The Flash Recap 2/23

As if this isn’t already obvious when reading any show recap, there are SPOILERS ahead (and this episode certainly left us with one big reveal). Scroll down at your own risk, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

If fellow watchers are anything like me, you were probably burnt out on the departure to Earth 2 scenario. Well, I have good news. The Flash is back in Central City and hopefully for good this time. My subconscious tells me that expectation is too idealistic but, for now, I’ll take what I can get. Now that I don’t have to recap occurrences from 2 different worlds, this will make for a much briefer read. So, get ready because this episode might tug on your heartstrings.

Processing Emotion

We get a healthy dose of watching The Flash and crew attempt to stifle feelings caused by the Earth 2 voyage. First, we see a dismayed Caitlin refusing to believe what her eyes witnessed. It seems apparent that Zoom killed Jay, but she rejects reality and wants to believe she didn’t lose yet another lover – I can’t help but feel bad for her.  She becomes noticeably reserved and her cold-heartedness leads to a slew of Killer Frost references throughout the episode.

The Flash seems to have the weight of the world resting on his shoulders (and in many ways he does) so he literally tries to run from his problems – I hope he doesn’t allow the weight of two worlds to slow his superspeed. Nevertheless, Barry attempts to cope with Jay’s death by ignoring his emotions. He feels that he is the sole reason that loved ones died on Earth 2 and, and he also feels remorseful for opening a plethora of problems but leaving “an entire world at Zoom’s Mercy.”

Locating King Shark

The Flash -- "King Shark" -- Image FLA215b_0001b -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash and David Ramsey as John Diggle -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash -- "King Shark" -- Image FLA215b_0054b -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash and David Ramsey as John Diggle -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Just as Barry jokes in one of his brief narratives, it didn’t take very long for the next Metahuman to wreak havoc on Central City, yet this time it’s a villain we’re familiar with. King Shark breaks out of captivity from his holding tank at ARGUS and is believed to be heading to Central City. We get word from a couple new characters that King Shark keeps saying “Zoom wants the Flash dead,” so Barry zooms (see what i did there?) around trying to find King Shark instead of waiting for a battle to find to him.

Brothers from Different Mothers

The Flash -- "King Shark" -- Image FLA215a_0126b -- Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Candice Patton as Iris West -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash -- "King Shark" -- Image FLA215a_0089b -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

After a brief game of Stack Attack, and Wally’s subsequent exit, Barry expresses his belief that Wally doesn’t like him very much. How could you not like The Flash? Anyway, Joe arranges a rendezvous where Barry helps Wally with an engineering project, but it quickly spirals downhill when Wally feels Barry insults his ideas of turbine-powered-super-cars. In my opinion, Wally needs to man up and stop acting like whiny baby. He should exhibit greater control over his emotions and get over his jealousy towards Barry. He stood right in Barry’s face and called him a coward. I don’t know about you,  but where I’m from, those are fighting words.

Going Fishing

The Flash -- "King Shark" -- Image FLA215b_0091b -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Caitlin, Dr. wells and Jessie reverse engineer shark’s natural hunting tendencies to figure out King Shark’s location. They used a bait Flash “dummy” to lure him to a specific location but failed to reel in our villainous big fish. So, The Flash jet streams onto the water running fast enough to create an electrified whirlpool, and thus, shocking Killer Shark. In many ways, I feel this action sequence was quite refreshing. It reminded us that no Velocity serum can simulate the Flash’s authenticity.  I felt my adrenaline pump watching the Flash creatively using his speed and quick wits to set up a finisher.

Coping and moving forward

In the final scenes, we pass through dialogue of characters coming to terms with their emotions, so lets see if I can make this quick. Dig leaves Barry with a sentiment to help process his feelings, Joe quickly tells Wally details of Barry’s life story and the connection their family shares, Caitlin reassures Cisco that she won’t transform into Killer Frost, and lastly, a heavy-hearted Barry vows to defeat Zoom and avenge Jay’s death. Now that we all have a clear heart and mind, lets proceed.

The Flash -- "Enter Zoom" -- Image FLA206A_0346b.jpg -- Pictured: Zoom -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Of course, all can’t end well with Zoom roaming freely. Just when you think this episode is over, he throws a serious curve ball that I just didn’t see coming. Zoom takes his mask off and finally reveals his identity: Zoom. is. Jay! Wait, what?? Two Jays? Twin Jays? An alternate Earth Jay? What does this revelation mean? Is “the other Jay” actually dead? And who’s the man in the iron mask? Breathe. Take it all in. Watch the episode again if you have to. The Flash returns all-new Tuesday, March 22nd on Atlanta’s CW.

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