The Flash is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central on The CW. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in The FlashBack.
Last night’s episode picks up from last week’s. There are spoilers—abandon now if you hate spoilers. Anyway, Zoom has Barry and now he is hunting Harry, spreading his demand that citizens “bring him Wells” all over the city. Harry moves to put STAR into lock-down when Cisco shows up to tell him what’s happened. Barry-2 is awake and definitely confused about what’s going on. Cisco starts to fill him in when Zoom shows up at STAR leaving the trio very little time. Harry has a time vault in this version of STAR just like the one back on Earth-1 and the three of them take cover. Some fancy fake wall tech hides them briefly, but they now need a plan and they need to fill Barry-2 in.
Meanwhile in Zoom’s lair, Barry’s trying to figure out how to escape. Jesse has all but given up, both on regaining her freedom and her father. The guy in the metal mask keeps tapping on his own glass. It all feels very dire, but Barry is still optimistic. Of course Zoom shows up just then to remind Jesse and Barry that he’s going to kill them once he gets what he wants. Pleasant!
Back on Earth-1 the earth shaking bad guy from last week is causing issues again, but our guy Jay has fixed the speed cannon. He’s still stressed though, because of that villain. Caitlin’s working hard on a new formula of Velocity, but has found out that her last formula made him sicker. While they’re working through the speed problem, Iris has issues of her own. Her new editor? He’s kind of a jerk and wants to run hard stories, not what he considers to be fluff about the Flash. Iris decides to resolve this by trying to get an exclusive with Jay’s Flash.
Over in my new hometown, Barry-2 lets his wife in on the situation with the whole folks-from-other-dimensions game. It’s adorable when Barry-2 tries to explain it with his bow-tie all crooked. Adorableness notwithstanding, Barry-2 is also really smart. When Cisco suggests that Killer Frost would know where Zoom’s lair is, Barry-2 is able to track her using metadata. They track her to the Woodlands and the crew, including Iris-2 and Barry-2, head off to find Killer Frost.
Back at the lair, man in the metal mask is still tapping. Barry knows it’s a message and he convinces Jesse to help him. The two figure out that Mask Man is using a five by five tap code as used by POWs. On Earth-1 Caitlin and Jay are also figuring things out as she has created what she thinks might be the right formula, Velocity-9. Iris shows up and wants that interview, but Jay isn’t down. He doesn’t get much of a chance to resist, though, because Geomancer is back and wants Jay’s Flash to show up. He causes an earthquake that endangers the hospital. A quick shot of the untested Velocity-9 and he’s off. Jay is able to run to the hospital, save everyone before the building falls, and gets back to STAR in time to collapse from exhaustion. Hero needs a nap.
There’s no sleep on Earth-2. Mask Man spells out the name Jay. Barry guesses Jay Garrick and this upsets our silent friend. Jesse and Barry try to get more information, but Zoom shows up, tells Mask Man to shut up, and then beats the crap out of Barry. He phases through Barry’s cell first, which gives Barry an idea of how to escape.
At the Woodlands, the rescue squad finds Killer Frost. Despite a rather chilly reception from the ice villain, Cisco is able to talk to her and get her to assist them. Killer Frost eventually tells the team where Zoom’s lair is, takes them there, and helps them infiltrate by using some fancy ice creations. It’s a pretty awesome ability.
This victory on Earth-2 is countered by a minor defeat on Earth-1. Geomancer (the bad guy) somehow gets into STAR and starts shaking things up. Iris and Caitlin are able to save themselves by putting the metahuman boot on him (girl power!) but the damage has been done: all that shaking has destabilized the breach again.
In Zoom’s lair, Barry is trying to phase through the walls. He has his speed up, but that doesn’t work. Jesse suggests the frequency issue, but that doesn’t seem to be working. It feels like a lost cause, but then the rescue team shows up. Harry is reunited with Jesse and with the reluctant help of Killer Frost, frees her. However, when Killer Frost tries to freeze Barry out of his enclosure, Harry breaks it to them that it’s not glass but something stronger that can’t be broken. Barry can only phase out, but he can’t. Barry tells them to leave him. Before the crew can do that, though, Barry-2 gives his counterpart a pep talk, convincing Barry that if he believes he can phase through his enclosure and decides he can do it, he will. Barry takes his own advice and it works. Barry phases through the enclosure and moves to rescue “Mask Man,” but Zoom shows up. It looks like Killer Frost lured them to a trap and Zoom goes to kill Jesse. Killer Frost puts the ultimate bad guy on ice for what he did to her boyfriend, but she can’t hold him off forever. Barry has to leave “Mask Man” behind as they flee.
On Earth-1, Jay, Joe, and Caitlin get the speed cannon working again to stabilize the breach. They have good timing because, after a little convincing for Jesse, our heroes begin to return. Harry is briefly able to stop Zoom (who by now has escaped Killer Frost and come after them all again) and Barry brings him through. Barry-2 and Iris-2 go to stay with family in Atlantis. Everyone feels good. It seems like victory until a hand pops out of the breach through Jay’s chest, and drags him into the breach just before it’s sealed.
Next week? King Shark. This should be different. I want to know what happened to Jay and I want to know why “Mask Man” was so upset! Maybe we’ll get some more clues next week so stay tuned!