Critic Consensus: "Power Outage" feels like an inconsequential entry, but it still thrills with a pair of formidable villains and some creative twists on the series' formula.
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Critic reviews for Power Outage
This was a fantastic episode of the show, and in general, because it introduced new threats, continued with old ones, hinted at possible future storylines, and dove into big character moments, all the while being exciting and looking cool.
I liked the split focus approach. Neither Clock King nor Blackout were likely compelling enough to justify an episode on their own, but worked just fine as antagonists in stories that were more about conflicts among the ongoing cast.
Good to see Robert Knepper back as Tockman/Clock King, a role he originated on Arrow.
There are a lot of loose ends that need to be tidied up. Not tied, as the series if fresh; just straightened out a bit. That's not to say ["Blackout"] wasn't entertaining,
"Power Outage" is another solid chapter in The Flash's early world-building, hinting at larger forces behind Barry's powers, and locking into place the time travel elements of Harrison Wells' episode-ending stingers.
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