Alright guys with this being the finale, I decided to do things a little differently because many of you are here for one of 2 reasons. One – you saw the episode and want to relive the moments, or two – you missed the episode and just want to know what happened. So without all the fancy buildup here is my recap, but keep in mind that my words right here can only do so much because this is a must-see episode (CLICK HERE to watch it!).
Taking Down Zoom
Barry cries over his dad’s dead body, and Zoom taunts him with menacing words. Barry attacks Zoom. Then, they engage in a high speed chase though the city. After swinging a turn -that Barry didn’t match- Zoom creates a time remnant. Barry reappears, speed matches Zoom, then slide tackles him to ground. He proceeds to slam Zoom a couple more times and has the opportunity to go for the kill. Before he decides to do so, The real Zoom, not the time remnant, reappears to finish the job.
Barry and the crew attend his dad’s funeral. Barry attempts to eulogize his father, but simply can’t cope with the loss, so Joe steps forward to offer some kind words about Henry and all the suffering, ridicule and shame he was forced to endure.
Back at Joe’s house, Wally approaches Barry and confesses that he had no idea that Barry was the Flash. He also lends consoling words and apologizes for all of Barry’s suffering. Barry excuses himself and Iris follows. Barry begins relaying that he had just come to terms with his mother’s death, after his trip to the speed force, but losing his his dad has taken him right back to that low place. Seeing Barry this defeated and emotionally unstable isn’t exactly the easiest thing to accept.
While talking to Iris, Zoom zooms past, so Barry instantly pursues. Zoom came by to antagonize Barry into a race that will settle the debate of who the fastest man alive is. Barry declines, so Zoom tells him that Henry won’t be the only person that Barry loves to die. Apparently, Zoom will stop at nothing in order to keep manipulating Barry.
The crew begins brainstorming the real reason Zoom wants to race Barry. Harry steps forward to explain the capabilities of the “magnitar,” a device created by Mercury Labs. With the right power source (Barry’s speed), the magnitar has the capability to send out a pulse that can destroy the multiverse.
Barry leaves to put on his Flash suit and engages in a dialogue with Joe. Barry feels that he has to race Zoom to save the multiverse and keep Zoom from harming additional loved ones. Joe feels that they have the upper hand and that they can develop a new plan. Joe begins to see Barry’s anger and asks if he wants to kill Zoom. Barry angrily retorts, “OF COURSE I WANT TO KILL HIM! I want to do a hell of a lot more than just kill him. I want him to suffer for everything that he’s done, and he’s going to!” So, the stage is set, we are going to get the speedster duel of a lifetime, or at least that’s what we thought.
Due to Barry’s anger, Harry shoots him with a tranquilizer and the crew locks Barry in one of the metahuman containment cells. Barry tells them its not their decision to make, but apparently the entire crew believed he shouldn’t race Zoom for his own good.
Taking Down Zoom continued
Although Zoom is merciless, Caitlin feels that since she had success reaching out to his humane side in the past that she can do it again. The crew puts together a simple plan of using Caitlin as a distraction, so Cisco can open a breach that Joe and Harry will knock Zoom through. No matter what, that’s the plan, and they [without Barry] are sticking to it!
Caitlin emerges to lure Zoom into the open. She initiates the plan by convincingly telling Zoom that she came alone and is ready to unlock the darkness inside of her. Jay seems to take the bait, but then has a quick change of heart and tries to kill Caitlin. It turns out the crew is back at it again with their hologram technology. The plan begins perfectly falling into place. Joe shoots Jay with the boot, and Cisco opens the breach. Things quickly go sour. Joe’s tranquilizing gun jammed, so he rushes to manually inject Jay before Harry’s diving shot [unfortunately] blasts Joe and Jay into the breach. I still have a hard time making sense of how they believed they could really beat Zoom without Barry.
Back at Star Labs, Cisco attempts to vibe Joe and Jay’s location but can’t maintain clarity because they were moving. Wally enters and the crew has to inform him that Joe is basically locked in Earth 2 because the breach was never to be reopened again under any circumstances. Remember the plan they were sticking to? Wally burst into a bit of fury about losing Joe and departs [to free the Flash].
Barry rushes Wally back into the lab and goes on a tirade about how the crew didn’t have the right to challenge Zoom without him. They felt he was angry and unstable, but he assures them that he will beat Zoom with or without their help.
Who is the Masked Prisoner?
Jay shackles and chains Joe, and Joe happens to see the masked prisoner and [of course] asks who he is. Jay explains how he got his speed from the dark matter, created the speed drug, and blah blah blah. Long story short, the masked man is a speedster named Jay Garrick from another Earth/universe. So all along, Hunter Zoloman has been posing. He says he beat the rules of the speed force and keeps the masked prisoner as a trophy.
