I’m a few episodes ahead of my reviews at the moment, and I was briefly excited to write this one thinking it was the next episode. That’s right, I completely forgot that this episode existed, which may go to show right away what I thought about it. You’d think it would be more memorable, as this episode introduces one of the new halves of Firestorm — Jefferson Jackson, played by Franz Drameh. The story sees the Flash Team trying to track down a suitable counterpart to merge with Dr. Stein, who will die otherwise.
It feels like a bit of a throwaway episode. The singularities that have appeared in Star City barely come into play here, and without checking, I’m struggling to think of any influence either Jay Garret or Zoom have over the events of the episode. It feels like an episode written to be able to take place at any point in the season. Perhaps it had — Firestorm will after all be appearing in the Legends of Tomorrow series, a new superhero team-up spin-off that will begin airing in January. They had to throw Firestorm back together somehow after writing out Robbie Amell’s character.
One of the best things about the episode is that they don’t forget about Caitlyn’s relationship to Firestorm. At times she acts in a bit of a frustrating way throughout the episode, but it feels like it makes sense given the things she’s gone through in the show so far. She’s had to deal with an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes it feels like Caitlyn doesn’t get quite as much focus as the other characters, but it’s always nice when she gets to show some depth and there definitely is some here.
Demore Barnes is also in this as the antagonist, and he puts in a good if somewhat hammy performance. You might remember him from playing the menacing and collected Tobias in the Hannibal TV series, which was a better role.
While there are good moments too much here feels like a bit of a washout for me to like it too much. You know it might be a bit of a problem when the last 30 seconds or so of the episode is way more interesting and exciting than the whole episode that preceded it.