When I first saw that bald, bearded bloke vanish into the border, I sighed loudly and braced myself for the worst. Was 'Flatline' destined to become this season's 'Fear Her'? Then the quality of the CGI picked up dramatically, and the whole episode was transformed into a classic Russell T. Davies-style romp to the end. Thank goodness for the inaccuracy of first impressions.
Between watching this episode late Thursday night and writing this review on Saturday morning, I forgot almost everything that happened. That does not bode well for this new, tamer Vampire Diaries, and I’m starting to feel less optimistic about this season’s potential.
"We were all struck by that lightning." -Barry Allen
This series is certainly starting with a bang. A lot of things are happening in this episode, all at once–both plot and character development. We’re starting to see more of Barry’s past, for example. We’re seeing more of his relationship and past with Iris and Joe. We’re seeing how his work for STAR Labs, his work for the police force, and his private need to be a hero–and save his father, if not his mother–are coming into conflict. And those pesky metahumans are starting to come out of the woodwork.