After a space ship lands in Central City and a horde of aliens come rushing out, Barry gathers team Arrow, the Legends, and Supergirl to fight off their greatest challenge to date. For Supergirl, this isn’t the first time she’s heard of the Dominators. Growing up, she heard stories about their invasion of Krypton and their violent nature. Oliver then elects Barry as team leader and, with some help, sends everyone off to spar against Kara. Meanwhile, Stein and Jax pull Barry aside to go over the message they discovered on the Waverider. Having nothing to hide from Oliver, Barry invites him to listen in on the conversation. After learning about what Barry did and Flashpoint, Oliver suggests that they keep the audio clip away from the others until after dealing with the Dominators. However, Cisco discovers the clip and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. Flashpoint and everything related to it are revealed to the rest of the party and everyone, except Oliver and Kara, lose faith in Barry. Olly, being the good friend he is, pledges to stay by his side, but is left alone when everyone else races off to save the President who had just been kidnapped by the Dominators.
Where do you even begin to break down this week’s episode? There’s no better spot than the beginning. Cisco has been relentless ever since Caitlin spilled the beans on what Barry did. Did you catch what he said to Kara when they first met? “‘Friends’ is a loose term. We just work together.” Ouch, and it didn’t stop there. The onslaught continued when Felicity asked Cisco about it. He asked if it was “illegal” to dislike Barry. but brought up the point that even he (Barry) makes mistakes. Then, later on, Cisco found the audio clip and confronted Barry loud enough so that he had to explain to everyone what happened. Which leads to one of the most dramatic moments of the night. For the most part, John Diggle is one of the most relatable characters on the show. He doesn’t have powers or is a tech wizard. He’s a family man who has more than advanced survival skills. So when he hears that his daughter was erased from existence, it’s heart breaking. Almost as heart breaking as hearing Barry having to explain himself.
In the past, The Flash has featured a lot of “hands-on” type of villains – villains that blow things up to get attention, villains that steal things, villains that kill, but there hasn’t really been a villain that’s tried to purely outsmart the heroes. An argument could be made for Zoom, but he killed plenty of people to be considered off that list. The Dominators, though, mind controlled most of the team. Genius! Sure, the show hasn’t featured a villain with the ability to do so, but in comes the Dominators and they did it. Therefore, they win the award for “Best Villain… So Far.”
If there was anything that had to be “off” with the episode, it would have to be the ending. It seems that all Barry had to do to regain the faith of the team as a leader was to break them free from the Dominators’ mind control device. It didn’t feel like it was enough. But it was the end of the episode and something needed to be done. Hopefully Barry will accomplish something that will put him more in favor with everyone. At least they were willing to take direction from him by the end of the episode.
For now, this is the best episode of The Flash. And it will be until, probably, the final episode of the series. It’s funny; the meat of Flashpoint only lasted a couple of episodes. When it was over, some thought that was the end of it. But here is episode eight, and the repercussions of Flashpoint are still ringing loud and clear. At this rate, it’ll continue to resonate until the mid-season finale, and quite possibly until the end.
Lastly, poor Wally (he hasn’t been forgotten) and Stein has a daughter?! Also, did you catch those Easter Eggs? Supergirl comes from Earth-38, and of course this:
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW at 8 PM EST. Check out a preview from the mid-season finale of The Flash titled, “Present.”