The Flash: Versus Zoom (Season 2, Episode 18)
“The best plan we’ve come up with so far is to set off a nuclear warhead next to the city’s electrical grid.” – Cisco
The title of this week’s episode really tells you what went on but who won? Well, as there are five more episodes of the season that we’re yet to see, it’s not a massive leap to say that Zoom came out on top.
This week we learned about Zoom, or rather Jay Garrick, or do we call him Hunter Zolomon? Either way we got to take a look at his past on Earth-2 and gain a bit more insight as to why he is the way that he is. Barry and Zoom battled and for a brief moment it seemed as though Barry had won until Zoom escaped and kidnapped Wally. To get Wally back, Barry had to give Zoom his speed force which he did. The episode ended with Zoom kidnapping Caitlin for reasons unknown.
The last episode of The Flash where they tried at the time travel genre did not go well at all but this week showed a great return to form. Showing Jay’s father shooting his mother made me very uncomfortable – a discomfort that I am unsure was intentional but nonetheless, I felt something from the offset so kudos to the show.
Iris revealed that she still had feelings for Barry this week and as much as I adore Barry, does anybody else wonder where these feelings magically came from? She was pretty interested in her boss last week. Also, whilst they may not be related by blood, I cannot get past the fact that they are essentially siblings. Please, stop.
My discomfort aside, the show tapped into some cool aspects this episode. We saw Cisco exploring his powers more and really look at what he was capable of. By far, Reverb (Cisco’s Earth-2 doppelganger) was my favourite of the new characters that we saw on Earth-2 and the fact that he was killed off after approximately five minutes was a source of great annoyance for me. It should be really interesting to see Cisco tap into his powers, particularly as he treats them with such caution.
Pre-kidnapping, we got to see some more of Wally who is quickly becoming one of my favourite characters on the show. The relationship between Wally and Joe is developing and becoming something very sweet and genuine. It felt like Wally didn’t exactly have a place towards the beginning of the season but he’s really settling in and now that he’s moved in with Joe and Barry it will be interesting to see how long they can keep Barry’s speed a secret – if Barry ever gets his speed back (but how boring would season 3 be if he didn’t?)
The final battle between Barry and Zoom was fun to watch but it essentially came down to two men playing high-speed tag around Central City. Jay also avoided revealing the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, saying “you wouldn’t believe me if I told you” (I would, seriously: just tell me!) and then Zoom kidnapped Caitlin. An act of love? A tantrum? We’ll find out next week.
What did you think of this week’s The Flash? Who is the Man in the Iron Mask? Why did Jay take Caitlin? Let me know in the comments.