The Flash — “Versus Zoom” — Image: FLA218b_0011b2.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Zoom and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

This was an interesting episode! Tense, too,  and it had some solid character moments that I appreciated. I do think the explanation for the Jay they knew to be very vague, and they could have explained that better, but the general point is that there was no “Jay.” Hunter Zolomon is Zoom and he pretended to be Jay to get his ultimate goal. Which is … Barry’s speed? I’m still wondering what the point was, why didn’t he confront him earlier? I guess he just enjoyed pretending to be a hero so much, as he says. I’m getting ahead of myself. Previously on The Flash, Jay is Zoom/Hunter. He wants to eat Barry’s speed. He broke poor Caitlin’s heart. They closed all the doors to Earth-2 but Barry is determined to open it up so he can save that world from Zoom. Cisco met his other world self who was evil but far more powerful than him, leading him to question his future abilities. Wally’s getting used to his new family, and Iris is considering dating again.

Barry’s finally gotten up in speed and he’s becoming more confident in himself. The help he got from past Eobard Thawne has given him the boost he needs. However, he can’t figure out how to get to the other universe. They think it’s possible that Cisco’s power can do it, although he’s uncertain. He’s a lot more concerned that this is how he ends up going to the dark side. Through Cisco they find out that Jay is Hunter Zolomon, a serial killer from Earth-2 who was zapped with Wells’ particle accelerator as he was getting electroshock therapy. Wells somehow did not recognize Jay as Hunter, despite him being VERY FAMOUS, because … of a beard? Hmmm, he’s supposed to be smarter than this. Joe convinces Wells that he can and should help Barry and he’s like *sigh* fine. I do enjoy Joe and Wells when they have scenes together, them being the two big adult/father figures in the show. Barry gets through to Cisco that he won’t be evil just because he uses his powers, he has a family who loves him and friends and they’ll keep him sane. So he does in fact manage to make it work, and Barry’s ready for a show down with Zoom.

The Flash - Episode 2.18 - Versus Zoom

The Flash — “Versus Zoom” — Image: FLA218b_0022b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

It’s pretty awesome to watch! I enjoyed that one, since we see Barry really beat him for once. It doesn’t last, but it’s great to see how far he’s come. Unfortunately Zoom/Jay gets away, and he kidnaps Wally. Wally’s now living with Joe, or just started moving in, and he’s held hostage in exchange for Barry’s speed. Seeing no way out, Barry allows it to happen, and they do get to talk a little with Jay. He explains that “Jay” was just his time remnant, and he was aware of their plan and fine with dying. He liked playing the hero only to take everyone’s joy away. He witnessed his mother’s death at the hands of his father and had a very dark upbringing, so that’s part of how he ended up a sociopath, although he might always have been one too. He succeeds in taking Barry’s abilities, but when he’s about to kill him, Caitlin intervenes. She begs him if there was ever a time when their relationship was real, she’d let him live. Zoom obeys, but he yoinks Caitlin and brings her into the portal back to Earth-2. Where they’re stuck again. Ahhhhh!

So the team almost had a win but now they’re really at a loss. That’s Caitlin down, Barry has no powers, and Zoom can come back if he wants to and torture them. Aweeeesomeeeee. This was a good overall episode. I liked the character moments with Cisco and Barry, and with Joe and Wells. I think Zoom is a little too MUAHAHHAHAHAH evil now, I kind of wish there was more nuance to him. Not to mention that he seemed pretty mentally stable as Jay, when he’s clearly not in reality. I hope we eventually find out who the f’n tapping guy is in the other world. WHO IS HE. I NEED TO KNOW THIS. Gah. Overall I’m pleased with this story, although I’m kind of ready for it to be wrapped up.


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