The Flash s2e12: Fast Lane

The Flash — “Fast Lane” — Image: FLA212A_0038b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 4/10

Iris is trying to figure out her lost brother, Wally, now that he’s come back into her family’s life. Meanwhile, Joe and Barry are chasing a new villain, one who’s able to transform from human to lava monster. Also, Harry is trying to steal Flash’s speed for some reason.

Harry being evil again all of a sudden doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. I mean, there’s kind of a reason, that Harry’s daughter is held captive by Zoom, but we already knew that. It seems odd to me that he was waiting until now in order to do something like this. I mean, he’s not the Reverse-Flash, he’s just Harry from Earth-2. I get that he can be a bit cold-hearted sometimes, but him working with Zoom like this doesn’t make any actual sense. Really, why is Zoom waiting so long to strike? He’s so freakin’ fast, why would he use subversion like this for any reason? Shouldn’t he just fight the Flash? He really has no reason to stretch things out like this outside of we need him to for the sake of lengthening the season.

Tar Pit, as the villain comes to be known, is pretty lackluster. His powers seem interesting but unfortunately his motivation really isn’t. He’s just out for revenge, and not even from Barry or anyone from Team Flash, or even from someone who’s been on the show before. I just feel that this is too far into the show to have villains as inconsequential to everything as this one is. It feels like this could have been something more, but instead we’re left with a pretty crummy one-shot episode. Again, one-shots are fine, but be creative with them, they aren’t just filler. I mean, they totally are filler but you can make them more than something like this, an episode that feels like it’s just dragging its feet.

SCORING:

+3: strangely out of place episode

+1: some good action, once it starts

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