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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

The FlashBack: ‘The Flash’ – Episode 15 ‘Out Of Time’

The Flash is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central on The CW. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in The FlashBack.

***This recap contains spoilers***

After what felt like the longest break ever Barry and friends are back tonight  and let me tell you, they are not holding anything back. The threads are all starting to really come together which for fans of the comic books really just means things are about to get more complicated than ever. Nothing about the world of the Flash is a straight line and tonight’s episode starts out by going back into the past, specifically a year into the past on the night of the accelerator disaster. Remember the first episode and the Mardon boys? Remember how there was a plane crash and how the younger Mardon ended up being our first metahuman, a weather-controlling jerk? I think we all assumed that his brother, Mark, bit it in the crash but you know what they say about assuming and it would appear that Mark Mardon got the same as what his brother did before the plane broke apart.

Back in the present it’s date night for Barry and Linda. Barry, being the absolutely adorable nerd that he is, is taking Linda bowling. Guess who they run into at the bowling alley? Why, it’s my least favorites, Iris and Eddie! The quartet end up unintentionally double-dating and it’s kind of awkward at least for Linda and Eddie who both end up a little uncomfortable seeing some very special moments between Iris and Barry. Fortunately for the awkward but not for the city coroner Mark Mardon has shown up demanding information about the death of his brother. When the coroner doesn’t easily give up the information, Mardon reveals his far more precise weather powers. Trouble at the morgue leads to Eddie and Barry having to leave which leaves the ladies alone in their awkwardness.


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On the way to the morgue things get a little interesting for Barry. He sees another him keeping pace before outrunning him. This is a little tidbit to pocket for later because it’s not the primary issues right now, the second Mardon brother is. Especially since he’s out to get Joe. Back at the lab, the nerd squad determines that Mark Mardon is better at his weather powers than Clyde was. Cisco gets to name Mark, finally putting Weather Wizard to use in regards to a name. Cisco also makes mention that he has come up with tech that will ground out Mark’s powers and make him easier to defeat. This is good, but things are still uneasy since Mark is definitely out to get Joe and darn near gets his mark: Joe and Barry are in the car (with Barry trying to talk to Joe about Iris) when they discover that Mark is following them, literally having a rainstorm over them. Mark tries to kill Joe by blowing up the car, but Barry speeds Joe out just in time.

As all of this is going on Cisco is continuing to have doubts about Wells. Something does not sit well with him about the Reverse Flash and other things and Cisco can’t let things that do not sit well go. He’s working on solving just how and why the containment area failed, even trying to get Caitlin on board. Cisco also drops off the special tech that will protect Joe and tries to talk to him about Wells, but it’s bad timing. Cisco leaves, passing Mark Mardon as he gets in the elevator. Mardon is there for no good, of course, and Cisco is able to call Barry just as things get crazy at the PD HQ. Mardon summons a lighting bolt intended to strike and kill Joe, but Captain Singh jumps in front of Joe to protect him…taking the blast himself. Barry shows up and is able to use Cisco’s device to stop Mardon, but Singh is in bad shape. Flash gets him to the hospital where it is unclear how Singh will recover. This part of the scene, there in the hospital, is incredibly well done: we discover that Singh is gay and has a fiance. When the doctor is at first unwilling to let said fiance in the room to see Singh stating that only family is able to be in the room, Joe quickly chimes in that he is family because fiances are family. One of the best things about the Flash is the gentle ways the show illustrates all kinds of families and this scene is just wonderful (even if sad.)

There’s some reporter stuff going on with everyone there suspecting Wells. It’s just more layering into the case against Wells. Of course Joe is very preoccupied right now with Mardon so he and Eddie go to check out his old apartment. Mardon was expecting this and uses a gust of wind to suck Joe out the window, leaving Eddie behind. Eddie goes to the department to get together a massive search party. While he does this we see a battered, leg-broken Joe handcuffed to the pier while a crazy Mardon essentially tells him that he is going to make Joe suffer by killing Iris and do worse to the city. To make it more painful for Joe, Mardon calls Iris and tells her right where Joe is, but warns her not to tell the police. Naturally, Barry and Iris take off together. Linda shows up to talk to Barry, but it is not a good time.  It really isn’t, but you can tell Linda doesn’t buy it. Oh well.

