This review contains spoilers. So if you haven't seen the episode yet, please stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled.
The episode opens with the Flash having the belief he failed to get the justice his family deserved and Barry is on his own. Itâ€™s clear early on that the Flash saved Central City from the singularity from last season and that presents some major problems that I find very hard to swallow. Iâ€™ll suspend belief when it comes to a man who can run so fast he can break the sound barrier. Itâ€™s Super-Heroes after all and they can do the impossible, things the law of nature would never allow anyone to do in the real world. But this is a singularity we are talking about, a black hole if you will where not even light can escape. So in order to save Central City from this singularity, the Flash would have to be faster than light and from what we all know of Barryâ€™s powers, he is simply not that fast. It would have been so much better had Rip Hunter used some futuristic technology from the future to save Central City or even prevent Eddie from killing himself so the Singularity never occurs, then help Barry defeat the Reverse Flash. It would not only have been better but also far more realistic and believable. As it stands, the Flash should be dead and Central City should have been destroyed. Hopefully, the writers for this show will pay better attention to detail in the future and stop giving us a situation that should never have been possible. Suspending oneâ€™s belief can only go so far and this was too much.
Speaking of suspending belief, Harrison Wells left S.T.A.R. Labs to Barry and even left him a message on a flashdrive. Ok, so if Eddie killed himself which caused the Reverse Flash to cease to exist and thus never existed in this timeline then how is it that Dr. Wells left Barry a message on a flashdrive? Oy, Iâ€™m getting a headache...
Barry Allen believes itâ€™s better to work alone and that sets the tone for the rest of the episode. Ronnie Raymond, the other half of Firestorm, apparently died helping Barry save the city from the Singularity and itâ€™s clear Barry blames himself. This opens the way for some good character growth where Central City wants to thank the Flash for saving them and Barry doesnâ€™t want to go to â€œFlash Dayâ€ so the Mayor can give him the key to the city. The episode is filled with character building moments and itâ€™s these kinds of scenes that show our hero having doubts and his friends talking him about whatâ€™s important that makes this show stick together. Without it, the show would fall apart and thatâ€™s why it succeeds. It gives us fans something to relate to when our hero has doubts and then his friends come along and give him a new perspective on things. But itâ€™s not just with the hero of the show, itâ€™s everyone who has issues and sometimes such character building moments are neglected but other times they are not and they work. This episode has plenty of juicy moments and they work. This is the glue that holds this show together and this is why the Flash works.
Atom Smasher looks cool, but I thought he was a good guy? Maybe he will be a good guy later on down the road, letâ€™s hope (that is, if heâ€™s still alive). And fighting such a powerful metahuman and failing, shows Flash he needs help and canâ€™t go it alone. The moral of this episode is pretty obvious and I like the fact that our favorite characters are so...well...human. It makes them relatable.
With the defeat of Atom Smasher, we know the villain responsible for why Atom Smasher wanted to kill Barry and that is a man named Zoom. Here is hoping that the main villain for season 2 is someone other than Barryâ€™s archnemesis. As much as I like Reverse Flash, Barry has other enemies that can be the main bad guy. But then again, maybe this Zoom is the â€œotherâ€ guy in the yellow suit. In the comics his name is Hunter Zolomon and he also wears a yellow Flash-like suit so maybe this â€œZoomâ€ is a reference to Hunter Zolomon. Last season everyone was speculating who the Reverse Flash could be and now this season I think something similar will occur. Now, given the nature of Zoomâ€™s powers, Iâ€™m going to say Zoom is in fact Eddie Thawne somehow returned to life. Remember, Zoom does not have superspeed, but slows down time relative to himself so it only appears like he has Superspeed. Then again, if Eddie is somehow still alive, then wouldnâ€™t Reverse Flash still exist? Well, itâ€™s a good question and itâ€™s only a theory. I could be wrong and I most likely am. Weâ€™ll just have to wait and see.
Barry finally gets his dad out of jail but the celebration is both great and bittersweet for dear olâ€™ dad is not sticking around. However, before leaving, Barryâ€™s dad tells his son that the Flash has a new family now.
Now that Team Flash is back together, they are introduced to Jay Garrick who is also another Flash from another timeline (at least, I assume anyway). The man seems a little too young to play Jay, but maybe this Jay is not the old veteran as he is most often depicted in the comics. Either way, itâ€™s a good way to end a strong episode.
A solid 4 our of 5 stars.