Tonight's episode continues in the tradition of this season, if not the series as a whole, in as much as the show is dedicated to figuring out a way to slow down the season's main villain, Zoom, but also in its ability to be multifaceted or more correctly, multi-layered.
We see the creation of yet another metahuman who was a hapless victim of the Particle Accelerator mishap, although he was a ruthless thug who went to juvy hall and met some of his associates turned killers. Classic case of victim surviving against the odds (this time with powers) who is out for good old fashion revenge.
Now, we come to the heat of the matter, the family drama of every The Flash episode. I normally loathe these parts of a show, especially for my superheroes, but CW does the West family dynamic well, enough so that it's not overly annoying.
Wally ruins family night over pizza by mentioning that he's still racing despite the cease of incoming bills due to his (their) mother passing away. She goes to the racetrack and snaps a picture of the guy behind it all, while also trying to bring Wally over to her line of thought. However, it just serves to push him away. Family is a finely wrought mess, always wanting to splinter when it should come together.
I also love how they manage to fit in a forensics scene in nearly every episode since the pilot. I love science and it featured prominently in the comics and the '90s live action TV show, which despite being amazing for the time was put to pasture too soon. In these scenes, you get to see more of that amazing brain that Barry Allen possesses. He's not just the fastest man alive, people. He's super intelligent.
Again, Iris tries to persuade one of the West men over to her side of the table and it just backfires. Joe understands where she's coming from but he's trying to give Wally some space because face it, he may be his father. That is true, but he still realizes that Wally needs time and space to come to grips with losing his mom and suddenly on top of all this, he has a father and a sister. Sometimes family doesn't always know best...
Quite possibly my favorite part of the episode were the scenes with Barry and Wells interacting with one another, coming to grips with how awkward it is and yet finding a way past the tension. Barry even mentions how much he learned from alt Wells (a.k.a. Reverse Flash) and how much he was encouraged by him. Too bad Earth-2 Wells didn't care for Barry's attempt to bond, shooing him out of the room and saying he works best alone. These two actors have such great chemistry.
Getting a physical appearance of the Speed Force was so cool. If you ask me (or even if you don't) it looks like something that belongs in a Gatorade commercial.
Barry finally admits that he feels off, and that he's not quite as fast as he should be. Cisco was the first one to notice this since he has an unnatural attachment to Barry's suit.
Wannabe Detective Iris West goes to the man behind the races, among other nefarious activities, and comes right out telling him how she's writing a story spilling the beans on all of his operations. When he threatens her with the usual rhetoric about her safety and the safety of her family, she whips out her smartphone and says their conversation is begin recorded and simultaneously transmitted to her news agency. It was not out of character, after all, she damn-near found out who the Flash was before she was told. She's got balls.
The exchange is made and you see the Speed Force belonging to Barry invigorate and satisfy Zoom, but he wants more, and yet Wells demands to have his daughter returned to him, which Zoom denies. Damn you Harrison, you are blinded by revenge and hate to see that he's using you for a means to an end.
Barry and Wells work together to seal the breaches. Man, I told you they work well together despite their differences. Plus, this was badass science.
Tragically, this doesn't detract from Wells's treachery and backstabbing to save his daughter, but give the man a break. What would any of us do if the ones we loved were in danger of being killed by a madman? Barry goes as far as to say the very same thing in the episode. I have grown to like Iris, and I'm glad she's gonna be okay.
I just wanted to throw this in and loved how they continue to inform us of stuff that is going on in Arrow, also reminding us that the two shows are in the same TVverse.
This scene was well shot and the acting coupled with the dialogue was handled well with a great delivery. The siblings finally bond and bury the hatchet and actually start to sound like brother and sister, even joking with one another.
The ultimate form of Tar Pit looked pretty awesome and the effects were top notch. It couldn't have been cheap on the special effects budget, because he looked amazing.
After Cisco's amazing scientific invention destroys Tar Pit's crunchy outer crust, he is a mere mortal and Joe lays the smack down on that SOB!
Barry makes his peace with Wells, and acknowledges that it may be wrong what he did, but he did it out of desperation and pleads with Joe. He mentions what the latter would do if it was Iris instead of Wells's daughter. Barry leaves it to a team vote, and they opt to help Wells. We're going to Earth-2 baby!
Take a look at the promo for 'The Flash' Season 2, episode 13!