Other members of the Not Buying It Club? Dr. Wells. You see, Caitlin is having coffee with him at Jitters and it’s painfully obvious that she’s stalling him. Back at the lab Cisco is really trying to solve the containment failure issue, but he’s out of time. Caitlin manages to end up distracted (she goes to get the coffee to go) and when she turns around Wells is gone, leaving his wheelchair behind. Oh boy.

Wells finds Cisco replaying the recording of the Reverse Flash. It’s the perfect time for a proper introduction: Dr. Wells reveals his true identity to Cisco. His name? Eobard Thawne (and Cisco puts together that he’s related to Eddie.) WellsThawne explains that he never meant to kill Barry’s mom because he was there to kill Barry. You see, WellsThawne has been trapped in our time for the last decade and a half and really just wants to go home, but he needs Barry’s speed to be able to do that. It dawns on Cisco what this all means and the tears flow as it really solidifies: WellsThawne does genuine care about Cisco–he regards him as his son–but to WellsThawne he’s been dead for centuries and then the evil doctor plunges his vibrating hand through Cisco’s heart and kills him. Cisco falls to the floor and I cried all the tears.

Speaking of death and crying, Iris and Barry get to the waterfront and with all of the emotional stress of things it turns out to be a good moment for Iris to admit to Barry that she has feelings for him. She hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him since his confession of love and Barry tells her that he’s never stopped thinking about her. They kiss and it kind of looks awkward, probably because Mardon is about to send a tidal wave crashing into Central City. That makes it a perfect time for something else: Barry reveals that he is the Flash to Iris because the only hope he has of saving the city and the people he loves is to run really, really fast up and down the coast so he can create an air cushion to cancel out that nasty tidal wave. So run, Barry, run! And he does. Oh he does. He runs so fast that he actually time travels, popping back in time two days previously. Remember how in the beginning I told you to hold onto that little tidbit where Barry sees himself running alongside? Here’s where that comes into play. Barry went back in time and now things are about to get interesting.

Overall this was a great episode. It felt like a season finale, but we know we still have some episodes left and the teaser for next week tells me I get some more Leonard Snart. Couple that up with being back in a time when Barry didn’t kiss Iris and Cisco is still alive and I’m a happy camper. It will be interesting to see how things roll from here because, as any comic book Flash fan can tell you, when the timeline starts to get broken things start to get really tricky. Ultimately the Flash is always a story about time so hold on to your hats and synchronize your watches!

What did you think about this week’s episode? Did you cry when Cisco died? Did you win some money in your “Dr. Wells is really Eobard Thawne” betting pool? Let me know in comments! This is one episode I’m just dying to talk about.

Next week…we get Snart!

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6 Comments on “The FlashBack: ‘The Flash’ – Episode 15 ‘Out Of Time’”

  1. officialryanmitra March 18, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Excellent review

    • Nicole Drum March 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Daniel Hansen March 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    I hate to say it but the minute final scene started I knew they were gonna retcon everything that happened this episode. From Cisco finding out about Wells to Iris knowing the truth and admitting her own feelings for Barry. Plus because of Pallyfest vid that came out we know Cisco meets Laurel and Ray so while jaw dropping to see Wells do what he did we knew events would change after the final moments of the Episode. That being said we now have a new question I don’t think fans are asking yet. We know why Wells is helping Barry. He wants his connection to the Speed Force to grow so he can steal his power and then go back to his time. The better question that I think we should all be asking is….why did Wells want to kill Barry as a kid. If he has been all about being better then the Flash and killing Barry with his own hands, which seems to have been denied to him by the Crisis that is coming. Why kill him as a child that I think is the one piece of the puzzle we are missing and when we finally figure it out I think we will have a WTF moment.

