[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Flash ahead.]
Kevin Smith couldn't have hoped for a better lead-up on The Flash to his directorial debut for the show, the upcoming episode "The Runaway Dinosaur". The previous episode, "Rupture", saw Barry (Grant Gustin) strapped into Wells' (Tom Cavanagh) newest particle accelerator, hoping to regain his speed. That dangerous experiment left his horrified family and friends watching as their hero seemingly disintegrated--with no time to grieve as Zoom (Teddy Sears) sped in to gloat over yet another victory.
That leaves Team Flash in dire straits next week, with only Hunter's consideration for Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) sparing their lives for the moment. The official synopsis for the Smith-directed episode also promises the return of metahuman Girder (Greg Finley), who originally required The Flash's first-ever sonic punch to slow him down. As an object of Girder's attention the last time around, Iris (Candice Patton) offers herself up as bait in an attempt to trap him at S.T.A.R. Labs.
While everyone tuning in to find out Barry's fate should guarantee Smith a good turnout for his episode, it sounds like The CW won't be waiting for ratings numbers before asking the director back to the show. Comic Book has confirmed that Smith will be returning to the set of The Flash this August, for an episode to air sometime in the first half of season 3.
The decision was apparently based on unanimous praise for Smith's work on "The Runaway Dinosaur", from both cast and producers who hoped he'd take the director's chair again. For his part, Smith has spoken mostly in awe of his experience on The Flash, downplaying his contribution in favor of those that make the series "great" each week. As he wrote in a recent Instagram, "I love this show, so seeing how it really happens behind the scenes has been nothing short of thrilling."
We haven't yet seen the results of his work, but Smith's curiously-titled episode next week was definitely an ambitious undertaking. As the promo above shows, along with metahuman threat Girder, Team Flash will be trying to find out what exactly happened to Barry and if it's possible to get him back. It's also not known yet what affect the particle accelerator had on Jesse (Violett Beane) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale), though their comic origins suggest that Central City will soon have a wealth of speedster heroes.
Fans of The Flash enjoy the series for its entertaining blend of action, drama, and humor, and Smith seems to be a natural choice for continuing that trend. Considering his reverence for the material, and the way the cast warmed to his presence on set, it sounds like a good plan to book him for future episodes. There's a lot to look forward to story-wise next week, and we'll find out if Smith's unique perspective is one that can make the show even better.
The Flash episode "The Runaway Dinosaur" airs Tuesday, May 10 at 8pm on The CW.
Source: Comic Book