The Runaway Dinosaur: or “The Walking Dead”

The following synopsis is for The Flash episode originally broadcast on May 10th, 2016:

Our story begins exactly where it left off last week which is with Team Flash in S.T.A.R. Labs after Wells’ attempt to give Barry back his speed since giving it up to Zoom to save Wally’s life. Instead of “The Flash”, what we have left is Flash’s suit. It appears that, instead of making Barry fast again, Wells blew him up.

While everyone is lamenting Barry’s apparent demise, Cisco goes up to what remains of Barry’s clothes and “vibes” them. In his vision he sees that Barry isn’t dead, just in another dimension – Barry has actually become one with and is IN the “speed force”.

When we first see Barry during this episode, he wakes up in what appears to be his room in the West house, and as he walks downstairs he sees Joe sitting there waiting on him. But it turns out that it’s not Joe, Barry is communing with the actual Speed Force (SF). In fact, Barry – with the line of the night – says that it’s like talking to gravity.

As Barry attempts to come to grips with his current situation, Team Flash tries to hatch a plan to bring Barry back to the real world. When Wells calls the hidden room for his daughter Jesse (which is where she and Wally were stashed to protect them from Zoom), he gets no answer. Both he and Joe take off looking for their kids who had both been zapped by the particle accelerator wave Wells created. Wally comes to immediately, but Jesse remains comatose (sound familiar?).

The Flash -- " The Runaway Dinosaur" -- Image: FLA221b_0014b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Although still trying to deal with “the demise” of his son Barry, Dr. Allen is pressed in to service to assist Jesse. After a quick examination, Henry Allen finds that Jesse’s vitals are fine but she’s just not waking up. He’s tasked with monitoring Jesse, while the rest of the squad puts a plan into action to bring Barry back.

Cisco and Iris head to the S.T.A.R. Lab’s “morgue” to get some equipment to help with their plan, and as they’re down there, they hear some unexplained noises. Seems that the particle accelerator had an unintended effect: It re-animated Girder’s corpse. He was super strong and could turn his skin to metal. And oh, by the way, he had a thing for Iris. Seems like even death couldn’t extinguish the torch he had for her.  Iris and Cisco see the Walking Dead and make themselves scarce pretty quickly.

Now Team Flash have two situations to deal with: defeat Zombie Girder, and bring Barry back. Speaking of the star of the show, he’s taking a Ghost of Christmas Past tour through the SF. Each time Barry ends up in a new location, he talks to the Force after it’s taken on the appearance of someone he knows.

The Force tells him that in order to get his speed back in the real world, he has to chase and catch a shadow that’s running around in the SF, so Barry takes off after it. During this time from the real world, Team Flash has made contact with the SF through Cisco. Instead of returning with him, Barry is still in search of his speed.

In the real world, Zombie Girder has left S.T.A.R. and is wreaking havoc throughout the city. The team quickly piece together what he’s doing: looking for Iris. Zombie has gone to all the places Iris used to frequent. Team Flash quickly realizes that his next stop will be the West household, so Iris and Joe rush back home.

As they wait for Zombie Girder, Joe talks to Wally to see how he’s feeling; the conversation gets downright awkward when he asks if his body has gone through any changes (Joe knows that being hit with the particle accelerator wave may have given Wally some special powers). Wally, thinking that Joe is trying to have “The Talk” with him, lets him know that any information he needed he got from the internet a while ago.

Levity aside, the Wells family is soon reminded why they’re there as Zombie Girder comes lumbering down the street. Iris volunteered to act as bait and lead him back to S.T.A.R. where Cisco and Wells would develop a plan to stop him. Iris calls out to Girder and takes off at a trot back to the lab with Girder following closely behind.

The Flash -- " The Runaway Dinosaur" -- Image: FLA221b_0185b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

When she finally gets back to S.T.A.R. the team is ready to put phase 1 of their plan in place – bring Barry back. Iris steps up to vibe with Cisco, so she could communicate with Barry. In the SF, we see the shadow Barry was chasing was actually himself. He had never come to terms with his mother’s death, as she was being mimicked by the SF.

The Flash -- " The Runaway Dinosaur" -- Image: FLA221a_0255b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Once in the SF, Iris calls out to Barry who takes her hand back in the real world. And, just in the nick of time, as Girder comes smashing through the door where the team was hiding out. The initial plan to take out Zombie Girder doesn’t work as the machine they were using malfunctions.

Barry, back in possession of his speed, runs literal circles around Zombie Girder which powers the machine through the electricity he generates, and as planned, it short-circuits Girder’s brain waves that had been reanimated from the accelerator. Crisis averted and Team Flash is back together again – with the exception of Jesse who’s still unconscious in the med. bay. Seeing Jesse laying there, Barry walks up to Jesse and gives his impersonation of Prince Charming waking Sleeping Beauty. But instead of kissing her, he touches her hand which causes a spark. Jesse immediately wakes up and is healthy and whole to come. In the second line of the night, Cisco asks Barry: “Are you magic?”.

The Flash -- " The Runaway Dinosaur" -- Image: FLA221a_0180b.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

As the show ends, we see Zoom talking to Caitlin who’s still his captive. He let’s her know that he likes her and he wants her, but that she’s free to leave. But, if she does decide to leave, Zoom tells her that he’ll treat her no differently than he would the rest of the team: With no mercy.

Zoom has taken over the police headquarters as his own, and he’s assembled his own legion of doom of meta-humans who seem willing to do his bidding.  Will Caitlin stay or go? Do Jesse and Wally have powers now?  Tune in to Atlanta’s CW next Tuesday at 8 to find out. And be sure to follow me on Twitter, @ATLBlerd, to live-tweet the show every week!