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Barry and the team work to train Barry to get faster so that he can stop Zoom, but they hit a roadblock and decide to go out to have fun and decompress. Barry, Caitlin,Cisco, Jesse and meet with Iris and Wally at a night club. While everyone is having a good time, another speedster shows up and robs everyone before escaping. Barry chases after her, but she is too fast for him.Jesse has a falling out with Harry after finding out that he did some questionable things to save her from Zoom. With the newspapers claiming the Flash has turned to crime and the Scott wanting Iris to write a puff piece, the team look to identifying the real culprit.Barry believes that the person had to have been affected by the particle accelerator to obtain the ability, but Caitlin reveals Velocity 9 to him. She also tells him that in order to make the serum she asked help from a friend. Mercury Labs employee Eliza Harmon turns out to be the speedster; who stole Velocity-9 from Caitlin. Caitlin and Joe try to confirm it is her, but she denies keeping anything that had to do with Velocity 9. Operating under the name "Trajectory", she infiltrates S.T.A.R. Labs for more Velocity-9. After threatening Jesse's life, Harry and Caitlin make more Velocity-9 for Eliza, who tests the serum on Jesse first to make sure they are real. She then speeds off to wreck havoc on the city, while team rushes to save Jesse. Barry thinks about using the serum himself, but Harry tells him that he shouldn't cheat to get better. Barry tracks her down and saves all the people on the bridge she is trying to destroy before it collapses. He breaches another speed milestone, hitting Mach 3.35 and takes Eliza down. He tries to talk her into giving up but Eliza refuses and injects more Velocity-9 into her system before speeding off. Barry watches as Eliza's speed becomes so intense that her lightning turns blue and she disintegrates. Meanwhile, Jesse decides to leave the city to experience the world on her own. Based on what Barry saw from the overuse of Velocity-9, and the similarities to Zoom, the team realizes that Zoom is Jay. To confirm this, Cisco reveals that he had visions of Zoom every time he was near Jay's helmet. He vibes one last time and sees Zoom's unmask himself to reveal that it is the Jay that they knew, shattering everyone's hopes.
So another speedster who is faster than Barry laid the beating on him, can't he catch a break? It's hard to catch the superspeed fighting, but check out these notable scenes from the episode.
Eliza Harmon/Trajectory: She was a scientist at Mercury Labs and friend of Caitlin while she worked there. She gained the ability of super speed by reverse-engineering the Velocity 9 formula initially created by Caitlin and Harry. As trajectory she is reckless and seems to have no regard for the danger she puts people in. She is shown to be faster than Barry, but just like every user of V9, her body is slowly degenerating.
Team Flash- Main goal is to get Barry faster. Since we last left off, Barry had put away a giant humanoid shark, but it seems like that he has plateaued. It was nice to see them take a break from everything and hit the club, even though it was cut short. It was pretty messed up when they figured out at the end that Jay wasn't who he said he was and we hate to say we told them so. Thanks to Cisco and some detective work from Barry, they were able to see Zoom unmask himself to reveal Jay. You can just see how heartbroken everyone is at the end.
Barry and Harry- Harry may be a jerk at times, but he truly does care for the people around him. When he saw Barry take the Velocity 9, he confronted him about it. He told him that he would just be trading a piece of his humanity each time he compromised himself just to get the edge. Even though Barry told him he sounded like a hypocrite, Harry told him to better than him.
Barry and Eliza- He almost convinced her to stop using the V9 because she wasn't a bad person, but sometimes people just can't break the addiction. She was faster than him yeah, but what separates them both is that Barry won't have to cheat to become faster.
Barry and Iris- We thought that Patty leaving was so that they could begin something with these two. The beginning started to tease at it as she mentioned how weird it was that they were married in the future and on Earth 2. Before they could continue the awkward conversation it was interrupted by Trajectory. Her timing was impeccable.
Barry and Caitlin- He may have seen it as unfair for her and Harry not to tell him about V9 but she only did so to protect him. She began to tear up when she told him what it did to Jay and that she didn't want the same thing to happen to him.
Barry and Cisco- Leave it to Cisco to look at a female speedster and disregard that his bro just had his ass handed to him by her. He did however save Barry from falling to his death at the beginning so I guess it's okay.
Caitlin and Cisco- Them dancing together has got to be the greatest thing we've seen on the show. Cisco got the moves! It looks like she's going to need a shoulder cry on now that they know the truth about Jay.
Caitlin and Eliza- She seemed to nice to be the rogue speedster terrorizing the city, but it is always the ones you don't expect. She lies straight through her teeth to Caitlin but her and Joe weren't buying it.
Harry and Jesse- If she only knew hard it is to make those kinds of sacrifices, she wouldn't be so hard on her dad. Yes he killed someone, but that person was a villain and he only did so to save her. He saves her again this episode and what does he get. She runs away. Kids these days are so ungrateful.
Wally and Jesse- Now until we figure out how old she is again, we definitely something between the two went they met at the club. Jesse Quick and Wally West. Too bad her father's watch kept them from getting to know more about each other.
Iris and Scott- We don't like the guy and Iris has a tendency to date jerks, but man we felt bad for him. I mean she was just trying to stall so that she wouldn't have to publish the story on the Flash going rogue, but it doesn't mean it didn't hurt a little watching that.
Kanye- "Nothing in life is promised but death." Barry thought Harry was referring to Edgar Allen Poe, but he was really quoting Kanye.
Beyonce- She is apparently a Senator on Earth 2
Opal City- This is where the bus Jesse got onto is headed. In the DC Comics Universe it is a city in Maryland, that is the home of many generations of Starman. For those of you who watch Supergirl, Adam Foster, Kara's brief love interest is from there.
What's To Come/Theories:
Next episode titled 'Flashback' will most likely deal with Barry's failed attempt to getting to Earth 2. We know that he will some how find his way to Supergirl's world and helps her take down some baddies in his time there. On his way back to his earth, something goes wrong as usual and he goes too far back in time. He relives what happened in the first season and Wells who is probably Eobard Thawne in disguise knows that Barry is from the future. Pied Piper makes his return and so does Eddie. Barry doesn't come back alone and brings along a time wraith. We are thinking that this may be the introduction of Death and the other dangers of tampering with the speed force. Also, we think that Trajectory isn't really dead, but was dragged into the speed force. So we may see her down the line trapped in there along with any other speedster that died. Aside from that, the team now knows that the Jay that they know may be Zoom, but we have yet to find out the real truth. We will continue to reiterate the same theory until we finally get some answers. The Jay that became part of the team was a speed mirage that Zoom used to throw them off. He could even be Everyman of Earth 2 which would explain why he didn't really have superspeed and need Velocity 6,7,8, and 9. That would leave the man in the metal mask to be the real Jay Garrick.
After being away for a month we finally got our fix of the Flash we've been missing. Seeing Barry struggle with getting faster and having the rest of the team push him is nothing new, but there is something different about him. He doesn't doubt himself as much and even though he seemed to be outmatched by Trajectory, he didn't give up. Our Scarlett Speed didn't even need the V9 to hit Mach 3. Slowly but surely he is building himself to being able to take down Zoom. We give this 9.3 Cosmic Treadmills out of 10. What did you think about the episode? Leave it in the comments below, we'd love to read them!