Sunday, May 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 2, Episode 20 “Rupture” (B+)

This episode’s title is, in a way, a misnomer, since it refers to the alter ego of Dante’s Earth Two doppelganger, a metahuman tricked by Zoom into going after Cisco because he thought that his brother was killed by him rather than by Zoom himself. The reason it’s not the best title for the episode is that Rupture was gone almost before he appeared, taken down easily by the hologram of the Flash that Cisco was projecting and then punished for his failure with a swift execution by Zoom. What’s most worrisome at the moment is the level of access that Zoom has to the personal lives of Barry and the entire team, and he’s going to try to rule the entire city while he possesses this destructive information. That he saw the particle accelerator explosion being recreated and rushed to stop it was nerve-racking, but by the time he got there, the damage was done, and it seems that he wants to have people fear him, which is why he doesn’t bother killing those who know his true identity. I like that Jesse and Wally went stir crazy being kept in secluded safety, and though I’m not sure this is how it’s going to work, I’d love to see the two of them gifted with the speed force and somehow band together to stop Zoom. Barry’s apparent death is immensely troubling, especially since the show is called “The Flash” and not “Barry Allen,” which means that he could well be gone for good. Something tells me that’s not true, though, and I think the remaining three episodes of the season will be more than enough time to bring him back.

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