The Flash Season 2 Episode 12 “Fast Lane” Review
Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns. The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.
Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out. This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work. Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells. The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.
The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing. The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough. Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar. It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.
The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season. The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.
Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far. This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results. This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?