The Flash Season Three, Episode # 5 “Monster” Review

There was quite a bit going on this week on The Flash so let’s get right into it! The team is getting to know the new Harrison Wells from Earth-19 whom they dub “HR” for simplicity. However, despite his name they quickly discover this Wells is all an act and not a scientist at all. As we’ve become accustomed, Cisco and the new Wells have a number of hilarious moments together as Ramon discovers the ruse. HR admits he is merely an “idea guy” and wanted to come to Earth to get material for his new novel.

Caitlin goes to visit her mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser (Susan Walters) who runs a medical research facility to enlist her aid with Caitlin’s increasing freeze powers. The two women have had a …ahem…chilly relationship ever since the death of Caitlin’s father. Barry tries to bond with Julian who expresses his distrust of metahumans but also admits that he is upset that he did not gain powers. Julian recounts his background coming from a wealthy family in England but did not want to live the blueblood lifestyle.

Finally, a gargantuan, 40’ tall monster is stalking Central City but disappears without a trace before the Flash can confront it. The monster turns out to be nothing more than an elaborate hologram produced by a 15-year-old boy to get revenge on the city for the bullying he faces in school.

The monster was the least interesting aspect this week but the writers seemed to know this. The monster was just a plot device to give the Flash a reason to appear this week but also help to stoke the friendship of Barry and Julian. More important was Caitlin’s burgeoning and uncontrollable powers. She nearly kills a scientist who wants to use her for his own purposes. We found out more about Caitlin this week than in the past two years combined. He character has always got the short end of the stick in terms of storylines so it was nice to see her get a chance to take center stage.

Despite Wells’ admission of who and what he really is and the team reluctantly giving him another chance to prove himself, there’s still something definitely off about the character and I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out. Tom Felton was outstanding as the brash, arrogant Julian Albert who finally shows some humanity when he nearly shot the 15-year-old kid.

Season Three hasn’t had that big event feeling that season two did so far but the chemistry between the characters including the fake Wells is a highlight.

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