This episode is unique in a lot of ways…with some significant developments in both the personal and heroic lives of Team Flash. And, for once there is no epilogue…and I don’t think that has ever happened in any episode of the Flash in any season so far. What we get instead is…something pretty important, and you’ll have to follow us after the jump to find out more!
We start the episode with a commentary about being a hero…but it isn’t Barry talking about the Flash. Instead, it’s Wally telling Joe about his dreams of being Kid Flash! As Barry tells them more about Flashpoint, the team begins to realize the danger Wally may be in. That doesn’t stop Wally from wanting to be a hero, but he will allow himself to stay temporarily in the Pipeline…temporarily being the key word here.
Meanwhile, a new danger hits Central City in the form of the Shade. In this iteration of the character, the Shade is able to vibrate at such a high frequency that he gives the illusion of being a shadow. It’s something he does quite spectacularly, first with a murder of a businessman and later with an attack at a movie festival.
Speaking of that movie festival, it’s the first date for Joe and Cecile! Since Wally is temporarily in the Pipeline and Barry and Iris are watching over him, Joe brings along Cisco and Caitiln…and “HR”, using a facial transmogrification device his partner on Earth 19 invented. After all, the face of Harrison Wells on the prime earth is wanted as a murderer – the first Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne confessed to the murder of Barry’s mother.
They are able to subdue the Shade with the help of a LOT of lights and a set of power dampening cuffs…that Caitlin has been wearing to ward off her own cold powers. Cisco finally outs her to the team – he’s “Vibed” her and knows they may fight in the future. Still, Cisco and the rest of the team are there for her, and they want to help. This revelation makes Barry confess to Caitlin that everything is a Flashpoint problem…her powers, Wally’s Kid Flash persona, even Dante’s death.
Eventually, Wally cannot physically or emotionally handle Alchemy’s call, so the team (and the CCPD) use Wally as bait to capture Alchemy an attempt to end the threat once and for all. How did THAT work out?
Just as they are getting to Alchemy, a new character appears, moving so fast that only Barry can see him. While the two engage in a super-speed chase, Wally makes the mistake of grabbing the device Alchemy had been using to fight Barry…and it places him in a gigantic red-and-yellow cocoon! To make things even worse, this new evil speedster gets the best of Barry, while announcing himself as…
Savitar, the god of speed!
NOTES: This show scores on a lot of grounds. While there have been episodes with a stronger overall plot, there were still very significant developments for Joe, Cecile, Wally, and Caitlin (and arguably Cisco and “HR”). We see the introduction of Savitar to the TV Flash mythos…and it’s something that promises to be pretty amazing if handled well. I am glad Caitlin’s powers are finally known to the team – that had been stretching out for a bit too long over several episodes but now can be dealt with in a straightforward manner. I DID like the costumes we saw for both Killer Frost and Vibe in that vision Cisco had of the future. Overall, it’s a solid show – not their absolute best but a good show nonetheless. I’d give it an 8 – but what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!