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The Flash’s Power Outage (SPOILERS)

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In “Power Outage,” it was double the trouble with two bad guys: Blackout and Tockman.  The writers changed things up, making the episode more interesting.  There was so much going on.  Our favorite characters were stuck in their toughest situations yet.  Blackout broke into S.T.A.R. Labs, and Tockman held the police department hostage.  The stakes were high, and I was on the edge of my seat.

I loved how this episode had an epic meta-human fight between Blackout and Tony.  It was cool to see two meta’s fighting in which The Flash wasn’t one of them.  I’m looking forward to more epic battles in the future.

Joe is my favorite character, and each episode, I like him more and more.  This episode, Joe was held hostage by Tockman.  Tockman kept quoting influential figures, such as Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau.  Joe knew every quote that Tockman recited.  He makes being a well-read nerd cool!

The best part of “Power Outage” was at the end when Eddie was on the pain meds.  He made silly comments and giggled unlike any way we’d seen before.  Seeing Eddie like this was unexpected and hilarious.  It was a nice contrast to his usual stiff self.

In “Power Outage,” Barry had to make the difficult decision on whether to electrocute himself or not in an attempt to bring his powers back.  During a scene in which the group was standing in S.T.A.R. Labs, debating what to do as the pressure of Blackout increased, Barry clutched his head in his hands.  The camera spun around the group as they threw out their ideas and suggestions.  Barry remained quite.  This filming style illustrated the stress Barry was under, his mind was like a whirlwind.  It was a great choice made by director, Larry Shaw.

Another great camera shot was at the end of the episode when Barry told Dr. Wells that he wanted to start training himself to run faster.  Barry hopped on the treadmill and began running, turning into a flash of light.  The camera showed this through a reflection in Dr. Wells’ glasses.  It was a cool visual shot and also added more eeriness to Dr. Wells’ character.

As always, there were a few cheesy lines/scenes in “Power Outage.”  In particular Barry spoke to Caitlin about losing his powers.  “I’m not sure I can live without it, Caitlin,” he said.  I rolled my eyes.  Throughout the episode, the two of them kept talking about whether they believed that Barry was chosen to be The Flash or not.  Yes, these moments were clichéd, but what is a superhero story without a few clichés?

2 comments on “The Flash’s Power Outage (SPOILERS)

  1. williamchasterson
    December 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on William Chasterson.

  2. Lesbian's Tale
    March 23, 2015

    Reblogged this on Lesbian's Tale and commented:
    Love this show, can not believe that they killed off Cisco!

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