The Flash (2014– )
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Things You Can't Outrun 

Barry and Joe track a deadly metahuman with toxic gas powers, and Caitlin relives the night of the explosion that killed her fiancé.


Jesse Warn


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Streak
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnett ... Detective Eddie Thawne
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Robbie Amell ... Ronnie Raymond
Anthony Carrigan ... Kyle Nimbus / The Mist
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
John Wesley Shipp ... Henry Allen
Michael Benyaer ... Araz
Philip Cabrita ... Man #1
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ... Mall Cop
Johnny Ghorbani ... Raffi (as Arash Ghorbani)


As Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work to capture Kyle Nimbus, a.k.a. The Mist (a dangerous new meta-human with toxic gas powers), they revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin's fiancé, Ronnie. Meanwhile, Joe decides to finally visit Henry in jail after all these years, but things take a dangerous turn when Kyle shows up looking to punish Joe for arresting him years ago. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie continue to hide their relationship from Joe. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Mist is a DC Comics villain who made his debut in October 1941 in Adventure Comics #67. This character had two aliases, Kyle (unlike the show no last name was ever used) and Johnathon Smythe. This character would eventually die in a nuclear explosion and be replaced by his daughter Nash in Starman #0 from October 1994. See more »


(at around 3 mins) Caitlin calls Barry Allen and talks with him, but Barry's phone homepage is visible which shows there is no ongoing call in progress. See more »


Iris West: [about the Flash] It's a man, okay? You know I'm really intuitive about this kind of stuff. Someone even posted a picture after being yanked from a car accident. It's a red blur leaving the scene. Here, what do you see?
Barry Allen: [staring at Eddie's picture on Iris' cell phone] I see your boyfriend's calling.
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Edited into The Flash: What's Past Is Prologue (2018) See more »


The Flash Theme Song
by Blake Neely
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This Show Won't Slow Down
22 October 2014 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

"Things You Can't Outrun" is yet again a good episode from the Flash. It was entertaining to watch and executed the narrative in a special way.

Although a problem for the series starts to arise as more episodes begin to develop. The plot is lighthearted and overall fun to watch, however it seems to be the same thing over again but handled and executed differently with a new villain, new moral lesson, etc. In this case, I have to say it was handled well enough in the episode to earn my compliment and I hope it resumes for the following episodes and may it not lose it's quality. The episode explored on the character/s whom I've stared to gain interest on the past few episodes, Caitlin and Cisco. I believed that they were underdeveloped when the last few episodes aired and I am glad that this episode saved them. Caitlin's story being her fiancé dying on the accident that night was diligently told using flashbacks. Grant Gustin as the Flash/Barry Allen together with Jesse Martin as Detective Joe West both gave stellar performances and were one of the highlights of the episode. Detective Joe as a father figure to Barry and Iris was well thought and added to the humor and lighthearted scenes. The villain "The Mist" was perhaps mediocre but still enjoyable for the most part. The visuals that assisted the Mist in his show of superpowers is clearly the standout. The green clouds flying through the skies and heading towards the Flash were incredible and proves that the visuals are one of the highlights of the whole show so far. The climactic scenes in the episode were thrilling and nearly took me to the edge of my seat at certain times. As for the mystery surrounding Harrison Wells, much is needed to be revealed. Certain clues are hinted and foreshadowing are shown. However this trend of showing him at the end will easily become repetitive if shown at every episode.

Overall it was a good episode. If you are feeling down or feeling happy or whatever mood you are in, you will definitely like this episode. +With more development given for characters like Caitlin and Cisco, +The Flash/Barry Allen and Detective Joe together giving great performances, +Visuals becoming a highlight of the show, +thrilling climactic and action scenes, -A possible downfall and loss of quality of the show.

Verdict: 8.5/10

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