“Everyone in the room has rough childhoods. Get over it.”
–Iris West, to whiny evildoers everywhere
The Flash ends for the calendar year with a Christmas episode stuffed full of villains—and the arrival of Wally West.
Title: “Running to Stand Still”
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Writer: Andrew Kriesberg
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Shantel VanSanten as Officer Patty Spivot
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Candice Patton as Iris West
Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick/The Flash
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West
Mark Hamill as James Jesse / the Trickster
Liam McIntyre as Mark Mardon / Weather Wizard
Wentworth Miller as Len Snart/Captain Cold
Tony Todd as Zoom
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
Violett Beane as Jesse Wells
Three super-villains escape; two team up to destroy the Flash.
We learn more of Zoom’s plot as he recruits a reluctant ally.
Wally West, presumably destined to gain super-speed, arrives in time for Christmas dinner.
The dilemma facing the Flash was genuine, even though he couldn’t trust that the villains would keep their word. Their method for distributing death, sadly, could actually work in the real world, assuming someone nefarious successfully infiltrated this kind of situation.
The manner in which the team resolved the dilemma represents, perhaps, the worst example of Comic-Book-Science Buttpullium Ex Machina in the history of this series.
Acting: 5/6 Mark Hamill lets the hams awaken again, to good effect. Jesse L. Martin and Grant Gustin have some strong moments.
Story: 4/6 The story starts strong, but cheats its ending.
Emotional Response: 4/6
In total, “Running to Stand Still” receives 30/42