The Flash Season 3



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

"Shade" sheds light on some of the series' meta issues, but carefully crafted dialogue and character moments make it a standout for the season.

Episode Info

When Wally starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris and Joe about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
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Critic Reviews for Shade

The Killer Frost story line is one of the season's best, so I appreciate how Cisco and Caitlin's friendship plays such a significant role in its development.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While this was a pretty intense and weighty episode, the show still found other ways to inject some lightness into the proceedings.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's a contradiction that plays out over and over again on the show, and it was front and center tonight.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Cisco dropped one of the most beautiful, powerful and moving speeches.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash is trapped in a funny place right now. The core cast remains as appealing as ever... but this season is struggling to build a status quo compelling enough to rival its predecessors.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 6.7/10 | Full Review…

In what's becoming a trend this season, the titular villain of 'Shade' matters very, very little... but by finally moving forward with a couple of season 3's subplots, the episode gets a pass.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Tom Cavanagh is awesome, and even when he's playing the mildly annoying H.R. (a version of Wells from Earth-19), he's still pretty great.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The best episode so far this season, the focus was primarily on the ramifications of obtaining metahuman powers and their potential villainous side effects.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Shade" finally affords Wally and Caitlyn the breathing room they deserve, and the show will likely be all the better for it.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Apart from some questionable villain design choices, Shade stood out as an exceptional episode that bodes well for Season 3 going forward.

Nov 16, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…