This week’s episode of The Flash saw Barry Allen left without his powers after Zoom finally took his speed, and while the former Fastest Man Alive is going to have to find a way to deal with that in the next instalment, it’s the one which follows that’s currently shaping up to be even more exciting.
Directed by Kevin Smith, the filmmaker (who also helmed the Reaper pilot for The CW a number of years ago) recently made a podcast appearance to get fans hyped for his episode of The Flash, and it definitely sounds like this could be one of the Scarlet Speedster’s greatest adventures to date.
“First cut was 55-minutes, of my episode of The Flash that I directed. We got it down to the running time, it’s 42-minutes. It may be my favorite thing I’ve ever directed. Now that doesn’t mean like I suddenly don’t like the movies that I directed. I wrote and directed those things. But this, just as a directing exercise — removing scripts and sh*t like that and about how I personally feel about material, whether or not it generated from me — I think this is hands down my best directing job I’ve ever done. Just directing. I feel good, and I’ve gotten some nice praise from upstairs. Sounds like I will be able to go back, unless they catch me with a dead girl or a live boy. I think I will be able to go back.”
The CW has also released the official description for the episode, which we now know is titled “The Runaway Dinosaur.”
With Barry (Grant Gustin) gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy – Girder (guest star Greg Finley). Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris (Candice Patton) volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life. Kevin Smith directed the episode written by Zack Stentz.
The question here is, where’s Barry and what exactly could he be doing to “return to his old life”? While Earth-2 is certainly one possibility, I would’t be surprised if this has something to do with the Speed Force. The comic book version of the character has ventured there a few times, and exploring that realm would add an interesting new wrinkle to The Flash while also serving as a way of once again making Barry the Fastest Man Alive.