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[TV Review] ‘The Flash’ Episode 2.10 – “Potential Energy”

Oh, Barry, when will you ever learn.  You’ve gone and screwed up yet another potential romantic relationship because you just couldn’t be honest with your girlfriend.  First Linda, then Iris, and now Patty.  A lot of fans dislike Patty, but of all of Barry’s love interests to date, I like her the best.  That probably means she’ll ultimately come to some awful end, however, as that’s just my luck.

So yeah, Barry pumped the brakes on telling Patty that he’s The Flash.  She got fed up, dumped him, and left town…after a run-in with a new fiendish metahuman, of course.  This time our villain of the week was The Turtle (Aaron Douglas).  Unbeknownst to Barry and the audience, but known to pretty much everyone else on Team Flash, Cisco has been tracking the movements of The Turtle for a long time now.

A metahuman with the ability to absorb the kinetic energy of others, thereby making them stop in their tracks, he certainly proved a challenge for Barry.  Nothing a super-sonic punch couldn’t ultimately take out, but as always, the fun is in the journey.  Honestly, catching The Turtle might prove to be the worst mistake Barry could make this season.  After all, Harry is being forced by Zoom to steal Barry’s speed force.  What better way to accomplish that than to harness the powers of The Turtle?

On the subplot front, I’m still not sure where the Wally West one is going.  Jesse L. Martin is as fantastic as ever, but I’m not entirely sold on the actor playing Wally.  A lot of that has to do with the fact that they are stretching this arc out and thinly writing Wally at the moment, so I’ll try not to put too much of that on the actor.  Still, it’s not very compelling so far and managed to slow the story down (har har) quite a few times this week.

On the plus side, it’s good to see Jay Garrick back on the team, even if he is still mostly just moping about STAR Labs.  We found out this week that Jay is ill and the only potential cure for what ails him is to regain the speed that Zoom stole from him.  This adds another layer of importance atop beating Zoom beyond Harry saving his daughter and Barry keeping his loved ones safe.

Next week brings the return of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letchser).  I had been assuming he was arriving from Earth-2, courtesy of Zoom, with the intent to murder The Flash for him.  Now, after seeing the stinger tease, I’m not so sure.  I guess we’ll find out next week!

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