Risking one’s life is second nature for a Superhero. But, when the Superhero loses his super powers and is just another regular guy, he has to weigh the consequences of his actions.
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With Barry/Flash’s (Grant Gustin) speed gone, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) devices a holographic simulation of Flash allowing Flash to indirectly fight the bad guys. It’s not the answer, but it helps give the illusion that Flash is still alive and protecting Central City from all the hoodlums.
This just frustrates Harry (Tom Cavanagh) who knows oh too well that Zoom will return, and when he does he will systematically take down the city. They might be able to fool the general public with a hologram, but not Zoom. Flash needs his speed back and the only way to do that is to recreate the particle accelerator explosion.
Considering the aftermath of the original explosion, none of Team Flash is in any hurry to follow through on this idea, especially Barry. Even with Harrison Wells’ data from the original explosion, there are too many unknowns.
Seeking guidance, Barry goes to visit his Father. Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) is a bit surprised to see his speedster son driving a car. When he finds out why, he realizes just how much Barry needs him and travels back to Central City with him. Determined to keep him from risking his life, reminding him that he doesn’t need super powers to be the great man that he has become.
Henry’s intentions are good, but when Zoom (Teddy Sears) shows up at the Police Station, declaring the City is his and anyone who disobeys him will meet their end, Barry is pressured by Harry to change his mind.
If not for Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) pleading with Zoom, all of the police would have been wiped out. Instead he allows them to live, but forces them out, claiming the police station as his own.
He quickly reminds Caitlin, “Nobody can stop me now.” Caitlin questions why he’s keeping her alive when she will never be with him. Zoom doesn’t buy this, he’s seen the darkness in her, and he will find a way to unlock it so they can be together forever.
Meanwhile, back at Star Labs, Harry, Henry and Joe (Jesses L. Martin) get into a heated discussion about the pros and cons of Barry following through with Harry’s idea to recreate the particle accelerator explosion. Needless to say, Harry feels this is the only way they can save Central City, while Henry is adamantly opposed. Joe is on the fence.
Barry puts an end to their debate reminding them that it’s ultimately his decision and the answer is no.
It doesn’t take long for Harry’s prediction of Zoom’s path of destruction to come to pass. After vibing his brother Dante (Nicholas Gonzalez) is in trouble, Cisco meets up with him, only to have a not so very friendly meeting end with Dante’s doppelganger, Rupture, tracking them down determined to kill Cisco, blaming him for his brother Reverb’s death.
Cisco and Dante are able to escape, but as Harry knows that it’s not just a coincidence that Rupture shows up right after Zoom. This is his doing and it’s only the beginning of the meta attacks he has in store.
Furious that Rupture failed at his attempt to kill Cisco and Dante he sends him to Jitters where the police are now holding court with orders to kill them all.
Fortunately Caitlin overhears this and has managed to get a cell phone out of an evidence box. She sends a text message to Star Labs warning them, which allows Cisco and Barry enough time to devise a scheme using the Flash hologram to battle Rupture.
Their scheme is successful, but Zoom sees this play out on the news and he will have none of it. He bolts to Jitters, and in front of the news camera, kills all the police and Rupture, then announces that Flash is dead, you’ve seen a fake, he’s a hologram. Stating “This was meant to give you hope. There is no more hope. There is no one left to protect you.”
Adding that the only reason he didn’t kill Barry, Joe or Cisco is because of his affection for Caitlin. Warns if they try something like this again that will not stop him from killing everyone.
As Zoom’s grip of the city grows into a strangle hold, Harry points out that now that all the metas who were contained because of Flash know that he is no more, nothing will stop them from coming out of the woodwork. Which will only add to Zoom’s mission to destroy Earth 1.
It is at this point that Barry realizes he has no other choice but to get his speed back.
Harry quickly goes about getting all the pieces in place. Once Barry is clamped into the accelerator chamber, he begins the process, first injecting with the same amount of fingerprinting ink that entered his body during the first explosion and then moving into the explosion using Cisco on the roof using his wand as a lightning rod. At just the right time the lightning strikes the satellite setting off the explosion.
Just as the explosion hits, Jessie (Violett Beane) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) break free from the safe room and are struck by particles flying down the hall. And, Barry’s speed is not regained, he is blown into particles all over the place.
Zoom is within eye shot of the lightning storm above Star Labs and knows exactly what they are doing. He gets there right after the explosion and is more than happy to see that they failed. “You thought you could get his speed back. Well done. You killed him instead.”
Harry, Joe, Iris (Candice Patton), Henry and Cisco are stunned. What just happened? Harry had it all figured out. Or did he?
Add to it, what will the exploding particles that hit Wally and Jessie do to them? Will these two now become mini-speedsters?
With only 3 episodes left in this season there are certainly a lot of loose ends left to tie up. Let’s hope they do and don’t leave us hanging.
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