By far this was the best episode of The Flash ever including Season 1 in my opinion. Kevin Smith who directed this episode has been talking about it for weeks how great it turned out and he didn’t lie. If you listen to his podcast he told his audience the biggest problem that he had was editing it down to the standard 44 minutes. I can see now why it was difficult because every scene had an impactful moment. Where you could see Kevin Smith’s fingerprint was at the end of the episode when Cisco and Wells try to catch Barry up on dead Girder definitely had a Jay and Silent Bob feel to it. The one thing I did appreciate about Kevin was his honor to stay true to the show and comics. Before the show aired Kevin announced that he would be returning to the director’s chair next season which seems to be a great decision.
This episode focused on Barry never really accepting his role as the Flash and still carrying guilt over his mother’s death. Throughout his travel in a metaphysical realm he continued to be reminded of his failures by the Speed-force. I thought it was a great idea to use the people Barry loves to guide him back to getting his powers
With the focus on Barry’s story being so serious it was great to see the writers incorporate some humor focused with Cisco and Joe. Joe’s paranoia with Wally being a speedster led to him drop his coffee mug to see if Wally would zip into action and stop the mug from hitting the floor. Cisco with his normal comic relief from his disbelief when he Girder first wakes up as a zombie to his “The Walking Dead” reference.
Barry and Iris took another step into their relationship this episode. It was not a full committed relationship between the two but more of foreshadowing. Barry’s speech to Iris at the end that he will always come back home to her was a nice touch to their long road they have been on developing their relationship. If the show runners continue the same foundation as Arrows plots and storylines look for this love story to be the focus of Season 3. Just how Olicity took over Season 3 on Arrow we may see the same on The Flash.
Zoom’s character didn’t have much of an impact except for setting up the next episode. It looks like Barry came back just in time to face off against a bunch of Earth-2 Meta-humans. The highlight of the scene was Zoom’s proposal to Caitlyn of being with him or against him. It seems that this might lead to a sacrifice by Caitlyn in the season finale. Another theory that has been posted around the internet is that Henry Allen will be the one to die in the season finale. Especially since he said at the end of the episode that he was going to stay in Central City.
Overall this episode was great because of Grant Gustin and how much he has grown into this role. He has grown so much the past two years that if this show continues its success it will be hard for fans to accept Ezra Miller as movie-verse Flash.