The Flash Recap: “The Darkness and the Light”

When we allow fear to hold us back, we deny ourselves and the world the opportunity to see who we are capable of becoming.

**** NEWS FLASH – SPOILERS AHEAD ****

The Harrison “Harry” Wells  (Tom Cavanagh) from Earth Two proves to be just as brilliant and scheming as his Earth One counter-part, except much more snarky.

He intentionally created the metas on his Earth, strictly so he could advance his Star Labs to be the leader in meta research. Creating gadgets that help the people of his Earth deal with the metas, which in turn, made him wealthy. Harry’s latest creation, a watch that can detect the presence of a meta. Quite the handy device.

Reiterating that metas are the symptom and Zoom is the plague, obsessed with speed, and killing Flash, Harry pushes to get Team Flash to understand he is not the Harrison Wells from their Earth.

Harry states his soul purpose for coming to Earth One is to help the Flash eliminate Zoom.  Jay/Flash 2 (Teddy Sears) doesn’t buy this. He knows Harry and he never does anything unless he’s going to get something out of it. He has to have an ulterior motive, but what is it?

The Flash -- "The Darkness and the Light" -- Image FLA205A_0285b.jpg -- Pictured: Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Darkness and the Light” — Image FLA205A_0285b.jpg — Pictured: Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Needless to say, Team Flash is extremely suspicious, but Harry has valuable knowledge about Zoom and the metas from his Earth, who are invading theirs, so, they have to find a way to trust him.

The first test comes in the form of Dr. Light, a meta from Earth Two who has the ability to harness the power of the stars. She can hit you with a sonic ball of blinding light that will knock you into tomorrow. Jay/Flash 2 doesn’t understand why Zoom would send her to come after Flash. She’s a crook, not a killer.

Upon confronting Dr. Light during a robbery, Flash (Grant Gustin) discovers why she was chosen by Zoom. Dr. Light is Linda Park (Malese Jow), who on Earth One is his ex-girlfriend. This discovery throws Flash off guard, allowing Dr. Light to strike with her ball of light, literally blinding Flash and getting away.

Knowing that Adam Smasher killed his doppelgänger on Earth One in order to survive, Team Flash now has the added task of protecting Linda from Dr. Light. Before they can get to her though, Dr. Light shows up at the newspaper. Eric Larkin (Tom Butler), the editor, tries to protect Iris (Candice Patton) and Linda, but he’s no match for Dr. Light’s star powers.

The Flash -- "The Darkness and the Light" -- Image FLA205B_0090b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Tom Butler as Eric Larkin, Malese Jow as Linda Park and Candice Patton as Iris West -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Darkness and the Light” — Image FLA205B_0090b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tom Butler as Eric Larkin, Malese Jow as Linda Park and Candice Patton as Iris West — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Iris quickly responds, pulling out her gun, and shooting off Dr. Light’s mask. Freaked out, Dr. Light blasts Iris and Linda. Knocking them out, she takes off, leaving the mask behind.

Side note – Iris was given a gun by Joe as a “just in case” Harry turns out to be like the Wells they knew. Quite convenient wouldn’t you say?

Harry suggests they flush Dr. Light out using her to lead Zoom to them. Jay/Flash 2 disagrees. It’s too dangerous. Flash isn’t prepared to take on Zoom. Harry feels differently, he believes Flash is fast enough to defeat Zoom, he just needs to face his fear of Zoom, unlike Jay/Flash 2.

Reluctantly, Team Flash agrees with the plan, but how do they find Dr. Light? Using his handy dandy meta-detecting watch, Harry reveals that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) has meta powers. Cisco finally confesses, noting that he didn’t say anything before because he was concerned he too would turn to the dark side like Wells, who had bestowed the gift of visions upon him.

The Flash -- "The Darkness and the Light" -- Image FLA205A_0229b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Darkness and the Light” — Image FLA205A_0229b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cisco has no idea what triggers the visions, but Harry is convinced if he touches the mask he will see where Dr. Light is hiding.

Cisco’s attempts are futile, he sees nothing. Furious, Harry shoves the mask into Cisco chest. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.  Cisco sees Dr. Light at the train station. She’s trying to get away.

Struggling to get around her star blasts, Harry tells Flash he has to find her blind spot by moving so fast he creates a speed mirage, forcing her to shoot at multiple targets. Flash isn’t confident he can do this. Jay/Flash 2 tells him he most definitely can; don’t let fear hold you back.

With the confidence of his Team behind him, Flash successfully forces Dr. Light to fumble and knock herself out by hitting a pylon at the train station.

Now, it’s time to plot the next stage of the plan, luring Zoom to them.

Meanwhile on Earth Two, Zoom (Tony Todd) has his own plans. He’s got Harry’s daughter locked up. Jay/Flash 2 was right. Harry does have ulterior motives. He wants to save his daughter and he’ll do whatever he has to.

Amidst all the action, there is romance in the air too.

The Flash -- "The Darkness and the Light" -- Image FLA205A_0063b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “The Darkness and the Light” — Image FLA205A_0063b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Having finally mustered up the nerve to ask Patty (Shantel VanSanten) out, Barry refuses to let his temporary blindness keep him from their first date. Aided by camera glasses with a mic, he’s able to fake his way through dinner. That is until Patty figures it out. Using an eye exam as an excuse skirts any further questions. The lack of sight leads to their first hand holding as they exit and a lovely good night kiss turns out to be just the thing Barry needs to get his vision back.

Wonder how long it will take till Patty figures out Barry is the Flash? If forensic science gets her excited, this fact should really turn her on.

Barry’s not the only one who gets a shot at romance. Cisco gets a date with a new barista at the coffee shop, while Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Jay/Flash 2 have a brief moment while they’re staking out the newspaper, watching for Dr. Light. Unfortunately, a blast from Dr. Light breaks up their magic moment.

Will Jay’s feelings for Caitlin be enough to keep him around? Things don’t look good, especially with Harry here, but one can hope.


About Mariann E. Danko:  A single Mom just trying to make it through every day without losing her mind. Fortunately I have a passion for writing, which is why I decided to share my thoughts and somewhat off-beat parenting tactics with all who are willing to read them. You can check them out at https://wakingthewalker.wordpress.com/ or my writers page at www.facebook.com/MariannE.DankoWriter or follow me on twitter @Danko818

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