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TV Review: The Flash - Season 2 Episode 6 "Enter Zoom"

11.11.2015

EPISODE 6: "Enter Zoom"

SYNOPSIS: After recent events, Barry decides it's time to confront Zoom and comes up with a dangerous plan. Caitlin sides with Jay and deems it too dangerous for Barry to engage with the speed demon. However, Iris shows her support and brings forth a surprising ally. We see what Earth-2 Harrison Wells' life was like before coming through the breach.

REVIEW: (Beware of spoilers!):

If The Flash were the STAR WARS saga, tonight's episode would be THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Taking the darkest turn ever on the series, we finally get to see supervillain Zoom at his most evil and he puts to shame any bad guy on this show or Arrow. He may have a lame name, but Zoom is one evil bastard. It is odd that it comes on the heels of one of the goofiest and lightest episodes this year (pun absolutely intended). Directly continuing last week's hour, tonight puts the focus back on Dr. Light and the doppleganger Linda Parks. We also finally get the reveal of Harrison Wells' true motivations in trying to catch Zoom and a cliffhanger that most certainly cannot be permanent.

Barry is obsessed with catching Zoom. After learning about the Earth Two villain from Jay Garrick and Harrison Wells, Barry does not want to deal with another Reverse-Flash and is prepared to do anything to take him down. Jay already left town due to the prospect of Barry being uprepared to face the demonic speedster, but Barry still concocts the ridiculous plan to have Earth One Linda Park don Dr. Light's costume after the Earth Two version turned invisible and skipped town. Despite Linda not being sure she can pretend to be a bad guy, Barry reveals his true identity to her in an effort to convince her to stage a fight and send the Flash emblem through a rift to trick Zoom into appearing. Sounds like a terrible plan, right? Well, everyone is on board as Harrison Wells devises a gun that could disable Zoom's powers.

After some really hammy acting from Barry and Linda, they wait for Zoom who never comes through the rift. The entire sequence is funny and ridiculous and had me wondering if this hour was going to be more funny than exciting. Defeated, Barry realizes that Joe was right and Barry needs to focus on the good things in his life, like Patty Spivot. Patty has been questioning that Barry and Joe seem to be disappearing at the same time and that Joe is suddenly stopping her from searching for Dr. Light. It is not surprising that there are so many meta-humans getting away with crimes in Central City as these detectives are not very good at solving easy crimes. In either case, Barry reunites with Patty while Iris toasts to Linda's help with their plan when Zoom appears and takes LInda to the roof of STAR Labs.

Barry confronts Zoom who has one of the best costume designs I have seen on this show. It is terrifyingly bleak and looks imposing. Barry lets his cocky side fly and tries to fling lightning at Zoom who easily catches it and throws it back at him. Zoom demolishes Barry and when Wells tries to shoot his gun at him, Zoom catches it and stabs Barry. Zoom then parades Barry's beaten body through Iris' newspaper and the CCPD station, proclaiming that the Flash has been defeated. Taking him back to STAR Labs, Zoom stabs Barry in the torso as Cisco manages to shoot him with Wells' gun. Zoom screams and speeds off, leaving Barry. The team work to help Barry while Joe and Wells almost come to blows.

Cisco reveals that he vibed on Wells earlier and that his daughter is alive but in Zoom's control. During Earth Two flashbacks, we see the strong relationship between Wells and his daughter only to be ruined by Zoom kidnapping her from her college, setting Wells on his quest to stop the villain. Wells is relieved to learn his daughter is alive but knows of no other way to stop Zoom without Barry's help. In the closing scene of the episode, CIsco and Caitlyn are relieved when Barry wakes up and they tell him how badly he was hurt. Barry wants to find Zoom but CIsco pats him on the leg and tells him they can wait until he recovers. At that moment, Barry reveals he cannot feel his legs.

While I doubt the showrunners will leave Barry without his speed for that long, it definitely works in showcasing just how powerful Zoom is in comparison to The Flash. More than the Reverse Flash ever did, Zoom truly seems like he is way out of Barry's league. Something tells me that Barry will need to team wtih Jay to fight and stop Zoom by the end of this season, but I almost hope they can't beat him and this menace carries over to next season as well. The Flash has been burning through DC Comics characters and plotlines at a fast pace and it looks like Zoom is one character worth keeping for a longer run. I am genuinely intrigued to know who is lurking under that mask and how he ties into The Flash mythology overall. I also hope that somehow Oliver Queen and maybe the Legends of Tomorrow need to unite to fight this guy. For now, I just hope the series continues from this high point and gets better and better.

FINAL VERDICT:

NEXT ON THE FLASH: "Gorilla Warfare" airs on November 17th: Grodd returns to Central City and kidnaps Caitlin. Barry and team race to find her before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Cisco plans his first date with the new barista at Jitters, Kendra Saunders. Patty begins to suspect Barry is hiding something from her.

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2:49PM on 11/12/2015

Can we just talk about...

