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The Flash Recap: Trial By Firestorm

With Professor Stein’s life on the line, Tuesday’s Flash found Barry and Co. scrambling to find a suitable replacement partner (R.I.P., Ronnie!) for the bespectacled smartypants — and, oh, what a replacement they found.

They initially tried to merge Stein with (literal) hot-head Dr. Henry Hewitt, but any viewer with an active Twitter account knew that partnership wasn’t meant to be. Enter Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, a high school football player-turned-mechanic whose disdain for the particle accelerator is matched only by his (alleged) appreciation for the Titanic soundtrack — a one-liner I’m sure Professor Stein enjoyed.

It wasn’t until Hewitt’s troublemaking nature was revealed that Jax began to warm up (sorry!) to the idea of becoming Firestorm, resulting in an epic fire-on-fire melee at the Central City High School football field, coincidentally the exact location where Jax was originally hit by the accelerator a few years earlier.

With Hewitt out of the way and Firestorm finally restored to its (their?) former glory, Professor Stein said his goodbyes to Team S.T.A.R. Labs, passing along this foreboding bit of advice to Cisco: “The very thing that makes you different is what makes you special.” (I. Can’t. Wait. For. VIBE.)

the-flash-king-sharkDEAD MAN WALKING | As if doing battle with a fiery lunatic and helping an old friend merge with a total stranger wasn’t hectic enough, Barry received his biggest shock in the episode’s final moments: a talking shark named, what else, King Shark, wants him dead! Actually, wait, that wasn’t the biggest shock — Barry came face-to-face with Earth-2’s Harrison freakin’ Wells! (But really, though, I’m going to need to take several moments to process that talking shark.)

DROPPING A MOM-SHELL | If you were hoping Iris’ long-overdue meeting with her mother would be all sunshine and rainbows, you were probably pretty disappointed by what transpired. Not only does she want nothing to do with her mother — who revealed she’s dying of MacGregor’s Syndrome, the same ailment plaguing the Clock King and Mr. Freeze’s wife — but Iris also learned that she might (does) also have a brother (named Wally) out there somewhere; her mother apparently gave birth a year after walking out on Iris and Joe. (Did you know Iris is an investigative reporter? One who uncovers things? Just ask her, I’m sure she’ll be happy to remind you.)

Flash fans, are you feeling the new Firestorm? Rooting for Barry to get with Iris/Patty? Totally, completely in love with King Shark? Whatever you’re feeling after this week’s episode, drop it in a comment below.


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  1. Riana says:

    Wally is her brother in this.

  2. Midnight says:

    I guess it’s necessary if Robbie Amell left to pursue other projects, but the episode was pretty boring going through yet another Firestorm origin story. But that ending with King Shark was 10/10 hilarious and awesome.

    • Andy Swift says:

      Thank you! Honestly, the screen could have been blank for 57 minutes and that King Shark scene would have totally made up for it.

    • jericho says:

      This.. definitely this.

      The episode was only interesting in the non-Firestorm bits. The West family drama and the continued flirty banter between Barry/PSpivet were the best parts. The entire Firestorm bits were uninteresting and the actor they got to replace Robby Amell did not feel like a good fit.

      My only joy in the episode is that we are almost done with all the set up. Now we just have to deal with the new Wells and the Hawkgirl/Man set up… oh god we still have more set up… Give me some fun Flash back and not all the set up.

      • herman1959 says:

        I’m also looking forward to the Legends setup to be done (hopefully) by the end of the year so we can get our show back. But, I have to say that I didn’t dislike Jax as the-other-half of Firestorm; the fact that the two halves are so different makes for more interesting storylines on a weekly basis.

      • Gerald says:

        Was not a fan of the Firestorm story either. The best part of it was that he left at the end of the show to go do Legends. I’m probably not going to watch it. But I am sad Dr. Stein has left. I thought he made a good part of Barry’s Team.
        Still hoping Ronnie is alive and well on Earth 2 and will come back.

      • Lisa says:

        Agreed on everything but Barry and Patty, it’s too forced, they’re trying too hard

  3. Kate says:

    I enjoyed the episode and am rooting for Barry/Patty.

