Three weeks in and I am still really enjoying the show. I know many people have said it before, but having a superhero show that doesn’t have a dark tone to it is pretty refreshing in 2014. I am not saying it shouldn’t go to dark places once in awhile, but I enjoy the fact Flash doesn’t “set its pace” by it. I just read that Gorilla Grodd will be on the show, so how dark can it really get, anyway? Here is the recap/review for “Things You Can’t Out Run.”
Barry and Iris are walking out of the movie theatre. Iris wants to talk about “The Streak,” while Barry does his best to change the subject. His work is made easy for him when Eddie calls. While Iris is talking to her boyfriend, Barry get a call of his own from Cisco and Caitlin. There’s an armed criminal shooting at the police from a car. Before Iris can finish her call and turn around, Barry races off, puts the criminal in the back of the police car, and gets back in time so Iris didn’t even notice.
Barry and Iris pass an Italian restaurant, where a Central City crime family is having a meeting. As the head of the family talks about finding the people who have been stealing from them. One of the waiters locks the men inside the restaurant, and the mobsters are consumed by what seems to be living gas, which poisons and kills them all.
The next day at CCPD, Joe brings a box to Barry’s Lab. It is filled with all of the evidence from his mother’s murder. Now that Joe knows the truth, he is ready to help Barry find the real killer. It will have to be put on hold for a moment, as Eddie comes in to let them know about the killings at the restaurant.
Barry is able to determine that the men were killed by poison gas. After sending Eddie to canvas for witnesses, Joe and Barry discuss the possibility of a metahuman killer. The men died at different locations and times, which would indicate the gas was taking them out one by one. To investigate further, Barry and Joe head to STAR Labs.
Harrison, Caitlin and Cisco are excited with the scientific anomaly they can investigate. Joe brings up the fact that even if they are able to catch metahumans (He emphasizes CATCH, as not all of them are going to die when they fight Barry), Iron Heights Prison won’t be able to hold them. Cisco suggests that the containment units within the particle accelerator would have enough strength to hold them. This causes Caitlin to have what seems like a panic attack.
We flashback to the night of the accident, and we see the tail end of Harrison’s speech (the one Barry left to chase the mugger). Back in the lab, the STAR labs crew celebrates as the particle accelerator is turned on: Harrison, Cisco, Caitlin, and Caitlin’s fiance, Ronnie Raymond. Caitlin and Ronnie are discussing honeymoon plans as Harrison opens a bottle of champagne. Their celebration is short lived. As Harrison opens the bottle, the champagne floats in the air, much like Barry’s aquarium water did when his mother was killed. Alarms starts bellowing through the lab.
Caitlin is snapped back from her memory by Harrison, who ready to go down to the accelerator. Barry, seeing how stressed Caitlin is, offers to take her with him, to help locate the source of the gas.
Barry attempts to give Caitlin a tour of CCPD, but since he’s late for everything, get bombarded with a workload the second they arrive.
Joe is going over the interrogation video of Henry Allen when he is interrupted by Iris. There is a close call when Eddie arrives and almost blows his and Iris’ cover. After coming up with an excuse, Eddie tells Iris that they need to tell him the truth, or they may not have a future.
Cisco and Harrison head down to start prepping the particle accelerator, and Cisco starts to have his own flashback to the day of the accident. As the accelerator is about to explode, Ronnie and Cisco head down to try and shut it down, despite Caitlin’s protests. Ronnie is the engineer that helped design the shutdown system, so he has to go. Ronnie enters the accelerator to get to the shut down system, and makes Cisco promise to close the blast doors if he is not back in two minutes. Cisco reluctantly agrees, and after two minutes, not hearing from Ronnie, he has no choice but to close the doors. When we return to the present, Harrison asks if he needs to talk, but Cisco pretends he didn’t hear him and continues with the work.
Caitlin and Barry are going over the files of the murder, but find no trace of the poison. They are confused when they discover that somehow two types of DNA were found in the victim’s lungs. Barry then has a theory that the killer doesn’t control gas, but can become it. (HA! Gas…)
Barry’s theory is correct. A Central City judge is getting into a mall elevator, and the killer enters as well. She is shocked to see him, claiming he should be dead. Funny she should say that, because he then turns into the poison gas cloud and kills the judge. Barry and Caitlin hear about the attack over the police ban, and Barry races off to try and help.
