Things literally pick up right where they left off from last week’s episode as Barry is still being held in the air by Savitar. And for some odd reason, he’s the only one who can see him. For now, he instructs Joe West to shoot him, but when he look at Barry, nothing is there. Barry tell him to shoot anyway, and when he does, the bullets bounce off of something and ricochet. Joe looks on stunned. Meanwhile, Alchemy and another acolyte make their escape, but one is apprehended. At the same time, Savitar shows Barry a sample of his speed as he’s taken around the city and beaten. It takes Cisco to open a breach to Barry and Caitlin to user her powers to freeze Savitar right as he’s about to kill The Flash. Savitar breaks out of his icy shell and runs away to fight another day.
Meanwhile, Joe has been worrying about Wally who has been encased in a cocoon thanks to Alchemy. He eventually takes it upon himself to break Wally out after the team told him not to. Joe break Wally out of the cocoon, but because it wasn’t done naturally, Wally’s mind and body are all discombobulated. Seeking the help of Caitlin, Barry risks his life to help her take control of her body. He succeeds and she creates a serum to aid Wally. After their ordeal, Wally and the team embrace his new powers as a speedster.
Only seven episodes into the season, and this is probably the best one so far. It really had it all – great character progression, another close examination of team Flash and its main players, action, emotion, an iconic scene from the comics, and an homage to Batman Returns.
You could argue that every episode has character progression, but this one, in particular, provided a lot of insight into the manifestation of Killer Frost and how the team would handle it, especially Caitlin. You have to give credit where credit is due, and, in this episode, Danielle Panabaker did an amazing job. It’s always the quiet ones. She went from being the reserved Caitlin Snow who rarely shows a wild side to one of the most bad ass super villains the show has seen. She was the complete package here – she shot spikes of ice from her hands and displayed her deep, cold heart by digging into Barry’s failures. It was heart wrenching when she named Eddie and Ronnie. “You know, for a hero, Flash, you sure let a lot of people around you die.” Ouch! But the most damaging thing Killer Frost accomplished was wrecking the bromance between Barry and Cisco. It’s going to take a while to heal that wound.
Although, an argument could be made for the big reveal at the end of the episode as the biggest moment in the episode. For weeks, people have been speculating that Julian Albert a.k.a Draco Malfoy a.k.a Tom Felton was Alchemy. For some, the key give away was the fact that “Albert” was Julian’s last name. And, in case you didn’t know, the real name of Alchemy in the comics is Albert Desmond. It’s amazing how much information people can pull from just a single name. However, all this came to fruition when Julian opened a drawer containing the mask that Alchemy has been wearing the entire season.