Before you make the leap of faith and dive head first into this week’s RECAP/REVIEW for The Flash, think about what you’re about to do. There’s going to be a lot of spoilers and no holding back. So to help protect your eyes from something you may not want to know, then here is a random picture of corn on the cob.
When audiences last saw Barry and the crew, Jay Garrick had just had an arm shoved through him by Zoom and then ripped back into the rift. And right in the front row, with clear vision to see everything, was poor Caitlin.
After the events of that day and on Earth-2, the group tries to put everything behind them. But as the episode goes on, it’s clear that keeping things a secret was not going to work. Later, at a secured ARGUS facility, it seems that questions regarding King Shark’s whereabouts were answered when it was revealed that he was actually being held prisoner. Unfortunately for them, he was able to outsmart them and make his escape.
Later that night, Barry agrees to help Wally with his engineering project. However, that doesn’t go as planned as Barry allows his distractions to get the best of him and begins nitpicking at Wally’s engineering design. Wally is taken aback, but Barry manages to salvage the sinking ship. Back at the lab, Caitlin confronts Cisco about his weird behavior. Cisco comes out and spills the beans about their Earth-2 encounters. But Caitlin responds the only way one could in her situation. “I just watched Jay get killed right in front of my eyes. Just when I was starting to feel normal again. Just when I was beginning to love him.”
Joe meets up with Wally and comes out telling him that Barry isn’t the perfect child he thinks he is. Joe takes things a step further and reveals the broken past that Barry has. At the lab, Caitlin plays a trick on Cisco and makes him believe that she’s turning into Killer Frost. Upstairs, Barry has gathered everyone to show off the tribute he’s created in honor of Jay. And there he declares that they’ll find a way back to Earth-2 and that they’ll defeat Zoom.
After weeks of slightly complaining, it seems like the writers were listening and answered the call. The show, this week, went back to it’s roots and audiences got an episode about the Flash versus the villain of the week. And this week’s villain just happened to be one of the best ones, King Shark. Visually, King Shark is a stunning bad guy. He’s huge! He’s also half man, half shark! As an aside, you know how in the previous X-Men movies by Bryan Singer they could never get Colossus to look right? Then Deadpool comes out, and all of a sudden there’s this collective sigh of relief from the fans because this film finally got him right! You could almost say the same thing about King Shark. They never got him wrong to begin with. But it was fantastic seeing a villain that felt like it was ripped right out of a comic book.
Up to now, there’s no hiding that the Caitlin/Jay Garrick relation ship was kind of annoying. Sadly now that’ he’s passed away, you can’t help but feel bad for Caitlin. This week’s episode was a good telling of her story. Losing someone is always a difficult situation to deal with. However, in Caitlin’s case, she lost two people she was in love with, and that stinks. Her moment came when she finally confronted Cisco about the way he had been acting around her. “…because I have to be. I just watched Jay get killed right in front of my eyes. Just when I was starting to feel normal again. Just when I was beginning to love him. So if I let myself feel, if I let all of that pain and anger out, it’s never going to stop. And that’s not going to help me either.”
Mark this week’s episode as a big “growing pain” themed episode for The Flash. While it was fun to have Diggle and Lyla on the show, it was also equally important. Think of it like revising your own essay. For the first time, in a long time, the group is getting some “outside” perspective. “You’re starting to do that thing that Oliver does – carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You gotta stop that man. It’s gonna slow you down.” As Barry said during his voice over at the beginning of the episode, the group put the events of Earth-2 behind them, but it was clearly effecting all of them. It was really important for Diggle to say those words to Barry because he does do it…a lot. And more importantly, there was that scene at the West home, when Wally called Barry a coward. Once Wally left, it just all came pouring out and the audience finally sees how much weight Barry has had on his shoulders.
Crying is an action that people don’t want others to see. It’s the ultimate release of stress and other terrible feelings, but at the same time, it’s one of the most private and most vulnerable moments in a person’s life that they’d rather not share. It’s like a double edged sword which measures the trust you have inside if yourself and those you call your friends. If Barry didn’t have the love from the West family and his friends, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t recover from something like this. Who knows what the end result would have been like.
There were all of these small details that threw you off the scent of who Zoom was. The big moment of course was seeing Hunter Zolomon, a man from Earth-1 sitting on the park bench. That man looked harmless, but according to the comics, he was supposed to be the worst villain to face the Flash. Jay Garrick is supposed to be from Earth-2. So the question still remains, who is Zoom? And who is the man in the mask that Zoom has prisoner?
The Flash goes on a short break but returns March 22nd with an all new episode titled, “Trajectory.” Here’s a preview for it: