Ok, so when this episode originally aired there was an issue with the feed causing me to miss around 20 minutes of the episode. I was able to figure out the gist of what I had missed but I wanted to watch the entire episode one more time to have a better understanding before I wrote my review.
“Untouchable” continued the story line that Barry is going to teach Wally how to become faster than Barry so he can save Iris from Savitar in the future. This weeks trial was for Barry to teach Wally how to phase through objects. During Barry’s trials he had both versions of Wells to be his mentor so it seemed easy for Barry to learn how to excel in his own growth. Barry’s job of teaching Wally during his training has not been as smooth compared to Barry’s. It is the realization that teaching someone a skill is a lot more difficult than actually doing that skill.
The main plot line of this episode focused on a meta-human that was affected from Flashpoint named Clive Yorkin. It seems that Yorkin was an average felon who was busted in Flashpoint by a group of cops and now that he has powers in the new timeline Yorkin is out for revenge. The motivation for Yorkin seemed confusing with a real lack of depth into another villain. The only suspenseful moment in this episode was when Yorkin was able to infect Iris with his decomposing blood but with the knowledge that Iris would die at the hands of Savitar didn’t hold weight. Honestly I don’t know why anyone was really concerned that Iris would die since the future already determined that she would die later. That was the major weakness of this episode.
The relationship between Caitlyn and Julian growing into a friendship and maybe more is a nice addition to the show. Tom Felton has grown the character of Julian into a awkward likable guy. With the partnership between Cisco and HR developing stronger each week it seems that Caitlyn and Julian will rely on each other to deal with their alter-egos.
Since the mid-season premiere there has been something off about The Flash for me. It wasn’t until this episode that I finally realized that the problem was knowing the future. Since the moment when Barry traveled to the future and witnessed the death of Iris by Savitar it seems that every major event doesn’t have the same weight it should have. From last weeks episode where Cisco had a battle to the death and Iris now having her life in danger twice doesn’t carry the weight and suspense that it should’ve. I realize that even without Savitar killing Iris the likely hood of either one of those characters dying was very slim. My argument is more about the spoil of that pivotal scene with Savitar. When I first watched that moment that with Savitar and Iris I got really excited for the second half of the season but now I wish I hadn’t seen the future. If there had been a different setting where we see Barry’s reaction in the future but didn’t actually see the event then maybe some of the scenes would be more meaningful to me.
Overall this episode continued the same formula as every other episode from this series. The addition of Julian to the team and Wally continuing his journey to become a superhero has provided some needed change. Also the emotional range that Grant Gustin carries as Barry is what keeps me coming back to this show. His transition of being a student to a teacher shows the growth that Barry has shown over this season. Although The Flash may never live up to the standards from its first season but it still continues to be the shining star of The CW.