THE FLASH S2 EP4 "FURY OF FIRESTORM" REVIEW!
By Jarrett Kruse
That's it, tag the toe, I'm done. THE FLASH is the best superhero TV show out there. It continues to keep a steady path on the best narrative not only on superhero shows but some of the non-comic book hour long dramas I watch. Who knew that Tuesday would turn out to be my favorite night of the week for TV viewing? Between FLASH my new obsession iZOMBIE, The CW is doing a hell of a job. Last week FLASH-ites may remember Dr. Stein collapsing at the end of the episode before the big reveal of Dr. Harrison Wells apparently coming through the portal; ability to walk and all. So lets dive right in because there is a whole lot going on in Central City this week.
I like that they do this sometimes, especially when they open the show with a "two years ago" caption on the screen. This way the audience knows that whatever the upcoming scene, it is from the night the particle accelerator blew. In this case, star quarterback and scholarship shoo in Jefferson "Jax" Jackson is celebrating a big win with college scouts in the crowd ready to woo the talented young star. However, no one could know that after the win the particle accelerator lit up the city spreading across the football field with Jefferson saving fellow teammates and sacrificing himself. He was hit pretty hard by the rays and woke up in the hospital with a torn ACL and a case of dark matter inside of him.
The gang at ACL realize that Dr. Stein is going to perish if he does not pair with someone and fast. The Flash is able to sneakily get blood samples from the two people that Dr. Snow found to be possible matches from being affected by the particle accelerator. They are: Dr. Henry Hewitt, a pompous scientist from Hudson University and the other...Jefferson Jackson. They first bring Hewitt in once his ego gets through the door and it turns out that when they attempt to attach the FIRESTORM matrix to him and Stein and him interact, there is no reaction. Hewitt is not a match and angrily leaves STAR Labs but not before we see his hands flicker with fire. It seems that the doctor does have some uncontrolled and unbalanced enhancements that when angry, will blow like a top. Jefferson is initially brought in under the guise that they are going to fix his knee and make him 100% again. He balks at the opportunity and storms out of the lab but not before Caitlyn, whom this is all very personal for, gives him a good tongue lashing.
There is an interlude where Joe and Iris are dealing with the arrival of Iris' birth mother Francine, an ex-junkie who is back in town with less than a year to live. After doing some digging at their second meeting, Iris, now a full fledged invesitgative journalist has discovered that Francine gave birth to a baby boy just 8 months after leaving Central City. Could it be Joe's baby? If so, Iris is adamant that it would crush Joe. Iris tells Francine to get out of their lives regardless of her terminal condition.
Meanwhile, Officer Spivot is suddenly now Detective Spivot and is Joe's new partner. She brings Barry a strange case with a tooth from a witness that said he saw a shark walking on land in the city. As a favor, Barry checks it out for Spivot and it turns out to be human and nothing meta about it. Clearly their is a vibe going on between Spivot and Barry but it is obvious that he is still hung up on Iris. You just want to go through the TV, slap Barry and tell him that the best way to get over someone, is to get under one. Still, to be fair Iris is in a really bad place after losing Eddie in the first season's finale. However, Spivot is a little cutie and clearly interested and even Joe thinks that getting back out there might be a good idea.
Dr. Tina McGee calls Joe and his new partner with an emergency at Mercury Labs to report a robbery that they actually show the audience but it is a quick but pivotal scene. She tells Joe in some detail that it was not what was stolen that was her concern but who stole it. Dr. McGee goes on to tell them that it was none other than Harrison Wells, whom she knew for over 20 years that was the perpetrator. However there is one catch--he was walking! Joe is sure to tell Spivot that this entire incident is to be kept from Barry. Spivot details that she is not that good at lying to which Joe says, "learn." WTF could Wells or we think is Wells want at Mercury Labs? Hmmm
Meanwhile, Dr. Hewitt, crazy upset from getting rejected at STAR Labs goes nuclear at work when a co-worker hassles him about a deadline. Hewitt is some kind of anti-FIRESTORM and now wants vengeance on the STAR Labs staff. Dr. Snow realizes that she was a little tough on Jax and goes down to the garage where he works to apologize. However, because of how personal the whole FIRESTORM project is to her because of Ronnie, you knew that she was going to try and coax him into at least seeing if he is a match for Dr. Stein who is slowly dying. Just as she is making some headway, Hewitt arrives on the scene all lit up like Roman candle shooting fire everywhere. Jax is able to knock him out and he and Caitlyn hightail it back to STAR Labs where Jax agrees to merge with Dr. Stein and it works! All is right with the meta-world and a new FIRESTORM is born. However, Hewitt is not done and is wreaking havoc on the same football field where Jax was hurt. (How he knew that is where Jax played high school ball I have no idea but I'm willing to suspend my disbelief) The Flash and FIRESTORM arrive on scene to take down Hewitt as Jax is guided by Stein in his ear on how to use his athletic abilities to control his powers and flight patterns. Hewitt is taken down and put in the pipeline with the rest of the meta-baddies and Jax seems excited for the first time in a long time to finally be a part of a team again.
Stein and Jax are headed to Pittsburgh to meet up with Clarissa and finish the work he was doing with Ronnie and FIRESTORM. Jax will now pick up that mantle as the new FIRESTORM and Caitlyn seems to finally have some closure. Befre he leaves, Stein tells Cisco that his budding abilities are not a curse but rather a very important gift. I think this alludes to us seeing Cisco eventually fully take on his abilities as the superhero "Vibe."
As Barry "strolls" around the city, happy at the outcome of this most recent episode, he narrates his feelings as they intercut with scenes of Detective Spivot at Jitters. It sounds like Barry is ready to finally take the leap and take Spivot out. Just then, Barry is attacked by....KING SHARK!! What!! Spivot pulls out her service revolver and says, "put your hands--your fins in the air!!" and starts shooting but it has no effect on the vice grip he has on Barry. "ZOOM WANTS YOU DEAD!," the giant walking fish says to Barry. Just then, King Shark is taken down by what looks similar to Captain Cold's gun. The Shark is taken down with one blash but The Flash demands who he is. He turns around and its......you don't think I'm gonna ruin it for you do you?