Last season of The Flash featured filmmaker Kevin Smith directing one of the last episodes of Season 2 that was well-received and even before it had aired, it was known that Smith would be returning for Season 3. Tonight’s episode, “Killer Frost”, marks as the geeky director’s second episode on the series as we begin to see major development on Caitlin Snow whose ice powers keep developing.
In a new interview with Variety, Smith talked about returning to the show for a second round, which he was quite nervous about. He discussed working on his first episode last season, “The Runaway Dinosaur” which featured Barry trapped inside the Speed Force.
“Oh, totally. I was trying to line up all the the ducks in a row to be the exact same experience. I made sure I had my crew again — the folks I shot with the first time — and then Zach Stentz wrote the episode “Runaway Dinosaur” so I said, ‘Zach, you’ve got to write my episode.’ Originally I was supposed to do episode 5, and Zach did write that episode, but I was doing “Yoga Hosers” press and had to miss it. Instead of doing [episode] six, I waited for that odd-numbered crew and did [episode] seven, but I didn’t get to do Zach’s script so I was terrified, thinking, ‘Oh God, Zach was the magic feather and without him this is going to blow.’ So yeah, I was very paranoid.”
He later went into detail about what this episode, with Caitlin as Killer Frost, was like in comparison with “The Runaway Dinosaur” and what sort of pace he was going for with this episode.
“I’m happy with whatever they give me. I was happy with “Runaway Dinosaur” because it was so tied into my favorite episode of the show, the Season 1 finale, that it felt like a spiritual sequel. The “Killer Frost” script couldn’t have been more different. “Runaway Dinosaur” played like a Berlanti-verse version of “What Dreams May Come” — it was lyrical, kinda beautiful, had the idea of facing ones own mortality. “Killer Frost” is like a Grisham thriller and a bit of an action movie. The pace that I was going for was “Three Days of the Condor.” That’s lofty, and I never shared that with the cast and crew, but based on the nature of the story, it’s about someone who knows something that no one else does and they’re trying to get this information before anyone else. It allowed me to tell a story that I would never tell in my own world.”
The Flash Season 3 airs on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 3 for our weekly reviews.