The Flash Review: Monster (Season 3 Episode 5)

Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. A new kind of threat appeared, the new Wells has yet to earn the team’s trust, and Caitlin’s – or should we call her Killer Frost now? – powers got out of hand.

In The Flash Season 3 Episode 5, Killer Frost took control over sweet Caitlin Snow.

While trying to reconnect with her estranged, genius, scientist mother, she underwent tests to see how powerful she actually is. As it turns out, the answer is very. She obviously got the bad side of her alter ego too, not being able to control her rage or her icy blue – pun intended – eyes.

Plus, her mother ended up warning her that the more she uses her powers, the more powerful they’ll become. It’s hard to understand why Caitlin has kept all of that a secret from her friends, but it seems likely that Cisco will be the first to figure it out, having gone through the same kind of turmoil when his powers appeared.

It’s been a while since Caitlin has had a proper storyline that didn’t revolve around Ronnie or another man, so it could be very exciting, if the writers handle it correctly.

Next up, Julian. After a very Draco Malfoy-esque debut on the show, he showed a little bit of a warm side this time. Misplaced jealousy about not having powers turned into hate towards all meta-humans, even The Flash. That’s what he said anyways; he consistently denied Barry’s assumptions of having a tragic story that led to such strong feelings, but do we really believe him?

Every character ever has a tragic backstory on this show, and we have yet to discover his role in the current storylines, i.e. Alchemy. Only time will tell, but we have a bad feeling about Julian.

However, Barry prevents him from accidentally killing the fifteen-year-old who created the monstrous hologram that terrorized Central City just because he wanted other people to feel as scared as him.

The whole logic of that thought pattern completely escapes me.  Anyways, by saving Julian’s ass, The Flash made him try to improve his relationship with Barry. He seems kind of nice now.

The lack of Iris West was to leave time and space in this episode to deal with “the Wells question.” He apparently was trusted by the entire team except Cisco, who went through his belongings and found a recorder where Wells recorded his impressions of the team and their work in an evil-like voice because somehow we’ve ended up on Disney Channel.

His explanation is that he’s an author trying to write a new book. As it turns out, he isn’t anything close to a scientist, he’s just the beautiful face taking credit for his partner’s work on Earth-19.

Do we really believe his story though? The team doesn’t seem to. They’ve been burned before; they know that Wells is a tricky character and another version of him already was Reverse Flash, the cold-blooded killer that killed Nora. 

Trust is earned, and every version of Wells will have to work extra hard to prove himself. Also, who exactly is his partner on Earth-19? They wouldn’t have mentioned it if it wasn’t important, but whoever it is, they can’t be good.

A lot of questions are left unanswered. When will Caitlin tell the team about her powers, or will she lose control in front of them? Is she strong enough to handle them? Will she manage to fight the inner Killer Frost battle that wages war inside of her? Will this Wells go back to his Earth?

The Flash returns Tuesday, November 15th at 8/7c on The CW!

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