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This week’s episode starts with a fight between Dr. Light and The Flash. But wait, Dr. Light was captured last week and thrown into a cell. You’re right. So we have to go back about three days ago starting at S.T.A.R. Labs where the team is currently working on a plan to stop Zoom. According to Dr. Wells, he’s got a serum that will slow Zoom down enough to capture him. Meanwhile, Det. West has asked Cisco to use his powers on Wells to find out what his real motivations are. That’s when we flashback to Wells on Earth-2 talking to his daughter. As she leaves the room he refers to her as none other than Jesse Quick.
Back at the lab, it’s feeding time for Dr. Light, but she’s no where to be found. Cisco opens the door to take a closer look, but is pushed back as an invisible Dr. Light makes an escape. The team becomes worried for Linda Park’s safety and leaves her in the care of Iris. While visiting the two, Barry and Iris have a quick conversation leading him to come up with the idea of dressing Linda in Dr. Light’s clothes and using her to draw Zoom out from one of the breaches. Before Dr. Light made her escape, she told Barry how Zoom promised to bring her home if she could kill the Flash and send back proof of his death. Barry’s plan was to dress Linda up in the suit Dr. Light left behind when she made her escape and stage a scene where she would kill him, thus drawing Zoom out. Cue the training montage.
Later, the Flash makes an appearance at the West house where Linda Park is currently staying. He reassures Linda that she’s fully capable of pulling off their plan. And because she’s putting so much trust in him, he’s compelled to put just as much trust in her. At that moment, Barry takes off his mask and shows Linda that he’s The Flash. Her first reaction, of course, is that she’s made out with The Flash.
That brings the audience up to speed where the episode started. The fight between Dr. Light and The Flash is actually a staged scene between Barry and Linda in order to draw out Zoom. Well, the two have their fight, but nothing happens.
Barry starts by generating speed. He plans to throw a bolt of lightning at Zoom. However, Zoom has other plans. As the bolt comes at him, Zoom runs at it, catches it, and throws it back at Barry! Much faster, Barry brings the fight into the sky where both of them are the same speed. The Flash, though, doesn’t account for how much stronger Zoom is, and is quickly beaten.
Nearly broken, Barry lays on a bed in the lab. Thankfully, his powers have allowed him to stabilize. There’s a small problem, though. As Cisco taps Barry on the leg, Barry notices something – he can’t feel his legs.
This has obviously been the best episode so far. It seemed to have a little bit of everything: internal conflict, humor, and some great actions scenes. Unlike past episodes, the minor conflicts in this episode didn’t go unresolved. There was the problem between Joe and Barry. That got solved at the end of the staged fight. There was also the issue between Patty and Joe. It kind of got put on the back burner, but it was at least addressed several times. There might be a chance that she could find out Barry is the Flash in a future episode. That may be why there wasn’t a full resolution here, but at least it wasn’t ignored.
So how about that fight between Zoom and The Flash? As soon as Zoom caught the bolt and threw it back at Barry, there was no coming back from the edge of the seat. We’ve seen Barry take a punch and look pretty beat up. But we’ve never seen him look like this. How many of you remember the Death Of Superman comic? In that issue, the Blue Beetle gets beaten very badly by Doomsday. While it wasn’t to the same degree, seeing a limp Barry being put on display by Zoom was an all too familiar sight. The scenes in tonight’s episode may have been pretty heavy for the younger audiences out there, but at the same time, there’s a lot to be said about the show pushing it to that limit.
Honorable mentions have to go out to the scene where Barry lets Linda in on the secret. It was a really important moment that conveyed a great message regarding trust, and Linda’s reaction was done well.
As was said before, the episode was great, and there isn’t much to pick on. We’ve got a winner here, folks. Hopefully, the show can keep the oil burning and finish strong at the halfway mark.
“Enter Zoom” overall grade – A+
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