Stay on target After last week, The Flash is in a bleak place. Elongated Man is dead. Killer Frost could be too. I was worried that the show would devolve into the dour mess that season three became, but this episode actually handles grief in a really smart way. Thankfully, Harry didn’t die in last week’s episode, as scary as his last scene looked. He has other problems though. It turns out injecting his brain with dark matter was a really bad idea. Now he’s losing his intelligence, and it doesn’t look like there’s a way to fix it. His first instinct is, of course, to use the thinking cap, but Gideon reminds him that that’s what caused the problem in the first place. He really is getting dumber, huh?The Thinker, meanwhile, no longer has that problem. Thanks to his takeover of Ralph’s body, his mind is no longer deteriorating. He can absorb the powers of countless more metas and be totally fine. Now he’s going to enact… whatever his plan is. You know? Maybe that’s why he hasn’t really landed as a villain yet. We have no clue what his end game is. Just that he wanted the specific powers of the bus metas, and he uses them to screw with Barry. Whatever his ultimate goal is, it appears he’s finally going after Fallout. Remember him? He’s the walking nuclear bomb who spent an entire episode oblivious to the destruction he was causing.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Wentworth Miller as Leo — X/Citizen Cold (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)Realizing they could use a superhero with cold powers, they travel to Earth-X to bring Citizen Cold on board. But they accidentally bring his current enemy along with him: the Nazi version of Black Siren. Um… hi, Laurel. Boy, it’s a good thing Oliver Queen isn’t around. Or Sara Lance. That’d get awkward. Oddly enough, the episode continues with no comment on their new guest. When it returns from commercial, Citizen Cold and Team Flash just go over the plan, with no mention of their new Nazi guest. Did I miss a scene?The episode continues anyway, with Team Flash moving Fallout to what they think is a safer facility. That’s when DeVoe attacks. The brief fight with him is well-directed. I like that it didn’t show the villain until he revealed himself. Just all of a sudden, Team Flash was floating in mid-air as their truck became weightless. When DeVoe does appear, he makes everything worse by using Ralph’s voice to taunt Barry. That’s just low. Then Siren-X shows up out of nowhere because… well, I guess they really did just let a Nazi supervillain run around Central City. Great job, team! She does throw a wrench into the Thinker’s plans, though. Though, as we learn later, he predicted her arrival, he also predicted that Barry would take care of her for him. But Barry was too overcome with grief to do anything. Siren-X knocks out Thinker, takes Joe and Fallout hostage, and holds up the police station. It turns out she’s a little bitter about Earth 1’s superheroes destroying her Nazi heroes. She wants to return the favor.Katie Cassidy as Siren — X and Ryan Alexander McDonald as Neil Borman/Fallout (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)One thing I will say about this episode: For the most part, it hits the emotional beats really well. Especially for this show. It’s all about confronting grief after losing someone, or something, you love. Everyone is dealing with it in this episode. Caitlin is missing Killer Frost, someone she used to share a body with. Harry is losing the only thing that gives him purpose. And Barry spends the entire episode in denial. He tells himself he’s desensitized to death and loss, when really he’s just bottling up his feelings. He thinks he has to in order to lead the team. That conflict even makes the episode’s requisite can-I-talk-to-you feel a little more real.We get another short, but fun battle with Siren-X at the end. Team Flash and Citizen Cold can’t quite overcome her sound waves. And as Fallout grows more stressed, he gets closer to becoming a catastrophic explosion. But Barry can defeat her easily, he’s just frozen. That’s what happens when you bottle up your emotions. They surface at the worst possible time. It’s only by accepting his grief, that he’s able to rise up, defeat Siren-X, and contain Fallout. Then, he runs to his old office and cries his eyes out to Joe. The story of this season has some serious problems, but these performances can be really affecting at times. Grant Gustin is still the best Flash.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)That emotion is going to be vital when it comes to defeating DeVoe. I know a few episodes ago, I said Ralph’s spontaneity would be the key, but the season didn’t work out that way. I still think that would have been a cool way for the story to go, but this is also a poetic undoing. DeVoe thinks of every variable, predicts every outcome, but he’s willfully blind to emotion. He sees it as a weakness, a distraction. Though the episode ends with Fallout in the exact place DeVoe needs him to be (hey, I guess we finally find out his plan next week), he can’t predict actions based on emotion. That’s going to be his downfall. Particularly because he can’t even see his own wife’s feelings. He spends this entire episode treating her like dirt. She tries to show affection, to look pretty for him, and he belittles her for it. More than once, he chastises her for thinking. Because that’s his job. By the end, she pretends to agree that emotions are nothing but a hindrance, and he doesn’t see her tears. She’s going to turn on him, and it’ll be so sweet when she does.As fun as it was to see Leonard Snart back again, I can’t ignore what a huge waste of a villain this episode was. That’s been a problem all season, really. We’ve had fun episodes dedicated to colorful and interesting rogues, only for them to be killed off or otherwise permanently sent away. The Flash is burning through the DC Comics backlog at an alarming rate, and I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to wish they had a few more villains on hand in later seasons. I mean, I guess that’s what parallel Earths are for.Katie Cassidy as Siren — X, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow. Ryan Alexander McDonald as Neil Borman/Fallout and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)But then what’s the point of even that when you treat a villain like this? Siren-X could have had a really cool story. There’s a ton of emotional potential there for an alternate Nazi Laurel Lance. But she was barely a character in this episode. The most development she got was in the form of an exposition dump from Snart. She shows up, disappears with no explanation, and isn’t mentioned again until she takes Joe hostage. Again, why does Team Flash just let a literal Nazi roam the city, continuing to plan as though nothing’s happened? It’s the one part of the episode that makes absolutely no sense, and it’s driving me crazy.In any case, it’s over. She’s defeated, and I really enjoyed the rest of the episode. It was full of well-done emotional beats and nuanced character moments. I especially liked Harry’s attempts to protect Cisco from suffering the same fate he has. We got to see the caring side of Harry come out. That hardly ever happens. We even end on a hopeful note as far as Killer Frost is concerned. Though Caitlin’s been drained of dark matter, she finds evidence that Killer Frost is still inside her somewhere. This episode established a strong emotional core that makes me think if the show holds on to it, it can come out of this season on a high note. 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