Violet recaps Season 3 Episode 3 of The Flash, titled Magenta, where Barry and Iris go on a date, and Alchemy awakens a metahuman who can bend metal to her will! Following the recap, Violet and Josh both share their thoughts on this episode!
- His thoughts on Magenta, Episode 303 of The Flash
- Her thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 3: Magenta
Recap of The Flash, Season 3 Episode 3: Magenta
Barry heads out for his date with Iris, going so far as to make her a flower wreath. However, they agree on no Flash talk and no speed for their date. Unfortunately, this seems to stifle their conversation at dinner. They hear a siren, and the waiter reports that there’s a robbery in progress across the street. Iris lets Barry go take care of it real quick. However, then they get a notice about an emergency at STAR Labs, so they both go see what’s going on.
When they get there, the Flash Team is staring at a breach, ready for whatever comes through. Surprisingly, it’s Dr. Wells and Jesse. And they find out that Jesse has become a speedster, thanks to the dark matter that hit her last season. Dr. Wells also figures out that Barry went back in time, resulting in changes to the timeline. Jesse then shows off her skills on the track. Wally gets discouraged and says he has to go. Joe and Barry talk about Wally being disappointed about not having powers, but Joe is fine with it, as he’d rather not have two of his kids running around facing danger.
Somewhere on the other side of town, a man named John comes home from work and yells at his teenage foster daughter, Frankie. Her eyes turn magenta, and suddenly a lamppost crashes through the window, injuring John.
The next day, Barry runs into Iris at work. They talk about their failed date, and they do want to try again, when they’re both not so busy. Meanwhile, Joe interviews Frankie about what happened to her foster father, who is in the hospital. She says that she blacked out after he came home, and that blackouts have happened to her before. Joe steps out to talk to Barry and Julian about the lamppost and what could have caused it to fall. Joe tells them about Frankie blacking out.
Over at STAR Labs, they continue running tests on Jesse. When Jesse leaves the room, Harry vents to Caitlin and Cisco regarding his worry about Jesse being a speedster. He tries to get Caitlin to talk her out of trying to be a superhero with her powers, but she’s not interested.
Wally stops by CCPD to talk to Joe about his disappointment about not having powers, wondering if maybe they’ll manifest later. Joe tells him it might never happen, but tries to comfort him by saying he has a brilliant mind that he can put it good use.
Julian takes a DNA sample from the glass that Frankie was drinking out of, and compares it to the samples he has taken from the husks that were found. Julian confronts Frankie, says she’s a meta-human, and accuses her of putting John in the hospital. At first she denies it, then her eyes turn magenta, and says she’s going to do it to him too. The room begins to shake as the metal fixtures start to bend. Then the large metal plaque on the wall then begins to fall, but The Flash rushes over and saves Julian from being crushed by it.
The Flash then confronts Frankie outside, though she says Frankie is gone, and she is Magenta. He tries to tell her that he can help her, but she uses her powers to throw a police car, and The Flash rushes to save the officer driving. By the time he does that, Frankie is gone.
Back at STAR Labs, they talk about Frankie’s split personality. Barry is sure that she isn’t faking it. Barry tells the others that she got her powers from Alchemy, and explains to Harry and Jesse who that is, and what Flashpoint is. Jesse volunteers to help track Magenta down, and Harry pleads with Caitlin to talk her out of it. She agrees to try, and goes down to the Pipeline to talk to Jesse, telling her to take it slow, but Jesse quickly figures out that her dad put her up to this. Jesse calls her father out, then speeds off. Wally goes to talk to her.
Magenta goes to see Alchemy, complaining that Frankie is still there, trying to stay in control. He reminds her why she came to him — because she wanted John to stop hurting her. Alchemy tells her that she needs to show him that Magenta is in control, and once she’s done that, Frankie will know it too.
Wally catches up to Jesse, and she tells him about when she first got her powers. A car ran a red light, and she ran out of the way — and kept running. Wally decides to step out into traffic to see if he can jump start his own powers, but Jesse has to quickly save him. He gets angry at her, thinking that his plan could have worked.
When they return to STAR Labs, Barry yells at Wally. Harry yells at Jesse for risking her life as well. Caitlin tells Harry he should take a different approach and help Jesse navigate her powers. Barry and Harry have a chat.
Meanwhile, Iris has gone to the hospital to question Frankie’s foster father, John, to see if they can get more info about Frankie. Iris figures out that Frankie was trying to get back at John for hurting her. She looks out the window and sees a gigantic ship being lifted into the air and heading toward the hospital. Iris gets John into a wheelchair and begins to take him out. However, Frankie locks the doors so no one can get out.
Just then, the Flash team at STAR Labs finds out what’s going on, and The Flash speeds over to the hospital. He realizes there’s not enough time to get everyone out of the hospital. Instead, he creates a wind funnel by running in a figure 8 beneath the tanker, which is hovering above the roof of the high rise building. They realize Barry needs help getting to Magenta, so he tells Jesse to go.
Jesse takes over running the figure eights while The Flash confronts Magenta. Barry addresses Frankie, saying that he knows she’s still there. He is able to talk her down, and she puts the tanker back in the harbor. She then sobs, hugging the Flash, saying that she’s sorry.
At STAR Labs, they catch Frankie up on what happened, and tell her that John is being prosecuted for what he did to her. Frankie tells them that she had been having dreams about having powers, then started hearing Alchemy’s voice, telling her he could give her powers. She thought she was going crazy. They tell her they’ve found a good home for her, where no one will hurt her, and if Magenta tries to come back, then fight her, and they’ll help her if she needs help.
Harry and Jesse have a heart to heart, and he presents her with her very own superhero outfit. Harry says he’s realized it’s time that he let her be a superhero for everyone else.
Iris and Barry meet up for another date. Barry says that The Flash is part of who he is now, and he doesn’t want to ignore it. He speeds her out to the waterfront, and they kiss. Just then, Barry gets a notification that Joe needs him at the station. Iris says it’s okay, and tells him to go. They kiss goodbye. They seem to agree that this date went well.
At the station, Joe shows Barry and Julian a video taken a few days ago at Iron Heights, where Edward Clariss is attacked in his jail cell by something invisible. He shouts, “Alchemy!” as he is thrown around, and is dead before he hits the floor. Julian asks Barry if he’s ever heard the name Alchemy before, but Barry says no. When Julian walks away, Joe asks Barry if he thinks this is part of Flashpoint, and Barry says that he thinks a lot of things are these days.
Her Thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 3: Magenta
I like that this was kind of a female centric episode, highlighting both a new villain and a new superhero who were both female. However, what I continue to dislike on The Flash is that every time a new metahuman pops up, they are always bad — that is, unless it happens to be someone that The Flash team personally knows, like Jesse, in this case. The good news is that this episode at least somewhat tried to fix this in that they portrayed Frankie as being a good, kind person — even though her metahuman side was evil. But I guess the way that this storyline with Alchemy is going, it will only be evil metahumans that Alchemy awakens.
That brings up Wally, though. Like Frankie, who had dreams about her powers prior to Alchemy offering to restore them, Wally mentioned to Jesse that he had had dreams about being a speedster. Alchemy would presumably know that Wally was good, not evil, because he was the superhero Kid Flash, so he wouldn’t want to restore Wally’s powers. That is, unless he manipulated Wally into becoming evil, or doing something bad. As it stands now, it seems like Wally is desperate to do anything to get powers. I have no idea if there’s any sort of storyline from the comics about Wally becoming a villain, but could it happen? Would the show do that? Or are they just going to leave Wally hanging without any powers?
His Thoughts on The Flash, Season 3 Episode 3: Magenta