It’s time for Barry to head into the trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe. With all the evidence piled against him, it’s difficult to see a positive outcome for him.
Barry’s trial isn’t too exciting and can be skipped for the most part. The prosecution spends its time laying out the facts to paint Barry in the wrong light and tarnish his character every step of the way. He takes it, knowing if the truth of his identity were revealed, freedom would come at a higher price.
Not everyone agrees with Barry’s silence at trial. If he only explained he is the Flash, he would be free and not be taken away from his family. It’s Cecile’s suggestion, as she can’t provide much of a defense for him unless she can tell the truth. In desperation, Joe enlists Dibny’s help to spy on Marlize DeVoe and gather evidence to swing the heat away from Barry. He nearly takes it a step too far before Dibny reminds him that he’s supposed to be the good cop. He knows Joe wants Barry to come home, everyone does, but he can’t tarnish his reputation. Barry would feel so guilty and would never ask Joe to take it so far. In the end, their evidence does little to help Barry.
Iris has been silently supportive for the most part, but seeing Barry throw his future away has her feeling helpless. Even an emotional outburst in court does little to convince Barry to reveal himself. Instead, he implores her not to give his identity away. If the public knew he was The Flash, everyone’s lives would be in danger.
Team Flash is devastated by Barry’s trial but continue their work as smoothly as they can. While Barry faces his time in court, the team works to keep Central City safe. Without a Speedster on the team, it’s challenging to meet most foes such as the newest metahuman, Fallout. He doesn’t realize he has powers until he reaches critical. His body emanates radioactivity on its own, and as he panics it only becomes worse.
In the showdown, as Fallout’s radioactivity rises to the point of a nuclear bomb, Cisco and Killer Frost are helpless to defeat him. Barry ditches his trial once he realizes the trouble they’re in and comes to save the day. Fallout essentially explodes, but lives to tell the tale as Barry manages to trap him in a vacuum and Cisco portals his radioactivity to another Earth. We’re not told much about him, other than he’s a man who becomes increasingly upset as he realizes he’s sick.
The episode wraps up with Barry’s guilty verdict and his subsequent sentencing. The judge speaks to Barry’s character as David Singh speaks to The Flash’s. It’s tough to hear the judge talk of Barry like some degenerate criminal when his selflessness saved the city numerous times. Singh’s testimony of the Flash is the Barry we know, but only a handful of people know that to be true.
Thank goodness Barry’s trial was not drawn out over a span of several episodes. Evidence was frustratingly presented and instead rehashed Barry’s lack of character without a fight back. Clifford and Marlize’s intentions are not entirely clear at this point. Barry shared some last words with Clifford in his new body before being incarcerated, and he gave up little to Barry. It has to be something with Speedsters, or else why get Barry out of the picture?
While Team Flash had managed fine without Barry, Wally was the resident Speedster protecting Central City. Killer Frost and Elongated Man are great additions to the team, but they’re no Barry. I’m not sure how long the team will be able to survive without their leader.