The Flash had a really fun episode this week! We laughed, we cried, we pointed an accusatory finger at the screen and yelled, “Lies!” Why? Because Team Flash took on a monster and learned that not all is as it seems. Let’s jump in with . . .
- The New Harrison Wells goes by HR. Why isn’t Team Flash slipping him their resumes?
- Julian Albert is CCPD’s #1 Tattletale! He’s got a badge, so you know it’s official.
- Ahh, a real monster! Except, no, it isn’t.
- What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! That’s Caitlin Snow, all right, all right, all right, all right.
- Caitlin’s mom finally melted into a compassionate person! It only took her daughter almost killing a man.
- Julian is so jelly. Jealous of Barry the Golden Boy, of the meta-humans and their awesome abilities, of everything.
- HR is a phony! A big, fat, phony! And so is the monster.
- That bullied kid will one day rule the world, just you wait.
- How sweet! Julian and Barry are almost friends now. That means their inevitable falling out will be so much more painful.
- Sharing is caring, Caitlin! Just tell the team about your problem or you’ll turn the whole lan into a ice chest.
HG Wells HR Wells
Our new Harrison Wells was a big bundle of energy in this episode. Oh wait, did I say bundle of energy? I meant bundle of lies. He’s a lot of fun if you don’t look too closely, but once you do you realize he’s only clever in the deceptive kind of way. As usual, Tom Cavanagh did a wonderful job, proving that his acting chops can handle not one, not two, but three versions of the same character. HR was a joy to watch while he took Team Flash on a rollercoaster ride. His reveal as an ambitious author chronicling his adventures on a new Earth was surprising, but I welcomed it (I’m a writer myself, so of course I enjoyed the twist).
But we also learned that HR isn’t working alone. He mentioned an unnamed partner who was the real brains behind the operation, and I really want to know more about him/her. Could it be Jesse? A villain? Another Flash? There are many possibilities and I hope it’s a good one.
This episode was aptly named because it refers literally to the holographic creature and figuratively to Caitlin and her mom. To a smaller degree, it was also about the monstrous behavior of bullies and how hopelessness can drive you to do extreme things. Caitlin and that teenage boy may need to see a counselor together.
The holographic creature caused a lot of trouble and damage, but compared to just about every other meta-human menace, it was a breeze. It did bring Barry and Julian closer together, however, and allowed them to understand each other better. I’m excited to see how their relationship plays out in future episodes.
I can say the same for Caitlin and her mother, who were also able to find some good in the chaos. Caitlin is scared of her powers and can’t fully control them, but at least her mom is on her side now. She’ll probably show up in future episodes–for good, I hope. We know her purpose in helping her daughter could be two-fold: for family and scientific advancement. Time will tell who really becomes the monster.
Final Thoughts and Quotes
This review is on the short side because the episode was a tidy package. It may not have advanced the season-long arc in any big way, it was a stellar episode on its own. I thought it was a good mix of humor and drama that explored an important theme from multiple angles.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments and enjoy a few quotes from “Monster.”
Julian: “Silly of me to think that the rules actually apply to the golden boy of CCPD’s crime lab. I guess I wasn’t one of the chosen few, was I?”
Julian: “I come from a pretty wealthy family back in England. It’s a long line of generations and old money, traditions. Non-sense, really. And I was the heir, I was their first born son. I was supposed to inherit the lot.”
Barry: “Iris, what are you doing?”
Iris: “Working on a story! And the last time I checked, you don’t need super-speed and a red suit to help people.”
Barry: “It’s the least I can do. I mean, I love Joe but at some point a man needs his own space and until I find my own space that means your space. So, as a token of my appreciation, two eggs over easy, bacon, toast—I can’t remember, do you like it buttered or . . .?”
Cisco: “Barry! Sometimes a man just wants to butter his own toast.
Barry: “Okay, sorry, I was just . . . yeah, no, you’re right . . .”
Dr. Tannhauser: Losing someone like that, you have no idea what that feels like.”
Caitlin: “Actually, I do. My husband died, over a year ago.”
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