How amazing Tony Todd is as Zoom. I don't know if he's in costume but his voice is freaking phenomenal. If there was one thing i would've changed, it would be his line after the cops shoot him. "Nice try." I mean with his voice it would've been terrifying if instead he just menacingly laughed quietly and the left, as if to be like "Really? are you kidding me?" We all would've got it haha. You don't need words with something that badass. That would've been awesome.
How amazing Tony Todd is as Zoom. I don't know if he's in costume but his voice is freaking phenomenal. If there was one thing i would've changed, it would be his line after the cops shoot him. "Nice try." I mean with his voice it would've been terrifying if instead he just menacingly laughed quietly and the left, as if to be like "Really? are you kidding me?" We all would've got it haha. You don't need words with something that badass. That would've been awesome.
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8:28PM on 11/11/2015
Like people have said, a little weak at the beginning of the episode, but man, that third act was one of my favorite Flash sequences throughout the series. Zoom is badass. As far as his identity goes, if it is Barry's dad from Earth 2, I wonder if Wells knows but hasn't revealed it to Barry yet? I'm still hoping it's somehow an older or alternate version of Barry from Earth two. Given Zoom's size and voice I'm starting to doubt it, unless the particle accelerator really fucked him up somehow.
Like people have said, a little weak at the beginning of the episode, but man, that third act was one of my favorite Flash sequences throughout the series. Zoom is badass. As far as his identity goes, if it is Barry's dad from Earth 2, I wonder if Wells knows but hasn't revealed it to Barry yet? I'm still hoping it's somehow an older or alternate version of Barry from Earth two. Given Zoom's size and voice I'm starting to doubt it, unless the particle accelerator really fucked him up somehow. I just think it would be a much bolder choice for a TV show like this, having Barry fight and probably end up killing his own reflection. Given his look I'm more inclined to believe it's his dad though, which kind of sucks as it seems like....a bit of a soap opera-y plot device.
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4:33PM on 11/11/2015

Spectacular.....

The only thing that keeps this episode from being the best (other than last season's finale) is that we've seen the speed guy make Barry look helpless, so even though it was horrifying, it suffered a bit from Deja Vu.

They've knocked it out of the park with Zoom. Whatever his backstory turns out to be, the way he's made his costume and his physical superiority to Barry (he looks like a non-powered Zoom would kick Oliver's ass) is astonishing. I don't know how they're going to resolve
The only thing that keeps this episode from being the best (other than last season's finale) is that we've seen the speed guy make Barry look helpless, so even though it was horrifying, it suffered a bit from Deja Vu.

They've knocked it out of the park with Zoom. Whatever his backstory turns out to be, the way he's made his costume and his physical superiority to Barry (he looks like a non-powered Zoom would kick Oliver's ass) is astonishing. I don't know how they're going to resolve this, but they've done a great job of making it seem impossible!
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2:11PM on 11/11/2015

Definitely fun, but not a 10

While I enjoyed the episode - especially the third act, it was a very uneven episode overall. The opening was strong, the middle section with Linda as Doctor Light was plagued with terrible dialogue, and poor writing ....Barry deciding to risk Linda's life in a fight with someone that scares Jay - really?!?, Barry once again revealing his identity to yet another person, awkward Patty scenes where Barry and Joe try not to say anything, Caitlyn barely contributing, and Cisco being WAAAAAYYYYYY
While I enjoyed the episode - especially the third act, it was a very uneven episode overall. The opening was strong, the middle section with Linda as Doctor Light was plagued with terrible dialogue, and poor writing ....Barry deciding to risk Linda's life in a fight with someone that scares Jay - really?!?, Barry once again revealing his identity to yet another person, awkward Patty scenes where Barry and Joe try not to say anything, Caitlyn barely contributing, and Cisco being WAAAAAYYYYYY too obvious in his attempt to vibe Harry...twice.... come on Flash team - you're better than this!

Zoom and their fight was great - as long as you're willing to overlook the fact that both Barry and Zoom plummeted to earth and landed on concrete without any attempt to slow their descent. In truth - neither of them should have walked after that fall.

So a mixed episode - great effects and a great villain - ultimately hampered by poor writing and dialogue. And I'm typically in favor of The Flash as show overall. This one was something of a misfire though.
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4:36PM on 11/11/2015
Well I have to answer one thing here, and keep in mind its only a possible answer. In the comics one of the Reverse Flashes/Zooms was not a speedster at all, as in he didn't move fast. What made him the "fastest" was the fact that he actually slowed time and space around him, thereby making himself the fastest thing imaginable and why the flash couldn't ever catch him completely because Barry would be slowed the second he got within range of him. If this Zoom has that power, it could have
Well I have to answer one thing here, and keep in mind its only a possible answer. In the comics one of the Reverse Flashes/Zooms was not a speedster at all, as in he didn't move fast. What made him the "fastest" was the fact that he actually slowed time and space around him, thereby making himself the fastest thing imaginable and why the flash couldn't ever catch him completely because Barry would be slowed the second he got within range of him. If this Zoom has that power, it could have averted said fall damage.
9:45AM on 11/11/2015
It was a great episode. But the reveal of Zoom better be amazing!