The Flash arrives at the mall. He is unable to save the judge, but sees the killer getting away. Catching up to him in a back hallway, he attempts to capture him. However, the killer turns into the cloud again, and this time infects The Flash with poison.
Able to run faster than the poison can react, Flash makes it back to the lab. They are able to get a sample of the gas out of Barry’s system before his metabolism can burn through it. Barry passes out from the pain. Waking up later, he heads to CCPD to talk to Joe about what happened with “The Mist,” as Cisco named him.
Barry talks to Joe about how he wasn’t fast enough to save the judge, but he should have been. Joe tries to show support, and the subject of Barry’s father comes up. Barry says he could have him out of that prison is a second, and no one could stop him. Joe is able to convince him otherwise, that if his father is to be truly free, they have to do things the right way.
Iris visits Eddie at work, and tells him that she is ready to take the next step with him. She wants their relationship to be serious, and that means telling her father the truth.
Barry apologizes to Caitlin for running off like he did. She forgives him, revealing the reason it was so hard was because Barry said something very similar to what Ronnie said the night of the accident. This triggers another flashback. Caitlin runs to the accelerator, but it is too late. Ronnie was able to reroute the blast so it goes straight up, saving everyone. He is trapped, however. They are able to say their goodbyes as the reaction starts, and Ronnie is “killed” (Please Google “Ronnie Raymond” and you will know why that’s in quotes. That’s not a big spoiler).
Cisco and Harrison discover that the poison is Hydrogen Cyanide. The mixture Mist uses also includes a sedative. This is the same combination prisoners are given when executed via the gas chamber. They figure out who the Mist is, Kyle Nimbus. He was a hitman for the mob, before they turned on him. Having killed them as well as the judge who sentenced him, the only person left on Mist’s list is the arresting officer, Joe. We then see Joe in Iron Heights, about to visit Henry Allen, as the Mist makes his way there as well.
Through Eddie, Barry finds out where Joe is. Caitlin is able to synthesize an antidote, and before Barry heads off, they both give the costume a significant glance.
Joe talks with an irate Henry, and lets him know he believes him and will do everything he can to find out who really killed Barry’s mother. He then begs for Henry’s forgiveness, which he gives because of Joe’s love of Barry. Their reunion is short lived, as the Mist enters and kills the guard. He also poisons Joe and escapes through a vent. Flash arrives and gives Joe the antidote to save his life. He is almost seen by his father, but vibrates his face, making it indistinguishable before going after Mist.
Flash finds Mist outside of the prison, and without the antidote, has nothing to counteract the effects of the poison. His best bet is run him ragged. Since gas is so unstable, Mist will have to reform, otherwise he will dissipate. After playing “keep-away” long enough, Mist reforms, looking weak. Flash takes this opportunity and knocks Mist out before he can return to gas form.
The Mist is put into the first cell in the Particle Accelerator containment unit. The foreshadowing of someone releasing anyone put in there very prevalent. Cisco is about to tell Caitlin how he was the one that locked Ronnie in the accelerator, Caitlin stops him. She doesn’t need to hear anymore. She knows Ronnie is a hero, and that’s all she needs right now. The foreshadowing of THAT revelation also very prevalent.
Barry visits Henry, telling him Joe is going to be all right. Henry tells him a story about when he first learned to walk, he ran right into his mother’s arms. This may be Henry’s way of telling Barry he knows what he can do, without pressuring Barry to say anything himself.
Harrison is in the lab, enjoying a drink and staring at Barry’s costume. He has a flashback of his own from the night of the accident. Cisco tells him Ronnie was able to reroute the reaction, Harrison says he is on his way down. Instead he enters his secret room from the first episode. He opens a camera that is feeding in from Barry’s lab, as he watches the lightning strike Barry, giving him his powers.
- The two movies: Blue Devil II and The Rita Farr Story are references to two DC heroes: Blue Devil and Elasti-Girl
- Ronnie and Caitlin being called “Fire and Ice” is a reference to the comics, where Firestorm and Killer Frost are enemies.
While I did enjoy the episode, I had a few issues. Barry doesn’t need to say “14 years” in every scene. In this episode he said it to two people in a row. That’s seemed off to me. Also, that significant glance Barry and Caitlin gave the suit before he ran to save Joe? That was too melodramatic, even for the CW. None of those items took away from the episode as a whole, hence the still pretty good grade.