The Flash Season 2 Episode 21 review
Subhodeep Das Gupta (Guest Author)
Previously on The Flash…
Rupture comes from Earth 2, even as Wells plans to recreate the Particle Accelerator Explosion to give Barry back his powers. Although Jesse and Wally are locked up before it, they still get out, coming in the way of the force. Barry just disintegrates into nothingness, and the team fears him dead.
Now on The Flash S02E21…
I was really looking forward to this episode. It was directed by Kevin Smith – Batman aficionado – and wriiten by Zack Stentz – writer of 2011’s Thor, and the upcoming Booster Gold adaptation – so there was a lot of firepower in this barrel, and it turned out to be a great episode indeed. And so, too, was it weird.
So, the Speed Force can manifest itself physically? It is seemingly a place, and it can take the form of people from Barry’s life? Where does it exist? Another dimension? Or is it another Earth altogether? So weird! It was an episode where we found who Barry really is. The Speed Force took the form of Joe and Iris, urging him to accept his mother’s death, so he can be a hero again. Here, in this speedforce, Barry is given a chance to become the speedster he is meant to be; it is not like he is fighting his inner demons or something but you get the feeling right?
Cisco and team device a plan to use his vibes to bring Barry back, but the latter chooses to stay in the Speed Force to earn his powers back. To do so, he must accept his pain and catch the black mist that’s running around the Speed Force. Barry has a heartfelt moment at his mother’s grave inside the Force and finally comes to terms with his past. He is able to catch the mist, which turns out to be Barry himself.
The real world in this episode was hokey what with the Particle Explosion reanimating Tony Woodward’s corpse and he going back after Iris again. Barry is able to stop him when he comes back, magically. Yes! He doesn’t put much struggle and neither does his team to retrieve him. Voila! He just comes back. But I have accepted that magic can happen as it is a show about super-humans and super-scientists! However, things are not as rosy at the other end as Zoom has an entire army of meta-humans that he plans to unleash on Earth 1. What’s his plan now? Is there any stopping him? Stay tuned to find out.