By now you should know the drill. If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, then you’re in for a spoiler filled world. If you’re okay with that, then by all means, continue on your journey.
After just saving his life, we start this week’s episode inside S.T.A.R. Labs where Barry is reintroducing Harrison Wells to Cisco and Caitlin. However, as we all know, Harrison Wells died at the end of the first season when Eddie sacrificed himself, thus erasing Wells (Eobard) from existence. This Harrison Wells, however, is from Earth-2, but tell that to the folks who he personally and deeply affected. One person who definitely didn’t forget about Wells was Det. Joe West who, as soon as he sees Wells in the lab, pulls his gun out and fires at him. Talk about ask questions later, huh? We also discover that Wells is the reason meta-humans and Zoom exist on Earth-2.
At this point, we get our first look at Dr. Light. A meta-human from Earth-2 who has the ability to absorb energy from starts and emit that energy as beams of light. The Flash is able to show up in time and stop the robbery, but Dr. Light distracts Barry and gets away. Back at the lab, Wells informs Barry and Cisco who Dr. Light is. Minutes later, Jay Garrick shows up and doesn’t even try to contain the anger he has towards Wells. The two begin to butt heads, but Wells walks away before anything serious happens.
Curious about what happened at the coffee shop, Barry asks Cisco how he knew about the robbery. Cisco fumbles around for this phone and explains that a warning from it told him about what was happening at the bank. He then tells them that’s he’s working on a plan to find Dr. Light and hastily runs off.
The group gets a signal alerting them that another robbery is taking place at a local bank. Dr. Light is at it again. The Flash races off to put a stop to her. He’s able to talk her into letting her guard down. She takes off her masks, but Barry becomes distracted when he realizes that Dr. Light is Linda Park of Earth-2. Realizing that The Flash recognizes her, Dr. Light blinds him and escapes. At the lab, Barry has been diagnosed with burned retinas, but should recover quickly because of his powers. The only problem now is that he’ll have to go on his date with Patty blind. With the help of Iris, though, Barry enlists the help of Cisco and the two team up to take on Barry’s date with Patty. However, she eventually catches on and he tells her it’s because he had just recently had his pupils dilated.
Meanwhile, Caitlin and Jay have been on a stakeout outside of the newspaper office where Linda Park works for fear that Dr. Light will go after her now that she knows she exists. That’s when Dr. Light attacks the van they’re in. Inside the news paper office, Dr. Light tells everyone to leave and then threatens to kill Linda. That’s when the editor of the paper steps in and saves Linda’s life at the cost of his own. Iris then fires the gun that Joe had given her, knocking off Dr. Light’s mask. Having never killed anyone before, Dr. Light rushes out of the building. Patty and Barry show up to find the rest of the crime unit on hand. They also find Iris and a visibly shaken Linda.
The Flash learns a new move and stops Dr. Light in the process. Barry rejoins everyone at the lab and with a fresh look on things declares that he’s ready to take on Zoom. Garrick thinks Barry isn’t ready yet, though. He leaves the lab and apologizes knowing that if anything were to happen to Barry, it would somehow be his fault.
First, let’s talk about Earth-2’s Harrison Wells. While the original Wells was a great character, there was always something holding him back. Whether it was the wheel chair or the secret that he was actually Eobard Thawne, fans didn’t get to see the full effect of Wells until the very end…when it was too late to really take him in. With only five episodes into the season, hopefully this version of Wells sticks around for a while. He’s brash, blunt, and definitely an upgrade.
If you’re a fan of the Barry/Spivot will they/won’t they dancing they’ve been doing for the past couple of episodes, then you’re probably happy with last night’s episode. Could this have been stretched out longer? Possibly, but with the way they were running into each other and how they were acting, it would have gotten annoying. It felt like good timing here. So kudos to the writers for getting this right.
Okay, so what stunk in this episode? You definitely have to mention the revelation of Cisco’s power here. A ticker tape parade isn’t necessary, but maybe something a little more dramatic would have been nice. Instead, we got Wells throwing poor Cisco under the bus. He pretty much pointed a finger at Cisco and claimed, “He’s a meta-human!” Barry couldn’t even get the words out of his mouth. That’s because Wells interrupts and says, “You can be sorry later.” Sadly, at this point, the episode was nearing the end and there was little time left on the clock. Of course, near the very end of the episode, they did revisit the topic, and much to his delight (and maybe a little surprise from the audience) Barry and Caitlin were very accepting that someone so close to them held back such a big secret. In fact, Barry was already giving him advice on how to handle his powers and that they’ll handle it together. The only good to come out of this scene was that Cisco finally took on the code name “Vibe.”
“The Darkness And The Light” overall grade – A
Check out a promo for next week’s episode, “Enter Zoom”