Like every week, this is your chance to look away if you don’t want to be spoiled. But then again, if you didn’t want that to happen, why are you here in the first place? Now that you are here, you might as well enjoy the show.
When we start things off, we see Wells running through the halls of the lab. Based on the look on his face, it’s as if he saw Death himself. While it wasn’t death, it was someone close – Zoom. Obviously, Zoom catches up to Wells and holds him up by his neck. At this point, Wells is willing to die so long as his daughter is let go. However, Zoom has other plans on his mind as he brings Wells close to his face and wishes him a “Merry Christmas.”
Back at the lab, Jay and Caitlin continue to work on a way to seal the breaches around Central City. Of course with them working together, so does their flirting. Luckily Cisco is there to let out what may be on everyone’s mind. The highlight of this scene comes when Cisco rhetorically asks if Zoom takes Christmas off. That’s when Garrick asks the question, “What’s Christmas?” Caitlin responds with a historical recount of what the holiday is only to have Jay interject and letting her know that he is familiar with Christmas.
Finally, we get an understanding of what’s going on in this week’s episode. Outside Iron Heights, a winter storm has appeared out of no where. As it turns out, it’s not a storm at all, but Mark Martin a.k.a. Weather Wizard. He takes out the only two guards watching a facility that houses hundreds of criminals. Afterwards, he sets free Captain Cold. But before they head towards the exit, they recruit one more person – the Trickster. They regroup at an abandoned warehouse where the Wizard discusses his plan to take down the Flash. However, it seems that Captain Cold is having second thoughts. Could it be that he still owes Barry for helping his family out? Possibly.
The big moment has arrived where Barry and Iris spill the beans on Joe’s son – Wally West. Short for Wallace, it was the name they were going to give Iris if she was born a boy. Obviously distraught, Joe grabs his coat and goes back to work. Iris and Barry head back home, and when they arrive they find a visitor waiting by the fireplace. It seems Captain Cold also has a key to the West home. However, he’s not there to do any foul. He’s actually there to warn them of the Wizard’s plan. When asked why he was doing this, Cold notched it up to the holidays.
It was only a matter of time before the Trickster would make his move, and when he did it set everyone off in a frenzy to find him. Thanks to some super sleuthing, a clue could be seen in a reflection in his eye. Stuffed away in an old toy factory, Barry races over only to find that Patty has also made her way there. However, things make a turn for the worse when they find out that they’ve been lured into a trap. Of course, the Flash wouldn’t be the superhero that he is if he couldn’t get them out of there.
Thanks to some quick thinking by the Wells and the rest of the crew, they’re able to come up with a plan to retrieve all of the gifts in one fell swoop. Their plan – to magnetize one bomb and attract them all into a breach nearby. Once all of the bombs were collected, the word was given to Barry and he quickly apprehended the Trickster and Martin. Things seemed to be going well until Patty showed up. With Martin downed by the speedster, now was Patty’s chance to take him out for good. Thankfully, Barry was there to give a speech of a lifetime and stopped Patty from making a terrible mistake. The speech was so good, it even had the Trickster in tears.
Back at the lab, another important moment occurs when Barry realizes that he needs to move on from the death of his mother, and in order to do that he needs to forgive Wells and he does so right then and there. At the West home, everyone has gathered for their annual Christmas party. And at the last moment an unexpected guest shows up at the door. It’s Wally West!
There’s something about these holiday episodes that somehow always find a way to get you in the feels. This was no exception. But we’ll get to that in a bit. For now, let’s start with the return of the Trickster (Mark Hamill).
Up to this point, much of the season has been pretty light-hearted. However, this week’s episode was quite emotional. There were a lot of parental issues that were dealt with. In particular, a lot of father issues. Having lost my father several years ago, this one hit close to home. Add to that the holidays and you have the perfect mix for a Winter mess on your face. What really stood out was how the show has dealt with the situation regarding Det. West’s son. Unlike the situation with his wife, this was dealt in a timely manner. Also, in many cases, all the parties involved in something like this would usually just end up being angry with each other. It was refreshing to see these characters not act childish and blame each other for what happened. They just dealt with it. In the end, they gained a new family member and someone we all should recognize, Wally West. If you’re unfamiliar with that name, Wally West is another person who took on the mantle of The Flash. Before that he was the first person to take on the mantle of Kid Flash. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with his character this season. He may or many not take on the form of a speedster.
Finally, no review is complete with a little complaining. Call me old fashioned, but I just can’t buy into this Jay and Caitlin thing. I mean, Iris doesn’t seem to be over the loss of Eddie. But I guess she doesn’t have someone like Garrick to distract her. Anyone else feel the same way? Although, I guess if you’re going to do something you might as well not beat around the bush.
The Flash returns from winter break on January 19. They even cut a preview for it. Enjoy!