“Other than that, Team Flash, how was dinner?”

Title: “Invincible”

Director: Jesse Warn
Writers: Brooke Roberts and David Kob

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Candice Patton as Iris West
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West
Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
Katie Cassidy as Black Siren
Teddy Sears as Hunter Zolomon / Zoom
Violett Beane as Jesse Wells
Amanda Pays as Dr. Christina McGee
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
Tony Todd as the Voice of Zoom

Premise

Barry, with his powers returned and confidence boosted, fights an army of metahumans, but may meet his match in the Black Siren. Meanwhile, Team Flash grows as the show teases its two new maybe-speedsters, Cisco has dark visions, and a celebratory dinner gets ruined by an earth-shattering vision and a key character’s apparent death.

High Point

I enjoyed seeing Katie Cassidy back as an evil, camp version of her late Arrow character.

Low Point

The show has a strong element of Silver Age comic book, so I’ll try to ignore the Team’s ability to develop and construct amazing technology (and outfits) in minutes. I’m more concerned about the show doing things that should happen every day in this universe—the superfast Flash taking out metahumans like shooting gallery ducks, and a sufficiently smart person quickly discerning Barry’s secret identity—and then ignoring those things the rest of the time. When do the rules of the real world apply here?

And shouldn’t a “metapocalypse” be scarier?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 The promised big battle fizzled into a typical Flash episode…

Story: 4/6 …with a twist ending that makes some amends. Zoom’s big plan verges on making sense.

Effects: 5/6 The episode had some impressive effects, which the budget allows them to use only briefly.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 4/6 The ending had some shock value; most of the episode was predictable.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Invincible” receives 29/42