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"Magenta" cuts back on timeline devices and leans into The Flash's core strength - revealing the complicated depths of villains and heroes as humans.
The Flash definitely reused Arrow's hospital set.
Devoting time to these character interactions is a smart move following all the timeline shenanigans.
For the show to succeed, its villains must be as compelling as its heroes.
A return of a more light-hearted Flash than we've seen from season 3.
The Metahuman of the Week story was also a nice twist from the usual beat-em-up.
Overall, this hour moved the overarching story forward, but was underwhelming on the whole.
But dont worry Flash fans, were not actually going to tackle mental illnesses or anything... I mean, I understand its a superhero show geared towards a younger audience, but you gotta come correct CW.
When Jesse suits up and sprints toward danger right by Barry's side, it's as good as The Flash gets.
Women are loved, on this show, but they're rarely given equal freedom or power. Wells letting go, and letting Jesse shine, was a long time coming.
The scenes where Barry comforts a weeping Magenta at the end, desperately trying to help rather than simply capture, greatly encapsulates just why the Flash is such a beloved character.
It's rare to see villains with real depth and pathos. But Magneta had pathos to spare, as she was less a real villain and more a confused, battered teenager led astray by a creepy dude in a bad Halloween costume.
In a lot of ways it played out like a standard Flash episode, but it was missing something even with the return of Wells and debut of Jesse Quick.