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‘The Flash’ recap: 3×03 “Magenta”

The Flash recap Season 3, Episode 3, “Magenta”, aired Oct. 18, 2016

Villain of the week

So, let’s figure out Blues Clues! Oh, wait. Wrong Magenta. Sorry.

Magenta 1—Nickelodeon Network/Blues Clues Magenta 2—Bettina Strauss/The CW
Magenta 1—Nickelodeon Network   Magenta 2—Bettina Strauss/The CW

This week’s villain of the week was Magenta. Magenta got her powers from our Big Bad, Alchemy. Villainy stuff aside, this bad dude is actually pretty cool. He’s able to tap into an alternate timeline of which no one else, other than Barry, is even aware. He then finds people in the current timeline who have powers in the alternate timeline and through his manipulation of all things chemistry, he is able to apply the powers from timeline A to the people in timeline B.


Hmm, that means whoever Alchemy is would have to possess a strong understanding of sciency stuff. Do we know anyone other than Barry who excels in that department?

Dean Buscher/The CW
Dean Buscher/The CW

Julian outed Frankie as the meta, Magenta, in a somewhat less than subtle way, and once they figured out her agenda, the team was able to track her down.  Barry could see that Magenta was struggling with her inner sweetness and was able to talk the meta out of her. Well, not really, but he was able to get her to see the error of her ways and convinced her that her future could be better than her past if she let the anger go.


The villain of the week was only part of the fun. Here are a few other things “Magenta” had to offer:

Favorite Moments

  • Barry and Iris

The CW/The Flash
The CW/The Flash

How fun was it witnessing Barry and Iris trying to be a normal couple? No fun at all. It was painfully awkward watching them try to pretend their lives aren’t buckets of crazy. Call me twisted, but it was the awkwardness that actually made it entertaining. Fortunately, Barry diagnosed the problem and put an end to it before the awkwardness had a chance to become mundane. Let’s just hope Barry doesn’t erase this kiss from existence, and for Iris’ sake, let’s hope Barry doesn’t do everything in a flash.

  • Barry and Julian

Source image: The CW/The Flash
Source image: The CW/The Flash

Julian Albert is obnoxious and irritating and I love him. The tension between him and Barry will be the comic relief of the season, kind of like Harry and Cisco were last season. The difference being, of course, that Harry actually likes Cisco and Julian adamantly hates Barry. No love lost there because Barry isn’t exactly in Julian’s cheering section either. I look forward to more of their verbal sparring.

  • Harry is back

Source image: The CW/The Flash
Source image: The CW/The Flash

Harrison Wells is an amazing character. It doesn’t matter what version of him we get or from what timeline or Earth he hails. Harry rocks, and Tom Cavanagh nails it week after week. The dynamic provided through his interactions with every team member is part of what makes this show great. I’m eager to see what quirks he’ll exhibit this season.

Favorite Lines

“So, Magenta is another side effect from your time trip. Genius. Not.”— Harry Wells

“I was always too good at forgiving myself, Allen, and you were never good enough.” — Harry Wells

“Do you believe in ghosts, Allen? No?” — Julian Albert

Favorite Character of the Week

It’s a toss-up between Harry and Julian. I love the sass both characters possess, and the fact that Julian’s sass is presented in subdued British style makes him that much more fabulous! We have a pretty good idea what makes Harry tick. His character remains the same as last season with the exception that his daughter is now a speedster, which has Harry going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Julian, on the other hand, is fresh meat. We know practically nothing about him. Watching his character develop in the very capable hands of Tom Felton is going to be a true treat. I also look forward to the day these two characters encounter each other.

Get Over Yourself Moment

The CW/The Flash
The CW/The Flash

Wally is jealous because he and Jesse both got zapped at the same time when the particle accelerator exploded the second time. But Jesse got speed, and he didn’t. Wow. Seriously, Wally. Get over it. Life’s not fair, and whoever told you it is, lied to your face. Besides, it’s only a matter of time before he comes into his speed and assumes the role of Kid Flash. He’s having the dreams. All that’s left is to hear the voices. Until then, let’s hope Wally Whiner stops pitying himself. It’s unattractive and really doesn’t suit his would-be hero status.


My son and I watch The Flash together every week. It’s one hour out of the week during which we meet on common ground and enjoy a shared interest. We were both excited to see Harry jump out of the breach. Then he announced that his daughter, Jesse, is now a speedster.

My son’s words: “Really, mom? Another speedster? They need to think of something new.”  You know, he’s got a point. I know the show tries to keep in line with the comic series to a certain degree. However, if Harry is right and dark matter affects everyone differently, then why must we have so many speedsters? Let’s count the ones we’ve met so far.

  1. Barry
  2. The Reverse Flash as Harrison Wells
  3. The Reverse Flash as Eobard Thawne (Yes, technically they are the same person.)
  4. Trajectory (season 2 female speedster)
  5. Zoom
  6. Jay Garrick
  7. Kid Flash
  8. Rival

That’s a lot of speedsters. With so many folks running around in the speed force, Barry isn’t all that unique any more. That’s just not cool.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. If you’re feeling the need for more speed, check out our fandom page.

Featured image credit: Bettina Strauss/The CW


Nikki Reid

Hi! I'm Nikki. I am a shameless TV addict! My dearest friends are Netflix and DVR. I am a former journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media, but my passion is creative writing. Combining my love for writing with my obsession for all things TV, places me smack dab in the middle of the best of both worlds.

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