Review: The Flash Finally Reveals the Identity of Dr. Alchemy in “Killer Frost”

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 10:56AM
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The Flash
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 10:56AM
Review: The Flash Finally Reveals the Identity of Dr. Alchemy in “Killer Frost”
The Flash just revealed the real big bad of season three last week when Savitar came rushing to the aid of his acolyte, Dr. Alchemy. This week, however, the identity of Dr. Alchemy is revealed, and the team deals with Caitlyn's transformation into Killer Frost. While it may not be the most exciting episode of season three, "Killer Frost" is undoubtedly a must watch for fans, plays a crucial role in the main arc of the season, and is a vital part in the origin story of Kid Flash.

In "Killer Frost," Caitlyn uses her powers to save Barry from Savitar, and just as her mother warned her it would, the overuse of her powers gives more power to the "Killer" side of her. On her search for Alchemy (who she hopes can take her powers away), Caitlyn threatens a number of people, kidnaps Julian from the CCPD, and even stabs Barry through the leg with an icicle when he comes to her aid. She also blames Barry for the effects of Flashpoint, revealing to Cisco that the paradox is the reason his brother, Dante, is now dead. Eventually, the team manages to capture Killer Frost and put her in one of their specialized meta holding cells, but Barry refuses to give up. Giving her an ultimatum to either kill him or stay locked up, Caitlyn finally breaks and reverts to the softer side of her personality, sending Killer Frost packing (at least for now). 

Meanwhile, Wally is trapped in the cocoon for the majority of the episode. Near the end, he finally emerges, and the final scenes show him overjoyed that he's finally got the powers he so desperately wanted. Likewise, Barry is able to convince Julian to "forget" who it was who kidnapped him, and in exchange, Barry must quit the CCPD. Finally, some of the last scenes of the episode reveal who's behind that creepy gas mask, as Julian is seen over the costume of the mysterious Dr. Alchemy.   

"Killer Frost" definitely adds a lot to the show, and it undoubtedly succeeds in moving the plot forward. Likewise, the CGI sequence with Savitar at the beginning of the episode was breathtaking, and watching Caitlyn temporarily fall to the dark side was a nice change of pace from the types of conflicts that have been featured so far in season three. However, there were also a few aspects of the plot that fell flat in this week's episode. For instance, having Caitlyn's powers be the primary factor in her fall is kind of a cop-out, and the "big reveal" was predicted by most - if it's that easy to guess, it shouldn't be made out to be some huge mystery.  

Overall, "Killer Frost" is definitely a worthy entry into The Flash's season 3 arc. Choosing to take things in a weird direction by focusing on a so-called god and his acolytes, which give and take powers away at will, was an immensely interesting way to approach things with this year's run of the show. However, the writers may need to learn that the identity of every main villain doesn't need to be a guessing game, especially when they make it so easy to guess. It'll be exciting to see where the show goes from here, and what will come of next week's four show crossover, Heroes vs. Aliens.

The Flash returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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