By MIna Haq
After this week, it’s apparent that “The Flash” isn’t losing steam anytime soon and the writers are just getting started with slowly unraveling all of the mysteries that have already been introduced. This week we were introduced to a new meta-human, Bette, who wasn’t the episode’s central villain but the target of a regular old bad guy with some human flaws. We were also given another preview of who I’m assuming is going to become a major player in the future, and there was some more (pretty boring) drama between Barry and Iris.
We’re first introduced to Bette when a bomb goes off in a building, interrupting Barry from a night of being very much sober (He can’t get drunk! I guess there are prices to pay when you have super human abilities) at the bar with Cisco, Caitlin, Iris and Eddie. He does this cool trick where he literally runs up the side of a building to save a window washer, but Iris, who has been very attentive to “The Streak” for her blog, sees him and is now 100 percent refusing to back down from blogging about him.
It’s clear that this isn’t a regular meta-human issue when the army takes the case over from the CCPD, with General Wade Eiling taking point on finding the mysterious redheaded woman (spoiler alert: it’s Bette), a meta-human who can make things blow up with her hands. It turns out he’s very interested in using her as an asset for the army, where she has a history, and keeping her a secret from the rest of the world while she’s very interested in getting away from him. Luckily for Bette, the S.T.A.R Labs team is there to protect her from Eiling and keep her hidden.
Meanwhile, everything about the Iris/Barry storyline is getting more and more cliché with every episode. This week they even have the rooftop rendezvous where Barry (as the Streak) cryptically warns her of the dangers of getting too close to the impossible. She tells him that she’s doing this “for a friend” (Barry) who needs to remember that the impossible is possible, which I imagine makes Barry feel really guilty and weird.
Actual Barry also confronts Iris several times throughout the episode, which frustrates her because she can’t understand why he isn’t jumping all over the supernatural aspect of this case. When he explains to her that he wants to put all his family stuff behind him, she says it’s more than that for her and she needs the city to know the Streak is out there. Barry, in a kind of shocking twist, then tells her that he can’t see her for a while. I’m not sure what this means for their friendship, but if it moves beyond the constant pining and unrequited love storyline then I’m all for it.
In meta-human related news, Barry had promised Bette that they’d be able to help her, which ends up not panning out when Caitlin discovers that the technology required to reverse her powers hasn’t been created yet. According to Barry, this isn’t fair since “she’s the first meta-human not hell-bent on destroying this city!” Wells, in private of course, finds a vulnerable Bette and tells her the only way Eiling will stop targeting her and people like her is if she kills him as her final mission. He convinces her, but when Barry finds out she’s “giving herself up” he interferes and Eiling kills her.
It’s never simple enough for Barry to mourn, however, and he has to get her body away from the city before she detonates. He then proceeds to run on water and keep the city safe, which also means Eiling faces zero consequences for his actions. I did think it was ironic when Wells said that powerful men like Eiling have a way of avoiding consequences, considering Wells is probably pure evil and no one knows about it.
In the end, even though he lost Bette and his friendship with Iris has hit a major roadblock, Barry still has Cisco and Caitlin, who created a strong enough drink to get him drunk for at least four seconds. Baby steps.
Oh, and in a five-year flashback showing Wells and Eiling stopped working together, highlighting why there’s so much animosity between them now, we finally meet Grodd! It turns out Wells had a part in creating Gorilla Grodd, one of the Flash’s most dangerous enemies, leading me to believe that the writers are saving this one for the very end when all of the shadiness surrounding Wells is finally revealed.