Review: ‘The Flash’ S02E05 – ‘The Darkness And The Light’

By November 4, 2015
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On this week’s episode of The Flash, we learned that working at the newspaper is a dangerous job, Harry is kind of a jerk and sight, or not, Barry’s got game. Let’s take a closer look at ‘The Darkness And The Light,’ shall we?

Barry takes the new Harrison Wells, who, if you remember saved the Scarlet Speedster from King Shark last week, back to STAR labs, where the welcome is anything but warm. Everyone has a tough time separating Earth-2’s Dr. Wells from the Eobard Thawne version that wreaked havoc and ruined lives.

The situation isn’t helped when Jay Garrick returns and suggests that Wells isn’t the good guy he’s claiming to be. The two have history on their home world and it ain’t pretty. Turns out that Wells is the one who created all of the meta-humans on Earth-2, including Zoom, and has done nothing to try and rectify the problem. In fact, he’s profited from it, creating inventions and applications to identify meta-humans. Wells wants Barry to call out Zoom and confront him, while Jay doesn’t think it’s a good idea, because Barry isn’t ready to face such a formidable foe. It puts Barry in a bit of a bind, caught between the two.

The disposable bad guy this week is none other than Linda Park’s Earth-2 counterpart, Dr. Light. You know, Barry’s ex-girlfriend, Linda. She is able to harness the power of the stars and use that as energy. She’s a two-bit criminal on Earth-2, a thief, not a murderer, and Jay convinces Barry to try and talk to her, instead of just taking her in. It doesn’t work and she escapes, while temporarily blinding Barry. She then tries to go and kill this Earth’s Linda Park, so she can take over her life. In the confrontation, Linda and Iris’ editor gets killed, while Iris manages to shoot the mask off of Dr. Light, before she escapes again.

Harry (the new name that the team has given to this Dr. Wells) wants to use Dr. Light to draw Zoom out so that Barry can confront him. Jay disagrees and when Barry decides to do it, he decides to leave the team. This is when Wells reveals that Cisco is in fact a meta-human, who can see things. Cisco uses his powers to find Dr. Light and Barry races to her location. At Wells’ urging, creates a speed mirage to distract and defeat her. The two then decide to take on Zoom, who it is revealed has captured Wells’ daughter back on Earth-2. I guess the good doctor does have ulterior motives, after all.

In the meantime, there was a lot happening on the romance front in this episode. Barry and Patty went on their first date, which was slightly hampered by the fact that Barry was blind. Patty, being the great detective that she is, figured it out, and it seemed to go pretty smoothly. Cisco hit on the hot new barista at Jitters, who just happens to be Kendra Saunders, aka Hawkgirl. And finally, Caitlin and Jay got a little cozy while on stakeout, although they never actually kissed because they were interrupted by the bad guy. Jay did reveal that Atlantis is a thing on Earth-2, and that his best friend is actually from there. Gotta love an Aquaman shout-out!

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Overall, this was a solid episode. It seems like the first one all season that was actually a Flash-centric one, instead of set-up for Legends Of Tomorrow. Although we did get an introduction to Kendra, it felt organic and way less forced than some of the others so far. It’s too bad that it’s not going to work out between her and Cisco, though, because it’s about time that he got an actual bit of love. Not that I have a problem with the flirty thing he’s got going on with Golden Glider, because that’s awesome. A steady love interest wouldn’t hurt, is all I’m saying.

Speaking of which, how cute was that date between Barry and Patty? Yes, the whole needing to have Cisco on the monitor thing was clichéd, but I still found it kind of charming. I think that Grant Gustin and Shantel VanSanten have a great chemistry and I am excited for Barry to get over his Iris thing already. In case you haven’t guessed, overall I’m not an Iris fan, so the sooner that Barry moves on, the better in my mind. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

I’ve got to say, I love this iteration of Dr. Wells. Tom Cavanaugh does the snark so well, it’s hard not to get on board. I like the fact that he has ulterior motives, too. It’s better motivation than, ‘I hate you, just because I do.’ That was one of my main issues with Reverse Flash. His motivations were a little unclear and often didn’t really make sense. I guess that’s what happens when you’re dealing with things that we aren’t privy to, because, you know, they happened in the future. I’m looking forward to seeing this Dr. Wells’ character arc unfold, although I do wish that Jay would stick around a little longer. I really like Teddy Sears and the character and would love for him to develop and grow. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

The Flash airs on Tuesday nights on The CW.

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Erin Parisien
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  • jp

    i guess i’m alone in that my biggest problem with the ep is that the best cisco could do was black and white camera in those shades