The Flash is not only still doing character-focused episodes this week, but leaning into it as Barry and Iris step away to “work on starting a family,” leaving Chester, Allegra, and Caitlin in charge of the base and protecting the city. Spoilers follow for The Flash Season 7, Episode 14, “Rayo de Luz.”
“Rayo de Luz”
When the adults are away, the children will pursue dangerous personal quests. That’s how the idiom goes, right? In Season 6, we met Ultraviolet, a masked assassin who also just happened to be Allegra’s cousin. With the fallout of everything from the Mirror Monarch storyline to the COVID-19-related interruptions, Ultraviolet ended up on whatever it is that goes behind the backburner. But now Ultraviolet is back so that we can focus on Allegra and her development for a while.
The plot is pretty straightforward, truth be told–whether it’s Darth Vader from Star Wars or Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, we’ve had countless stories about a main character redeeming a supposedly unredeemable character.
On the one hand, this is one of the better Flash episodes in a while. The story makes sense and it’s easy to parse. The character beats make sense–of course Allegra wants to take care of her cousin, for whom she feels responsible. Sue Dearbon, meanwhile, thinks its a lost cause because her own parents are a similarly-lost cause thank to Black Hole. Chester is still figuring out exactly what his role on Team Flash is as one of the few non-powered people. Sue is technically non-powered but she might as well be with the acrobatics she shows off.
You could totally skip this one.
On the other hand, it’s also a forgettable episode, which is more an indictment of the overall state of The Flash than it is a statement about this particular episode. The Flash is in rough condition and has been for a while. The writers have ambitious ideas but don’t seem to have the support to make it happen. The overall state of the show feels like a repeat of what we saw happen with “Flashpoint” back in The Flash Season 3. Instead of this epic story encompassing Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, it was a disappointingly small storyline that served to create drama between Barry and the other character. It was the start of the concept of Barry being the actual bad guy in The Flash.
The episode does have a few stand-out moments, though. One is Sue Dearbon herself. Natalie Dreyfuss is charismatic as hell, and she makes Sue a genuinely fun character. A rich kid turned professional thief is kind of a trope, but she makes it, if not believable, then at least fresh and enjoyable.
Especially fun is Sue’s fight scene late into the episode. Her arc for this episode is basically that of Han Solo. She’s too jaded to do hopeless charity work, but the good guys chip away at her chitinous exterior enough that when they’re in dire straits in the final act, she swoops in to help. She takes on a whole squad of soldiers and in classic Arrowverse style, it’s a fun, fast-moving fight with lots of exciting moves.
The other fun moment comes when Allegra and Ultraviolet are having their showdown. With the power of love (oh, there it is again, The Flash Season 7’s theme of “love is the real superpower”), Allegra overcomes Ultraviolet’s power and begins to glow. It’s obviously supposed to be a huge character moment for her–she’s using her powers confidently and fluently and it shows.
This is kind of a quintessential Arrowverse episode, though. It’s action-packed and yet somehow still entirely skippable even for fans of the material.