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Subj: The Flash "Running to Stand Still" Review *SPOILERS*
Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 06:41:46 pm GMT (Viewed 399 times)

Finally an episode that does not have some kind of tie in to Legends of Tomorrow. Now the show can finally start telling it’s own stories without being influence to a new show. The Flash hasn’t been as heavily influenced by the Legends tie in as much as the Arrow has, thankfully, but they have been there for two long months and I was getting tired of seeing them. So, it’s good to move on already.

There we have it, Wally West. I really like it that the casting directors stay true to the comic ethnic background, it stays true to the character but when they decide to change that character into something he’s not and on top of all that change his background too it’s uncalled for and it certainly is here. Some may call me prejudiced but it has nothing to do with that. Wally West is white in the comics and casting someone who is not white is not staying true to the original source material. So, it’s about staying true to the character as they they are in the comics. On top of all that, I grew up with Wally West as the Flash and as a result he’s my favorite Flash so you better believe I am dead set against this unnecessary change. For me, Wally West will always be the nephew of Iris West not her brother. It’s another unwanted change on a growing list of unnecessary changes to a characters origin. I realize some small adjustments are necessary to translate a character to the small screen but huge changes like this are uncalled for.

And in the beginning of the episode we see Harry running from Zoom and then failing to take down the villain with some kind of energy blaster rifle. Harry begs for the life of his daughter and Zoom says, “Merry Christmas.” But the strange part comes later as Harry starts acting strangely.

Captain Cold...again. At least this time he isn’t alone and we have the Weather Wizard and the Trickster. I really like Mark Hamill’s version of the character, it’s almost like having the Joker in this show. I really don’t get why some fans think Mark is a terrible actor when he proves them wrong every time he shows up on screen.

And now Joe knows about Wally. We all knew he’d find out eventually. Here is hoping Wally only shows up for a few episodes and won’t be featured much or gain superspeed. Even if he gains superspeed, let’s hope he doesn’t stick around or become “Kid Flash”. He’s a bit too old for that anyway. Wally, go move to Keystone City.

Patty Spivott! You grew as a character in this episode! That is so rare! Apparently, Patty blames herself for her father’s death and that’s why she became a Cop so she could “legally” kill Jesse Martin. It’s a selfish need of revenge, but it works. And now we know more about Patty and why she wanted to join Joe’s metahuman task force. Speaking of which, I really don’t get how it can be a taskforce with only two people. Am I the only one who has noticed this?

And now we know why Harry was acting in a strange way most of the episode. It’s because Zoom has given Harry an ultimatum. Either help Zoom make the Flash faster so Zoom can steal his speed or Harry’s daughter dies. Of course Harry agrees. It’s a tough situation, an impossible situation and a very hard decision to make.

The episode had some very nice emotional scenes, none more so than with Joe who found out he had a son and then Patty dealing with the death of her father, finally putting that behind her. But the most surprising scene of all was Barry talking to Harry (who couldn’t hear Barry) in another room as if Harry was Dr. Wells and finally forgiving him (Dr. Wells) for what he has done. It’s a great moment for Barry and all the emotional scenes were very well done as always.

All in all, it wasn’t a great episode but it wasn’t a bad one either. I don’t know, something was missing in this episode and it just didn’t feel like the writers were at there best here.

3 out of 5 stars.


1. I've heard that Patty Spivott is what Felicity Smoak should have been. No, Patty Spivott is what Iris West should have been. Don't get me wrong, I like Iris, but Patty is so much more of a better fit for Barry.


1. After the Flash beats both the Trickster and Martin, Patty arrives on the scene with a strange hi-tech gun thing. She points it at Barry and fires, trapping one of Barry’s legs in some kind of metal thing that wraps around his thigh even as cables dig into the pavement, effectively trapping the Flash. So, a man who is faster than a speeding bullet cannot manage to dodge this?! On top of that, why should this thing even trap Barry when he is fully capable of vibrating so fast he can phase through it?! COME ON! Very sloppy writing here.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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