How could they top last night’s Supergirl/Flash crossover? That would be a tough one…but this was one of the most outstanding episodes of Season Two…or is that Season One? Or Season One/Two? Hang in there, we’ll explain after the jump…
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
NOTE: This review is being published prior to THE FLASH airing on the West Coast USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet, you may want to come back to this article after watching the show.
Barry has felt betrayed by more than one person he trusted without question, first Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne, and now Jay Garrick/Zoom. He is determined to find out the secret to the speed he needs to defeat Zoom…and realizes he may need some special help. In a dinner at the Wests, Wally mentions reading the journals of past engineers to help him in his own engine design. That gives Barry the inspiration to get his own help from someone no longer around…by going back in time to work with Thawne!
You heard that right…he wants the help of the man in the yellow suit!
Harry Wells of Earth Two advises against it, noting that Thawne would be especially dangerous if he figures it out…and that almost anything could change in the time stream. But, Caitlin and Cisco agree to help. The plan? Go back in time to when he fought the Pied Piper, use a tranq to knock out “old” Barry for six hours, talk to Harry and return. What could possibly go wrong?
Enter the Time Wraith, something that looks remarkably like a cross between Harry Potter’s Dementors and the Black Flash. It follows Barry into the past time stream and really messes things up.
Yes, Thawne figures things out, and it sets into action some of the coolest scenes that might have happened in Season One but only happen here. Seeing Tom Cavanagh back in his “old” Harrison Wells persona, getting up out of his chair to attack Barry, was a “wow” moment…but far from the only one in this show. Barry does get Thawne’s help…but not before nearly being killed.
Eventually the two Barrys meet – that tranq didn’t last long enough…but it sets up some even more amazing scenes as you see the less confident Barry of Season One meeting the somewhat more mature and a little jaded Barry of Season Two.
In the end, Barry does make it back, and the Time Wraith is defeated with some help…from a very surprising source. That help comes from a Season One character who is now back and who works from time to time with the good guys…and that character is…
Hartley Rathaway, the Pied Piper!
YES! Glad to see the good guy version of Hartley showing up now, and it is handled exceptionally well. We do find out that Thawne is still gone, and that Eddie is still dead – can’t change that. But, Barry had managed to get a “birthday message” from Eddie recorded during his visit to the past, and he is able to play it for Iris. The only thing we don’t know about at this point is the impact of his having told Cisco in the past that Hartley knew where Ronnie was…that may play out in future episodes. Speaking of that, we will have to wait until April 19th for the next episode….drat!
Barry did bring one more thing back with him – a secret contained in a special drive from Thawne that gives him the “Speed Equation”! Now, Barry will be able to go after Zoom – and hopefully defeat this big bad for Season Two!
SUMMARY: There were a LOT of special treats in this episode – seeing Eddie again, turning Hartley into a good guy who works with S.T.A.R. from time to time. But, the real highlight for me were the acting turns of Tom and Grant as Harry/Thawne and New/Old Barry. If you wonder about how the characters have developed over time, here is the showcase. And, if you want to see some excellent acting range, just look at the nuances each actor brings to these multiple roles. And yes, the whole cast did a great job of returning to the places their characters were back in Season One, before anyone in the group had figured out Thawne. But, the focus was on Thawne and present-day Barry…and they truly shined here. This was a great episode for me.
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