The Flash combines superhero angst with Christmas episode conventions. How does it play for you?

Title: “The Man in the Yellow Suit”

Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Todd and Aaron Hebling

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Rick Cosnet as Detective Eddie Thawne
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Michelle Anderson as Nora Allen
Amanda Pays as Tina McGee
Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb

Premise

As Christmas nears, the Reverse Flash returns to taunt Barry, Eddie requests that Iris share accommodations, and Ronnie Raymond reignites as Firestorm.

High Point

While I wasn’t a fan of the Batman Childhood Angst being foisted on Barry Allen, I think they’ve handled it well, because the character has reacted so much differently than, say Bruce Wayne. Despite the wild fluctuations of tone, this episode gave some intensity to Barry’s quest to find his mother’s killer.

Low Point

They have to keep the existence of metahumans a secret to protect their loved ones?
Really? It wouldn’t be better to alert the entire population, have people other than just S.T.A.R. labs examine the problem, and contain the hostiles with something other than an illegal private prison run by three people?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6

Story: 4/6 I like the story and the way the show introduces probable time-travel. The disparate tones, however, in this grim pursuit / ongoing angst / superhero debut / Christmas special episode do not always blend well.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “The Man in the Yellow Suit” receives 33/42

Notes

The 90s Flash plays Barry’s father, while Amanda Pays appears this week in a new incarnation of her 90s character, Tina McGee. More significantly, we’ve learned this week that Mark Hamill will appear soon, in a version of the role he played on that show: the Trickster.

There’s still no word on when Gorilla Grodd will (re)appear, or if the curious metasimian will be accompanied by the Man with the Yellow Hat.