Welcome back folks. After a brief intermission, we’ve finally returned. Much to my surprise, The Flash has grown in many ways, one of which is embracing modern pop culture by embracing lingo like “Netflix and Chill”, as well as throwing a Kanye West shoutout through a direct quote. So, without further adieu – and the proper follow up to the King Shark episode – lets fry the big fish first and dive into a winding and intense episode.
The Flash now is hip to the fact that Jay is Zoom. That wasn’t too forward was it? After multiple encounters with Trajectory – we will get to that momentarily – our newest villain leaves a sparking clue that helps the Flash crew formulate a theory. Jay is Zoom, and Zoom’s excessive use of Velocity has caused deadly cellular degeneration. Thus, he wants the Flash’s speed to stay alive. Cisco vibes off of Jay’s helmet and basically affirms that theory.
A Desire to become a faster Flash
It comes as no surprise that the Flash wants to get faster to take on Zoom. In his latest training exploit, the Flash attempts to push his speeds to new heights and jump across a canyon. He fails miserably, and Cisco saves him via piloted drones carrying a net (score!).
Robbed by a Hero
The crew has been hunting Zoom nonstop and agree that a night of turning up is in order. While partying, a sudden streak runs rampantly through the club, robbing it and all its patrons. The red streak seems almost identical to the Flash and Picture News’ new editor, Scott, tells Iris to run a piece titled “His Journey from Steak to Freak,” that will cast the Flash as a villain.
When the story is due, Scott comes to Iris seeking an update on the development of her story. She tell’s him she has a source who confirms that the new speedster is an impostor but refuses to name them. There’s no way our beloved Iris would ever rat out Barry. Nevertheless, she disagrees with Scott’s story angle and invites him out for coffee to discuss it.
Scott mockingly jokes about the Flash having a drink named after him at the coffee shop. Scott and Iris briefly clash ideas about the Flash before Scott slips a comment about not liking the Flash as a deal breaker for Iris. Although Iris is quite astute, she had no idea that Scott was interested in her.
Introducing a New Speedster – Trajectory
The Flash jabs at theories of how a new speedster randomly came about, which prompts Caitlin to tell him about the existence of Velocity 9. An infuriated Barry can’t see why they wouldn’t tell him about a formula of this magnitude, knowing he has been desperately trying to get faster. While in discussion, Cisco gets a social media alert of the new speedster’s location. Barry Rushes off in pursuit to find out that our speedster is – that’s right, you guessed it, a lady!
Caitlin identifies the potential culprit as former colleague at Mercury labs, Eliza Harmon. Trouble stabilizing Velocity 9 caused Caitlin to reach out to Eliza for assistance, while trying to maintain the secrecy of Velocity’s capabilities.
Flash-forward a scene and we see Eliza working alone on a very late night at Mercury Labs. She begins battling with her subconscious about the pressure of work. Her subconscious tells her to take get a fix of Velocity 9 and blames their desire for the drug on Caitlin’s negligence in properly hiding Velocity’s formula and capabilities. Eliza injects herself with the serum and passes by a mirror to display our lady speedster, Trajectory. Long story short, our newest villain is essentially a drug addict constantly looking for a fix.
Is all “Well”?
The crew has been hunting Zoom nonstop and agree that a night of partying is in order. Jesse wants to tag along, and Wells disapproves (yet finally agrees after giving her a meta-human-detecting watch). I can’t necessarily blame him for being overprotective. In an attempt to remove the [annoying] watch, Jessie hears one of Wells’ dark diary entries recorded while she was in Zoom’s captivity.
Jesse confronts her father about this recorded message. In typical Wells fashion, he contentiously confirms that he stole the Flash’s speed to preserver her life. Jesse accuses Wells of being a killer and storms out. What else would she expect a father to do when his daughter’s life is hanging in the balance?
Jesse continues to questions Wells’ new code of ethics for giving the drug to Trajectory. She gives her father credit for protecting her but runs away to discover what life is like without her father’s protection.
Real Heroes Doesn’t Cheat
After his latest defeat. Barry erupts in a fit of frustration. He’s tired of every speedster being faster than him and debates injecting himself with a Velocity vial he took from Wells. This prompts a discussion between the two that’s very reminiscent of season 1 when Wells was still Barry’s mentor. He leaves Barry with the poignant words, “You want to take a shortcut, is that right? You want to take a shortcut? Remember this, you lose a chunk of your humanity every time you compromise your values. Don’t be like me. Be better!”
Bridging the Gap
Trajectory zips into Star Labs and locks the Flash in the underground meta-human pipeline prison. She then returns to the lab, holds Jesse hostage, and demands another “fix” of Velocity 9. Caitlin and Dr. Wells cook up a new batch and give it to Trajectory. To be sure they didn’t lace the formula with a sedative, she injects Jesse and runs out. Jesse begins seizing, and Wells donates blood to help flush the drug out of her system.
After departing, Trajectory begins speeding back and forth on a bridge in an attempt to create vibrations that will cause it to crumble. She succeeds. Simultaneously, Barry rushes to save civilians before the bridge collapses.
With a gap between the two, Barry has to channel his canyon-jumping training to get across the bridge’s gap. He confronts Trajectory and tries to get her to understand that the Velocity serum/drug is harming her health. She shrugs away his advice, takes the drug, and blasts away in a steak of blue lightning. This clue helped Barry and the crew determine Zoom’s identity.
In my opinion, the Flash didn’t beat Trajectory, she eliminated herself. So, What happens next on the Flash? It’s clear that Barry needs to get faster to take on Zoom. Who or where will he turn to increase his speed? You’ll have to tune in next Tuesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW to find out!