There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess: Episode 1.07, “Power Outage”
|December 24, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess|
Ten months ago. Three college-age-ish kids are on the outskirts of the city, totally drunk, to watch the particle accelerator turn on. One of them, Farooq, climbs a power line for a better vantage point, but when he sees the accelerator blow, he screams at his friends to get in the car. They do, but he’s hit by lightning and falls. One of his friends runs over to his body and screams.
Now. Wells goes into his secret future newspaper room and a computery face materializes in the wall. He narrates a diary entry to “Gideon” about how Barry’s relying on his powers more and more but, like, wants to save people and stuff – and we see Barry oversleep, get dressed at super speed, and walk into Jitters, where some random woman immediately starts complaining to him about the long line, like, okay, lady. Barry super-speedily fills everyone’s order, leaves cash in the tip jar, and takes off. But don’t write about the Flash, Iris! IT’S A SECRET.
As he leaves the cafe, he’s grabbed by an armed mugger and hauled into an alley. He immediately starts giggling in delight as he tells the mugger that he “didn’t just medal” in the Bad Luck Olympics, he “Michael Phelpsed.” It’s so cute I might die, you guys.
Anyway, he removes the mugger’s gun and clothes at super speed, fetches a cop, and dashes off. BARRY. <3 S.T.A.R. Wells says Barry is late. Caitlin: “Late is kind of Barry’s signature move.” Cisco: “You guys want to see my signature move?” Barry dashes in and the conversation moves on. I WANTED TO SEE IT, CISCO. Wells asks for a moment alone with Barry (yeah, I’ll bet); Caitlin bolts out of the room and Cisco sing-songs “Oooh, you’re in trouble” at Barry, who grins. I love all three of these dorks so much it hurts. Wells tells Barry that he needs him to be faster so they can cure cancer. Barry’s like yup, makes sense. Sure. Barry gets a text and has to head in work. It’s a corpse, burned to a horrifying char. He tells Joe and Eddie the guy was electrocuted, but they can’t figure out the source. Joe’s cranky, but when Barry asks him if he’s okay, he doesn’t tell him about the Reverse Flash’s appearance the other night. S.T.A.R. Cisco uses some facial reconstruction software normally used by archaeologists to get a general idea of what the victim looked like, and thanks to the software Felicity souped up, is able to ID him as “Casey Donahue.” Also, he and Barry banter while Caitlin tries not to laugh and it’s so beautiful. Donahue apparently worked at a power plant - which is currently undergoing a massive power drain. Barry zips off and finds...Farooq, of course, sucking electricity out of the plant. He confronts him and Farooq attacks. He drains some of Barry’s power and clearly finds him delicious. As Team Science listens anxiously, Farooq drains the rest of Barry’s power, gasps, “Too much,” and staggers off. Thanksgiving is still fresh in my mind, so I feel ya, Farooq.
“Run, Barry,” Wells says. Barry tries, falters, and stops. “I can’t,” he gasps, in a line so deliciously cliche I said it out loud with him the first time I saw this ep. “My speed…it’s gone.”
S.T.A.R. Barry puffs along on the treadmill. “He runs slow even for a normal person,” Cisco says. ILU Cisco. Caitlin points out that Barry’s powers can’t be gone because his actual DNA was transformed, and Barry says, “Tell that to the Uber driver who charged me 65 bucks to take me here. I had to tell her I was coming from a cosplay party.” Hee.
He anxiously asks if this is permanent. Wells says he doesn’t know, and then promises they’ll fix it. Pick one, Wells!
Forensics lab. Joe studies Barry’s face, then picks up a mug and throws it on the floor. I cannot possibly convey how funny his deadpan, casual toss is, or Barry’s look of UTMOST TRAGEDY at the result. “I loved that mug!” I watched a gif of this for like three minutes straight once.
Joe’s surprised Barry didn’t catch it and Barry’s like NO SPEED REMEMBER??? Joe’s worried because without Barry’s speed, who will protect Central City? If only they had some kind of organized law enforcement officials! Like a…a force, if you will. Oh well.
Iris comes in, giving Barry a weird shoulder rub, which I don’t think anyone does to their notbrotherfriend? But whatever. She’s heard the tail end of their conversation and is sure the Flash will protect them from…whatever. Barry’s like WELL WHAT IF HE CAN’T with increasingly nonsensical babbling until Joe shoos him away. Heh. Iris sees the smashed mug on the floor: “Aw. Barry loved that mug.” AHAHA. I love this show.
As Barry leaves, checking his watch, he passes William “Clock King” Tockman, who tells him it’s “a quality timepiece…They took mine.” “Guess you shouldn’t have done whatever it is you did,” Barry says. BARRY YOU LAW-ABIDING SASSMASTER.
S.T.A.R., Secret Time Room. Wells’s future newspaper is now something boring about the post office and has nothing to do with Barry. Gideon can’t find any references to the Flash OR Barry Allen, which gets Wells all kinds of worked up.
