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So this weeks episode of the Flash had us watching Barry train to make himself faster to go up against the Reverse Flash. Notice I said Reverse Flash, not Professor Zoom, as a lot of people have said. After the Christmas finale where Barry got his butt handed to him by the Reverse Flash, and the big reveal at the end with Professor Wells speaking like Reverse Flash, everyone was saying that how can this be? Well we know Wells is from the future, as he has that secret room in the lab with that paper stating that Flash disappears after averting a “Crisis”.
This gives us the start of the second half of the season: Barry realizes his shortcomings and knows that he needs to work to close the gap between him and Reverse Flash. We see Barry suited up and training against a souped-up toy copter/tri-carrier that uses its machine guns to pepper Flash with bullets.
Barry then aks Cisco “is that all you got?” Cisco then looks at Wells and he says “bring it!” The mini tri-carrier then fires a missile (which is highly illegal BTW…I’m just saying…) at Barry who when the first missile hits,he rolls on the ground, and then he stands off against the next one that is about to be fired at him. The Zoom crew (I know…bad pun…) is concerned that he’s just standing there. Caitlin asks, “Why is he not running?”, while.Dr. Wells/Professor Zoom (yes I said it, not the Reverse Flash…) starts to get up a little bit from his chair like he wants to speed over there to intervene. Barry looks at the missile as if he is looking at Reverse Flash. We then get one of the greatest scenes so far in the show as Barry dodges the missile, grabs it, spins, and throws it back to the tri-carrier.
After a brief cool down (I know, another bad pun…) Wells commends Barry as he is finishing a whole lot of Big Mac’s (not sure if they are, but the box is standard shape for Micky D’s…), but it’s still not enough. He tells Barry that he needs to be more to beat the Reverse Flash. Wells tells Cisco that he likes the name “Reverse Flash” and I give a chuckle…well maybe crack a smile. Barry then asks Cisco does he have any more tri-carriers and he says yeah and these have lasers…lasers? Seriously? If missiles weren’t illegal enough, you gotta bring lasers? Sheesh…
Crashing into a customs warehouse in the next scene are the Rogues: Captain Cold (aka Leonard Snart) and Heat Wave (aka Mick Rory). Cold wants to bait the Flash so he can kill him (same old, same old…), but he doesn’t come speeding by the un-dynamic duo leave with a new plan to steal a multi-million dollar painting called Fire and Ice to get the speedster’s attention.
After Barry and Professor Zoom/Wells have a pow-wow, Barry tells Joe that he needs to focus on getting stronger and faster to defeat Reverse Flash. Joe looks upset at the news, but respects Barry’s decision while we see the subtle look in his eyes that says Wells had a hand in this decision.
Professor Zoom/Wells and Cisco are at CCPD showing off some new coating for the riot shields. One of the officers yells out, “You guys exploded our city last year. I don’t think I trust you yet.” Cisco takes a deep breath, (I like Carlos Ramon…) and apologizes, Even after the heartfelt apology and demonstration, the Captain is still not so sure about Star Labs yet.
While this is going on, Caitlin and Barry try to figure out the meaning of “Firestorm” from what Ronnie said last episode. Barry has an epiphany and suggests it’s an acronym. F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. means: “Fusion, Ignition, Research Experiment and Science of Transmutation Originating RNA and Molecular Structures”. Catlins finds a paper online written by Dr. Martin Stein and Jason Rusch (two other characters who at one time made up one half of the hero Firestorm.). There are 800 pages all about it and Barry makes me wish I had super speed, and reads all of it. Caitlin goes off to find Jason Rusch to get more answers.
The Rathaways who arrive back in Central City are the rich owners of the multi-million painting, and his assistant tells them that their son, Hartley called again, to which Rathaway Sr.states, “We have no son anymore”, (Tough love…) The party gets crashed by the Rogues! Cold then states to all concerned, “Somebody better call 911! (I was actually waiting for him to also say, “Oh you didn’t know?”) The CCPD shows up with their shields and Captain Cold and Heat Wave shoot at them. While Cold’s gun is useless right now, Heat Wave tries to upstage Cold by roasting the boys in blue. Cold tries to rein him in, but Heat Wave is on a roll, acting like a crazy, demented, pyro-maniac taunting the police with, “I don’t know why the call you guys the heat, I AM THE HEAT!” (Great line there…). Joe fires at the pair and manages to damage Heat Wave’s gun with a lucky bullet, which forces our duo to retreat back to the Rogue lair where they have an old school stare down. Cold finally convinces Heat Wave that it is better to get rid of Flash so they can run roughshod over Central City. Heat Wave seals the deal by setting the million dollar painting on fire. (Stupid crazy man!)
