The Flash and Zoom finally come to a head in this episode of The Flash titled Enter Zoom. Check Josh’s recap to catch up, and check out our thoughts on the episode!
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Episode Recap of The Flash Season 2 Episode 6: Enter Zoom
This episode of The Flash is one of those episodes that starts with the ending, and goes back. We see Dr. Light defeat the Flash and then the episode flashes back to 72 hours earlier.
Then, 72 hours earlier, we see the Flash talking to Dr. Light. Dr. Light says she didn’t want to kill him, but she had to to be safe. The Flash asks how she would prove the Flash is dead, and the plan was to send the Flash’s emblem through the breech, so Zoom could see it. Barry talks with Team Flash, and the plan is to have Dr. Light pose to kill Barry, but Caitlin doesn’t like the idea because of how powerful Zoom is. Dr. Wells seems in on the plan, thinking he has a weapon capable of a surprise attack. Joe seems on board too, but when Caitlin and Cisco talk to Joe in private, Joe admits he is just trying to feel Wells out. Joe asks Cisco to try out his ability on Wells.
We then get a flashback of Wells in his timeline. We see him talking with his daughter, having a conversation about his work versus home mentality. She asks about the particle accelerator as well, and Wells tries to dodge the question, and isn’t impressed with Jay Garrick. His daughter seems pretty disappointed in her father.
Barry and Joe head to see Patty at the police station, and Joe tries to tell Patty to calm down on the Dr. Light case. She is puzzled by this turn of events, and asks why, but Joe blows her off. Barry then shows up, and Patty thinks that Joe’s problem might be that Patty is getting close with Barry.
Iris then talks with Linda, and she is panicking about this Dr, Light. Iris tells her to calm down and that the Flash can handle it.
Meanwhile, it looks like things aren’t under control–Dr. Light has escaped, accidentally let out by Cisco. She made herself invisible, and when Cisco opened the door to look for her, she made her escape. Wells is pretty ticked about the escape, and Joe tries to think of what to do next. Team Flash seems to be a little divided, but Barry wants to keep the plan going so they can catch Zoom. Barry walks away, and Joe confronts Barry, to see what is going on. Barry tells Joe that the collateral damage for Zoom going after him makes him want to take Zoom down as soon as possible. Joe seems to want to take it slow, and maybe enlist Jay’s help.
Back in the lab, Cisco is talking with Wells, but really is trying to read his “vibe,” but nothing happens. Wells realizes what is going on, and tells Cisco to bug off. Caitlin asks what happened, and tells him to keep trying.
Another flashback shows that Arrow in Earth Two is actually Oliver’s father, according to the news, and Oliver died. But that report is interrupted by a report saying that a college was attacked. Wells calls frantically, and it looks like the abductee is his daughter.
Back at the station, Patty tries to figure out what is going on with Joe, and she comes clean about her kiss with Barry. Joe tells her that that is none of his business, and tells Patty that he is not mad at her. Patty then fishes for answers about Dr. Light, but Joe keeps quiet. Later, Patty asks Joe more about Light, maybe thinking Joe is dirty, but Joe insists he isn’t and just needs a few days. Patty then asks Barry about dinner that might, but Barry says he can’t, and that he has something to do with Joe. He asks for dinner the next night though.
At home, Barry finds Linda and Iris are hanging out. Linda asks about her being in danger, and Barry doesn’t have any answers. But Iris and Barry come up with a plan–have Linda pretend to be Dr. Light, and use her to lure Zoom out. Iris says they should ask Linda, who agrees after meeting the Flash.
So, Cisco developed a glove which can mimic Dr. Light’s powers, and they take her to an area to test the powers. She does a pretty terrible job. She does make some headway after a while, but there is still a lot to improve on. And Caitlin doesn’t really believe in her. Barry seems dead set on moving forward with the plan despite the others not so on board. Joe talks to Barry again, and Joe thinks that Barry is disappointed that he didn’t stop the Reverse Flash. Barry seems pretty quiet, so Barry tells him to be sure about risking other people’s life for a good reason.
This prompts the Flash to visit Linda. He decides he should reveal his identity to her so they can have trust both ways. Linda just seems excited that she made out with the Flash.
At Star Labs, Cisco tries to trick Wells again, but he isn’t falling for it. After meddling some more, Cisco finally gets the “vibe.” We see that Wells’ daughter is trapped in a cage, and Zoom is interrogating her about Wells going to Earth 1.
Then we move to the moment we saw at the beginning of the episode, and Linda is performing Dr. Light terribly. Barry shows up and also does terrible acting. They put on a fake fight, and Barry then falls to the ground, feigning being hurt. Linda takes his emblem and tosses it through the breech. Unfortunately, after standing around for an hour or so, nothing happens. Barry eventually gives up. Joe and Barry talk again, and Barry says that Reverse Flash told Barry he would never be happy. Barry admits he has a void, and doesn’t know if it will go away. Joe tries to tell Barry that he can’t let Wells get into his head, especially after death.
