The Flash: “The Nuclear Man”

The Nuclear ManSo, in this episode we finally get some sizable development on the Ronnie story! The team attempts to find Ronnie after he hurts a scientist with whom we saw him try to speak to earlier because Dr. Stein knew him.

It becomes pretty obvious that Dr. Martin Stein is in control of Ronnie’s body with Ronnie rattling around inside of his head, causing a little touch of madness. Taking into account that Dr. Stein is in control of Ronnie’s body, they use his wife to help talk Stein/Ronnie into coming back to the lab for testing.

Meanwhile, Joe secretly enlists Cisco to help identify who murdered Barry’s mother. In Barry’s childhood home which is now owned by some thirsty woman who very obviously is looking to get laid or just really likes Joe the second she opens the door. She lets them investigate and Joe even gets her to leave. Cisco discovers a carbon filter left in the home on the back of a mirror that may have captured the killer’s image. Long story short, the image reveals two separate blood samples after Cisco is able to use this machine that creates a 3-D hologram of the whole event. One sample is likely from the killed and Joe very boldly asks Cisco to check if one belongs to Dr. Wells.

Dr. Wells discovers that Ronnie and Dr. Stein’s atoms are in conflict, and if it continues they will become nuclear and level the whole city upon their explosion. Dr. Wells figures The-Nuclear-Manthat the tachyon device he has been using to give him burst of speed could be converted into whats called quantum splicer to stabilize Ronnie’s body and separate the two personalities. This is all very hypothetical and there is no way of telling if it will even work the way they hope but, they go ahead anyway.

Caitlin goes with Barry to use the device on Ronnie-Stein(which is something I just came up with and I think it’s hilarious and I hope nobody else has said it.) who after overhearing the conversation the team was having and deducing it himself, went 40 miles outside of Central City in order to safely explode. Caitlin uses the device and Ronnie’s body still goes nuclear, but safely away from the city. The explosion catches the attention of General Eling, whose name I had to look up because I just called him “asshole” the whole episode he was in with Plastique. He orders a team to recover F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. I’m guessing with the fact that F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. is a character in DC comics that is not dead and very much in control of his ability, that neither Ronnie nor Dr. Stein is dead.

Cisco runs the blood samples and informs Joe that one is identified; it is from Barry as an adult. Which is a bit obvious to me, almost even from the first episode. It was definitely before they revealed that there were 2 speedsters; it just seemed kind of obvious to me that Barry would be running after the Reverse Flash so fast in their next showdown that they would travel time. I’m sure Barry will go through a lot of guilt when he finds out he was there the night his mother died as a superhero and could have possibly saved her. He might even try to go back and change it again but, ultimately I think he will get over it somehow and figure out that you shouldn’t change stuff like that with time travel.

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