Wow. This week’s episode of The Flash saw significant development on the front of almost every plot and subplot we’ve witnessed thus far.
First, Barry reveals his plan to use Linda as bait to lure Zoom to Earth1. Surprisingly, this plan is fully supported by both Linda and Iris. Cisco designs some wicked-looking gloves that simulate Doctor Light’s powers, and sets up a trap wherein Parks “kills” the Flash and summons Zoom to take her home. Neither Linda nor Barry have thespian skill, so the scene is awkward and hilarious, but also has a sense of tense foreboding as we wait for Zoom to show up. The scene shouldn’t work, there are too many conflicting atmospheres, but it was this contrast that made it a pleasure to watch. Masterfully done. Too bad the plan didn’t work.
Eventually, though, Zoom does decide to show up. The battle that ensues is one for the books. Barry has recently developed some pretty impressive abilities, but these are nothing compared to Zoom, who GRABS BARRY’S LIGHTNING BOLT AND THROWS IT BACK AT HIM, IT IS RIDICULOUSLY COOL. Long story short, Zoom kick his ass, and Barry wakes up with a problem that could be detrimental to his speed. Enter Zoom, exit Barry.
Jessie’s kidnapping is finally addressed thanks to The Vibe. Cisco tells Wells about what he sees, and it leads to the scientist’s mini-meltdown, and the realization that Wells literally traveled to another universe in an attempt to save his little girl. Wow, I guess he’s allowed to be a little uptight with that much on the line. I’m finding that Wells has a lot in common with Eobard Thawne, actually. Both characters are total jerks (I mean that in the best way possible), but their motives are clear, Wells wants to save Jessie, and Thawne wanted to get home. In both cases, Tom Cavanaugh displays ridiculous acting genius with respect to character depth.
As of right now, this is the best episode of season 2. Way to go, Team Flash!