I don’t know why, but this has surely been a lackluster season of The Flash, made all the more underwhelming by this mediocre episode.
This whole Earth-2 arc seemed like it was filled with potential when first teased in the season finale last year, but sadly the storytelling has been uninspiring and mediocre. It certainly didn’t help that this episode was built and written as any other damsel-in-distress episode (yes, Earth-1 Barry being the damsel) and the good guys chasing after the bad guys and letting more good guys out of locked cages, fairytale-style.
The biggest problem, obviously, is that Zoom has zero personality. Look, I know the show wants to convince us that he’s scary with that frightening voice and creepy mask, but that’s not enough to build a Big Bad. Part of what made Reverse Flash so threatening last season is his interpersonal relations with Barry and the STAR Labs team (I still get the chills when I remember him pulling out Cisco’s heart before Barry altered with time), whereas Zoom is simply a villain who can’t get a hint. No one knows who he is yet, and dragging this mystery out for so long is a terrible decision. I can personally say that not only do I seriously not care about Zoom’s identity at this point, I also believe that I won’t be shocked by the reveal. How disappointing.
Equally disappointing is the material given to Killer Frost this week. It was a nice change of pace to find these characters in the woods for once, but I figured out Frost was double-crossing the team way before it happened. It’s just too predictable for 2016, and the fact that she ends up actually helping them escape after all is all the more worse, to be honest. It was such a random move by Caitlin 2.0, it was literally hard to watch. What a messy way to go.
Luckily, there was one subplot that almost salvaged this hour from completely flopping, and it’s the mystery concerning the Man in the Iron Mask. Barry and Harry’s daughter figuring out that their imprisoned neighbor is spelling out Jay Garrick for them totally caught me off guard. It was an intriguing, albeit too mysterious, subplot that I really want to learn more about. Let’s hope they at least do something right this season (if this guy is Jay from Earth-3, I’m going to cry).
– Didn’t Earth-2 Iris just lose her dad last week? How can she be so cool about this? Does death mean nothing over there?
– Sadly, Earth-2 Barry was underwhelming too and his nerdy personality was not as hilarious as the show wanted it to be.
– Still have absolutely no clue what’s been happening at Earth-1. Geomancer is still there? And he can just walk into STAR Labs like everyone else? COME ON, show!
– Earth-2 Barry giving Earth-1 Barry a pep-talk was not bad, but I’m sorry I just cannot keep rooting for a superhero that always needs people to tell him he can believe in himself before he actually “saves the day”. ESPECIALLY when saving the day seems to always (literally, always) require Barry to just run faster. This has been the show’s structure for the past season and a half and it’s exhausting.
– Jay standing up there next to the anomaly, smiling like a doofus, was huge foreshadowing for his upcoming death. I can’t say I’ll miss him.
– Cisco calling Killer Frost Elsa: hilarious!
– Harry reuniting with his daughter did not have the emotional impact it probably should have had. Again because we’ve seen his daughter about how many times?
Red Blurs and One-Liners
Cisco: I’ve seen Heat like 50 times, okay? I know how to shake a tail.
Earth-2 Barry: He got frisky with you? Okay, I’m gonna have to find [Earth-1 Barry] and give him a piece of my mind!
Harry: Don’t give him too much.
Cisco: He’s a bad guy; I’m calling it a lair.
Killer Frost: You really don’t know how to use your abilities, do you, breacher?
Cisco: It’s a work in progress, Elsa.
A weak follow-up to the previous installment with a typical structure and an underwhelming villain. What is happening to this show?