As usual, these kind of things tend to include a lot of spoilers from the episode. So if you haven’t seen last night’s episode yet and don’t want to know (in detail) what happened, then you might want to look away. But if you’re cool with being spoiled and even want to see some discussion on what happened, then keep on keeping on. To help you out, here’s a cute picture of a Red Panda. Enjoy!
Last time on Earth-2, Barry had just been captured by Zoom and taken to his lair. Cisco had managed to get away and make it back to STAR Labs. There, he told Wells what happened and the two, along with the other Barry make their escape.
Inside Zoom’s lair, Barry is closely examining his cell for a way out. There he finally meets Jesse, and she’s a lot less hopeful of escaping anytime soon. But a few words of encouragement about how her father has been desperately trying to rescue her, and the outlook is positive again.
Meanwhile, on Earth-1, Geomancer is still causing a ruckus. Caitlin also continues her work on perfecting the Velocity serum. It seems that Velocity-7 damaged Jay Garrick’s cells even more. However, as long as Geomancer is running wild in the city, Jay feels that he may be the only hope for the city until Barry gets back from Earth-2. The next test will be with Velocity-8.
On Earth-1, Geomancer is at it again. This time he’s caused a hospital to begin collapsing in on itself and calls out the Flash to save the people inside. At the lab, Caitlin has created an all new serum, skipping Velocity-8. Velocity-9 should be the answer to their problems. However, there’s no time to test it, and Jay injects himself with the serum. It seems to work as he’s able to race over to the hospital and save the remaining people trapped inside. But when he makes it back to the lab, he’s exhausted and has to take a nap in order to recover his energy.
In the woods nearby, Harrison, Cisco, Barry 2.0, and Iris 2.0 find Killer Frost. A quick battle ensues, and they’re able to convince Frost to help them into Zoom’s lair. When they arrive, Harrison is relieved to finally see his daughter again. But Barry is still trapped inside his cell. Their joy turns to doubt when it seems that Barry will have to stay behind, but a few words of encouragement from Cisco and Barry 2.0 allow Barry to gain the confidence and control in order to phase through his prison.
While all of this was going on, Geomancer managed to get inside the lab and do some damage, but was eventually caught by Iris and Caitlin. The damage done by Geomancer also damaged the Speed Cannon. At this point, time was running out and the cannon needed to be fixed right away. With the help of Joe, Jay is able to keep the rift together while Joe is able to hit some switches in order to reboot the device.
Soon after, Cisco and Jesse come through the portal. Then Barry and Harrison, but Zoom is hot on their trail. Barry is the last one to make it back, and as he comes though the rift, Jay throws a bomb into it and closes the rift. As it begins to destabilize and close, Zoom’s hand pops through the rift and through Jay as well, pulling him in and leaving Caitlin and the others with their jaws on the ground. Poor Caitlin, she just can’t catch a break…on both worlds.
Time to skip the introduction and get right to the meat of things. Who is the guy in the mask? From the evidence available, Barry recognized the tapping as code that POWs used to communicate. More importantly, Jesse and Barry were able to decipher the tapping which ended up spelling the name “Jay.” The question now is who is Jay? Immediately, you have to think of Jay Garrick. And when Barry mentioned Garrick, the man in the mask responded emphatically, but eventually got frustrated which could mean several things.
What about the idea that the person in the mask is saying that Jay Garrick has something to do with why he’s in the cell? Is Jay Garrick evil? Some would like you to think so. It could be the ultimate twist. However, if the comics have any kind of say, then this is a very unlikely scenario.
In all likelihood, these theories are just delving deeper than needed. And, really, the masked person is just someone who happens to know Jay Garrick.
As far as how the rest of the episode went, fans finally got to see Velocity-9 make it’s debut. The serum, which is well-known in the comics, does the same thing. The writers seemed to have a little fun taking their time working their way to the number nine. If you remember, the show started with Velocity-6, then Velocity-7. Thank goodness Velocity-8 was skipped. By then, the writers probably realized that the joke was getting old and skipped right to Velocity-9.
Speaking of which, Geomancer was a bit of a let down in this episode. If there is one thing not to like about the show, it’s the sometimes under-utilization of villains. In the comics, Geomancer doesn’t have much of a history. In fact, he didn’t make his first appearance until JSA #5 in 1999. Sadly, the character would later die three years later. So, it kind of makes sense why there isn’t much to Geomancer in these episodes. It’s because there isn’t much to him to begin with.
Lastly, did anyone else think that the structure Killer Frost made for the group to get into Zoom’s lair look really dangerous to walk up? Couldn’t she have just made a staircase with handrails? It seems that, at the time, anything would do, but c’mon.
“Escape From Earth-2” overall grade – B+
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