As usual, this article contains spoilers from last night’s episode. So, if you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want to know what happens, then look away. And you may want to consider why you’re here in the first place. To also aid in averting your eyes from any kind of information you don’t want to know at this moment, here’s a big photo something from the internet.
Buried in a pile of books, searching for answers. That’s where Barry begins this week’s episode; trying to find the solution to becoming faster. But he’s running out of time and he’s running out of sources. Some quick analysis shows that both Zoom and Reverse Flash show that the two move 30% faster, but how? Could it be that Barry just can’t move as fast as them? It can’t be. He refuses to accept that answer.
With the help of Cisco and Caitlin, he goes back in time to seek out Wells. His travels are cut short when something in the time rift attacks him. He stumbles out of the rift and find himself in front of an all too familiar scene: the moment he met Hartley Rathaway. Then in split second, the original Barry is hit with Rathaway’s sonic gloves. Future Barry takes it upon himself to grab his past self and inject him with a sedative. After a small tussle with himself, he also apprehends the Pied Piper. Back at the lab, he re-encounters Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne. However, their reunion is cut short when the time wraith shows up at the CCPD and Barry is forced to investigate.
Meanwhile, the wraith makes it’s way into the lab, but thanks to the help of Rathaway everyone is able to survive it’s attack. The team splits up to work on different tasks to stop the wraith. With future Barry out of the lab, the original one shows up. Confusion and a little bit of chaos ensues. Future Barry walks through the door and realizes the gig is up and explains as much as he can without disrupting the timeline. Wells gives future Barry a drive containing what he wants and sends him on his way along with the wraith. Caitlin and Cisco still don’t know what to do, but Barry tells them when he goes through the rift that they’ll have one year to figure things out.
The time had come to see what was on the drive that Thawne had given Barry. Inside the time vault, surrounded by Cisco and Caitlin, Barry inserts the device. For a moment nothing happens, but after a quick bang on the machine and the solution he had been looking for was right there in front of him – “3X2(9YZ)4A.”
This week’s episode was really interesting. The overall theme was that in order to keep moving forward, you need to take a step back. The best example of this was Wally talking about his experience reading works from the past to help him progress with his project. However, to be desperate enough to go back to a traumatic time in your life is not only crazy, but very risky. And it was also a risky move for the show. The show has already proven that playing with time in a sci-fi sense is dangerous. To do it as an underlying theme for an episode for a television show is just as scary and could have ended very badly if not done well. Luckily, it worked out in the end – that is, if you were able to keep up with the pace of the show.
Aside from his constant whispering, Tom Cavanagh’s performance this season has been highly exceptional. However, you probably wouldn’t have realized this until this episode. Audiences have seen him go from Harrison Wells to Eobard Thawne to Harrison Wells 2.0 to Harrison Wells the father and back to Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne. And the best part is that they’re all distinct from one another. One actor, one character, and what seems like endless variations. Someone give this guy an award or something.
Now on to something that rarely happens here, an actual problem with tonight’s episode. How was it so easy for Barry to get the information from Eobard? Granted Barry almost did get a hand phased into his chest, but all he had to do was simply lie to one of the “smartest” men on the planet. If this was a game of Dungeons & Dragons, then Eobard must have rolled a one on his Persuasion check.
Finally, did any of you catch some of the Easter Eggs in tonight’s episode? The biggest one, of course, was the Speed Formula: 3×2(9YZ)4A. Now the question is will anyone else be able to tap into the potential of the formula? One potential candidate is Jesse Quick (Wells’ daughter) who was another speedster in the comics. Also, if you paid enough close attention, you’d also realize that this was a prelude to the crossover events from the Supergirl.
The Flash goes on a small hiatus, but check out a promo for the next new episode coming April 19th at 8 PM EST on The CW.