In season 1, the reveal of Reverse-Flash had effect because it was one of the main cast members. Unless it's a doppelganger from Earth 2, the reveal of Zoom will not be worth it if it's just some random guy from that universe. Additionally, I'm not sure if the big "mystery of Zoom" is all that important regardless of who is under the mask. This is just one area of the show where I felt they kind of lagged in the
It was a great episode. But the reveal of Zoom better be amazing!

In season 1, the reveal of Reverse-Flash had effect because it was one of the main cast members. Unless it's a doppelganger from Earth 2, the reveal of Zoom will not be worth it if it's just some random guy from that universe. Additionally, I'm not sure if the big "mystery of Zoom" is all that important regardless of who is under the mask. This is just one area of the show where I felt they kind of lagged in the story-telling department for season 2. They're essentially just re-hashing the plot of season 1, except this time it's a multi-dimensional rift that's the cause of all the bad guys and the speedster villain is Zoom not Reverse-Flash. Aside from that, it's pretty identical. I think it would be better if they just reveal the identity and show the audience both sides of the equation (heroes and villains) like they do on Arrow.
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11:46AM on 11/11/2015
Barry Allens dad is just some random guy? ;)
Barry Allens dad is just some random guy? ;)
12:19PM on 11/11/2015
Obviously not if that turns out to be true. And that's really the only option to make his reveal have any great effect. The other option is to have it be Earth 2's Barry Allen, which could be interesting.

The thing I'm fearing the most is that it ends up being Daniel West from Earth 2, making the big mystery completely pointless as he's a character with no ties or significance to Earth 1. Or even worse, making him Harrison Wells and therefore completely re-hashing the plot of season 1.
Obviously not if that turns out to be true. And that's really the only option to make his reveal have any great effect. The other option is to have it be Earth 2's Barry Allen, which could be interesting.

The thing I'm fearing the most is that it ends up being Daniel West from Earth 2, making the big mystery completely pointless as he's a character with no ties or significance to Earth 1. Or even worse, making him Harrison Wells and therefore completely re-hashing the plot of season 1.
3:18AM on 11/11/2015
Catching the lighting and throwing it back makes this a instant 10/10.OMG awesome sauce.


ps:It`s Harry Allen from earth 2 as Zoom.That`s my bet.Just for the line "I am your father."
Catching the lighting and throwing it back makes this a instant 10/10.OMG awesome sauce.


ps:It`s Harry Allen from earth 2 as Zoom.That`s my bet.Just for the line "I am your father."
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2:10AM on 11/11/2015
Puts to shame any bad guy on Arrow? I'm sorry but Deathstroke is still #1.
Puts to shame any bad guy on Arrow? I'm sorry but Deathstroke is still #1.
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12:47AM on 11/11/2015
Holy shit was this ever a 10 if there was one. It might have started out picking up a little light and corny from last week, but then it ended with 10-15 minutes of borrowing Daredevil style brutality. Seriously what Zoom did to Barry was almost an homage to "the Breaking of the Bat" in a way. When I heard that "crack", you could see his legs go limp and remain so the remainder of the episode as he was dragged all around. Man Zoom makes Reverse Flash look like a kitten. And FUCK he caught
Holy shit was this ever a 10 if there was one. It might have started out picking up a little light and corny from last week, but then it ended with 10-15 minutes of borrowing Daredevil style brutality. Seriously what Zoom did to Barry was almost an homage to "the Breaking of the Bat" in a way. When I heard that "crack", you could see his legs go limp and remain so the remainder of the episode as he was dragged all around. Man Zoom makes Reverse Flash look like a kitten. And FUCK he caught Barry's lightning bolt in midair, holy fuck!

Wells was at his best without a doubt. Cavanaugh is amazing. Think about it, this is the 3rd time he has played this character, in the 4th different way. First the original soft wells that gets killed, then The nice father figure mentor to Barry, then the psychotic killer Reverse Flash, and now finally the alternate Earth 2 version who is an arrogant dick sometimes (#Crisco). Seriously this man deserves an Emmy. He's starting to remind me of Tatiana Maslany from Orphan black with his multiple characters.

Call me a sucker, but I like Patty with Barry. Its honestly the most natural feeling relationship they have had Barry in. There is a certain dorky cool they both have together, but there is some genuine chemistry that Grant has with Shantel that Barry hasn't had with either Iris or Linda. I know it won't last, but I hope it does awhile longer.

The confrontation between Joe and Wells I loved. Joe gives Barry the rundown about going so hard on Zoom because of pent up anger over Reverse Flash. Well Joe had some residual anger from old S1 Wells come out on this Earth 2 Wells tonight. And it was nice to see. By the way I hope they get cisco a Vibe costume soon and get him with some actual tremor style powers. Though given Quake is on AOS they might shy away so as to not seem too similar. The only downside to me is the fact that Jay has been gone too long, I like the character.

p.s. coming up with all the timeline and season adjectives for character is both fun and exhausting. S1 S2 Wells 1 2 3 4, Earth 2 Earth 1, its just funny lol.
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