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The Flash “The Fire Next Time” Review

Season 8 Episode 8 – “Barry trusts his instincts during a murder investigation, believing the suspect, despite the overwhelming evidence against him; Iris gives Allegra an opportunity to be a mentor.”

Please note, our reviews are based on likes and dislikes. These contain major spoilers. If you haven’t already watched the episode we would recommend that you click off the article, and come back once you have watched the episode. Enjoy!

What I Liked

1. I do really like how far Iris has come from season 1 to season 8. How her work rate, her ambitions, and more have grown over the course of 8 seasons is just incredible. I like how we are seeing more of her as this badass reporter.

2. I love how, even though all the evidence points to Birch being the killer, Barry still believes that Birch is innocent from both a CSI point of view to an actual witness to a murder that framed Barry’s father. This is an instinct that no one else truly has on the show.

3. The fact that Barry is so invested in this Birch case is that it is happening on his father’s birthday. This is literally coming full circle, he’s even got the same board out he used to free his father only with pictures of a different man this time. This is absolutely great.

4. The episode ended with a tease for a meta serial killer? Very interesting. Excited to see where this leads to, or even who this leads to.

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What I Disliked

1. I dislike how Frost, Chester, and Cecile are all going against the fact given to them by an actual CSI, not only is Barry the Flash, but he was a CSI long before being The Flash so why are these people going against Barry, no evidence points towards Birch. This is dumb writing for Frost, Cecile, and Chester.

2. I’m not sure if I missed it or not but Cecile, Chester, and Frost never apologized to Barry for not trusting him as a CSI or even The Flash. I didn’t like that one bit.

Favourite Moment

My favorite moment came when The Flash put the entire city’s life in the hands of Birch. When the lava is about to burst, Birch needs to absorb the entire heat pressure to stop the city from turning into a volcanic city. The scene was pretty impressive.

Standout Character

I have to give this to Barry, this was a powerful episode for him, with the episode being set on his father’s birthday so his emotions would have been insanely high, however, he still trusted his gut and strived to prove Birch was innocent. Have to give Barry his props for that.

Verdict

Overall a really great episode that focused on the relationship between father and son in multiple ways. I loved how, while he wasn’t in the episode, we did see flashbacks and he was a major factor in the episode, Henry Allen was pivotal in this episode. I loved how Iris was towards Allegra, teaching her to become the best supervisor.


Rating: 8.7/10


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The Review

Story - 8
Action - 6.5
Characters - 10
Entertainment - 10
Quality - 9

8.7

Great

Overall a really great episode that focused on the relationship between father and son in multiple ways. I loved how, while he wasn't in the episode, we did see flashbacks and he was a major factor in the episode, Henry Allen was pivotal in this episode. I loved how Iris was towards Allegra, teaching her to become the best supervisor.

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Phil Weaver

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