The Flash Recap: “Invincible”

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It’s a healthy thing to have just the right amount of confidence, but when you begin to feel invincible you put yourself and those around at risk.

**** NEWS FLASH – SPOILERS AHEAD ****

With Central City in the grips of a Metapacolypse, courtesy of Zoom, it’s a bit unnerving for Team Flash to see how calm and confident Barry/Flash (Grant Gustin) is about the daunting task of eliminating hundreds of Metas a day.

They all fear that this confidence will become Barry’s undoing, but Barry reminds them that he sees things differently since he was in the Speed Force and the universe is with them, so how could they possibly lose.

The Flash -- "Invincible" -- Image: FLA222a_0473bc.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Invincible” — Image: FLA222a_0473bc.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

These words aren’t that comforting to Team Flash so Henry (John Wesley Shipp) steps in to have a little Father/Son chat. Acknowledging that it’s great that Barry is much more optimistic since his time in the Speed Force, he’s concerned he might take unnecessary risks because of it.

Barry points out that he’s changed, that he just isn’t afraid anymore, but his Father wouldn’t understand because he wasn’t there through Barry’s transition into the Flash.

Realizing what he said, Barry quickly tries to take his words back, but Henry knows he is right. He reminds Barry that despite his absence, he still believes in him and the man he has become.

Amidst all the Team’s concern about Barry feeling invincible, he is systematically taking down Meta after Meta and saving the people of Central City. To include Christina Magee (Amanda Pays), Mercury Labs’ head scientist, who would have been killed when a Meta with a decibel-blasting scream that can shatter buildings destroyed Mercury Labs.

The Flash -- "Invincible" -- Image: FLA222a_0538b2.jpg -- Pictured: Katie Cassidy as Black Siren -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Invincible” — Image: FLA222a_0538b2.jpg — Pictured: Katie Cassidy as Black Siren — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Before they can unravel the mystery of who that Meta was, the CCPD is under attack and the Flash is off. It’s Zoom (Teddy Sears) and he just wants to confirm that the Flash is really back and not a hologram.

He also tries to push Flash to breaking, telling him they are not that different. They have the same tragic background, same reason for running and same desire to be the fastest.

The only difference is Flash’s desire to always be the hero, asking “Doesn’t it get exhausting being the hero?”

Zoom tells him “You always have to be the hero. That’s why I’m going to win.” 

The Flash -- "Invincible" -- Image: FLA222b_0060b.jpg -- Pictured: Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Invincible” — Image: FLA222b_0060b.jpg — Pictured: Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

All the while, Flash is looking out the window watching another building being destroyed. He can’t have that happen, he needs to go.

Back at Star Labs Barry pushes to find a way to defeat all the Metas Zoom brought from Earth 2. An epiphany regarding the fact that all Earth 2 inhabitants vibrate at a different frequency than those of Earth 1 makes him realize that’s their answer to defeat them, but how?

Before Team Flash can devise a plan a Meta alert sends Flash running. This time he’s confronted by the decibel screaming Meta who took down Mercury Labs. She calls herself Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), and it turns out is Laurel Lance’s Earth 2 doppelganger.

She almost gets the best of Flash, but Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale), who’s hell bent on proving he was worth saving, shows up and drives down the Black Siren. He whisks Flash away to safety.

The Flash -- "Invincible" -- Image: FLA222a_0399b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Invincible” — Image: FLA222a_0399b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Almost losing his battle with Black Siren forces Iris (Candice Patton) to speak her mind and remind Barry that he’s not invincible and sometimes having a little fear is good thing. It helps you to determine which risks are worth taking.

By this point Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) have figured out how to use the frequency difference in their favor. By creating a dimensional tuning fork and having Flash run fast enough to create a refracting field, the tuning fork will send out a secondary pulse, which will disrupt the frequency of all Earth 2 inhabitants.

This dimensional shock therapy will knock them all out, at which time Flash can round them up and get them locked up.

In order to pull this off they need to stop Black Siren who’s headed to a condo high rise with destruction on her mind. She needs to be distracted long enough for Flash to and Harry to sync the tuning fork to his speed.

Cisco steps in with the idea of having him and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) pretend to be Reverb and Killer Frost in search of another Meta to join forces against Zoom. They come close to pulling off their scheme, but just at the hook Black Siren figures out who they are and goes in for the kill.

The Flash -- "Invincible" -- Image: FLA222a_0006b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Reverb and Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Flash — “Invincible” — Image: FLA222a_0006b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Reverb and Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Fortunately by this time Flash has generated the dimensional shock therapy and she is knocked out before she can do any harm.

Unfortunately Zoom figures out what’s going on and creates a portal to escape through.

With Zoom gone and all the Metas locked up, Team Flash feels it’s time to celebrate Henry’s homecoming. They should know better.

Zoom is not going to go away that easy. Just as they toast, he zooms in and grabs Henry.

Flash follows in pursuit to the old family house were Barry’s Mother was killed. Zoom is determined to prove he and Flash are cut from the same mold. To do this he kills Barry/Flash’s Father in front of him, just as he had to watch his Father kill his Mother.

Will this push Barry/Flash to the Dark Side? I doubt it, but you bet Zoom thinks he’s won.

Overprotective Joe

Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is not happy when he sees Wally trying to be a hero, but Barry points out to him that he is son. Which means he has his values and desire to help people. Reminds him that Wally’s is on the path to discovering who he believes he’s supposed to be.

A little touch of romance

Barry and Iris agree it’s time to give being a couple a shot.


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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