    • Nicole Drum March 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      Hey Dan!

      I don’t think that this is technically a retcon considering that time travel is actually a fairly large part of the Flash the deeper you get into it. The show has slowly been building the idea of different time streams and I feel like tonight’s reveals really just bring the viewer into understanding that the way Barry is about to. The Flash-verse is more complicated than nearly any other ‘verse in DC (the possible exception being the Hawks, sheesh) and this is the first time the show has really hit on that. The kiss, the reveal, the death…those are easy ways to buy the viewer in and give them all the feels.

      As for why he came back to kill Barry but instead killed his mom, I think that’s pretty easy to answer. Barry’s mom died 15 years ago, which is the same time that Wells popped into our time stream. When he came to kill little Barry it wasn’t so he could go home–that night was the night he first got here. He likely thought he could go home at that point. My money is that Wells came back to our time 15 years ago to kill Barry to prevent something in his own time that is connected to Barry Allen. Instead, he killed Nora, thus setting into motion the things that would lead to Barry being the Flash. It also ended up trapping Wells here which means his objective has now changed: he didn’t kill little Barry so now he has to take grown Barry’s speed to get home instead.

      Then we get to complicate things because we know time is not linear. It’s a coil and it can happen in layers so now that Barry knows that he was present at the scene of his mother’s death and now that we’ve seen Barry dart back in time (albeit by two days) we also now know that Barry will ultimately end up back in time at least 15 years to the night his mother dies in an attempt to stop Wells from killing Nora, except Wells was there to kill little Barry and….you see how it all layers? :) Ah, the Flash. It’s always about time.

      • Daniel Hansen March 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

        I didn’t mean a Retcon like we see happen in comics. I meant that everything we saw in the episode wouldn’t happen the same way. Cisco wouldn’t start on his path to find out that Wells was Reverse Flash, Iris doesn’t figure out that yeah she wants Barry and that he is Flash. That is what I meant because the next episodes shows the return of Captain Cold and Heat Wave. (Must have more Cold he is perfect the way they are doing him). Granted I loved this weeks episode. Learning more about Wells and which Reverse Flash he was and the moments with Cisco and all my jaw hit the floor seeing that.

        He did kill Nora that we know, but like he told Cisco he did not want to kill her. If anything he seemed to have regret in his voice that he did. My questions is why did he want to kill Barry. Since the start of the series you had the sense that Wells was trying to prevent Barry from vanishing in the Crisis like he did in the comics. That is why we all thought he was training him to prevent the events that happened at the end of the first crisis from happening again now we know who he is and why he is helping Barry, but the root of the problem still remains. Why did Wells go back in time to kill a child Barry Allen. I agree with ya that its not gonna be a straight forward answer and with the team that is doing the writing I just have a gut feeling the real reason why Wells went back in time is gonna make us all do a double take to it.

        That being said I am a little sad that we may end up losing Wells at the end of Season 1. He is a good mentor for Barry and I have loved the interaction between him and the other characters. Now that we know the truth of what he is doing and why its the start of the end game for the season because Wells knows he has broken the time barrier which means Barry’s connection to the speed force is nearly strong enough to serve Wells needs.

  3. monumentlit March 21, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    This episode hit me right in the feels. Especially with Cisco starts to tear-up. It’s crazy bc professor wells/thawne really seems like he really cares for his team. I mean he even told Cisco he was like a son to him before he killed him.

    I am kind of glad they did this episode. Even though he went back in time and most likely the show will pick up off that point and not the craziness we witnessed in the episode.

    Still though it could all play out the same. Everyone still has their hunches about Wells before the point Barry goes back in time too so maybe things will happen again the way they did happen.

    Idk there are just so many directions the show can go in. Thats what makes it great!

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