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Subj: The Flash "Fast Lane" Review *SPOILERS*
Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 at 05:44:50 pm GMT (Viewed 200 times)

The episode opens to a nice family get-together with the West family. But as soon as Fake Wally leaves ear shot, Iris gives her dad a nice pep talk that is well deserved. And poor Barry, he wants to hang out but finds them having a family night so he leaves. Harry is progressing in his research with Turtle’s brain, but the coolest part was Barry speed reading through three science books in order to help Harry on a science project. And considering the fact that Barry creates Gideon sometime in the future, Barry really needs to start doing this more often AND using his own brains for once instead of relying on Cisco and Caitlin to do all the thinking.

In a brilliant move, Iris barges in on Fake Wally’s next drag racing event. Since Joe cannot do his duty as a cop and arrest him, it falls to Iris to convince her brother never to race again. I mean, why continue to race anyway? Fake Wally’s mother is near death, possibly dead at this point, so why continue to race? The only answer I can come up with is, Fake Wally is addicted to speed.

The villain of the week is a boring one-dimensional character that is full of a boring revenge cliche where the Flash has to stop him. Thankfully, the larger story of the episode overshadows the lame villain of the week.

Harry shows his questionable side by reverse engineering Turtle’s power into some kind of device and then using that to drain Barry’s speed without his knowledge. And then he gives what speed he drained to Zoom who continues to show Harry who’s boss. But in surprising turn of events, Harry actually comes clean and tells Barry he drained Barry’s speed and gave it to Zoom.

And then during a botched drag racing event thanks to Tarpit, Iris gets hurt because Harry is draining Flash’s speed. Now I bet Joe is sorry he didn’t arrest Fake Wally when he should have. Do your duty, be a friend then a parent later, Joe.

Barry shows what a great heart he has by asking what any of them would do in Harry’s shoes if one of their loved ones was in danger. He makes a good arguement and he takes it upon himself to go to Earth-2 and try and help Jesse Wells. Enter Earth-2 in the very next episode and KILLER FROST!

A great episode. 4 out of 5 stars.


1. It’s about time we see Barry ON the job doing what he is supposed to be doing for once. For a while there, this show was doing the same thing as the Arrow: All Super-Hero and no secret identity other than romance scenes with Patty.

2. Harry is a dick, but it’s understandable given the fact he is constantly being reminded of the other Dr. Wells.

3. Harry is a dick even if he is willing to do anything to get his daughter back by any means possible.

4. Harry is not such a dick after all, he told Team Flash he was draining Barry’s speed. That takes some guts to do. It’s not easy admitting the truth.


1. Barry takes a sample from the Tarpit victim and sends it to Cisco for analysis. Then when the results come in, Barry COULD have done all this without help. What? Barry can’t do his OWN job by himself?! Oh, I forgot, Cisco needed something to do this episode.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?