Before we get into the actual review, there are massive spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you might want to do that, then come back and check out the review.
Alright, let’s get crackin’!
This episode picks up where the previous one left off, with Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin hanging out in Harrison Well’s secret room, which they dubbed the “Time Vault.”
They now know for sure Wells is indeed the Reverse Flash, but more intriguing to the crew than the yellow suit, is the digital newspaper clipping from the future put on full display by Gideon, the A.I. Well’s has been using all throughout the series.
The newspaper clipping contains TONS of mind-blowing information, including the fact Barry is going to get a big job promotion, and he’s the founding member of….something important but Gideon gets cut of before we find out—although we all know this is a reference to the Justice League or some similarly named organization depending on whether they want some space between the movie and television universes or not.
We also discover that Gideon was actually created by Barry and she’s 100 percent loyal to him and his commands. It’ll be interesting to see how that comes in handy later on down the road, as I’m sure it will.
Even more intriguing is the byline which reveals who this article was written by, which is, of course, Iris, but what’s surprising isn’t that she becomes a successful reporter, but that her last name is Allen. Yup, in the future Barry gets hitched to Iris.
Speaking of Eddie, he later meets up with Joe and asks for permission to marry Iris, but he says no, and Eddie decides he’s going to do it anyway.
The team of heroes then decides they need to find a way to get Wells to admit he killed Nora Allen, and the only way they can do that is through Cisco’s “dreams,” which are actually memories — for lack of a better term — of the alternate timeline where Wells — maybe we should just call him Eobard Thawne — shredded his heart by vibrating his hand at an insane rate of speed after the genius inventor discovered he was the Reverse Flash.
Caitlin concocts a machine that will help Cisco walk through his “dreams” and piece together what happened in this alternate timeline so they can reconstruct the event and possibly get Thawne to confess to killing Nora, which would essentially be a “get out of jail free” card Barry’s dad.
This was one of my favorite scenes from the episode, as Cisco manages to be a character of great depth who brings comic relief, but also has a ton of heart too.
For the remainder of the episode, we see Team Flash put together their trap for Wells, but much of the show is taken up with the kind of teen relationship drama the CW has a reputation for, which was cheesy, contrived, and a little annoying, but not unexpected.
Barry is obviously a smitten kitten after discovering he ties the knot with Iris, which makes him turn into a nervous blob of jelly when she’s around. This surely made his teeny-bopper fans swoon from the “cuteness” of it all.
One of the more interesting aspects of the episode was how Barry still had to rely on Wells-Thawne — despite knowing he’s a deranged killer — to talk him through putting out an office fire, as Wells’ still pretends to be The Flash’s mentor.
Barry at first struggles to follow Wells’ instructions, feeling conflicted about his relationship with the man he knows murdered his mother, had his father put away in prison, and basically ruined his life. He soon learns to put aside his own feelings and do as the dastardly doctor says so he can save the lives of others.
That’s what makes Barry THAT guy.
Team Flash finally springs their trap, but to no avail, as Wells was aware of their scheme from the get-go and actually used their ruse to set a trap of his own.
There’s a great monologue from Wells in the form of a flashback to when Barry was in a coma, a prominent tool used in this episode to express what Joe, Iris, and Wells were going through during this period of time.
In this extremely creepy scene, we find Wells watching over Barry and discussing how much he hates the Scarlet Speedster and wishes he could kill him. He details their epic battles in the future, and how he’d give anything to have Barry so vulnerable in the days not yet come.
Wells goes on to admit he’s watched Barry grow up, stating there wasn’t a single hint of the man he’s going to become in the future lurking anywhere in him as a child.
While it seems the time may have slightly endeared Barry to Wells, it’s not been enough to erase some perceived unknown ill the Flash has supposedly committed against him, which he says will never be forgiven and says he fully intends to kill him in the future.
In the present day, Wells goes to attack Iris and Eddie. He then whisks Eddie away, planning to use him as “insurance.”
Barry shows up and tells Iris to go home, giving her a slight jolt of electricity before he speeds off into the night.
Earlier in the episode we were treated to a flashback which featured Iris seeing a similar bit of electricity flowing through Barry while he was in a coma, and as you can probably guess, Iris put two and two together and realized he’s the Flash.
This was probably one of the most emotionally moving, non-bratty scenes Iris has had in the last few episodes, which was a refreshing change of pace from the annoying, hard-nosed reporter in training we’ve been seeing.
This episode did a great job of moving the overall plot forward by leaps and bounds, despite being slightly slowed by relationship drama.
Seeing the strange tension that exists in Wells as he’s slightly grown fond of Barry, yet struggles with his hatred for him is highly intriguing, and the whole concept that neither would exist without the other — a sort of weird symbiotic relationship — is fascinating.
The time travel elements of this series are being handled very well and so far, have managed to avoid becoming overcomplicated and convoluted, something hard to do when it comes to these kind of stories.
My overall score for the episode is 9.0 out of 10.
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