The Flash s1e5: Plastique

The Flash — “Plastique” — Image FLA105a_0448b — Pictured (L-R): Kelly Frye as Bette and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 8/10

Barry is still learning the limits to his Flash powers as a new metahuman comes onto the scene. Plastique is able to transform any object into a high-powered explosive just by touching it, can Barry stop her before she kills someone?

This was a decent episode. I liked Plastique as she wants to stop herself from hurting others, but is unable to as she can’t seem to take control of her powers. Barry tries to convince her but is unable to as she is determined to put a stop to her previous Army leader as he’s more evil than your typical supervillain, despite not having any powers.

The Iris storyline seemed a bit unnecessary, though I appreciate having her character developed some, if only slightly, it’s still nothing like the well-developed backstory we see of Felicity in the last Arrow I watched. I know she’ll eventually come into her own, and maybe it’s only because I know she’s a strong character on this show later on, but it still bugs me seeing her as such a lackluster addition to the show. Maybe Tina from 90s Flash could show up and give her some pointers? Okay, now I’m just being silly. But at this point, outside of the fact that she’s pretty, I don’t know what Barry sees in her.

SCORING:

+9: Pretty good all around

-1: Iris storyline is a bit forced and doesn’t really go anywhere

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