By: Alison Schapker & Grainne Godfree
The Story: As it turns out, some supervillains are a gas.
The Review: With every new show, the best you can hope for is that each week will see strengths bolstered and weaknesses ironed out. This doesn’t always happen. Some shows seem committed to repeating the same mistakes over and over, while others can’t figure out how to get rid of certain flaws (two years later, Arrow still struggles to find something for Dinah to do). The Flash had the good fortune of starting off strong, but there are plenty of areas in which it can improve.
To get the bad out of the way, decent villains will probably be an ongoing problem for the life of the show, because any Freak-of-the-Week show has that problem. While the second episode at least attempted to make Multiplex sympathetic, this one doesn’t bother with Kyle Nimbus (a.k.a. the Mist). A death row convict taking revenge on those who convicted him requires little depth; we get scant details even on what crimes he actually committed. He’s a purely functional villain, whose danger comes mostly from Anthony Carrigan’s genuinely menacing appearance and performance.