By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
Let’s make like King Shark and dive right into The Flash 3x12 "Untouchable!" We begin with a good ol’ fashioned foot race between Barry (Grant Gustin) and Wally (Keiyan Lonsdale) to test Wally’s speed. It's neck and neck until Barry phased through a building to get the win. Too bad Wally hasn’t learned that trick yet, otherwise he would have taken the W and H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) would have won the bet he made with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Iris (Candice Patton) over who would win the race.
Later that day, Barry and Julian (Tom Felton) are investigating a dead body recently found in a restaurant. The body shows signs of having decayed for years, but the interesting thing is that the corpse belongs to a chef, who was alive not 12 hours earlier. Back at Star Labs, Caitlin and Julian are about to run an autopsy on dead body, but as soon as they open the body-bag, the body has further decayed into dust.
Next we see a musician coming out to an alley way from a performance when he is confronted by a mysterious gentleman. The man initiates conversation with the musician about his “great” performance. The two shake hands but the mysterious man has meta-abilities that infect the musician. Might this be the same person that killed the chef from earlier?
Back at Star Labs, H.R. and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) are trying to train Wally without much success. Barry steps in to to give Wally some tips but even that doesn’t help. Hopefully Wally catches up soon.
Turns out, the mysterious man from earlier is the same person that killed the Chef. Not only that, but Barry finds out that the musician was the police captain from Flashpoint and the chef was a police officer. Seems like the villain of the week is attacking Flashpoint cops. When Julian and Caitlin examine the second body at the lab, they find the metahuman’s DNA which contained an element created by Alchemy.
In other news, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) set up a coffee date with Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) to meet her daughter, Joanie (Riley Jade). Barry, Iris, and Wally tag alone and the group find out that Joanie, who doesn’t live in Central City anymore, has a thing for Kid Flash. Hilarity ensues when Wally defends Kid Flash’s antics and Joe is asked to choose who is the better hero between Flash and Kid Flash.
The villain of the week turns out to be a man named Clive Yorkin (Matthew Kevin Anderson), who turns up at Jitters looking for Joe while everyone is there. Joe shoots the villain, but the bullets turn to ash as soon as they get close to the meta’s body. Kid Flash manages to speed tornado Clive out of Jitters, but he ultimately ends up escaping.
After the encounter at Jitters, Iris slips up and lets Joe in on the whole "future murder" event. Of course he doesn’t take this very well and goes off on Iris and Barry before taking off in a fit of rage. Side note: We weren't ever a big fan of Team Flash keeping this information from Joe and they deserved every bit of that "disappointed father" speech from Joe.
Clive ends up finding out where Iris lives and breaks into the apartment to kill her. Wally races to stop him, but isn't fast enough to prevent the villain from touching Iris’ arm and infecting her with his powers. The only thing the team can come up with to stop the spread of the decay is for Caitlin to use her powers to freeze Iris’ arm. Of course she has some hesitation but eventually performs the act with success.
H.R. and Cisco come up with an idea to stop Clive by “vibing” Flashpoint to figure out Clive’s future victim. Of course the science in this is wild, but it’s a superhero show, so it ends up working. The next target turns out to be Laura Stone (Caitlin Stryker), a private investigator. Joe finds her at the train station to warn her, but Clive is already there.
At the lab, the decay starts to spread again and Caitlin starts to lose control and turn into her Killer Frost alter ego. Luckily Julian is there to talk her down. Seems like we might be getting a Killer Frost/Alchemy love story in the works. Stay tuned shippers.
Clive attacks the train Joe and Laura are on by creating rubble on the train tracks. Barry’s only hope of saving everyone is by phasing the entire train, which he does will all his might. This weakens him and it's up to Wally to stop Clive. Wally cuts his hand open because a speedster’s blood can stop Clive’s abilities. He finally learns to phase, going right through Clive to neutralize his powers.
The team manages to cure Iris by using Clive’s DNA and Joe uses Iris’ near-death experience to get on board with the whole “stopping Savitar scheme.” Caitlin and Julian also have an intimate moment that leads to Caitlin asking him to get a drink. The episode ends with its usual teaser showing Wally practicing his phasing abilities and out of nowhere a multiverse portal opens. Jessie Quick (Violett Beane) comes racing through and alerts Wally that her dad was kidnapped by Grodd! Oh, can't forget to mention that the gorilla took Wells to Gorilla City! Oh the agony of waiting till the next episode...
-- Jesse L. Martin is arguably the strongest actor in this cast. That’s not meant to take anything away from the rest of the cast, but the former Broadway actor kills it in every scene.
-- H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) has a funny moment in the beginning of the episode where he states that Abraham Lincoln is on the $100 bill on his Earth. Great one liner.
-- Loved seeing Jessie Quick (Violett Beane) in her costume!
-- The Gorilla Grodd countdown is getting closer to zero!
-- The train phasing stunt was perhaps any fanboy (or girl)'s favorite Flash stunt to date. We all want Flash rings!
Note: This article is ongoing, check back later in the week for this week's other recap/reviews, including:
Legends of Tomorrow 2x11 "Turncoat"
Arrow 5x12 "Bratva"
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