On this week’s episode of The Flash, Invincible, Barry is acting just like that—invincible. The rest of Team Flash is concerned about his overconfidence, but Barry seems to think these Earth 2 villains are no problem. Oh, a familiar face, but from Earth 2, shows up as well—Laurel Lance as Black Siren. Check out Josh’s recap and our thoughts on the episode below!
The Flash Recap, Season 2 Episode 22: Invincible
So Barry seems very chipper after his trip in the Speed Force, which seems to be worrying the rest of Team Flash, thinking he might be a little over confident. Opening this episode, we have a bunch of Meta-Humans that are taking down the CCPD station, and Joe looks to be in some pretty bad trouble. Barry is able to swoop in though, and round them all up. Not quite sure where he put them, but I guess they could be in the Meta-Human prison in STAR Labs.
Back at STAR Labs, Caitlin Snow has been returned. The Team asks how she got free, and she says that Zoom just let her go. She seems very shaken still though, and tells the group that Zoom cannot be stopped. Again, Barry is all sunshine and rainbows, and remains confident he can beat Zoom now, despite the rest of the team’s reservations.
Meanwhile, we meet a new Meta-Human, but a familiar face. Laurel Lance from Earth 2 (Black Canary’s doppelganger) has upgraded her Canary cry, and completely levels Mercury Labs with her cry. The Flash is able to get to the lab though, and saves Dr. McGee from the lab as it comes crashing down.
Outside, McGee informs the Flash she knows who he is—Barry Allen. But the next question is what this Meta-Human wants with taking down Mercury Labs?
After more of Barry’s sunshine and rainbows, Barry’s dad talks with Barry. They get into a bit o an argument, as Barry feels that his dad is bringing him down. Barry remains confident that he can take down Zoom.
Barry then confronts Zoom, and Zoom gives Barry a long speech as to why Zoom will win. Then we see another building outside the window about to collapse, and Zoom tells Barry that he will win because if he were Barry, he would let that building fall and stop himself.
Back at STAR Labs, the team begins work on a way to take down the Earth 2 villains, and they talk about the different frequencies that each Earth resonates at. They come up with a plan to make a device that could incapacitate all people that are from Earth 2. Luckily they also came up with some handy-dandy headphones which would block the frequency for both Jesse and Dr. Wells.
So the Flash then winds up confronting Laurel Lance, and discovers pretty quickly that this is Earth 2 Laurel, who calls herself Black Siren. So they dance around some, chit chatting, when Laurel unleashes her Siren Call on Barry. It is pretty disorienting for him, but he has an unlikely hero—Wally plows his car into Black Siren, and helps Barry get away.
Meanwhile we get a little insight into Zoom’s plan, or at least what Black Siren is for. She is basically a distraction, as Zoom tells her to take down random buildings in Star City to keep Barry occupied.
So, Cisco is about ready to get his Earth 2 “tuning fork” device ready, but the team needs more time to get it finalized. In order to stall Black Siren, Cisco and Caitlin decide to dress up as their doppelgangers and meet up with Black Siren. They try to convince Laurel to turn on Zoom. But Black Siren isn’t really buying their pitch, especially after she figures out that these are in fact the Earth 1 counterparts.
Caitlyn and Cisco make for an escape, when Cisco is able to unleash a pulse that knocks Laurel down, similar to his doppelganger’s powers. But they are forced to flee while Barry and the rest of the team begin their plan to take down all of the Earth 2 villains.
So the plan is that Wells will use their resonating device, and Barry will make a large circle, causing it to amplify the signal somehow to cover Central City. Barry gets running, and it looks like the plan is successful. Black Siren is taken down, and dropped off in the Meta-human prison. The device even works on Zoom to an extent, but Zoom is able to open a portal and escape back to Earth 2.
Things seem to be going well now, but Cisco has a vibe, and it is not a good one. Then Zoom shows up and kidnaps Barry’s dad. Zoom took him to Barry’s old home, and Barry follows up. Zoom then tells Barry that he is going to make Barry feel like he does—and kills Henry right in front of Barry.
There are a couple other things going on this episode as well. Wally West seems to be turning vigilante himself. We see a woman get her purse stolen, and Wally decides to use his car to stop the guy. Wally gets out to confront the guy, and we learn that this guy is a Meta-Human. Luckily Joe shows up and uses one of his Meta-human-stopping guns to take down the perp.