Caitlin sets up a meeting with Jason Rusch at Jitters to ask about the FIRESTORM project. They talk about how Professor Stein does not like to play it safe and went to the next phase by melting a wall. (Can you say, Whoa there cowboy…) Then he tells her that the government confiscated all the research data and Professor Stein is missing. (Oooo…I know what happened…) He then asks Caitlin, “Am I being too paranoid, or not enough?” (Personally I think he is not paranoid enough. The MAN can make you disappear just like THAT!) Caitlin leaves, and she is kidnapped by Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Cold leaves ice all over her car as a signal to the cops as to who has Caitlin, Joe calls Barry the next morning and he vows to Joe that he is going to get her back. At CCPD, Barry and Joe watch Captain Cold’s TV message calling out the Flash, while Heat Wave gives a crazy speech to Caitlin about showing her true face, but Caitlin remains cool and strong telling him to leave Barry alone.
Barry decides to make his first public appearance after Captain Cold’s video outing, and the un-dynamic duo vs. the Scarlet Speedster begins. Cold and Heat Wave get suited up, and there are shots of Barry racing to the showdown and policemen going, “Whoa, what was that?!” Barry stands off against the Odd Couple, and Cold gives another great one-liner, “The Scarlet Speedster! Any preference on how you’d like to die? The flame or the frost?”
Barry and the gang came up with a plan to short out both guns ala Ghostbusters style by crossing the streams. (Who you gonna call? Flash…) Meanwhile Cisco is currently with Joe and successfully saving Caitlin in the Rogue lair. After running around dodging hot and cold shots, (sounds like a drink I had a while ago.) Barry realizes that he actually has to slow down and trick the Rogues into crossing the streams. Also give kudos to Eddie as he jumped in front of Barry with his shield to protect him, while Iris watched. ( Which BTW, why was she there? Just because they closed the coffee shop does not mean, let’s go see what my BF and my future hubby are doing…)
Aftermath, Iris moves in with Eddie and Joe has those sad eyes saying, “Your’e not my little girl anymore.” Barry and Iris have a talk about their relationship and that Barry does not want to lose Iris as a friend. She leaves smiling, but not before asking Joe can she take a picture of her and Barry with her, Joe says sure as he probably wants Barry as a future son-in-law instead of Eddie. Joe and Barry have a sit down and share a cold one, and Barry comments that it is getting pretty hard to keep secret his speeding off at all hours of the night at his apartment. Joe says he doesn’t know why Barry moved into that rat-trap (hey I lived in NYC in the 70’s, I know what a rat-trap is…) Barry has a smirk on his face, and before you can say “BooYah!”, Barry has zipped out and back with his stuff. Joe hands him a cold one, to which Barry says, “You know these do nothing for me” (Damn you and Captain America with your hyper metabolism…).
The best scene though is when our two villains are in the back of a prison van, and Heat Wave is reading Cold the riot act about he always has a plan. Cold just smirks just as an explosion is heard outside and the van comes to a stop. Heat Wave begins to lose it while Cold stays frosty. We then see the back door open and Cold looks to the left and says, “Hi, sis…” Those of you who don’t know, (and if you don’t shame on you…) Cold has a sister, and she goes by the moniker Golden Glider, another of Flash’s Rogues Gallery. So they seem to be moving right along building up his Rogues Gallery with the addition of Golden Glider, that makes it three. Next episode we get the Pied Piper, which was alluded to in this episode. Can’t wait till they get more, although they had Captain Boomerang on Arrow already. Maybe he might show up in Central City to get the Flash.
Can’t wait for the next episode…I’m all a-tingle!