The past appearances of Firestorm deliver, as the Flash confronts a future hero, and both wrestle with the challenges of multiple identities.

Title: “The Nuclear Man”

Directed by Glen Winter
Written by Andrew Kreisberg, Katherine Walczak

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Robbie Amal as Ronnie Raymond / Dr. Stein / Firestorm
Malese Jow as Linda Park
Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein
Isabella Hofmann as Clarissa Stein
Chase Masterson as Sherry

Premise

Team Flash tries to separate the two people who make up the Nuclear Man, while Joe West and Cisco Ramon uncover new and baffling clues in the murder of Barry’s mother.

Barry, meanwhile, pursues his relationship with Linda Park, despite the pressures of his double life.

High Point

The show gets away from the villain-of-the-week with a well-intentioned but challenged future hero. I liked the handling of Firestorm, and they effectively mined his/their relationships with Caitlin and Clarissa.

The occupant of the old Allen home was predictable and silly, but fun, in the way that parts of a comic-book show should occasionally be.

Low Point

I accept the episode’s interesting version of science—it’s the Flash—but I don’t see how, even in the DCU, Caitlin could make that run with Barry and not be injured.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6 Despite multiple plot threads, the show did not feel fragmented.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “The Nuclear Man” receives 33/42