Kid Flash Gets On The Job Training

This article contains spoilers for The Flash episode – Untouchable.

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This episode is all about Wally West / Kid Flash getting better. It was also a reminder that the fallout from Flashpoint isn’t done yet and it’s never good to keep secrets. In a way it was a chance to check in on all of the storylines.

One of the Metas given powers by Doctor Alchemy remembers how he was arrested and had his life ruined by a certain group of cops. Clive Yorkin has the ability to cause things to decay rapidly and he starts using it to punish the people from Flashpoint even though it never happened in this reality. The second person he kills was Captain Jose Menedez in the Flashpoint universe played by Alex Desert from the John Wesley Shipp Flash series. This lets Barry Allen know what’s going on and realize that Joe West is a target. Joe isn’t taking it to seriously, more nervous about meeting his girlfriend’s daughter… who is a big Kid Flash fan. But the meet is cut short when Yorkin arrives. Kid Flash chases him off.

Julian Albert and Caitlin Snow discover traces of an Alchemy husk on the Jose’s corpse meaning Yorkin was given powers by Julian when he was Alchemy. Meanwhile Barry is trying to train Wally how to phase through objects, but its not going well. Yorkin changes his plan and goes after Iris West instead. Wally races to help but is too late and she has been touched. Back at the lab with Iris, they slow down the decay process by having Caitlin use her powers to keep Iris’ infected arm frozen. Caitlin using her powers is not a good thing and she starts to slip into the Killer Frost persona, but it’s Julian that talks her back.

By the end of the episode, we have two things that push my suspension of disbelief. Joe West and another of Yorkin’s targets are on a train, speeding towards a huge pile of debris that Yorkin put there. With no time to stop it, Barry runs on board and begins to vibrate the entire train and passengers fast enough for them to phase through the debris. Then Wally confronts Yorkin, cuts himself so he’s bleeding and then phases through Yorkin, leaving the blood behind to neutralize Yorkin’s powers. If I go ahead and accept that Wally and Barry’s blood could neutralize Yorkin’s powers. I still have to accept that vibrating non-speedsters and other objects that fast won’t cause damage… and that Wally who had failed to phase up until then could not only do it now, but also leave drops of blood behind in the right place to instantly neutralize Yorkin.

That aside, it was a good episode that showed Caitlin and Julian becoming closer, Joe finding out about what Barry saw in the future and at the end Jesse Quick comes through the portal because Gorilla Grodd has kidnapper her father… which means we’re getting the 2-part Gorilla Gordd / City episodes starting next week.

 

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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