The Flash: The Runaway Dinosaur (Season 2, Episode 21)
“A zombie? For real?” – Cisco
This week The Flash did a really good job of balancing a very emotionally heavy story with one of the funniest stories that they have done in a while.
To recap: Cisco “vibed” and discovered that Barry was not actually dead but in the speed force. Barry had to come to terms with the death of his mother before he was allowed to leave the speed force with his powers. After being knocked unconscious last week, Wally seemed fine but Jesse wouldn’t wake up. The team tried to deal with Jesse but at the same time contain Tony who had come back as a zombie. Fortunately Barry came back and fixed everything.
With Barry’s powers gone and this week, with Barry gone, we have seen everybody take up a bigger role in the team and none more so than Iris. Iris has constantly been in the periphery but now she’s getting involved and we’re seeing what a bad-ass she is. This episode we saw her tell Cisco to get behind her after he told her to do the same thing and at every venture she was ready to step forward no matter how much danger it put her in. I love this version of Iris and I hope she doesn’t disappear now that Barry’s back.
I have long since given up on the science of The Flash making sense – if you think too much about it, you’re not going to enjoy it. That’s why I only had a short moment of disbelief when a zombie was introduced to the episode. Tony was the least fear-inducing zombie that the show could have made but it was great: he was so slow that there was no sense of immediate threat and it gave Cisco plenty of time to crack some jokes.
Barry’s story-line was a real journey and examination of what Barry’s been through in his life. Grant Gustin has proven how good he is at playing these emotional scenes and he didn’t fail us this week. He spent the majority of the episode looking like a sad puppy but it was believable – all of his pain and grief felt real.
So, what were the consequences of the second particle accelerator explosion? Jesse and Wally haven’t yet revealed that they have any powers (although not for lack of effort on Joe’s part) but Barry seems to have this new zen-like clarity.
The end of the episode had us revisiting Zoom and Caitlin at CCPD where we saw that Zoom had gathered an army of meta-humans to help him destroy the Earth. He also gave Caitlin the ultimatum of joining him or dying and whilst I don’t care all that much about Caitlin’s life, I do want her to join him – if only because it might make her character more interesting.
So what did you think of this week’s episode of The Flash? Are Wally and Jesse harbouring some speedster abilities? Will Caitlin join or leave? Let me know in the comments.