We embark on yet another episode with loads of commotion, so without further adieu, let’s get into some of the more important moments. This week I aim to maintain clarity, so I’ll withhold some of the more colorful commentary.
The Flash got his speed back
CCPD engages in a high-speed chase with a couple bad guys. Out of nowhere, the Flash appears in hot pursuit. He got his speed back?! SIKE! It’s actually a hologram of Barry – who is actually painstakingly slow – hooked up to a simulator controlled by Cisco. Cisco is pretty mean on the joysticks and performs a skilled maneuver where the Flash circles the goons and forces them into submission. It was a low-key and temporary fix. Cisco jokes “I mean… I figured if they can get Tupac rappin’ again at a concert, we can definitely get the Flash running around Central City.”
Wells is skeptical of the long-term effectiveness of the hologram and pushes to rebuild the particle accelerator. The crew disagrees, and Wells counters by saying he knows how to contain the explosion and dark matter. In fact, he says he can recreate all the circumstances that led to Barry unlocking his speed and they need to be ready “when” Zoom returns” because it’s not a matter of if he will return.
Barry visits his dad, Henry, who questions why the speedster needed a car, so Barry confesses that he forcefully traded traded his speed for Wally’s life and clues him in on all the recent Zoom developments. Barry’s dad questions the safety of a simulated particle experiment and asks Barry if he needs powers to be a great person.
Harry informs the Crew about about Zoom’s capabilities. He quickly summarizes how Zoom took over E2 – take note of this blueprint because it might be useful later. First Zoom murdered people, slaughtered a bunch of policemen, then recruited a bunch of metahumans. Joe contends that Zoom wont kill anybody in front of Caitlin, but Harry believes there is no certainty in that and again pushes to get Barry’s powers back
In a private conversation, Joe tells Harry that it’s nearly impossible to change Barry’s mind in regards to agreeing with the particle experiment. Harry thinks Barry just needs a little convincing, and Henry emerges and contends that nobody should have to be persuaded to do anything. He adamantly disapproves of a particle accelerator experiment. Barry happens to creep in on the conversation and says that its ultimately his decision.
A Strained Relationship
Back at Star Labs, Harry briefly unveils the schematics of the planned particle experiment and accidentally bumps into Cisco. Cisco initiates a vibe, sees his brother, Dante, and quickly leaves the lab.
Cisco meets with Dante, who automatically assumes that something must be wrong. Cisco dodges questions and says he just had this “feeling” that he should check on him. Well, he did actually have a feeling, so it’s not like he lied. Nevertheless, they exchange verbal jabs about their failed communication, and it becomes apparent their relationship will remain tense.
Cisco feels disrespected when Dante asks the bartender to turn the TV to sports. He prepares to leave, but before he does, he sees Zoom on the news. Dante pursues because he needs a ride home.
Zoom’s Return to Earth 1
While conversing with Joe, Wally begins to feel that he doesn’t want to design cars. Zoom rushes into CCPD and faces a squadron of officers wielding their pistols. Caitlin pleads for Zoom to leave them alone, so he tells the police to “tell everyone that the city is mine! anyone who disobeys me will meet their end.”
Zoom believes nobody can stop him and tells Caitlin that there is a darkness inside of her that she can choose to unlock. He mockingly claims to not kill [everyone] and leaves Caitlin handcuffed to a rail. Once he departs, Caitlin eyes a box she thinks might aid an escape.
Caitlin wriggles her way to the box and finds a cellphone in it. Zoom rushes back into the department for a rendezvous with Rupture. He tells Rupture to return later that night and teach them all a lesson. Caitlin asks Jay if he changes his voice to make people afraid of him. He confirms that he’s nothing but a monster, and his eyes turn black. Once Zoom leaves, Caitlin quickly sends off a text warning of Rupture’s attack.
Locked in the Time Vault.
If this brief occurrence didn’t show signs of importance later, I wouldn’t even recap it. Joe chooses to lock Wally and Jesse in the time vault to protect them from Zoom. Got it? Now hold that thought.
