The Flash: “Magenta” Review

This week’s episode introduces us to the latest, Doctor Alchemy created metahuman, Magenta. Frankie Kane is a shy, orphaned teen, living with her abusive foster father. When Alchemy gives her super powers she develops and evil personality named Magenta, who uses her magnetic manipulation abilities to send a light pole crashing into her their apartment nearly killing her foster father. When interviewed at the police station about the event, Julian Albert (Tom Felton) becomes suspicious of the teen and compares her DNA to that of others found in the empty husks of those Alchemy has empowered and confirms she is a metahuman leading to a battle with The Flash.

The Flash -- "Magenta" -- Image: FLA303a_0335b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Violett Beane as Jesse Quick -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, a breach has opened and through it comes Harrison Wells and his daughter, Jessie. It is revealed that Jessie is now a speedster, having been affected by contact with dark matter last season. While she is anxious to join Barry in fighting crime her father asks Caitlin to try and talk her out of the idea, fearing the dangers. Wally is distraught seeing that Jessie has gained powers and he hasn’t and even tries to “force” the powers out be stepping in front of a speeding truck causing Jessie to have to save his life.

As Jessie and her dad butt heads over her powers, Magenta has tracked down her father in the hospital and plans to drop a freighter on top the building to kill him, not to mention everyone else inside. The Flash will need the aid of “Jessie Quick” if he has a chance to stop Magenta and save the hospital.

“Magenta” was a self-contained, but a pedestrian episode of The Flash. Alchemy (voiced by Tobin Bell) is far more interesting than the metahumans he is creating and thus far we’ve learned precious little about him. The mystery of his identity and powers is the most compelling element of the series thus far in season three.

It didn’t take the writers long to get Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) back into the series after he and Jessie had returned to Earth-2 at the end of last season. His chemistry, particularly with Cisco, is always a highlight and he adds a great dynamic to the show. Julian Albert is a great addition to the show providing Barry with a rival in the workplace.

On the other hand, the two West children, Iris and Wally continue to be a complete drag on the show. The pair’s self-pity act has grown tiresome. I don’t understand the writer’s desire to constantly force a romantic angle down our throats. Barry is a young guy…let him be a young guy. Why, particularly given his powers and the threats he faces, do we have to have romantic angst be such a constant dark cloud over the series?

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