On this week’s episode of The Flash, we learned that sometimes it pays to be bad, sometimes the good guys don’t finish last and Zoom ain’t playing, like, at all. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Welcome To Earth-2,’ shall we?
We’re going to Earth-2! We’re going to Earth-2! We’re going to Earth-2! Well, Barry, Cisco and Harry are, anyway. (And in case you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited about it!) But not before they close all of the other breaches, so that the only way in or out of the alternate dimension is through the basement of STAR labs. With that out of the way, it’s time. So, Barry grabs a hold of his travelling buddies and off they go. Unfortunately, the power is too great and unstable for the speed cannon, so after they get through, it literally falls apart.
But what do we care, because they are on Earth-2. And just like Jay warned them, things are opposite and upside down and just downright weird. Snart is the mayor, Deadshot is a cop and Caitlin and Ronnie are deliciously evil. And I love it.
In Harry’s absence, Zoom’s attacks have become worse on Earth-2. But because the vibrations on Earth-2 are at a different frequency, Cisco is unable to use his powers to locate the big bad. So, Barry decides to kidnap his Earth-2 counterpart, who is also a CSI in this dimension, and impersonate him, in hopes of finding information on Zoom at the police station. The plan goes awry when Barry gets accosted by detective Iris West at the station, who reveals that the two of them are married. And… this is where you lose me. Not a fan of Barry and Iris in our dimension, like them even less in this one. I do, however, like the fact that Joseph can’t stand Bartholomew in this universe. And honestly, anytime I get a chance to hear Jesse L. Martin sing, it’s a good day. Which doesn’t last long, when Killer Frost and Deathstorm come looking for whoever it was that jumped the breach. They kill Joseph, and Barry is forced to reveal himself as a speedster, much to Harry’s chagrin. He figures that when Zoom finds out that Barry is on Earth-2, he is going to kill Jessie and then everything will be for naught.
Of course, Barry refuses to listen and he and Cisco head to the police department with a weapon that can stop Killer Frost. Iris isn’t keen on putting a civilian in danger but finally relents and allows Cisco to go with her and her partner, Floyd Laughton. They find Killer Frost and Deathstorm’s lair, where Cisco laments the fact that his friends in this dimension are working for Zoom. That is, until he comes face to face with his doppelganger, Reverb, who is on fact Frost and Deathstorm’s boss. Reverb wants Vibe to join forces with him and together, they can rule the world. Cisco, of course, makes a Vader joke and all is right with the world. All hell breaks loose when the Flash shows up and gets his ass kicked by Deathstorm and Reverb. That is, until Zoom shows up and kills the two of them for not obeying his orders when it comes to other speedsters. He then snatches Barry and throws him in the dungeon with Jessie and his other prisoners.
Meanwhile, back on our Earth, while Caitlin and Jay are busy working on a way to fix the speed cannon a new meta-human makes himself at home. Calling himself Geomancer, he calls out the Flash and begins attacking the city. When Joe suggests that Jay use Velocity 6 to become a speedster, at least for a little while, he confesses that he’s used the serum in the past and that it’s what is killing him. Together they develop a new formula, Velocity 7, which they put to the test against Geomancer. It doesn’t go well when it begins to wear off and Jay stumbles, literally. As Caitlin is patching him up, they realize they only have 24 hours to open the breach or Barry and Cisco are trapped for good.
Ooh, I really, really liked this one. Not only do I find the idea of Earth-2 and its inhabitants fascinating, it was fun to see another side to the characters we’ve come to know and love. I love it when actors get to play outside of character and do it so very deliciously. I thought that Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell were fantastic as the evil duo, as I don’t think we really get enough of Caitlin on a regular basis and don’t even get me started about them killing Ronnie off last season. I also really loved Earth-2’s Cisco, and it’s too bad that Zoom dispatched Reverb so quickly, as I think it would have been interesting to see the two Cisco’s continue their conversation about world domination. While this version of Iris was slightly better than the wishy-washy version we’re normally stuck with, I still didn’t care for her all that much. I’m just not a fan of the character, in apparently any form. I also think that the ploy of the writers in getting the characters together in this dimension so that Barry once again spends his time pining after Iris in his real life, totally sucks. I liked Barry and Patty together and want Barry to work through his feelings in regards to that before jumping into anything else. Besides, I really don’t like Barry and Iris together and I’m still holding out hope that Patty is going to come to her senses and return. Call it wishful thinking.
Overall, I think this was a pretty amazing episode. I love the look and feel of Earth-2 and am really excited that it’s going to be a multi-episode arc over there. I also really like the fact that Zoom is once again front and center. I get that he can’t be the moan focus of every episode, but the last few have felt an awful lot like filler. Now that we’re back on track, I can’t wait to see what kind of a ride they’ve got in store for us. I mean, how is Barry going to get out of Zoom’s dungeon? And who do you think it was that was tapping on the glass there? And while I have no doubt that Jay and Caitlin will stabilize the breach, I can’t say that I’d be disappointed if it took a little longer than expected. The trip through the dimensions has led to interesting and unexpected possibilities.
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