The CW’s The Flash made its triumphant return Tuesday night with its midseason premiere “Out of Time.” Beware readers… Spoilers ahead!
This episode saw the return of one of the pilot’s villains that pretty much remained in the shadows: the older Mardon brother. He was in the same getaway plane as his younger brother Clyde, and they were both affected by the particle accelerator explosion in virtually the same way. Clyde Mardon was the villain in the pilot episode that Barry faced off against and who was eventually killed by Joe West. Dubbed the Weather Wizard, Mardon returned (rather late to the game) to exact his revenge on the person responsible for his brother’s death.
Meanwhile, Iris West becomes curious about Harrison Wells’ personal life and investigates some leads that were given to her by a fellow journalist, Mason. After confronting Barry about his new mentor, Iris remains unsure about Wells and when Cisco finds out about some serious allegations regarding his boss, he sets out to find the truth.
During Barry’s quest to find Mardon, he experiences a disorienting vision that he asks Dr. Wells about. Barry describes seeing himself while he was running through the city, something that Dr. Wells considers a mere by-product of his speed. However, Barry insists on the vision’s authenticity, and Wells suggests that it may be some sort of “after image,” a term that will come up again in this episode.
Another subplot of this episode is centered around the complicated relationship between Iris and Barry. Initially turning down Barry’s declaration of love for her, Iris begins showing just how much she cares for him in a romantic way. Barry, though dating Linda, again finds himself dealing with the feelings he has for Iris. Linda and Eddie become aware of the changing relationship between Iris and Barry and confront them about it. While this love story pays off in the end, the back and forth between the couples becomes rather dull and predictable.
Speaking of predictable, Mardon eventually confronts Joe at the police station and wreaks havoc with his metahuman powers that are noted as more developed than his younger brother’s. Just in time to save Joe, Barry rushes in and uses the “Wizard’s Wand.” This invention by Cisco stops Mardon from causing any more destruction and is an interesting inspiration from the comics. Despite being thwarted once, Mardon manages to badly injure Joe and hold him as hostage to get to Iris. Barry and Iris race to save Joe, and this is where the show hits its stride.
Cisco makes a startling discovery about what happened the night that the Reverse Flash was captured and is then confronted by an upright Dr. Wells. He reveals himself to be Eobard Thawne, a “distant relative” of Eddie Thawne. As the conversation continues, he implies that he inadvertently killed Barry’s mom and hopes to use Barry’s abilities to travel back to the future. Unfortunately, he is unable to let Cisco live and kills him without remorse. During this, Barry and Iris arrive at the pier where Joe is being held only to find that a massive tsunami is heading for Central City. With the help of Dr. Snow, Barry figures that his only course of action is to run fast enough (unsurprising) along the coastline to create a barrier that will drain the tsunami of its power before it makes landfall. Barry dramatically reveals himself to Iris as The Flash and hurries to stop Mardon from destroying the city. Caitlin conveys her doubt, noting that she is unsure whether or not Barry can run that fast. However, though sheer will or sheer luck, Barry runs as fast as necessary… Actually, a lot faster than that.
Barry runs so fast, he travels back in time to his initial investigation of Mardon’s return, a scene earlier from the episode. Though the rest of the episode doesn’t say much on the matter, this suggests that the events that unfolded (Dr. Wells’ confession, Cisco’s death, and Barry’s reveal as The Flash) are now undone by the end. Still, these reveals were a great way for the audience to understand where this series is going and an action-packed midseason premiere.
Did you see the newest episode? What did you think?