Review: Jesse Quick Gains Her Powers in this Week's Episode of The Flash

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 10:36PM
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 10:36PM
Review: Jesse Quick Gains Her Powers in this Week's Episode of The Flash
Season three of The Flash has been off to a great start, with the first two episodes dealing with the madness of Flashpoint and its effects on the timeline. This week, however, the show shifted focus to what may end up being some of the largest subplots of the season and introduced a speedster that fans have been waiting to see empowered for quite some time: Jesse Quick.

"Magenta" starts with scenes of Barry and Iris attempting to pull off a normal date night and failing epically, with Harry and Jesse's arrival in Earth One interrupting their dinner plans. Jesse has finally started to manifest powers, and though Harry made the decision to come back under the pretense of running tests on the new speedster, he actually just wants to have members of the team convince his daughter not to use the speedforce.

Meanwhile, a new telekinetic meta named Magenta uses her powers to critically injure an abusive foster parent, and as she has a split personality, trying to get her to listen to reason becomes a challenge. It's later revealed that Magenta achieved her powers through Dr. Alchemy, who's name also comes up when Barry, Joe, and Julian view a video of the Rival's murder in his cell at Iron Heights.

Jesse's arrival also makes Wally, who has been dying to become a speedster, supremely jealous. And when she tells him that she achieved her powers when a car was a second away from running her over, he decides to step out into the street too, hoping that his speed will finally manifest itself. Though Jesse saves his life and Barry scolds him for his recklessness, Wally still refuses to quit his pursuit of superheroics.

In the end, Harry finally quits trying to stop Jesse from being a superhero, and she helps Barry stop Magenta from running a barge through the local hospital. Magenta seemingly reverts to her non-malicious identity of Frankie, and Barry and Iris learn to be OK with the fact that their relationship isn't ever going to be normal. And of course, Jesse is finally given her costume as she and her father have a heart to heart after the big battle with Magenta.

"Magenta" is by no means a bad episode, but it's also undoubtedly the slowest episode yet of season three. Though it's great to see Barry and Iris together, the whole "no time for date night" thing has become an overused trope in superhero storytelling, to the point that it was almost uninteresting to see it played out in such a usual fashion. Likewise, unless one is doing something truly revolutionary with the concept, the world does not need another super villain with multiple personalities. And though it was definitely in character, Dr. Wells being overly protective of Jesse is ground that has already been tread and retread.

Overall, The Flash is still going strong, and though it would have been nice to have the introduction of Jesse Quick accompanying a more explosive episode, "Magenta" helped progress several subplots that will likely be playing out over a large part of the season. Both of the first two seasons had their slower episodes as well, and it's to be expected for season three to have a few likewise.

The Flash continues next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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