The Flash

The Flash - Back to Normal

Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to readjust to life without his speed which proves even more difficult when Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is kidnapped by a meta-human (Haig Sutherland) while searching for Jesse (Violett Beane). Even without his powers, Barry can’t sit back and do nothing. Gathering the team and Jesse together for a little old fashioned police work, and a bit of luck, the Flash races into action (albeit at a much more normal pace).

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In an episode that begins with a flashback to Earth-2, “Versus Zoom” gives us darker version of the origins of Barry (Grant Gustin) as we witness the tragedy of Hunter Zolomon’s childhood which would lead him down the path to taking on the personas of both Jay Garrick and Zoom (Teddy Sears). Opening with a sequence that helps explain Barry’s short stint on Supergirl, the episode is mainly concerned with the Flash and his friends setting another trap for Zoom which, to absolutely no one’s surprise, goes wrong.

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You know what they say about those who ignore the past? Unable to break the code and enhance his speed any further, Barry (Grant Gustin) decides the only man who can help him with his problem is his greatest enemy. Despite the consequences from the last time he time traveled, and against the concerns of his friends, Barry chooses to travel back in time to the events of “The Sound and the Fury” in hopes of tricking Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) into helping him. Despite warnings not to make changes to the timeline, Barry can’t help but make a few tweaks (the effects of which we begin to see as soon as he returns to the present).

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When Barry (Grant Gustin) met Kara (Melissa Benoist). Ever since CBS brought Supergirl to the air this is the crossover fans had been clamoring for. From the the bleakness of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, “Worlds Finest” (pulling on the classic name of super-hero team-ups) is a lighthearted romp of an episode fueled by two of DC’s most likable heroes. While attempting to increase his speed to battle Zoom, the Flash accidentally breaks through a dimensional barrier to arrive on the alternate Earth where Supergirl takes place. Less freaked out by the occurrence than curious about each other, Barry and Kara bond almost immediately (which is good for the Girl of Steel given she’s got two villains to fight in this episode).

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Even with Zoom temporarily blocked from returning to their Earth, Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to push himself to increase his speed. The sudden appearance of a new speedster in town who is faster than the Fastest Man Alive forces Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) to reveal the existence of the Earth-2 speed drug Velocity 9 which a fellow scientist has reverse-engineered to become the criminal Trajectory (Allison Paige).

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One of the coolest, and most unexpected moments of The Flash‘s Second Season came at the end of “The Fury of Firestorm” with the all-too-short cameo of King Shark. In his return, the character gets his own episode the second time around as King Shark escapes ARGUS custody and returns to Central City still intent on doing Zoom’s bidding and killing the Flash (Grant Gustin). Working with his team, and alongside the visiting Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson), Barry will race to stop the sole remaining metahuman from Earth-2 (at least that we know about).

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While fighting the latest meta-human to appear in Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unaware that Earth-2’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has created a device to slowly siphon off his speed. Moving slightly slower than normal, the Flash is unable to prevent Iris (Candice Patton) to get injured during one of Tar Pit‘s (Marco Grazzini) attacks. However, that injury brings Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) closer to his sister and causes Wells to come clean about what he’s done in order to save his daughter from Zoom.

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The return of the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) is only one of many storylines in an episode that also features Patty‘s (Shantel VanSanten) farewell, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) helping Cisco (Carlos Valdes) unlock his powers, the return of Amanda Pays as Tina McGee, a little bonding between Iris (Candice Patton) and her brother and the deteriorating health of their mother, and the show touching on the idea of Earth-1 and Earth-2 doppelgangers (which it will no doubt continue to explore over the rest of the season).

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The Flash returns from its mid-season hiatus with a new meta-human with the ability to slow down time. While racing to fight the Turtle (Aaron Douglas), who it turns out can slow down even the Fastest Man Alive, Barry (Grant Gustin) also contemplates telling Patty (Shantel VanSanten) his secret. Distracted by the new super-villain in town, the choice is eventually taken out of Barry’s hands when Patty decides to leave Central City, and Barry, to pursue her career.

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Following the two-part cross-over with Arrow, The Flash ends the first-half of its Second Season with a trio of returning villains. The Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre) returns to Central City to break both Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the original Trickster (Mark Hamill) out of jail in hopes of a team-up to take down the Scarlet Speedster once and for all. While Cold bows out, but not before warning Barry (Grant Gustin) of what’s coming, the other two villains use the Christmas holiday to their advantage and are nearly able to defeat the Flash.

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