Critic Consensus: The Flash's formula begins to show in an entry that nevertheless provides a compelling and tragic villain-of-the-week.

Episode Info

A bomb explodes downtown and the army, led by General Eiling, comes in and takes over the investigation, much to Joe's dismay. Meanwhile, Wells informs the team that Eiling experimented on his men to turn them into super soldiers; and Joe tries to get Iris to stop writing about "the streak."


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Rick Cosnett
as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Clancy Brown
as General Eiling
Kelly Frye
as Bette Sans Souci
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
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Critic Reviews for Plastique

Fortunately, none of the show's momentum was slowed as we get another enjoyable adventure with the fastest hero on network TV.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Let's just say The Flash pretty much stays the course in "Plastique." The good stuff is still good, the weak parts are still weak, and the Harrison Wells reveal at the end of the episode is still awesomely mysterious.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

With the focus on Bette Sans Souci's plight as much as Barry's, the show proved that the villains don't always have to play second fiddle to the heroes.

Jul 21, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Still, "Plastique" ends up being the weakest episode of The Flash so far... The villain of the week format, and Plastique herself, really highlighted the show's limitations. This is the first time I've really felt like, "this is all you've got?"

Jul 21, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Although I didn't expect The Flash to start working Grodd in the show so early, I'm very excited because it's great to see the series fleshing out more of The Flash's enemies. You can never have too many villains.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash continues to be a high-energy hour of television with compelling stories, sympathetic character relationships, and excellent action sequences week to week.

Jul 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The fifth episode of what could be so much more; doesn't Barry Allen deserve more than this? This episode introduces the aptly named, Plastique, who is as disposable as her name suggests.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I feel torn about the A-plot... But "Plastique" offers far more than the A plot, particularly in terms of Barry's own abilities.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

These are already familiar ingredients for this show, but the episode does something more interesting with Bette Sans Souci (inevitably dubbed Plastique by Cisco) than with past one-off threats like Multiplex and the Mist.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Sans Souci's dilemma created a number of threads that, while never felt fully tied together by the end, were still interesting enough.

Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…