The Flash has returned to Central City from his meeting with Supergirl, and he has all the confidence he needs to face Zoom – but how? He has to break through to Earth 2 and then everything will be fine, right? Right? That answer…and more questions…will come from this episode of THE FLASH! Want to know more? Just follow us after the jump!
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
In this episode we see the origin story of the DCTVU’s Hunter Zolomon. Similar to the Thawne comics origin, Zolomon saw his father murder his mother in cold blood when Zoom was just a child…and we see the now-horrific origin of the saucer helmet in the DCTVU (ouch). As he grew up, Zolomon became a serial killer, sentenced to daily elctroshock therapy in an attempt to cure him…only to be part of the scenario that grants him super-speed when the Earth-2 accelerator accident happens.
Zolomon becomes Jay Garrick, the Flash…and Zoom as the same time. His idea? Give the people hope…then take it away again. Yes, he really IS that big a jerk. And, in this episode he comes back into play in a BIG way, because…
Barry is determined to face Zoom again, thinking he is now fast enough to defeat him. The tachyon device has now been shrunk down into a size that hides behind his chest symbol, and in fact he will be able to outrun Zoom, if only for a while. The trick is finding a way to face him.
Cisco has the ability, but needs focus…and the will to take on the task. He is afraid of turning “Vader” on his friends, but is convinced by Barry that it’s okay to do this. Harry reluctantly assists, only after being convinced by Joe West to help. How? By re-calibrating the shades that had belonged to Reverb (Cisco’s Earth 2 doppelganger) to give Cisco that extra “Vibe” boost.
Zoom appears and the race is on! Barry gains an advantage at first by using imagery of Zolomon’s parents…but the advantage is only temporary. Zoom gets away and captures Wally, who had just moved in to the West house, and trades Wally’s life for Barry’s speed.
We see a sequence in which Barry willingly gives up his speed – while Wally is spirited away before he can learn Barry’s other identity. Zoom attacks the moment he gains that speed, but is convinced to let him go by Caitlin…then Zoom grabs Caitlin and runs away!
We now have a de-powered Barry and a missing Caitiln, captured by Zoom! Things could not look much worse for Team Flash…and we are caught as well…at this cliffhanger until next week!
SUMMARY: This was a good episode, with some significant developments on a number of fronts. Wally is now has his own room in the West household. Iris is realizing she may want a relationship with Barry. Barry becomes the fastest he has ever been…and loses it all! There were some minor convoluted parts of this episode…using Hunter’s “time remnants” to explain how “Jay” could “kill himself” and still be around is one example. A more confusing point to me is why Wally is worth moving in to the West household but not good enough to share Barry’s secret (which is not much of a secret on this show once you start counting the people who know…). Still, this was overall a well-scripted episode with some excellent acting from the cast – and great special effects, especially for Cisco’s “vibing” the new breach to Earth 2. We are about to hit an episode where Barry is de-powered – it’s not usually my favorite plot line for the Flash, but this one does have some promise as long as we don’t have to wait too long for our favorite speedster to regain his mojo. I’ll hang in there until we see that happen…but for now I’m still looking forward to next week.
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