Meanwhile, Barry’s staring glumly at his suit. He tells Caitlin that he feels like a part of him is missing and that he loved being the Flash. She steps in towards him and it’s not clear why because a kiss wouldn’t really make sense here, but it doesn’t matter because Cisco comes hustling in, having figured out Farooq’s name. They’re reading about his “death” and realizing how he got his powers when an alarm goes off – Farooq’s attacking the building, demanding to see Wells.
Police station. Captain Singh puts Joe in charge. The only pressing item is Tockman’s upcoming prison transfer.
Farooq drains the power from S.T.A.R.’s fusebox, causing a citywide blackout.
Tockman grabs a cop’s gun, shoots him, and takes everyone inside the precinct hostage, including Joe and Iris.
Farooq lightnings himself into the building…somehow. Don’t ask too many questions, this is very exciting!!!
Singh returns to take over the hostage negotiations. Barry calls him, trying to get through to Joe, or any other cop, and Singh tells him he can’t talk, there’s a hostage situation, and Joe and Iris are inside.
Panicked, Barry tells Wells he needs his powers back pronto. Wells says that hitting Barry with another jolt of electricity might bring his powers back…and Caitlin says that it might kill him. Wells points out that if it doesn’t, Farooq will. Cisco says they can rig the backup generator to the treadmill to deliver the necessary zappage.
Barry says he’s going to try to talk to Farooq first. After all, Farooq got a raw deal out of the particle accelerator blast and maybe Barry can get through to him with a little sympathy. Wells doesn’t like the idea but can’t stop him.
Police station. Tockman gives Singh his demands, which include one “vegetarian takeout meal.” It’s a hilarious line but I’m not sure he could possibly have room for it after all the scenery he’s been chewing. He’s a delight, actually.
Joe spots Eddie popping up from behind a desk, unseen by Tockman, and shakes his head no. Singh asks for more time and Tockman says that “you may delay, but Time may not.” “Benjamin Franklin,” Joe says, to Tockman’s delight. Aw, they should be pen pals.
S.T.A.R. Barry finds Farooq, and with Team Science listening around the corner, tells him he understands what Farooq’s going through. Farooq realizes that Barry’s the Flash. He tearfully tells him that when his friends tried to give him CPR, they died. Barry says it’s not his fault and Farooq agrees – it’s Wells’s.
He zaps Barry, sending him flying. Cisco shuts the door between them. Wells tells Caitlin to get Barry to the treadmill and Cisco to get the generator online. Cisco doesn’t want to leave Wells but Wells gives Cisco a creepy and fairly context-free speech about how the Flash is his greatest creation and “Barry Allen must have a future” and Cisco’s like “Yep, sounds normal” and scampers off. For such smart people, Cisco, Caitlin, and Barry are also real dumb.
Police station. Tockman exposits that he never got to see his dying sister. Eddie makes his move and shoots Tockman – who’s wearing a bulletproof vest, and who turns around and shoots Eddie twice. Iris cries. Fair enough.
S.T.A.R. Barry’s not healing fast anymore. Caitlin rigs up the treadmill but then she and Barry are forced to hide from Farooq.
Meanwhile, Wells frees Tony from the Pipeline, on the condition that he kill Farooq.
Farooq’s about to catch Barry and Caitlin because he can smell electricity (sure) when Cisco gets the generator on and the lights come back up. Farooq leaves (okay). Barry tells Caitlin to turn the treadmill on.
Tony finds Farooq and slugs him. Farooq zaps Tony in what would be an awesome villain on villain fight if they hadn’t blown the metal CGI budget last week – Tony looks like the Capri Sun guy.
Caitlin can’t bring herself to turn on the treadmill and possibly kill Barry. Barry says Ollie told him he was struck by lightning for a reason. He’s not sure if he believes that, but does she?
She turns it on. The treadmill zaps Barry across the room. Caitlin runs to his side and asked if it worked. Barry vibrates his hand but then says no. This part doesn’t really make any sense but whatever.
Police station. Joe and Iris beg Tockman to stop “killing time” and let Eddie get medical help. “As if you could kill time without wounding eternity,” Tockman says. “Henry David Thoreau,” Joe glowers. I love Joe.
Tockman puts a tourniquet on Eddie. Iris tells him the Flash will catch him. He’s none too worried.
S.T.A.R. Barry and Caitlin find their way to the metahuman fight, which Tony is losing, badly. Barry greets him like an old friend, for some reason. Tony’s like “Hey, you know me, Allen, I never run from a fight,” but then pulls Barry closer, whispers, “Run,” and dies. Well, that was kind of a waste, although I guess Barry’s secret identity is marginally safer now.
Farooq appears. Barry and Caitlin bolt.
Police station. The helicopter’s here.
S.T.A.R. Barry and Caitlin join Cisco. As Caitlin takes a blood sample, they tell Cisco Tony’s dead. Cisco says it’s impossible for anyone to escape the pipeline and Wells appears behind them to reveal that he freed Tony to buy them time.
