. I loved how Barry is becoming a great mentor to Wally telling him “Run Wally. Run!” just as Wells (Tom Cavanagh) once told him. Speaking of even H.R. proved to have some great ideas this episode contributing to the overall goal. But man, Barry phasing a whole train has to be a top five moment for The Flash so far. It’s was an incredibly staged sequence with real stakes that felt for a moment that it might actually go bad for our heroes. Wally finally learning to believe in himself and phase leads up to Jesse (Violet Beane) requesting help as Godd has her dad!
Are you guys excited to travel to Gorilla City as I am? Will three speedsters be enough to take down Grodd and the gorillas? Stay tuned true believers as we’ll find out in two weeks’ time in a two part episode!
Season 3, Episode 12 (S03E12)
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8PM on The CW
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