The Flash “Potential Energy” Review (Season 2 Episode 10)

Ah, it’s always a pleasure when The Flash returns from hiatus. This is a show that’s unafraid to jump right back into its superhero goofiness headfirst, as was the case in “Potential Energy” tonight. There were some frustrating moments as far as the personal drama goes, but the Turtle made for one of the most effective one-off metahuman villains yet.

Okay, it was a little easy that the Turtle just happened to have been around the whole time, committing his small-time crimes, but his low threat level made it understandable that he would’ve been ignored up until this point. Plus, it was just funny seeing Barry so confounded that everyone else knew about the guy before he did.

And for as Golden-Age goofy as the original Turtle is in the comics, the show did a great job updating the villain into a metahuman with the ability to essential slow time around him. At first, he seemed like just the standard villain of the week, but Aaron Douglas brought an intense, creepy energy to the character, particularly once it was revealed how he’d killed and stored his wife rather than losing her.

Unfortunately, while the villain made for some good action, the interpersonal arcs stumbled a bit this week. In general, there was a sense of frustration to how secretive everyone was this week, particularly when they had no good reason to be. Jay, for example, has been hiding how he’s dying even though the cure is exactly what everyone’s already been working towards: the defeat of Zoom.

Worse, though, is the ongoing drama of whether or not Barry should tell Patty his secret. He should, boom, end of story. At this point, he’s made a concentrated habit of telling pretty much everyone who’ll listen he’s the Flash, so the idea that not telling Patty is a good idea is ridiculous. Seriously, every other loved one he has knows at this point, and Patty is more than capable of protecting herself. At the very least, it seems Barry was ready to tell Patty before her announcement that she’s leaving town.

Meanwhile, we learned that Wally has a bit more of a chip on his shoulder than his arrival at Christmas would’ve suggested. Instead of a son looking to reconnect with his father, he’s a street racer living his life a quarter-mile at a time. Ultimately, Wally’s issues seem like ones he’s willing to get past; his anger is understandable, but even he seems to get that it’s not Joe’s fault that he wasn’t a part of his life.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!