Back at the station, Barry shows up and talks with Patty, and tells her that she makes him happy. Meanwhile, Iris visits Linda at work. They talk about keeping Barry’s secret and how tough it is. Linda then decides to head home, but there is someone waiting–Zoom. Iris overhears what happened and Iris tells Barry. Then Cisco sees that Zoom is on the roof. Barry has to save Linda, then faces off with Zoom. They have a back and forth, and Wells tries to get in the mix using his dart gun. Unfortunately, Zoom has them all beat, and takes a dart shot at him, and jams it into Barry. Barry is defeated, and Zoom drags him around town, bragging that Barry is nowhere near as powerful as he is. Finally, Barry is released when Cisco hits Zoom with a dart and he is forced to flee. Team Flash works to help him. Barry seems ok, but really banged up. Then it is revealed that Barry is unable to feel his legs. Dr. Wells also comes clean saying he has to stop Zoom to save his daughter, and hoped Barry would be able to help.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 2 Episode 6: Enter Zoom
There is a lot to like about the episode, and some to dislike as well. One thing that really bothered me was the Dr. Light aspect of the storyline. I am a little over fake outs where the episode starts with some sort of terrible tragedy, only for it to be a ruse to both fool the audience and the show’s villain. It gets old when done too much, and I think it is getting too much. I also didn’t enjoy bringing in Linda in to play as Dr. Light. You would think that Zoom would be able to figure things out. He knows that there is a copy of Linda in this world. This also leads into the next point as to how terrible Barry’s plan was. One was did Barry think that Zoom’s vision was limited to just seeing through the breech at the entry point? This really bothered me because Barry has no idea how far Zoom can see, nor does he know exactly where Barry is. How did they expect this fake out to actually work? It really did not make any sense at all.
But this also leads to the good parts of the episode. That is that Zoom wasn’t fooled at all. I am really glad that Zoom saw through the ruse, and took Barry down. I also liked the fight scene between Zoom and the Flash. This show, given its a TV show, does really well with its special effects. The scene of the two falling through the air was done really well. Another aspect of the show I liked was Dr. Wells. I am liking this Earth 2 version, and am glad he is not just simply a carbon copy of Wells that died. I wish that the show would quit lumping Earth 1’s Wells in with Eobard Thawne, because they were two separate people, and Wells was actually a good guy before he died.
As for other thoughts, I was hoping that Patty would start getting a little sneaky, trying to figure out what Barry and Joe would be doing together when Patty asked Barry out to dinner. It was odd that Barry came clean to Linda as well. It seems like every pretty girl in the show gets to know who the Flash is. Patty will be learning before we know it!
The one last thing to go over is who is Zoom? I was on board with the running theory that Earth 2’s Barry is the Flash, but I heard another theory on Collider Movie Talk (great podcast for movie news) that maybe it is Barry’s father. This makes sense on numerous levels really. One–the actor played the Flash in the previous TV show, Maybe the show gives him another speedster role? The Earth 1 version of his father conveniently left town, but this could be a way to keep the face around–when we actually get to see it. The second reason is the stature of Zoom. Barry is quite a bit smaller than his father, who is much more akin to the size of Zoom. The third reason, which I think might be the most compelling, was revealed in this episode. Oliver’s father became the Arrow in Earth Two. Maybe Barry’s dad became the Flash, and the particle accelerator affected more of his generation than Barry’s? I think that little tidbit on the news was a bit hint as to who Zoom is, and I hope we learn who he is soon!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 6 of The Flash: Enter Zoom
I liked the fight scene with Zoom. That was fun to watch. But there were a lot of little things bothered me this episode and kind of took me out of the episode as a result. For instance, Cisco trying to get a “vibe” from Dr. Wells, and Caitlin hanging around to see what happens. While I didn’t mind that in itself, the way they went about it was just plain silly. Just after Cisco gets done failing to get a vibe, and then getting shooed away, Caitlin is standing there in the doorway, just a few feet behind Dr. Wells, and starts talking to Cisco right then and there about what they’re up to! I kept expecting Dr. Wells to say something like, ” You know I can hear you, right?” That is, unless they actually wanted him to overhear them, but I don’t think that was the case.
I also didn’t like their whole plan with faking the fight scene between Barry and Dr. Light. I just didn’t get it. All they know is that Dr. Light had to throw the Flash’s emblem through to prove his death. What was with the fight scene? How do they know what Zoom can and can’t see and hear? If they thought Zoom could see them, then he would be able to see the way they were whispering to each other, and possibly even hear what they were saying? Why did they think they needed to stay in place for an hour? It was just weird and didn’t make much sense.
So now Linda knows that Barry is the Flash. Though it seemed that her big takeaway from learning this was the fact that she made out with The Flash. Might as well tell Patty too. It seems like everyone in Barry’s life knows his identity, plus she’s into metahumans and is scientifically inclined. Obviously she would make a great addition to the Flash Team. Let’s not drag this out.
Oh, and I must mention that Cisco is dumb to have fallen for Dr. Light’s trick. Hasn’t he seen Jurassic World??
But anyway, now Barry can’t feel his legs, and from the previews it looks like he’ll be using Dr. Wells’ old electric wheelchair until they solve that problem. Seems like he might be sidelined next episode, wherein the team will once again encounter Grodd!
Scenes from The Flash, Season 2 Episode 7: Gorilla Warfare
Here are scenes from the next episode of The Flash, titled Gorilla Warfare: