Loss can be a huge motivator, but when our desire to change things is selfish and not thought through, we can alter what was and will be in a dangerous way.
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After witnessing his Father killed at the hands of Zoom, Barry/Flash is (Grant Gustin) hell bent on revenge. Chasing after Zoom (Teddy Sears), a battle ensues and just when it looks like Flash might get the upper hand, a second Zoom appears. This Zoom kills the Zoom Flash was fighting. Needless to say this throws Flash off his game.
Zoom explains he created another time remnant of himself to do his dirty work. And he adds that Flash needs to be willing to kill himself in order to win, then takes off.
Confused and broken, Barry can’t even give the eulogy at his Father’s funeral. His only thought is taking down Zoom for good, believing that this is the only way he will find any peace.
Being the relentless monster that he is, Zoom shows up and gives Barry an ultimatum: either race me to determine once and for all who’s the fastest, or, your Father won’t be the only casualty. Promising after the race he’ll be gone for good.
Believing he has no other option, Barry is determined to race Zoom and beat him. Harry feels there’s got to be a catch. Zoom wouldn’t walk away that easily.
Investigating further, Harry (Tom Cavanagh) discovers Zoom has taken the magnetar that was being built at Mercury Labs. With enough energy the magnetar could destroy a planet. He obviously plans on siphoning the energy that comes off both Zoom and Flash when they race.
Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) mentions Zoom’s comment that he’s done counting people he’s killed and will begin to count the Earth’s he’s conquered. At this point Harry realizes that this is Zoom’s ultimate plan.
Once powered up, one pulse from the magnetar would destroy not one Earth, but all the Earth’s out there, which are many.
This is not enough for Barry to decline the race because he just can’t handle the possibility of any more of his loved ones being killed. He will race Zoom and no one can stop him.
Turns out Barry is wrong, Team Flash can most definitely stop him and they do. While Joe (Jesse L. Martin) distracts him, trying to discourage him from racing, Harry shoots Barry with a tranquilizing dart. Once he’s knocked out, they lock him up in the tube.
Barry is furious, but nothing he says will make the Team change their minds. This was a group decision. Barry is too angry and racing Zoom on his terms can only end in loss.
With Barry locked up the Team devises a scheme to take down Zoom on their own. By using Caitlin as bait, she will lure Zoom out and while she tries to convince him that he was right and she really does want to explore her dark side, Harry will dismantle the magnetar. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) will then use the boot on Zoom, depleting his energy and Joe will shoot him with tranquilizer darts. Once down, Cisco will open a portal/breach and push Zoom through it.
All is going well until Zoom realizes Caitlin was lying and goes for her only to discover it wasn’t her, but a hologram. Having to move quickly Cisco grabs Zoom with the boot, but the Joe’s gun jams and he has to come right up to Zoom to stab him with the darts, at which time the portal opens and Zoom grabs Joe, taking him with him back to Earth 2.
On Earth 2, Zoom revels in the prospect of killing another one of Barry’s Fathers. Joe is not intimidated, stressing that Barry will not race him, so why not just kill him and get it over with.
The Man in the Iron Mask makes his presence known, and Zoom finally reveals who that poor soul is. Zoom was hell bent on being the fastest speedster long before he conquered Earth 2, which is why he created Velocity 9. With V9 he learned how to manipulate the speed force and went Earth hopping.
During his Earth hopping, he discovered another speedster on Earth 3; that speedster was the real Jay Garrick, the original Flash. He took his identity and played good guy, bad guy, which was working nicely until the V9 started to have a reverse effect and was killing him. That’s when he came after Barry’s speed.
Once he beats Barry, once and for all, he looks forward to having a speedster from 2 Earths to keep him company.
Back at Star Labs, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) discovers what Team Flash did and is furious. How could they make a decision without including him and Barry?
Determined to find a way to get his Father back, Wally lets Barry out of the tube.
Just like Wally, Barry will not accept the decision made by the Team without him and Wally and insists Cisco take him with him when he vibes to Earth 2. Through the vibe portal, Flash tells Zoom he will accept the race challenge, and to bring Joe back to Earth 1 with him.
Team Flash thinks Barry is crazy for accepting this challenge, but Barry has a scheme of his own.
Just when it looks like Zoom will get his wish and the magnetar is fueled up and ready to pulse, a second Flash, a time remnant that Flash created, shows up and starts running the opposite way, thus deactivating the magnetar and eventually killing himself.
While this is happening the real Flash and Zoom are battling. When Zoom sees his plans falling apart, Flash gets the upper hand, but he does not have to be the one to kill Zoom.
By going into to Speed Force and creating a time remnant, he got the Time Wraths on his tail, and they are thrilled to finally get their creepy, boney hands on Zoom, whisking him away for good.
With Zoom gone finally gone; the Team is able to save the Man in the Iron Mask. When his mask is removed, the real Jay Garrick is revealed, and he is Henry Allen’s (John Wesley Shipp) doppelganger.
Needless to say this doesn’t sit well with Barry.
Fortunately, with Zoom gone, Harry and Jessie can now go back to Earth 2, and will transport Jay back to his Earth en route. Before leaving though, Harry tells Barry that he is a better man now than when he got here and it’s because of Barry.
This combined with the final defeat of Zoom is not enough to help Barry get past the loss of his Father. Feeling hollowed out, he tells Iris that not even the promise of them being together is enough to help him heal. He needs to go away in order to find peace.
Iris (Candice Patton) tells him she will wait for as long as it takes. With that Barry is gone.
Where does he go?
Back in time, this time saving his Mom.
Changing history is never a good thing, but we will have to wait till next season to see the repercussions of such a selfish move.
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