Unluckily for Wally though, Joe is unhappy about Wally’s decision to become a vigilante. Wally tries to explain to his father that he owes it to the Flash to try to help the city, and the two part ways, not seeing eye to eye. Joe is pretty concerned that Wally will get hurt.
Joe tries to have Barry talk to Wally as the Flash so that he can get Wally to stop trying to be a hero. Barry agrees, and does talk to Wally, but he has a pretty halfhearted talk. Their talk is interrupted by Black Siren though, so maybe it could have gone better? Joe isn’t happy to hear that Wally is still trying to be a hero, and lets Barry know.
Speaking of people who came in contact with the “Dark Matter” when the Flash re-received his powers, Jesse Wells also had some tests ran on her by Caitlin to see if she has anything unusual going on. Dr. Wells sees this, and talks to her about it, telling Jesse that they need her brain to help stop the Meta-humans.
Caitlin, meanwhile, seems to be suffering from some PTSD, seeing Zoom every once in a while, around her. She seems to be getting more freaked out as time goes by.
As the episode wrapped up, things seemed to be going well. Wally and Jesse might have a thing going, and Dr. McGee and Henry might too. This all came crashing down when Zoom came back though…
His Thoughts on The Flash, Season 2 Episode 22: Invincible
Any time a superhero is over confident in his abilities, things never go well. Barry, c’mon, how do you think this was going to go down? Zoom is not some second rate villain! He has been taking you down at every turn! It is pretty frustrating to see him be so over confident, when he hasn’t had any victories over Zoom worth mentioning.
I do think my theory about Henry Allen being the “man in the iron mask” might have more weight to it now. Unless the actor playing Barry’s dad is not coming back permanently, it would be a way to keep him around. Also, I am sure it will be jarring for Barry to see his father’s face on the Earth 2 doppelganger. Zoom might try to use this to his advantage, or the show itself might use it for some emotional moments for Barry. I just hope we get an answer on this, it has been dragged on for way too long now.
It looks like Jesse and Wally are being set up for their meta-human abilities. I have a feeling we might see them in the season finale, or if not, definitely next season. I just wonder what happens then.
But speaking of Earth 2, and the resolution of the season—does that mean that Dr. Wells and Jesse could possibly be going back home after the end of the season? I wonder about that, as that is their home. It doesn’t seem like they have many attachments there other than each other, so I am curious what will happen then.
But I assume now Barry is going to be filled with vengeance, and really gun for Zoom. Based on the scenes from the finale, it looks like it might come down to a race, which is a bit odd. I have a feeling once/if Barry wins, Zoom is not simply going to take the loss and go home. Maybe this will spark Jesse and Wally’s powers, and they combine their forces to take down Zoom?
Her Thoughts on The Flash, Season 2 Episode 22: Invincible
So, I’m glad that Barry came out of the Speed Force with confidence, considering how down he’d been lately… but as I’m sure everyone noticed, since the characters did too, that Barry seemed a little TOO confident. Was it just me, or was anyone else annoyed by how smug he was? Confidence in oneself is a good thing, but too much confidence can come off as repulsive, making it seem like you’re full of yourself. I get that Barry has been through something significant after having spent time in and with the Speed Force, so he thinks if he can come back from that, and with his powers, which he didn’t have going into it, then he can get through anything. Plus, he assumes that since the Speed Force let him go, and gave him his powers back, that it means that the Speed Force, and the universe, is on his side. That may be true, but I think that Barry thinks that means the Speed Force and/or the universe will make sure that he wins no matter what. No, Barry, you still need to put in the work, you still need to earn it, and you still need to be cautious. You’re not invincible now anymore than before. Will he lose this confidence after failing to save his father? I’m thinking he might come to his senses about how reckless he was being and realize that his father was right, and employ this realization and combine it with confidence in his race with Zoom. Not sure what the outcome will be though, it could go either way. I’m sure we’ll have some big cliffhanger.
In other news, I’m glad Wally finally found out that Barry is The Flash. He was the only person in that room who didn’t know, but thankfully, now he does. Looking forward to both him and Jesse discovering their powers!