The Flash 11/15 Recap

Let me start by yelling: THIS EPISODE WAS CRAZY!! In case you missed it, this episode was so thrilling that it felt like a finale. I couldn’t control my adrenaline. With that being said, let’s shenanigans begin.

The Beginning of Kid Flash

Wally is zooming around town enjoying the duties and rare privileges of a speedster but, alas, it’s just a dream. The next morning, he tells Joe about the dream where he’s nicknamed Kid Flash and saves a girl. Joe isn’t thrilled because dreams happen to be the first step of Alchemy’s plan, so he reaches out to Barry who agrees that Wally’s in trouble.  Barry is forced to tell Wally and Iris about their Flashpoint lives. He warns Wally that Rival hurts Kid Flash …. badly. Nevertheless, Wally wants the powers and challenges Joe about not trusting him and Barry equally.

The Flash -- "Shade" -- Image FLA306b_0372b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Changing Perception 

HR feels that it’s only a matter of time before people figure out that Star Labs partners with the Flash, so he unveils a plan to brand himself as the [new] face of Star Labs Museum. It’s quickly shot down, and he learns of Harrison Wells’ past. In the midst of joking, he tosses a pair of Power Dampening Handcuffs.

A while later, HR seems to have disappeared from the Lab. Cisco uses the intercom to page him, and an unfamiliar man walks in. HR reveals himself to tell Cisco and Caitlin about [get a load of this one] “facial transmorgification” – a process that works by light refraction. Afterwards, Cisco subtly accuses HR of stealing his powered handcuffs.

Shade

A random businessman walks along a dark park path consulting a client over the phone. As he’s walking, a bulky, shadowy villain emerges from the ground and strangles him – I’d really like to know what he did to deserve this unforeseen hatred.  Barry tells the Star Labs crew about the shadow figure killing. Shade, our latest metahuman, vibrates at a high frequency to create the illusion that he’s a shadow. They determine the best way to stop him is by slowing his rapid molecular movement.

Clearing the Air

Wally ignored multiple calls from Joe, but they finally have a discussion at CCPD. Joe addresses why he trusts Barry and Wally in different ways. He’s concerned because Wally will get his speed by way of Dr. Alchemy, not a natural occurrence. They quickly reach a resolution, but things never go that smoothly. Wally falls into a painstaking episode, where he visualizes Kid Flash’s death in Flashpoint and hears Dr. Alchemy’s beckoning call. Wally recovers and Barry confirms the episode as a vision from Flashpoint. Since Dr. Alchemy’s arrival seems inevitable, HR proposes to lock Wally in the metahuman pipeline.

Caitlin lifted the power dampening handcuffs – no surprise there. She confesses this to Cisco, then reveals her powers by freezing a glass. Fearing she might be evil in the future, she asks Cisco to vibe her because she doesn’t want to be like Killer Frost. If evil, she plans to leave and never return. Cisco “vibes” and sees a full-fledged battle between the two of them but lies and says he didn’t see anything.

Horror at Hofherr Park

Cecile and Joe arrange a date, which Joe intends to cancel because of Wally’s recent developments. Iris and Wally won’t let Joe back out. Cisco and Caitlin agree to tag along. HR wants to go as well, so he shows the rest of them facial transmorgification, which recreates his look to grant access to go out publicly.

The Flash -- "Shade" -- Image FLA306a_0002b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Danielle Nicolet as D.A. Cecile Horton -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

While on the the date – a movie screening in the park – Caitlin feels that Cisco wasn’t honest with her and coaxes him to reveal the truth. Meanwhile Joe and Cecile begin flirting and Joe lays down a little game by slyly calling her gorgeous. She’s propels the conversation with a feisty edge – I like it!

Pause for a second and brace yourself because this marks where the episode kicks into high gear.

As the movie starts, Shade emerges. Barry leads him in a game of cat and mouse and evades a couple of his grabs. Barry loses sight of him and is stunned by a savage uppercut. To render shade immobile,  Cisco hacks the local park and car headlights and flood the park with a blinding illumination. Caitlin tosses Barry the power dampening cuffs, and they subdue Shade.

The Flash -- "Shade" -- Image FLA306a_0151b.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

While the parks scene plays out, Dr. Alchemy begins speaking to Wally [who is locked in a metahuman containment cell] and tells him the time has come to restore what was taken from him. Wally slips into another episode and the word “Alchemy” etches itself in the glass. Iris opens the cell, Wally pins her against the wall, then departs to find Dr. Alchemy. Iris attempts to stop him and [this fool] tries to punch her. She smoothly ducked it and put him to sleep with a hammering right cross. My jaw hung to the floor in amazement that things went down like that.

What’s the Plan?

HR thinks the simultaneous timing of the attacks weren’t coincidental. Since 6 husks have been discovered, a new metahuman could arise at any time. Cisco forces Caitlin to confess her powers, and he tells them about the vibe as well. Caitlin tears Cisco a new one, then leaves. Barry pursues and ultimately tells Caitlin its his fault she’s stuck with unwanted powers and even mentions Iris’ disappointment in not having powers – foreshadowing alert maybe?

The Flash -- "Shade" -- Image FLA306a_0102b.jpg -- Pictured:  Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Wally wants to use himself as Dr. Alchemy bait.  They can’t formulate another logical plan so, as precautionary protection, they arm the entire task force. Coincidentally -or maybe not- they notice Julian was absent.

Showdown in the Shadows.

Dr. Alchemy wants to meet at an abandoned subway station. Once Wally arrives, accompanied by the Flash, Dr. Alchemy gives Wally the opportunity to have super-speed. Instead, Wally tries to attack. Dr. Alchemy gets ahold of Barry and repeatedly zaps him with his magical rock. SWAT corners Dr. Alchemy and his “magic rock” (for lack of a better term) is flung aside. The building begins rumbling, and a blue streak begins rapidly killing policemen. Although Alchemy disappears, his magic rock beckons to Wally, who has now chosen to accept his speed. As he is doing so, the blue streak materializes, pins Barry, and identifies himself as the God of Speed. I can’t really say himself, because it looks kinda like a transformer, but whatever he is, he doesn’t appear to have friendly intentions.

The Flash -- "Shade" -- Image FLA306b_0302b.jpg -- Pictured: Dr. Alchemy -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

What unintended consequences will arise from Wally’s speed? What will Caitlin do to prevent herself from becoming Killer Frost? What will Barry do now that he’s clutched in the grasp of a wrathful God? So many questions! Be sure to tune in Tuesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW!

-Taylor Gibson

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