This week’s episode is a sad one. Last week Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) revealed to his crew that, as the Flash, he had to die in the upcoming Crisis in order to save everyone. This week, a lot of time is spent showing how the various characters are dealing with that situation. In brief, not well.
It plays out most significantly between Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), as the inventor is not willing to accept that he must not take any action to save his best friend. This become more than just a hypothetical problem when the newest Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) to join the merry band puts the men on the trail of a serum that can regenerate life, and potentially save Barry.
The Flash wants to use the serum to help Ramsey Rosso (Sendhil Ramamurthy), who is headed down his own dark path of desperation, willing to take terrifying risks to find a cure for the cancer that is killing him. The conflict between Barry and Cisco threatens to rip their friendship apart.
Ramamurthy has done an excellent job as Rosso, although it must be said the writing and structure of the season has aided him. In previous seasons the major villain has been so right from the get go. This year we have seen a well meaning man head turn into the major villain over these first four episodes, making him far more sympathetic.
I also am really enjoying the slow build on the Ralph Dibny/Sue Dearborn story. For those who do not know, Ralph and Sue were a much beloved couple for many years in the comics, travelling around the world and solving weird mysteries along the way. Sue Dibny even went so far as to lead the Justice League Europe into battle in one issue of that book, and verbally took down Batman, getting an apology from the rarely conciliatory hero. I am really eager to see who will be cast in this role. I am hoping to love the character so much that I wind up pushing for an Elongated Man spin off.