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After his run-in with King Shark, it was back to business with Barry and the gang on making him faster than Zoom. When we finally catch up with them, they’re working on making Barry jump father than he’s ever jumped before. But in order to do that, he’s got to be able to establish a speed he’s never managed in a matter of seconds. On paper it looks a little ridiculous, but the only way he’s going to accomplish his goal is if he just does it. With that, Barry takes a leap of faith and jumps. It looks like he’s actually going to make it when, at the last moment, he looses momentum and begins to fall. Luckily, he’s got a net to catch him and save him from death.
After some investigating, the crew is able to muster up some leads. One of which was a secret Caitlin had been hiding because of Jay’s wishes. Upset, Barry struggles to comprehend why they would keep such a thing as Velocity-9 from him when it could have given him a chance to combat against Zoom. With no time to argue, the speedster makes a return and Barry races after them. The Flash manages to finally catch up to them and to his surprise the speedster is a her who goes by the name “Trajectory.” She then punches Barry and makes a quick getaway. Although their meeting was quick, Barry was able to get a description of what the speedster looks like. Luckily there were details about her and her suit that allows them to deduce that she was someone smart who had access to a lab.
Needing more of the serum, she injects herself with the last dosage and sets off after Caitlin. Thanks to her increased speed, she encapsulates Barry and holds Jesse hostage forcing Harrison and Caitlin to create more Velocity-9. She makes off with the vials but not before injuring Jesse in the process. She’s able to recover thanks to a blood transfusion from her father, but their resulting “talk” causes her acknowledge that she’s a distraction for her father. Thus in her eventually leaving Central City by the end of the episode.
For the first time in a while, there is something to finally nit pick about this episode, but overall, The Flash continues to tell a great story filled action and fun nods to lore from the original comics. So where do you begin? The best place to start is with the last moments of the episode. When Trajectory began to run to fast that her lightning turned a familiar blue, you knew that it was going to make a big impact, and everything from here was going to change. So as the camera panned to Barry, you knew he was deep in thought connecting the dots. And just like that, it all comes together and at the same time, their worlds come crumbling down. The music changes, the heavy drum beats begin to ring, and then Cisco uses his powers on Jay’s helmet.
Barry could not have said it any better when he runs to something that was challenging him and lets out an enormous roar.
The villain of the week was Trajectory. For those of you who don’t know, Trajectory is another original DC Universe character but with different origins in the comic books. There, she comes from Metropolis and develops her powers another way. Sadly, just like in the show, she dies due to unfortunate events. While you won’t find Trajectory on Top 10 list of villains, she still played an important role. She provided some insight into Iris’ new editor (something that audiences had not seen up to this point) and she provided another challenge to push Barry into becoming one of the most powerful superheroes on Earth. Let’s not forget how she was the key to the big revelation at the end of the episode.
Some other fun “Easter Eggs” in tonight’s episode had to do with the watch that Wells gave his daughter before she went out for the night. Remember, this watch is supposed to beep whenever a meta-human is near by. Of course the watch went off when Barry was near by, but coincidentally, the watch was also going off when Wally was near by as well. Now you may not have noticed because Barry was also next to her. So, it could have just been that he was triggering it. Whatever the reason, it was a fun tease because as some of you may or may not know, Wally West is supposed to be another speedster. In fact, he’s another Flash who just happens to be from Keystone City.
Once again, it’s another good night for the folks over at The Flash.
“Trajectory” overall grade – B+
Tune into next week’s all new episode of The Flash – “Flash Back”