Barry’s horrified, and even Cisco looks at least mildly perturbed. He says Tony was a bully but he didn’t deserve to die, and Wells says it was him or them. Barry says they’re all just pawns to Wells, and asks who Wells plans to sacrifice next. I am 100% sure Wells’s honest answer is “Cisco. Caitlin never sasses me.”
Farooq is closing in. Cisco suggests they escape via the van in the garage. Meanwhile, Caitlin’s hooked up the microscope to the computer and Barry’s cells are rapidly regenerating. (Do you think he, like, leaves a cloud of dead skin cells everywhere he goes? Ew.) Barry vibrates again but says he doesn’t have his speed, and Wells announces that it’s mental. “You have the yips!” Cisco declares, which doesn’t make Barry feel any better. Also, this is stupid. It’s all in his head? Shut up.
Anyway, Caitlin says she believes Barry was struck by lightning for a reason, and they make a run for the garage.
Police station. Tockman decides to take Iris with him as a security measure. Joe begs him to at least let her say goodbye to Eddie, like Tockman didn’t get to with his sister. Tockman agrees. Iris kisses Eddie, who whispers something to her.
S.T.A.R. They reach the garage, but the van won’t start – Farooq’s drained it. He lurches in and zaps Barry.
Police station. Tockman drags Iris towards the helicopter. She digs her heels in and flashes back – and we see that Eddie whispered “ankle holster” to her. She draws on Tockman. He knocks the gun aside. A shot rings out. “IRIS!” Joe screams.
S.T.A.R. Caitlin and Cisco run to Barry. Farooq advances – and Wells tells him to stop. Farooq says Wells killed his friends and Wells doesn’t even know their names. “Jake Davenport. Daria Kim,” Wells says. “Ralph Dibny. Al Rothstein. Grant Emerson. Will Everett. Bea DaCosta. Ronnie Raymond. I know the names of every person that died that night.” OKAY BUT THAT MEANS THEY’RE GOING TO USE ALL OF THEM, RIGHT? BECAUSE RALPH AND BEEEEEA. AND TO A LESSER EXTENT AL AND GRANT AND WILL I GUESSSSS.
Wells tells Farooq the kids are innocent and to let them live. Farooq attacks Wells. Barry screams “NO!”…AND FLASHES THE HELL UP. He carries Wells to Caitlin and Cisco, suits up, and confronts Farooq.
Farooq zaps him…but his blue lightning turns yellow as Barry overpowers him. They both fall to their knees and grab their heads in some admittedly silly blocking. Then Farooq collapses.
“Iris,” Barry breathes, and runs off…
…and then inexplicably walks slowly into the police station in plain clothes? Although I guess clearly everything’s all over. Paramedics wheel Eddie out, and a couple of cops help Tockman limp by, a bandage around his thigh. Hee!
Barry looks up and sees Joe and Iris sitting on the stairs, hugging and smiling. He sighs, relieved. IRIS IS SO GREAT I LOVE HERRRRRRRR
S.T.A.R. Team Science puts Farooq’s body bag in a Pipeline cell. So that it will…decompose there indefinitely? Uergh.
Barry asks why Farooq couldn’t siphon his powers this time and Caitlin sciences something about how Barry’s cells are even speedier than before and “it’s almost like he choked on you,” AHAHA.
Caitlin and Cisco leave, and Barry apologizes for saying Wells didn’t care about people. So, he’s cool with Tony’s death now, and also the Mist, who is still illegally imprisoned there? Okay. He adorably admits that he read Wells’s biography twice. Wells agrees that he doesn’t care for people, but he cares about Barry, and he believes in a better future.
Hospital. Barry has brought flowers for Eddie, who he barely knows and doesn’t like. Sure. Eddie is touched, and also high as a kite on pain meds. Iris excuses herself to get a cup of coffee. Barry says, “Do it,” Joe knocks the vase off the table, and Barry catches it before it hits the ground. “Awesome,” Joe breathes. #NERDS Eddie is like “Whoa” but they convince him that he’s just high. Hee.
Iris is getting her coffee when the Flash appears. Barry, no. “Oh, now you show up,” she says. He apologizes and she says it’s okay: “A girl’s gotta be her own hero every now and again.” #TEAMIRIS There’s some banter about him being late and he tells her she’s worth being on time for. STOP IT.
She wanders back into Eddie’s room, where Barry’s already returned. Joe points out that she forgot her coffee. She looks a bit dazed and Barry smiles smugly. STOP IT YOU JERK and also what is your end game here??? “I will make her fall in love with me while not being able to get close to her, see her by daylight, talk to her normally, tell her the truth, or touch her! Ha HA!”
S.T.A.R., Secret Time Room. Wells is very pleased with how things have turned out and also has learned that Barry’s attachment to his loved ones is the key to making Barry do what he wants. Uh-oh!
Out in the main lab, Barry’s early for once. He’s ready to really push himself. Oh, sweetie, no.
Pipeline. ENOUGH EPILOGUES ALREADY. Wells unzips Farooq’s body bag and takes a sample, saying that he needs to know how Farooq stole Barry’s powers…even though that can’t happen anymore? WHATEVER, NEXT EPISODE IS THE CROSSOVER!!!