  4. Amy says:

    Great episode! So excited to see where they go with Wally being Iris’s brother. I live for west-family drama. Always have and always will be rooting for Barry/Iris <3

  5. Elle says:

    Super conflicted about the Iris and her Mom story line. On one hand, I’m loving these emotional scenes because Candice is killing it, but on the other hand, I still can’t stand how the writers have set everything up. I like that Iris can be in her feelings with her Mom but I think that some of that anger needs to be thrown Joe’s way too. His brand of parenting when it comes to Iris is kind of messed up. Iris keeping Wally from her Dad and Joe isn’t going to be interesting because she’s already so removed from their day-to-day interactions. Joe and Barry talk about Iris almost as much as they actually talk to Iris these days.

    And I hope that one of these days we can see Iris doing investigative work and not just hear her talk about her investigations or see the end of her investigation.

    And I can’t wait for Vibe, Cisco is pretty much the best thing about this show right now.

  6. Courtney says:

    Loved where Iris’s story is going. I’m glad she finally has her own story line outside of Barry. Now if they could just show her reporting skills instead of just talking about them…

  7. Jason Rusch must have been busy…

  8. Tina Allan says:

    Awesome that Wally will be Iris’ brother in this version of the Flash. The West and the Allen family are what makes this show. I’m waiting for the Patty SL to run it’s course so the focus can be on the West and the Allen family & the future Flash generations! Always Team Barry & Iris. They are iconic! Westallen

  9. Stephen says:

    I don’t care about Barry’s relationship status I want him to stop.getting pushed around. I mean this Flash can’t even beat a dude with a gun. How is Capt. Cold even close to threatening him? And once again he gets bailed out. By Dr. Wells no less. It’s getting old watching Barry get his a$$ handed to me. I mean it’s season 2 he should be progressing not regressing. It fits right in with the CW I guess.

    • DavidJ says:

      Well if Barry was really using his speed to its full potential, hardly ANY of these villains would be a real threat to him. So I can understand why the writers have to draw things out every time and make Barry not quite as quick or clever as he should be.

    • Brigid says:

      It’s called drama. If Barry could beat every villain right away why bother having a show. You act like no one can get the better of him when he’s never encountered them before.

  10. Shawn says:

    I’m still rooting for Barry/Caitlin

  11. jrex says:

    Where was Jay Garrick?

  12. Lisa V says:

    I’m all about the West’s this season! Candice Patton, Jesse L Martin and Vaness A Williams were great! I’m sure that as the season continues, and the family drama gets bigger, the acting will be even better. Bring on Wally West (Kid Flash) and Ace reporter Iris West. I like the new Firestorm, and hope that Jax and Cisco, once they’ve embraced their destiny, can be buds. I wasn’t impressed with the shark. As for Barry and Patty, they’re cute. However, I’m not Team Spallen? Patty Spivot is a via point in the journey, not the final destination. Let the lessons begin so that Westallen can stop thinking and start doing!

  13. DD says:

    the new guy isn’t a very good actor is this his first gig?

    • Ram520 says:

      I thought the same thing. But him being so green kind of worked in this story but it makes me wonder will he get any better later on

    • Liz985 says:

      Well, it looks like he was born in London, UK. Don’t know if he was raised in the US, but he may be struggling with keeping the accent intact.

      NB: I’m all for new talent, but aren’t there many, many struggling US actors? Why are so many US shows importing talent when they don’t have to? It can’t be all cost. Is it because it’s filmed in Canada? Do British actors have an easier time because of the Canada-British Empire connection?

      • Shaun says:

        Americans are mostly rubbish at acting.That’s why so many Canadians/Aussies/Brits in US tv.

        • Erika says:

          I think that there is possible a shortage of American actors in US TV.Aparently American TV shows hates American actors/actresses in US.

        • Liz985 says:

          Silly, silly boy.

        • Drew says:

          Yeah, that is not remotely true. There are a lot of really good US actors, many of whom never get big roles.
          I don’t know why there are so many Brits and Aussies on American TV. Maybe casting directors are easily impressed by accents. Some people think that foreign accents make people smarter… It really just makes people foreign. :)

    • tvjunkie says:

      At least he’s a better actor than Robbie, who can’t act his way out of a paper bag.

