TV: The Flash s1e7: Power Outage

The Flash — “Power Outage” — Image FLA107c_0421b — Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 10/10

A metahuman named Blackout who’s able to syphon electricity from people takes it from Barry and he loses his super-speed. Now Barry has to deal with being a normal person again. Also, Clock King is transferred to Central City. He quickly escapes and takes the officers of the CCPD captive, along with Iris.

Two villains and Barry loses his powers? This sounds like an episode they’d have 5 seasons in when they were starting to run out of ideas. Then again, the amount of times Barry, or any superhero with powers, loses their abilities in the DC Multiverse, it will probably happen at least once a season of they’re keeping in line with the comics. I’d say something about it being cliche, and it is, but they use it well and this turns into a pretty good superhero story. Also, some horror tropes sneaking in, which I still think works really well with the superhero genre. And I like the ticking clock trope, appropriate with Clock King involved, where Barry has to get his speed back and stop Blackout before Clock King can kill Iris, type of thing.

Though probably the best thing about this episode is that it didn’t borrow from Arrow, well, I guess it borrowed Clock King from Arrow… But aside from that it’s told without the influence from the other show and feels much more like it’s own thing. Even Eddie was good in this episode.

SCORING:

+10: A very entertaining episode

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