Well, THAT was a surprise.
The Flash Season 2 Episode 20 included two of my favorite things, a title that had a double meaning as well as a nod to one of my all time hours of television – Fringe Season 3 Episode 22, "The Day We Died."
What a treat!
There was so much going on during this hour.
Barry, Cisco and Iris had worked out a temporary fix to keep The Flash in business using a hologram and video game techniques. If you tried to explain to me how Barry ran and Cisco directed, I'd never get it, but it seemed to work. It was also good watching Iris fitting in so well.
Knowing what a big decision was before him, Barry had enlisted the help of both of his dads as well as his scientific father figure. Henry even decided he had (finally) spent enough time away from Barry and would move home.
Cisco was vibing on his brother, mostly to drive home the point Zoom really is evil so he could kill off someone that would hurt, at least a little. Another doppelganger bit the dust. Their life spans are such that Harry should start watching his back, even if Harrison is already dead.
Zoom was taking Caitlin's feelings into account and didn't kill anyone she cared about. That's awfully convenient. He's still a little too sweet of a serial killer for me.
HOWEVER, I fully expect him to kill Henry Allen before the season is over.
Yes, I think it's going to get that real. The writing was on the wall when Henry made the poor decision to leave his lovely cabin in the woods (ordinarily it's the cabin in the woods where you go to die, but not in Central City!), and when he mentioned his mother's maiden name.
Do any of you not know the name of your great-grandparents on your father's side? My father's mother's maiden name was Behuniak. It just seems like that's something most kids ask along the way. Maybe that was only in the olden days.
In any event, Barry didn't even raise an eyebrow when Henry mentioned his mother's maiden name was Garrick. I immediately decided we'll see Henry's doppelganger under the Iron Mask, making way for poor daddy to bite the dust during the next three episodes.
Anybody else come to that conclusion?
I have no idea what's happening to Barry while he's in another world, but I'm pretty sure it will keep him from exploring a relationship with Iris, because she's open to exploring one with him.
Barry, you've always had someone to come home to. Me.Iris
I'm still not buying what Iris is selling. She said everything to Barry except what she feels for him. She's open to exploring a future, he can come home to her, whatever happens, it won't change how she feels...but she never said how she feels.
If I was Barry and had been waiting a lifetime for the woman I loved deeply to share the same feelings, I'd want her to say it, not just that she knows we're going to be together in the future, so we should probably examine the option. It's not overly romantic. But that's just me. All Hallmark movie.
Zoom kicked his terrorizing into high gear, still respecting Caitlin. The best part of their working together is that he thinks the darkness that was found in Killer Frost can be uncovered in Cait, too. Is there a single one of us who isn't wishing for that, as well?
See? Hunter isn't ALL bad, after all. But I really loved when she asked him why he changed his voice. Inquiring minds! Might as well ask these things while you can.
It was hilarious when Zoom and Rupture met and continued talking to each other in their slow, evil voices. I would find it incredibly difficult to keep that up for long because of how it stretches out everything you say.
Then, Zoom takes his mask off, and Hunter talks at a normal pace again. But, AHA! His voice is not tied to his mask. That was unexpected. Neither here nor there, but unexpected.
He made enough of an impact with his killing of the CCPD force that Barry decided to go through with the particle accelerator explosion.
That's when I realized it was a very Fringe moment. When Peter Bishop needed to save two worlds, he put himself into a gizmo just like that. And guess what?!
Peter Bishop flat out ceased to exist, and we know that didn't happen to Barry, so things are already looking up on this end. At least Barry has people fighting to get him back. He's not all alone. But he did rupture.
Where the heck is he? It looks like yet another dimension, but is it another world? The doppel-Joe says he's not going back. It was a great twist.
And try as they might, Joe and Harry didn't keep their kids safe in the braille room at all, did they? Those little devils got out just in time for a wave of...speed force?...wash over both Jesse and Wally, most likely creating two future speedsters.
Hello Kid Flash and Jesse Quick!
Did Barry just become so fast that he's going to be able to be invisible? Hey, I know only what I read online about the comics, and I don't know what they'd be willing to change for the show, so I'm only spit-balling.
What are your thoughts? What did you think of this hour?
Is a version of Henry Allen going to be Jay Garrick? Will that only come to pass if Henry Allen dies? Were two new speedsters just born while Barry's physical form went who knows where? Where is he?
This was an hour where pretty much everyone was at their best. It was fun. Information was coming at us left and right. There were tears and laughs. Well done!
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