  14. Ram510 says:

    I thought this was a pretty slow episode. Then came those final 5 minutes and got me all excited for next week! That Shark looked like Street Sharks come to life haha

  15. Allison says:

    I freaked the freak out (sorry, Victorious, I went there) when I saw that the walking talking shark was a real walking talking homicidal thing. I actually screamed “no way!! this schnizit can’t be for real!!!” Oh yes it was! I think that was when I actually woke up and was fully alert during the episode. Seeing Harrison from Earth-2 made me squee and please don’t ask me why. I am just crushing on Tom Cavanagh – the dude is amazing – how could I not? Anyway, I haven’t cared about the Iris character since she gave the cold shoulder to Barry after he confessed his feelings to her. I like the actress so much though, but I just don’t care for the non-happenings of Barry and Iris. Yeah, me no likey, but there is always Cisco and he always brings a smile to my face. I still miss Ronnie as the other half to Firestorm, but the new guy is pretty okay. Firestorm is on and poppin’ because of him and he saved Caitlin from that lunatic hot-head so he gets an A in my book! Great episode!

  16. Melosm says:

    I think I missed something…how do we know Iris’s brother is named Wally??

    • Karen says:

      We don’t for sure, but we do know Wally West will be joining the show as a character, so it is the obvious assumption, doesn’t mean it’s right, for sure. Wally could be from Earth 2 also.

  17. Relaxxx says:

    Really great episode! I enjoyed the West family drama, the new Firestorm, Cisco, Doctor freakin Wells and King Shark! Yes!

  18. Pat says:

    I thought this was a good epidode. A walking, talking shark man, all I kept thinking was that SYFY will be watching this one to get ideas to extend their Sharknado movies.

  19. Sarah says:

    I’m happy for Dr.Stein finding a replacement and I actually like Jack..
    Omg that Shark was hilarious!!
    Know they know Dr.Wells is back..lets see how this goes.
    Great episode :)

  20. Jane says:

    Except for the last 5 minutes with the Shark Man (or ManShark?) and Wells creeping around it was pretty boring. Don’t care about the West Family drama and found the whole Fire Storm thing uninteresting.

  21. kpflat says:

    So is Wally going to be a son that Joe never knew about? Because he wouldn’t be a ” West” if the mother cheated on Joe right?

  22. Drew says:

    Solid episode. The shark man was awesome. I still want Ronnie to come back, but I like Firestorm 2.0 too. I’m still not sure that it is necessary to bring in Wally at this point, but we will see.
    This show has great characters, a solid cast, great visuals and good writing/directing. Everything that Supergirl was lacking. The difference is amazing.

  23. Diana says:

    Barry an Iris! There’s just something about them :)
    Really looking forward to Wally West.

  24. Luis says:

    Thrown by a talking shark? After the telepathic gorilla?

  25. Luis says:

    How long before Barry jumps that sucker?

  26. Luis says:

    Dying of McGregor’s Syndrome? What’s next, adding nipples to Barry’s costume?

  27. robandco says:

    Is the whole season a back door pilot for LoT? I hope we’re done so we can move on with the story. That last scene was awesome but the CGI was Sharknado bad.

  28. Lisa says:

    I would take West-Allen or Snowbarry over Barry/Patty anyday! Grant has zero chemistry with the actress playing Patty and her character and their “romance” are so forced, ugh. Do not want!

  29. Dea says:

    I like the new Firestorm, but didn’t need the red herring part of the storyline that was the “ideal candidate” physics guy that you knew want going to work. Love PSpivet. Not anti Iris, Investigative Journalist, but rather pro-Patty for now. Obsessed with King Shark.

  30. Alexis says:

    The only things I loved about the episode were the non firestorm stuff. Wasn’t expecting King shark at all, loved it. I’m enjoying the west family drama and boy did Candice knock it out of the park this episode. I’m going to need Barry and Joe to start talking to Iris rather than about Iris. They definitely need to start showing Iris’s investigative skills onscreen. Definitely not feeling any chemistry with Barry/Pat and they feel too forced. I’m team Barry/Iris all the way.

  31. Valerie says:

    I loved all the Iris scenes. Candice is amazing in the “dramatic” scenes. I disliked Caitlin in this episode (well I’m not a fan), and I loved Jax’s character. Not feeling Patty and Barry at all..too forced and I think is a mistake to keep Barry and Iris apart..the chemistry between the actors is too strong, it won’t work.