The Flash, CW’s series about the ‘scarlet speedster,’ continues the second half of its sixth season with “The Exorcism of Nash Wells” After reuniting with Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) last week, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) finds himself confronting his arch-nemesis The Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh). Meanwhile, Mirror-Iris and Mirror-Kamilla (Victoria Park) work together to steal a refracting device on behalf of Eva (Efrat Dor).
After the big-cliffhanger from last week’s episode resulted in Eobard Thawne taking possession of Nash Wells’ body, this week picks up that story thread and (no pun intended) runs with it – giving Tom Cavanagh yet another opportunity to show off his acting range. Despite having seen many versions of this character throughout the show, Cavanagh manages to play these iterations of Wells with such love and variation, that you can’t help but fall in love with them. With Nash, at this point – we as viewers have grown an attachment to this character, albeit one with less of an immediate backstory than we’ve seen before. That also changes with this episode, which actually gives us a look at Nash’s heart and past-mistakes which make him the man he is today. Compare that with Cavanagh’s chilling and continually breathtaking performance as the Reverse-Flash, and you can’t help but watch him act off against himself.
The writers are clever in weaving in Nash’s backstory regarding his tragic adopted daughter alongside Barry and Eobard’s rivalry and what happened between those two characters in the previous season. It’s clear that Barry’s deceased daughter Nora’s presence still lingers in his mind, which is something Eobard uses to create anger in his rival. It was nice to see Nora being brought up again because it both allows for there to be an emotional connection between Barry/Eobard and Nash, while also establishing where we are in Eobard’s timeline through disposition. Thankfully, it’s a fairly linear continuation from where we last saw him in Season 5’s finale.
The major secondary plot for this episode dealt with Barry coming to terms with his speed usage, while a deadly meta-assassin named Sunshine attempts to steal the refracting device that Mirror-Iris is after. It’s fun to see the Black Hole elements start to become clearer as the season progresses, while also acting as a way to help Barry progress as a character. We see him argue with Caitlin, who urges him to be cautious with his remaining speed-force energy, he ignores the advice and ends up getting her injured. While it can sometimes be frustrating to see the main character make these simple mistakes in the sixth season, it was nice to actually see Barry use his CSI brain to help crack a case this time around.
Season Six of The Flash really feels like the source material it’s adapted from, with this and the previous episode being an intriguing Reverse-Flash focused story that also sets up a return in the future, and maintaining another long-term villain in the background. Overall, “The Exorcism of Nash Wells” is a fun entry for the season of The Flash. Tom Cavanagh absolutely shines as both Nash and the Reverse-Flash, while Grant Gustin continues to delight in the lead title as Barry Allen.
The Flash will be back with a brand new episode on Tuesday, April 7th on the CW Network.
The Flash’ Season Six, Episode 15 – “The Exorcism of Nash Wells”
“The Exorcism of Nash Wells” is a fun entry for the season of The Flash. Tom Cavanagh absolutely shines as both Nash and the Reverse-Flash, while Grant Gustin continues to delight in the lead title as Barry Allen.