As usual, this will be your only warning regarding spoilers. And there are a lot of them in this week’s episode. Take a minute to think about it then when you’re ready, keep on going. This week, to prevent you from seeing things you didn’t want to, here is a random picture of a unicorn.
When we last left Barry and the team, they had decided to let Wells go and return with him to Earth-2. Well the time has finally come to make the trip over, but before they do that, Barry has some last minute things to take care of. One of which includes going around Central City and closing all of the rifts except for the one inside of STAR Labs. Afterwards, he, Joe, and Iris sit down for some dinner. There, Iris double checks with Barry to make sure he’s not diving head first into this mission because he feels he has nothing left on this world. But for the first time, there’s a pause between the two and it’s almost like Iris wants to tell him that he still has her.
Eventually, Barry, Cisco, and Harry make the jump to Earth-2. And when they arrive, it seems to catch them off guard because up is down and black is white. Not in the literal sense, but, simply put, they’re not on Earth-1 anymore. Their first encounter with the opposite side was when Barry and Cisco run into a familiar face, Henry Hewitt. For those of you who may have forgotten, Hewitt was a former lab assistant with anger issues. The look on Cisco and Barry’s faces is priceless.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Central City 2.0, Killer Frost makes an appearance along with Deathstorm. The two catch a couple of bank robbers, but for the wrong reasons. In the end, they rob the robbers, but not before we get to see a great demonstration of the duos powers. Also, the money on Earth-2 is square?
On Earth-1, a new villain has appeared – the Geomancer. He’s been causing a ruckus and calling out the Flash, but Barry is a little busy being on a different world. So Joe asks Jay if he could help out. He brings up Velocity-6 but Jay quickly shuts down that idea. He then reveals to Caitlin a big secret that he’s been hiding. Zoom was not the reason he lost his speed. It was due to him taking Velocity-6. It zapped him of his speed and is the reason he’s currently dying. Caitlin comforts him and tells him that she’s going to work on a way to help him out.
Sadly, Joe passes away from his injuries. This results in Barry becoming even more determined to get the job done. He, Cisco, Iris, and Lloyd head to a nearby warehouse to meet with Killer Frost and Deathstorm. However, when confronted, it turns out they don’t directly work for Zoom. Out from the shadows comes Cisco’s doppelganger. On this Earth, he goes by the name of Reverb. He has the same powers, but they are more fine tuned and has some additional ones as well.
Barry wakes up to find himself inside of a plexiglas cell. In the room are other cells. One contains a masked figure knocking on the wall, and the other contains Jesse Wells. He yells to her, “I’m here with your dad. I promise we’re going to get you out of there,” but then Zoom shows up. And he says to Barry, “It’s not wise to make promises you can’t keep, Flash. Look around. This is the last place you’ll ever see.”
This is one of those episodes you’re going to need to watch several times over in order to catch everything. There’s so much to talk about. The best place to start is probably with Earth-2. Up to this point, audiences had only seen glimpses of Earth-2 during flashbacks and other moments. But tonight, fans really got to experience what it was like on the other side. Even more exciting was the trip over there, and thus began the grocery list of Easter Eggs inserted into tonight’s show.
If you were quick enough, then you should have seen images of what looked like Green Arrow, John Wesley Shipp’s version of the Flash, and Supergirl (in reference to the future crossover that will happen in March). Initial thoughts are that these characters exist on other versions of Earth. Could it be possible that some of them exist on the same Earth, but at different points in time? Then there were more images of Gorilla Grodd, Jonah Hex (from a future episode of Legends of Tomorrow), and a Legion of Superheroes ring (What?!).
An interesting tidbit has to be that the style of Earth-2 reflected that of the 1940’s. Especially considering that the technology seems to be more advanced than that of Earth-1. A very cool item was the phone inside Barry and Iris’ house. First of all, they still have a land line. Second, you just need to push a button to call someone. More importantly, did you recognize the names on the phone? There was Bruce, Hal, and Diana. Could those names have belonged to Bruce Wayne, Hal Jordan, and Diana Prince? Remember, Barry isn’t the Flash on this world, so it’s not confirmation. Also, who is Eddie? It also appears that Barry’s parents are separated on this Earth. The phone had a button for “Dad” as well as “Mom & Dad.” The big question is how do you call other people not on that list? Do you have to get another phone?
“Welcome to Earth-2” overall grade – A-
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