There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess: Episode 1.05, “Plastique”
|November 25, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess|
If the previous episodes expanded on Barry’s relationships with Joe, Caitlin, and Cisco in turn, this is the Iris episode. And let me tell you, while it does absolutely nothing for the Barry/Iris relationship – in fact, it makes both Joe and Barry look even more awful than they usually do where Iris is concerned – Iris comes out of it pretty well, which is a relief after all the Ditzy Iris they’ve been throwing at us. I loved that she stood firm in the face of the two people she loves the most – plus “the Streak,” I guess – vaguely scolding her to stop blogging. (Seriously, all they do is go “You need to stop blogging! For reasons!” and then look at each other and go “She’s still blogging!” BLOGGING, YOU GUYS!) I loved that her reason for being invested in the Flash wasn’t “omg maybe he’s hot???” but because of her faith in and protectiveness towards Barry. (How often do you think this tough cop’s daughter backed off people picking on the weird nerd with the murder-dad when they were kids?) Even though she’s clearly hurt by Barry’s baffling “well then I’m not talking to you!” tantrum, she’s not going to be backed down without a good reason. Go Iris!
On the other hand, Barry and Joe are both jerks and morons. How do they think Iris not writing about the Flash is going to help when Barry is doing nothing to keep the existence of the Flash a secret? He saves people in broad daylight all the time. Or, like, the bit where Joe calls Barry up to passive aggressively yell at him, then weepingly says it’s all his own fault and hangs up? Like, are you my Jewish grandma on a bad day now, Joe? He’s also way too comfortable with the idea that his son wants to bone his daughter. That scene was basically gross. But then these two assholes hugged and I liked them again. (Seriously, this show is SO LUCKY to have such strong actors in these roles because Joe on paper is THE WORST.) (Also Joe’s delighted giggle at the Flash Voice was amazing.) (Also cute: Barry goes back home to Joe’s to do laundry.) (Which doesn’t actually make sense because he doesn’t have a car but wevs.)
Oh, and the sub-par Batman shtick on the rooftop was actively silly. First of all, why the roof? You were already caught on Jitters’s security cameras, Bartholomew. Just because Ollie meets people on roofs doesn’t mean it makes sense for you. Also, don’t wink at her, that’s out of character and weird. Also, the “sexily standing behind her and being mysterious”/”It must get lonely behind the mask”/heaving bosom shtick straight up does not work with the Flash. Like, at all. Get rid of that shizz.
But even if the S.S. Barris (I’m pretty sure the “official” namesmoosh is Westallen but that is a) awful and b) nonspecific) is dead in the water, as I said, Iris has abruptly become delightful. Caitlin also sparkles in this episode – her particular flavor of Serious Scientist becomes charmingly quirky when she tries to take a blood sample from Barry at the bar, and her friendships with both Cisco and Bette come across as really warm and genuine. Also, hey, the show finally passed the Bechdel Test, so there’s a thing. (Cisco, meanwhile, is mostly best when doing silly science things/drunk math/crushing-on-Eddie with Caitlin (“Barry, this isn’t a Road Runner cartoon!” <3 <3 <3) and not when expressing his fairly unconvincing crush on Bette, the emotions of which are all over the map. Also, being mad about the suit blowing up = CISCO’S GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR. Bless.) The actual Plastique plotline was a disappointing waste of a potentially interesting character, but at least General Eiling was left alive to potentially bedevil Barry (or hell, Ollie) some more. I mostly enjoyed it for the Cameron Scott Easter egg (one of Captain Atom’s aliases - I may have FREAKED THE HELL OUT when I thought they were actually going to have Nate show up) and the fact that it contrived Barry out of his clothes for a few seconds. I know Grant does not have Amell’s physique but as someone who likes ‘em skinny I think Flash really needs to step up its shirtless training montage game. Get on it, Berlanti.
But as usual, the show delivers all that goofy superhero fun that I love, and that’s the most important thing. BARRY RUNS UP THE SIDE OF A BUILDING! AND ON WATER! AND IS RELENTLESSLY ADORABLE! Ahhhhhhh.
Anyway, in conclusion, superheroes drinking with their superhero friends are the best. Here, have some closing thoughts that didn’t fit anywhere else:
- and Eddie vanishes within the first 5 minutes after the valuable contribution that Plastique probably broke into the file room to steal a file. thank you for your contribution det. thawne
- “oh hey i was just standing back here in this definitely real hallway waiting for the perfect entrance line”
- they should probably lock their door or hire a receptionist or something