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This week’s episode starts with a harsh comparison of the lives of Barry Allen and Hunter Zolomon. Both experienced tragic moments in their life, but both experienced opposite aftermaths thus resulting in the men they’ve grown up to become. One is a superhero and the other is the incarnation of darkness.
The duo try again and once again fail, but this time a reluctant Wells shows up to help them. If they’re not going to listen to him and stop trying, he might as well help them out and make sure they don’t get themselves killed. And thanks to the help of Wells and Reverb’s altered goggles, Cisco is finally able to open a rift to Earth-2. On the other side, Zoom can feel the presence of another rift opening and realizes it’s Cisco who’s making the attempt. However, as he begins to open it, Cisco stops and asks them never to have him try again.
Back at the lab, Caitlin mentions the name “Hunter Zolomon” and Wells recognizes the name belonging to a serial killer on his Earth. The day that the Earth-2 particle accelerator exploded, Zolomon was receiving electro-shock therapy. While being electrocuted, matter from the explosion combined with his treatment gave him Speedster abilities and thus turned him into Zoom.
At first glance, this wasn’t just another ordinary episode. In fact, the beginning hit the audiences hard with a scene dealing with domestic violence. It was clearly juxtaposed with Barry’s situation, but Zolomon’s situation was probably the worst thing that could have happened to a young child in that position. After having witnessed his mother killed by his father, having none of his relatives wanting him, then being practically stored away within an orphanage, there’s no wonder why he became the man he is today.
In a typical episode of The Flash, the side stories tend to be just that…side stories. However, in this episode, the side stories did a solid job of displaying character growth from the rest of the ensemble. Audiences were able to watch Cisco as he developed more abilities by tapping deeper into his powers. And if you remember what Reverb had said to him on Earth-2, Cisco has quite the arsenal when it comes to his powers. How powerful he really is is something that fans will have to watch and see. Cisco already exists in the comics, but who knows how far the writers are willing to go with his character, especially if they’re having fun with him.
Overall, this was a great episode. Admittedly, when the episode ended, it felt abrupt…like there was more or there should have been more. However, this is probably more of a testament of how good of an episode it was. You find yourself so engrossed in it that you don’t realize that the hour is actually over. Also, on a final note, did anyone else pick up what happened to Barry at the beginning of the episode when he was testing out the new tachyon prototype? There’s a point he’s running where he says that he can go faster. As he says it, he runs into a rift and then moments later runs out. When he gets back to the lab, all he can say is “I’m back. How long was I gone?” That’s probably in reference to when he ran to another Earth and met Supergirl. Although, by the look on his face, it looks like he may have gone to other Earth’s. How long was Barry really gone for? Here’s hoping that question get’s answered.
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