Running to Stand Still
The Flash Season 2



Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

While "Running to Stand Still" isn't exactly a nail-biter, it nevertheless offers a meaningful midseason send-off for fans of The Flash.

Episode Info

The Weather Wizard returns to break Captain Cold and the Trickster out of Iron Heights, but Barry tries to stop him and prevent these rogues from taking over Central City during Christmas. Meanwhile, Joe and Iris meet Wally West.


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
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
Liam McIntyre
as Mark Mardon/The Weather Wizard
Wentworth Miller
as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
Mark Hamill
as James Jesse/The Trickster
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Critic Reviews for Running to Stand Still

Not only did the show fritter away the backstory of one of its newest characters, but it actually added another member to a cast already groaning under the weight of too many parallel plotlines.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A Flash adventure that brings new meaning to the phrase "dashing through the snow."

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The return of Mark Hamill's Trickster alone was a welcome holiday treat, but seeing him paired up with Weather Wizard was even better.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

If you didn't think Zoom was diabolical before, this episode allows him to dangle Harry's daughter in front of his eyes before snatching her away again, forcing Harry's hand.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One thing is for certain: Fans of Iris West this week got perhaps the biggest gift of all, as after instances of a scene here and there not making it to broadcast, Miss West was well accounted for.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Heavy and meaningful silence reveals what isn't said is more important than what is.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing says Christmas like a couple of murderous Rogues out to get you and family secrets that can potentially tear you apart.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, Episode 9 was pretty entertaining, but didn't leave viewers hanging or worried over the fate of their favorite characters over the holiday season. Honestly, that's kind of nice.

Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Despite its fun moments, the episode does a major disservice to the family at the heart of the show - the Wests.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Flash proved that even the superpowered and superpowered-adjacent can't escape the holidays unscathed by family and friend drama. There just happens to also be some life-or-death drama surrounding it during Running to Stand Still.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A wheel-spinning episode that, despite a couple of developments, really didn't feel fully formed.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The Flash has been off to a great start this season, proving again and again that they can accomplish more than fans would have initially wished for, and I can't wait for the show to return.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…