Review: The Flash Takes on a Monster in This Week's Episode

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 9:57AM
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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 9:57AM
Review: The Flash Takes on a Monster in This Week's Episode
The Flash has already had a ton of exciting developments take place in the first few episodes of the season. Jesse Quick is now a full-blown speedster, Caitlyn is finally starting to turn into Killer Frost, and there's a brand new Harrison Wells hanging out at Earth One's STAR Labs with the team. While many of these developments play a large role in shaping last night's episode, entitled "Monster," perhaps the craziest thing to happen yet this season (and that's saying a lot) happened as a Cloverfield ripoff monster invades the city.  

"Monster" deals a lot with the rocky relationship between Barry and his new coworker, Julian. At the beginning of the episode, Julian tattles on Barry to the chief for leaving randomly, showing up late, etc. Though Barry isn't punished, he does decide to try and make things work with Julian. He accomplishes this by shadowing him on a new case involving the fifty-foot monster that's been randomly appearing and disappearing in Central City, learning about Julian's cynical view of metas (he's angry at how many of them squander their power by being criminals), and promising to make his own lab so Julian can have the old one all to himself. By the end of the episode, when it's revealed that the Monster is just a hologram, Flash saves Julian from committing a murder when he fires on the unarmed hologram creator. From then forward, he and Barry finally start to see eye to eye.  

Likewise, the new Harrison acts strangely (and that's putting it mildly), causing the team to question his credibility. He mostly just talks a lot, but when the team uncovers his secret, Wells reveals that on his Earth, he knew nothing about science and was sort of a conman. His business partner helped him solve the riddle that Earth Two Wells sent through the breach, and the new Wells' real aim is to pen a novel based on his adventures in a parallel universe. The team agrees to keep him around if he can prove his worth, but he is given a warning - if he doesn't show how he can be an asset within a few weeks, he's out.  

Finally, Caitlyn's plight is also further explored in "Monster." With her powers getting more powerful by the minute, she seeks out her mother, a fellow scientist, to help her learn more about what's happening to her body. The twist is that she and her mother haven't been getting along, and her mother's lab assistant tries to hold Caitlyn against her will to perform additional tests on her. Of course, none of this flies well with Killer Frost, and "Monster" is the first taste the audience is given the monster lurking inside Earth One Caitlyn.

Overall, "Monster" is yet another solid episode of The Flash. While there wasn't a whole lot of spectacular action or emotional gut punches (both things that the show is known for) in this week's episode, some of the most interesting subplots on the show were explored more extensively than they have been as of yet. "Monster" is not an episode that those tracking the evolution of Killer Frost or the relationship between Barry and Julian should want to miss.    

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