Cisco brings Barry into a vibe so that he can accept Zoom’s challenge. Barry stipulates that Zoom bring Joe unharmed. Zoom counters with saying they have a deal, but he won’t release Joe until they’re done racing.
Barry and the entire crew arrive at the location of the showdown, so Zoom promises to put on a hell of a show. Harry confronts Zoom about his plan of powering up the magnitar to destroy the multiverse, which Zoom says is only partially true. He then reveals that Earth 1 is the central access point to the multiverse and one transdimentional shockwave would cripple every Earth except for Earth 1.
Barry mentally prepares to race and promises to bring back their dad, – “their” representing Iris, Wally, and Barry’s dad. The crew offers their support, and Iris concludes their sentiments by telling Barry to “kick his A$$.”
The Race of His Life
Barry must beat Zoom in a 500 lap race around a loop to control the power pushed to the magnitar, so Barry foreshadows a plan that he has in place to win the race.
This is the part of the episode that you had to see for its special effects and overall intensity! Once the speedster duel was in full throttle and the magnitar begins powering, a second Flash appears revealing Barry’s time remnant – the same trick Zoom used on him earlier in the episode. Barry then frees Joe and engages in fisticuffs with Zoom. Meanwhile, the time remnant circled the magnitar and sacrifices his own life to disable it.
Simultaneously, Barry puts in work on Zoom! He body slams him into a wall, pummels him with rapid punches and finishes him with an aerial body slam. He has the opportunity to kill Zoom, but instead leaves him behind to be penalized/consumed by time wraiths.
Essentially, creating a time remnant means going back in time and making a copy of yourself. Barry and the crew attempt to explain the concept to Wally, but he remains confused. Barry tells them all that he was hoping that once he broke the timeline, that the wraiths would be more mad at Jay than they would at him.
Removing the Mask/The Real Jay Garrick
We’re not sure how the crew gets a hold of the man in the mask, but Cisco and Harry bicker while removing his mask. The real Jay Garrick is an heavily bearded, grim faced doppleganger of Barry’s dad. Seeing a splitting image of his father unnerves Barry, and he excuses himself and begins crying.
In the past, Barry’s father told him that his mother’s maiden name was Garrick, but Barry didn’t consider what that would mean. Nevertheless the real Jay Garrick is fitted in a Flash suit and Cisco informs him that his powers had been dampened by the mask, which Jay destroys by phasing through it. Ironically from the reverse side of things, the metal helmet that Hunter wore while impersonating Jay, was supposed to be a symbol of hope. Jay decides to rebrand the hat as his own and thanks the Flash and crew for saving his life.
Harry shocks Jesse with the confession that they – as in both of them- will be returning home to Earth 2. Everyone exchanges kind words and pleasantries before saying their final goodbyes. Cisco creates a breach, and the real Jay Garrick dashes to Earth 2 with Jesse and Harry – where it’s implied they will help him continue to Earth 3.
Once back at Joe’s house, the crew settles in for the night eating pizza and watching the news. An emotional Barry sneaks away, but Iris catches a glimpse of him exiting the front door. Of course she follows and finds Barry [slouching] on the porch. Barry wants to know how he could have beat Zoom and still feel that he lost – which in my eyes is a very valid question. Iris offers some consoling words to pacify Barry’s multiple losses [his parents] and says that “maybe you and me seeing where this thing goes… maybe that can give you something for a change.”
In one of the ultimate surprise acts of the episode, Barry turns down her offer by basically saying he doesn’t want to give her an empty and emotionally devoid version of himself. WHAT?!? Come on Barry, this is the opportunity of a lifetime and you’re concerned with fixing yourself, sigh. Yet, what is even more surprising was Iris’ response saying that since Barry waited his whole life for her, and she would wait for however long it took him to repair himself and throws a haymaking finisher with an “I love you,” before they magically fall into a kiss.
No sooner than Iris returns to watching the news, Barry dashes off in a mad blitz to the night his mother was killed. Yet this time, he escorts kid Barry AND his dad outside, before returning to beat the Man In Yellow to a pulp. Once Barry finishes, he sees the Flash from the end of season 1 who was going to save his mother. They exchange a brief look but then the past Flash smirks and disappears. I think this was the show’s way of offering a late explanation of how Barry created the time remnant, but I’m probably reaching.
Overall this was an exciting and captivating finale. So, where do we go from here? How will Barry saving his mother and father shape the story line for the upcoming season? I would like to say that we will be back in a “flash”, but there won’t be an episode to view next week. If you want to see more of the Flash, you’ll have to wait until the Fall like the rest of us!