Review: ‘The Flash’ S02E14 – “Escape From Earth-2”

By February 17, 2016

On this week’s episode of The Flash, we learned that not all bad guys are truly bad, sometimes a step is in the wrong direction and sometimes all you need is a good, long talk with a version of yourself. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Escape From Earth-2,’ shall we?

This week’s episode opens with Zoom on the hunt for Harrison Wells. And he’s recruiting the entire city to his cause. They decide to let Earth-2 Barry out, just as Zoom heads to STAR Labs in search of them. Thankfully, Harry has a time-vault and they manage to fool Zoom, albeit briefly. They head to the police station and explain what’s going on to Iris. Using Barry’s tech, they locate a possible location for Killer Frost, hoping that she will help them find Zoom, given that he killed her love and all. I mean, seriously, what does Robbie Amell have to do to survive these shows? They find Killer Frost, but unfortunately she’s not quite as accommodating as they hoped. They do manage to capture her, however, and she finally relents, after an impassioned speech from Cisco. She takes them there and helps them get inside. (How awesome was that Princess Bride reference? The Cliffs Of Insanity! Classic!)

Meanwhile, Barry is trying to find a way to escape Zoom’s dungeon. While Jessie has basically given up, Barry convinces her that Harry and Cisco will come for them. Zoom throws a wrench into those high hopes when he shows up and basically tells her that the only reason she’s still alive is so that he can kill her in front of her dad. Nice way to make friends and influence people there, Zoomie! Barry realizes that their third, mystery roommate is trying to tell them something with his glass tapping, and they put their heads together to try to figure it out. Realizing it’s a POW code, they realize that their masked friend is talking about Jay. When Barry tells him that Jay didn’t come with them, he gets distraught. That is, until Zoom shows up and tells him to stop talking to them, before phasing through the cell and beating the crap out of Barry. Thankfully, Zoom’s emotional outburst cost him, as he accidentally showed Barry how to get out of the cell. Barry tries to phase through, but is unsuccessful, because he’s resonating at a different frequency. The cavalry comes just in time, and Harry and Jessie are reunited.

Frost uses her powers to free Jessie, but Barry’s cell is different and she’s unable to free him. Barry tells them to leave him, before Zoom comes back, but is convinced to not give up by his doppelganger self. After the little pep talk, Barry is able to go fast enough to phase out of the cell. And all is right with the world. Well, at least until Zoom comes back. As Barry stops to spring mystery man, Zoom shows up. Turns out Frost double crossed them after all. As Zoom goes to kill Jessie, Frost has another change of heart and attacks Zoom, because ultimately, he killed Ronnie. Sadly, they have to leave mystery man behind, but Barry promises to come back for him. They make it back to STAR Labs and Iris and Bartholomew head to Atlantis to stay with family. Harry decides that the only safe place for him and Jessie is Earth-1 and they begin filing through to the other dimension. That is, until Zoom grabs Harry. Harry tells Barry to go and close the portal, but Barry refuses. Harry stabs Zoom with a syringe and Barry grabs Harry and heads home.

Back on Earth-1 (I’m assuming that’s what we’re calling it), Jay manages to stabilize the breach, so our boys have a chance to return home. Although, really, was there any doubt? While the city is wondering where The Flash is in the wake of Geomancer’s attacks, Caitlin has some bad news for Jay. The Veloicty-7 is destroying his cells at a faster rate than before, making her reluctant to keep trying. Jay insists that they keep going, no matter the consequences, if it’s the only way to stop Geomancer. At the newspaper, Iris’s new editor isn’t impressed with her fluff pieces on The Flash and insists she write about the actual news, like the fact that The Flash is nowhere to be found. She puts him off by promising an exclusive with the new Flash, whom she happens to know. How convenient is that? Geomancer calls Jay out and he uses Caitlin’s Velocity-9 to rescue people from a building that’s about to crumble.

It appears that Caitlin’s latest formula might actually be the one. Not only that, it looks like it can actually help regenerate Jay’s cells. But first, he needs to take a nap. Unfortunately, Geomancer follows him back to STAR Labs and he attacks, but Caitlin manages to subdue him, while Jay is snoozing away. Just as they realize the significance of Velocity-9, an alarm sounds. Geomancer’s attack has destabilized the breach, again, and it’s a race against the clock to fix it before time runs out. Jay decides to reboot the whole system and Joe offers to help. The downside is, if it goes wrong, they will both be sucked through. That would kind of suck. In a surprise to no one, just as they begin, the Velocity-9 begins to wear off. Shockingly enough, they manage to stabilize the breach. Oh, was that my sarcastic voice? As everyone makes it through, Jay throws the charge to close the breach. He then, inexplicably, walks towards it as it’s closing and Zoom reaches through it, and his chest, before pulling him through.

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So, this was a pretty solid episode, in which a lot of stuff happened. It was nice to get some closure on the whole Jessie is kidnapped thing and I’m glad that they decided to head to Earth-1. I love Tom Cavanaugh and was sad when the Eobard Thawne Harrison Wells died last year. Although, I must admit, I think I like this version on the character much better. His dynamic with Cisco is amazing and I can’t wait to see the two of them spar some more in the future. The addition of Jessie to the fold will also be interesting, as she’s a character that we really don’t know much about. It is too bad, though, that we didn’t actually get a glimpse of Atlantis on this visit to Earth-2, cause that would have been cool. Oh, well, maybe next time.

There were some annoyingly, predictable things that happened in this episode, however and it kind of drove me crazy. The whole will the breach be fixed storyline was kind of redundant, because we all knew it was going to be. While it was supposed to add drama, I found it was just annoying. We all know how television works, and without the main character, there is no show. Not that I would have complained if they were stranded on Earth-2, because I do think it’s a more interesting place, but we all knew it was never going to happen. And don’t even get me started on the whole Jay thing. As soon as he started walking backwards, we all saw the writing on the wall. And it’s too bad, because I really like Teddy Sears and I wanted him to stick around. At least Caitlin now has a project, as I’m sure she’s going to spend the rest of the season trying to figure out how to reopen the breach. Which makes sense, because there’s no way that that’s the end of Zoom, either.

Overall, I thought that this was a solid episode. It wrapped up a couple of storylines in a nice little bow and opened the door to some new ones. I would have liked to explore Earth-2 a little more in depth, but I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll see it, so I’m satisfied. As I said, I have no doubt that we will see Zoom again, but I’m okay with it ended for now Besides, how can you be disappointed when we’re promised another glimpse at King Shark next week?

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Erin Parisien
Erin is a writer, a comic-book geek, a movie nerd and a pop culture junkie... all long before it was cool! She's the senior Editor and a writer over at and can always be found behind a keyboard, because it's all about the words. Follow her @erin_the_novel over on twitter.