The Flash, Episode 7 “Power Outage” Broadcast November 25, 2014
Written by Alison Schapker & Grainne Godfree
Directed by Larry Shaw
After the opening recaps, the episode begins to 10 months earlier. A young man partying with his two friends climbs up a gigantic power pole to watch S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator activating. It comes on, with it’s life changing surge emanating. Farooq yells at his friends to get into the car and they do, but he doesn’t make it down in time. He’s washed in the surge of the power accelerator and is struck by several arcs of electricity that come out of the cables. He falls to the ground. Cue opening title card.
Dr. Harrison Wells opens his secret door to his secret room. Walking out of his wheelchair, AI Gideon activates to record the scientist’s daily log on Barry. He notes that he uses his newfound abilities in every aspect of his life, though his penchant for heroics continues, and he continues to be a bit of a show off. In Wells’s opinion this is impeding him from realizing the full scope of his abilities. The Doctor then calls up the front page of the newspaper from the future that proclaims “Flash Missing Vanishes in Crisis” and “Red Skies Vanish.” He adds, “…But there’s still time…As the future remains intact.” Out of this hidden room, Barry shows up late and Wells states they young hero needs to improve his speed. “Speed is the key to progress.” Barry’s phone goes off–there’s been a homicide and he has to go. At the scene of the crime a body is discovered burned, looking like the victim of an electrocution. Streaks on the ground indicate energy was directed at the body. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry brings a picture of the victim to Cisco, who, using technology employed by archeologists, should be able to make a computer rendering of the person’s face. They quickly learn the victim worked at the Casey Electrical substation and that someone just entered the facility using his ID. Central City’s grid experiences a power drain and Barry is off and running. He arrives to find a man, Farooq, sucking energy bolts out of the facility through his hands. After making his presence known to the metahuman, the man attacks the Flash with a bolt of energy. “I have to feed,” Farooq says slowly. Finally caught in one of the man’s blasts, yellow energy is sucked out of the Flash. “What was that?” says Farooq more clearly. “I need more.” He sucks the Flash dry. “Too much,” says the villain stumbling off. The Flash can’t run away: his power is gone. Cue first commercial break.
Blackout was a fun villain, who single mindedly wanted revenge on Wells for what he did to him. The Flash was only an obstacle in his way of wanting vengeance. Michael Reventar did a good job as Farooq and he’d be fun to have return, though he can easily be defeated by the Flash as shown by the end of this episode. There’s another Flash villain that returns and the reason for his appearance is wonderful. Also making an appearance is a Batman villain that’s been on Arrow. This was my first exposure to this character and I liked him. He was menacing and was in line with how the character is portrayed in the comics. There was a lot of whining with Caitlin unable to take the leap to help Barry. This seemed odd, because if she doesn’t help Barry they’ll all die. I think that should have been plenty of motivation for her to help Allen. Iris’s relationship with the Flash takes a turn at the end of this episode and it was enjoyable.
The good: Blackout, Cisco getting some fun lines, two returning villains, Rick Cosnett getting to have some fun with Eddie at the episode’s close, the special effects were solid, Wells doing something evil in the coda, and pay attention to the names Wells lists–there are some very familiar names from comic books stated!
Fun lines: “I loved that mug!”, “That’s a quality timepiece, young man,” “Wells! Let me in!”, “Quid pro quo,” “Ouch.” “What do you believe?”, and “Run.”
The bad: The event in the police station didn’t really move any characters forward or contribute to the story. It seemed to be something to have three characters do since Barry was at S.T.A.R. Labs.
The final line: A new villain, two returning villains, good effects, and Barry maturing make for a good episode. Overall grade: B+