Power Outage



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.

Episode Info

The Flash battles Farooq (aka Blackout), a metahuman who can harness electricity. During their fight, Farooq siphons all of the Flash's electricity, which zaps him of his speed. Meanwhile, Tockman leads a coup inside the Central City police department and takes several people hostage, including Joe and Iris.


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
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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.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Good to see Robert Knepper back as Tockman/Clock King, a role he originated on Arrow.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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,

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.7/5 | Full Review…

"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.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

This week's episode turned off the superpowers for the most part, turned the lights down low, and also turned off most of my interest in the process.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

"Power Outage" kept the bones of the format but shaped them in a way that presented the viewers something new.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Bottle shows, even semi-bottle shows like this one, are usually intended to save money, but "Power Outage" re-channels The Flash's budget into its special effects... in so doing, it brings live-action superhero TV to an impressive new level.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I was impressed by how a potential throwaway episode proved just as entertaining as any in the series thus far.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm feeling jovial because after last week's stinker, The Flash is back on track, courtesy of one Mr. Harrison Wells.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…