The Monsters We See And Don't See – Flash Moves Above Monster Of The Week

This article contains spoilers for the Flash episode – Monster.

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The Monsters We See And Don't See – Flash Moves Above Monster Of The Week

Once again, the latest episode of the Flash is basically a monster of the week… this time more than most… but once again the series rises above that as well. The fact that there is a monster walking around downtown Central City is only a minor thing in this episode. There are three basic main threads here.

First up is Caitlin Snow and her Killer Frost powers. She goes to her estranged mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser, for help, but it doesn't go well. Seems there is a lot of animosity since her father died and her mother basically abandoned her. They test her powers, but when the reconciliation goes south, Caitlin tries to leave only to have her mother assistant try to stop her. She uses her powers and looks like she's going to kill him when Carla stops her. Now there are a few moments in the episode where Carla and her assistant talk aside about how Caitlin's powers could help them… so I wonder if the assistant turning on Caitlin was part of a plan with Carla. We'll have to see. What they learn is that Caitlin absorbs the energy of fire… I'm not a scientist so I don't really get how that works, but it seems important. When she's back at STAR Labs, her mother messages her to not use her powers, as each use makes it harder to revert… she reacts by freezing the computer unconsciously.

We move on over to H.R. Wells, the Harrison Wells of Earth-19. Cisco Ramon is suspicious about him, that he's not really bringing anything to the team. When Barry Allen comes on board that idea, they go to vibe him and discover that this wells is also an author… and by also, we find out later that he's really only and author and a muse. He's not a scientist. But he remembers all the meta-humans from his Earth and wants to stay and help with his knowledge.

Now we come to what I think is the bigger moment in the show, the relationship between Julian Albert and Barry. It's been strained since the character was introduced. Julian tries to get Barry in trouble with Captain Singh who basically gives him a 15 second scolding. Now I think him being the bad guy is too obvious at this point. So there must be more of a reason he's there and we get some of it in this episode. Barry tries an olive branch, playing to Julian's ego and asking to follow him for a day to learn. He also has to move to the basement to get Julian to agree. Now he does this mainly to find out about the monster, but also a bit to try and make things better. There is a moment that Barry saves Julian, but more importantly there is a moment where Flash saves Julian from doing something that would haunt him forever. The monster is a hologram created by a 15-year old bullying victim. Julian shot before he saw that it was a kid. Flash pulled him away from the bullet, saving the kid. The result of it shook Julian and lead him to opening up to Barry and ends with the two of them going off for a drink. I think there needs to be more work on their relationship, but the ice is broken. Julian became a character viewers can relate to and brings in a view point that hasn't been represented in the show. Someone who is shaken by how the meta-humans have changed the world and where it leaves the regular humans.

I think the Julian story made this episode one of the better ones of the season so far and I'm curious where this will go. Again, I'm hoping he doesn't end up as a villain, a hero or part of STAR Labs. I think have someone outside of all of that is good for the show. Someone that pushes Barry to be better as a CSI.

Next week it looks like we get back to the Doctor Alchemy storyline and get closer to Wally West getting his speed.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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