Cisco continues to leave the bar, with Dante following close behind. A metahuman throws a fireball into a motorcycle and causes it to explode. The special effects on this character were dope! Not to mention his cool costume and graphically enhanced Scythe provide stunning theatrics. The metahuman approaches and says he there to avenge his brother, Reverb’s, death and unmasks himself.
Cisco tries to assure the metahuman that he’s got the wrong guy and makes a break for the Star Labs van with Dante. Once in the van, Cisco throws it in reverse and slams into the metahuman, before peeling out. Skirt skirt!!
Harry identifies the metahuman as Rupture from E2 and proceeds to arrogantly remind everyone he told them that Zoom would bring E2 villains. He then urges Barry to partake in the experiment, but he needs more time and walks out.
Barry Be Mine
Once Barry walks away, Iris pursues to see how he feels about the particle experiment. Things take quite an unforeseen turn, and we finally get what we have long been waiting for. Iris completely spills how she has feelings for Barry. She has given it a lot of thought and doesn’t want to be without him ever again. Barry is confused about the timing of her confession given the pressure of the decision he has to make, but to Iris it doesn’t matter if he’s the Flash because its Barry that she genuinely cares about. She basically lays an opportunity to start a relationship on the table and leaves the room.
Battle at CC Jitters
Upon getting word of Rupture’s planned attack from Caitlin’s text, Barry states that he will only go through with the particle experiment if the parameters are safe for himself and the entire city. He says they have to find a way to stop Rupture without the Flash.
They proceed to Jitters coffeehouse to trick Rupture with the Flash’s hologram. Rupture rips through the front doors. Cisco remains operating the hologram. Rupture misses his first 3 blast attacks and holographic Barry finally fakes a hit to get him distracted. The plan works flawlessly, and CCPD apprehends Rupture with taser like guns.
After they take Rupture down, Jay rushes back to CCPD and sees the evidence that Caitlin “betrayed” him. He puts on his mask and immediately rushes to Jitters where news coverage is now live on the air. Zoom furiously dashes around the room and kills an entire unit of police officers. He then kills Rupture, takes a news camera, and spreads fear throughout Central City. He lets the civilians know that the Flash has been faking the hologram and nobody remains to protect the city from his reign of terror.
Changing the Vibe of a strained relationship
Dante finds a letter addressed to the family on Cisco’s desk and questions him. Dante really dials up some pressure and gets Cisco to confess about his powers and journey to Earth 2. He proceeds to tell Dante that their relationship won’t change and leaves to handle some business.
Seeing Dante’s doppelganger die prompts a change in Cisco’s heart. Cisco returns to repair his relationship with Dante, and they both agree it’s time for a change.
In the time Vault
With all the commotion of the episode, I completely forgot that Wally and Jesse were sealed in the time vault. They agree to team up to try and find a way out.
It’s My Decision
Harry pushes yet again for getting the Flash’s speed back. All the things that he predicted would happen, did happen. So I understand his, “I told ya so” vibe when he relays his thoughts. He fears that with new knowledge of the Flash’s absence, other metahumans will emerge because there’s no one who can or will stop them. With these recent developments, Barry feels compelled to undergo the particle accelerator experiment. He wants his powers back because he feels he is enabling Zoom’s terror.
The Particle Experiment
Harry isolates the anti-matter and dark energy in order to directly transmit it to Barry, yet they also have to recreate the sensations caused by the lightning strike. Cisco uses a lightning rod (that he created to stop a metahuman in the past) to create a lighting storm.
The experiment begins with injecting lab chemicals into Barry. It’s goes a little rough, and Iris is visibly (and rightfully) uneasy. Cisco then uses the lightning rod to transfer the shock to Barry. Zoom see’s the experiment from a distance, and things go completely wrong. Once the lightning strikes Barry, his skin begins to de-atomize and he disappears. The blast knocks Wally and Jesse out, who just escaped from the time vault, and knock them unconscious.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt this hopeless when watching the Flash. Maybe I was naive, but I never thought the experiment would fail. Zoom appears on the scene to add insult to injury. Iris bursts into tears, and the crew is shocked into silence. All that remains is a fried portion of Barry’s suit. What happened to Barry, and what can be done to stop Zoom? Want Answers? Be sure to tune in next Tuesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW!