The Painter and the Thief
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All the buildup feels a bit like killing time before the main event. It's the stuff happening around the edges that has so far elevated season six over its recent predecessors.
They conveniently decide not to mention that Barry is going to die, which is a stupid move since we've seen countless times that keeping secrets only makes things worse. Luckily, that choice doesn't last for the entire episode.
It was frankly a letdown following such a strong start... It just seemed odd to come out of this season's dramatically rich and emotion-laden first two episodes with such a lighter outing, and not really dig into the team's reaction.
Nash was an absolute delight to watch as he butted heads with Cisco and had a weird dynamic with Iris. Here's to hoping that all of his interactions with Team Flash are just as fascinating to watch.
More than anything, continued the season's successful trend of imbuing villain-of-the-week adventures with a lot more stakes than expected.
In many ways, it feels like The Flash characters are all truly growing up this season, facing a world with challenges and dangers they can't control and may or may not be prepared for.
It was a pretty slow episode this week honestly.
While not a particularly action-heavy episode, "Dead Man Running" does make good use of Shawn Stewart's Mitch Romero character as a secondary threat.
The jokes land, the story (for the episode and the season so far) never stops moving forward, and Grant Gustin continues to turn in perhaps the best work of his career.