Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Each week, we will highlight a favorite female character or creator of geeky media. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for young girls to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains possible spoilers for The Flash up to the current season. If you are not caught up with the CW show, then you may not want to read on, but if you don’t care about spoilers either way, then continue!
Dr. Caitlin Snow, aka Killer Frost
Caitlin Snow (played by Danielle Panabaker) is a mild mannered bio-engineer and scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs on the CW show The Flash. Born to two science savvy parents, Caitlin followed in their footsteps becoming a scientist and bioengineer. She is more than just a scientist though. She also dazzles as a kind, understanding, and compassionate friend to everyone in the Arrowverse.
Killer Frost is Caitlin’s villainous alter ego. She first appeared on the CW show as another version of Caitlin on Earth 2 and that was the only Earth Killer Frost existed on. Until the Flash/Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) changed the past, creating a new timeline called Flashpoint. Knowing the ramifications of his deeds, Barry tried to fix Flashpoint and a new, new timeline began. In this timeline, Earth 1 Caitlin’s meta powers manifested and Killer Frost came to life in season 3.
The Real Deal:
Caitlin’s journey from the lab to superhero hasn’t been the most rewarding. When she was a mere human, Caitlin lost the love of her life Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), one half of Firestorm when he attempted to help the Flash save the world. Caitlin moved forward with her life, becoming an integral part of Team Flash. She may have thrown herself into her work, but Caitlin never gave up on finding love. For the time being, her friendships are what give her joy. Her natural kindness has comforted every member of the team, especially her best friend Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes). They are like Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Thelma and Louise, or Batman and Robin. They even got their meta powers in the same season!
Unfortunately, Killer Frost is just naturally a baddie. The two personalities had some issues in the beginning. Caitlin tried to get rid of her because she was afraid of becoming evil and hurting someone she loves. Caitlin learned to embrace Killer Frost’s personality and was in the process of finding balance when Killer Frost was taken away from her. As much as Caitlin wanted Frostie gone, she really missed her. She set out to find a way to bring her back. That’s when Caitlin discovered she is not a meta and Killer Frost is much more powerful than they initially thought.
Caitlin’s father, Thomas Snow (Kyle Secor) showed early signs of ALS. To prevent the disease from manifesting, Thomas used cryogenic research that changed his DNA, creating an icy alter ego named Icicle. Thomas gave Caitlin the same preventative frostie treatment and thus, created Killer Frost. Despite Caitlin’s attempts to bond with her father, his alter ego has other ideas. The Snow family isn’t as close as Caitlin would like or deserves. She has a difficult relationship with her mother and now her father has become a villain. Thank goodness for the Arrowverse family.
One good thing that came out of finding her father is the return of Killer Frost. Now that Frostie is back, she and Caitlin are in a much better place with each other. Killer Frost has learned to care for Team Flash. And Caitlin has learned to bend the rules from time to time and to not fear change within herself.
Why She Matters:
Killer Frost has become more important than ever to Team Flash. In the current season, the big bad has a meta human power dampening dagger that renders Team Flash defenseless. The dagger doesn’t work on Caitlin, because she is not a meta human. So that makes Killer Frost, the only hope for Team Flash right now. Caitlin and Killer Frost both made an appearance in the Arrowverse crossover Elseworlds, using her many talents to help save the world.
The combination of the warmth of Caitlin Snow and the coldness of Killer Frost make her a worthy ally. She is both book smart and street smart. Caitlin brings to the team a soft demeanor full of love and Killer Frost brings a strong backbone that doesn’t allow anyone to take advantage of them. They are almost a perfect balance of practicality and recklessness. She has grown so much in five seasons and has emerged much stronger and braver than before.