Welcome back for the follow up to the most thrilling episode thus far. This plot-thickening installment is loaded with action and relevant, albeit minute, details. Given this fact, let’s dive into a description-heavy recap.
The action picks up where last episode left off. Barry appears to be suspended in air as Savitar (who is invisible to everyone but Barry) still pins him. Joe breaks out of the clutches of a couple hooded figures to fire rounds at Savitar – who he can’t see. While Joe blindly fires at Savitar, Alchemy creeps to grab his magic rock and fleas. Savitar professes himself as Barry’s god and brutalizes him. His speed is next level! We have yet to witness a speed force creation of this caliber; he looks like a chrome and aquatic blue, futuristic transformer. Savitar runs at rapid velocity with Barry, dangling him like a ragdoll, and triggering multiple location pings to Star Labs. HR suggests that Cisco and Caitlin team up to help Barry outnumber Savitar.
By the time Cisco breaches them to the location, Barry has suffered countless super-punches and mega-kicks.
Caitlin frees Barry from ANOTHER choke hold by freezing Savitar, sculpting a silhouette of his likeness. He breaks out, drops Barry and dashes away. Barry thanks Caitlin for saving him, but her powers are beginning to rage out of control.
Back at Star Labs, Barry has already begun healing, and Cisco suffers a from a light migraine. Apart from that, no major harm was done. We learn that Wally is cocooned – I think that’s a clever way to insinuate that his powers were “cultivated” – in some sort of incubator. Joe is frustrated because he lacks the scientific knowledge to make an impact. He feels he should lean more to his detective skills, instincts, and gut feeling.
Joe interrogates one of the hooded figures from the Savitar showdown. The suspect gets snarky and spits overconfident threats. Joe doesn’t take kindly to these threats and and grabs him by his already broken nose. Caitlin arrives and tells Joe that Wally is fine. She seems sketchy, but Joe follows her suggestion and goes to see Wally. Once Joe leaves, Caitlin slips in, freezes the interrogation room camera, and demands Alchemy’s location from the suspect. He continues his overconfident act, so Caitlin humbles him with a quick freezing. Afterwards, she spreads a frosty smokescreen and attempts to flea. Julian sees her departing, so she kidnaps him.
Caitlin tells Julian to create an algorithm that will locate Savitar/Alchemy’s followers. She initially requests that he keyword search “Alchemy”, but Julian quickly finagles his way out of that (*don’t forget this key fact*). Instead, she tells him to search “Savitar” and freezes his wrist when he shows reluctance.
Joe makes his way to Star Labs and sees that Caitlin swindled him. The crew begins searching for her. HR contributes a bright idea, and we begin deciphering his backwards way of thinking. He simply uses solutions from the past to address the present. As a result, they find Caitlin by tracing cold signatures in a way they had done to find Captain Cold. Barry zooms towards the location.
Julian informs Caitlin that 2 results were located for searches on Savitar. This new information distracts Caitlin, which grants Julian a quick moment to dispatch help. The Flash arrives and knocks out Julian, aiming to reason with Caitlin in private. She scolds Barry for ruining everybody’s life and tell’s Cisco the truth about Dante’s death; Cisco was unaware that his brother was alive up until Barry created Flashpoint. Meanwhile, CCPD arrived, and the Captain fires shots at Caitlin. Barry saves her from the captain’s bullets, but she stabs him with a frost tranquilizer and absconds. Long story short, Caitlin is engaged in a raged crusade to find Dr. Alchemy because she believes he can remover her powers.
Barry somehow escapes and ends up back recovering back at Star Labs. He approaches Cisco about about Caitlin’s revelation. Cisco swells with tears and nearly punches Barry. After [somewhat] venting his frustration, he switches the focus back to finding Caitlin. He hacked Julian’s computer and retrieved the two addresses obtained in the keyword search. Cisco departs to cover one location, Joe and HR leave to stakeout the other, Iris stays at Star Labs to monitor Wally’s cocoon, and Barry stays at the lab to heal.
While surveying one of the addresses, HR attempts to make small talk with Joe. He tells Joe that Barry’s real superpower isn’t speed, it’s his fearless and undying hope. In return, Joe tells HR that his gut feeling is normally correct and that he should trust it more often.
Caitlin chooses one of the addresses and threatens to kill a man’s family if he doesn’t tell her Alchemy’s location. He says that he and Alchemy are merely Savitar’s servants and that Savitar has glorious plans for Caitlin’s future – foreshadowing alert. Cisco arrives at the house, and you can instantly tell this is the scene from Cisco’s vibe last episode. Caitlin hurls ice darts at Cisco. Barry saves Cisco from a couple of them, but slips on an ice patch. While he’s down, Caitlin freezes him with frost breath. Cisco blasts Caitlin away and tells the Flash to start vibrating to warm himself – what a cool way to defrost, pun intended- instead of helping him up.
Star Labs Shenanigans
The Star Labs crew locks Caitlin in a metahuman containment cell. Caitlin relaunches her verbal assault on Barry’s decision-making. Barry’s left alone in contemplation, so Iris swings by to uplift his spirits. In essence, she tells him to focus on the present because that’s where his heroism and leadership are direly needed. While relaying this, the lights flicker, and they find Joe cutting Wally out of the cocoon. The cocoon explodes and Wally, disoriented and phasing, dashes away.
Barry requests Caitlin’s medical expertise. He opens her cell and presents her two options: help Wally or walk away freely. But to walk away freely, she must kill him. Caitlin creates an ice dagger. Barry antagonizes her in every way possible, but she doesn’t have the heart of a killer. He exposes the real Caitlin, who drops the ice shard and returns from her delusional rage.
Caitlin determines that Wally’s early departure from the cocoon left him in a confused state where his mind and muscles work at different rates. She creates a serum that will correct it, but they have to find him first. Joe finally gets the opportunity -that we could see developing all episode- to use his gut feeling on Wally’s whereabouts. Joe finds Wally’s at the house where he grew up, and his arrival distracts Wally. At this point, Barry zips in and injects the serum. They bring Wally to Star Labs for testing, where his vital signs register normal.
What a Trade/Alchemy Revealed
Julian returns to consciousness, so Barry swings by to speak with him before the CCPD Captain takes a statement. Julian suffered frostbite and a concussion, but he didn’t forget Caitlin was the culprit. Barry beseeches Julian to keep Caitlin’s metahuman abilities a secret. Julian agrees but uses this as an opportunity to force a trade. He requests that Barry quit his CSI job because he has a distorted moral compass. Barry acquiesces and lingers around to make sure Julian upholds his end of the deal.
Our roller-coaster episode has one more screwball to throw. Julian awakens, in his hospital bed, to a summoning voice. He tries to run, but Savitar appears and persuades him to do his bidding yet again. All negative feelings about Julian are confirmed. He’s Alchemy!
How will Barry gather clues on metahuman abilities now that he doesn’t have the inside track as a CSI? What’s the connection between Julian and Savitar? When will we see Kid Flash and the Flash in tandem? As always, there are many question that need answering. Be sure to tune in Tuesday night at 8 on Atlanta’s CW!