Barry, Barry, Barry, BARRY!!!!!!!!!!! Half of the reasons the DC universe goes into a crisis is because you do SOMETHING that causes it to happen! To help figure out the timeline for story sake since the Flash crossed over with Super Girl this week (SQUEE!) and airs on Mondays it seems this episode happens before he winds up landing in Super Girl’s Earth. So let’s recap a bit for those that are behind. We now know that Jay Garrick is Zoom, but is that the Jay Garrick of Earth-2 or Hunter Zolomon of Earth-1? And who is that guy in the mask? I am tempted to say given that we know Kevin Smith is directing an episode of The Flash and has been taking pictures of the Earth-2 set I think the man in the mask is none other than Silent Bob’s hetro life mate Jay himself.
The reveal that another person Barry trusted is crushing him; he is like the kid in high school where everyone uses him just for access to his parents’ sweet basement bar or in Barry’s case his speed. First it was Reverse Flash and now Jay. Barry is now determined to find a way to get faster that doesn’t involve the use of Velocity 9. So no speed enhancing drugs because that worked out oh so well for Trajectory (and I agree with Cisco on this one they should never be allowed to name themselves also shout out to the awesome cat bug shirt!) So Barry is hammering away at the Speed Force equation with no success. Barry is lost he cannot seem to get faster than Zoom or Reverse Flash and Zoom is currently terrorizing Earth-2 so bad poor Cisco is getting vibes of all the murder the evil speedster is doing. So how can Barry go faster? Well the answer it seems comes from one Wally West. Wally who is studying at the local college wishes he could ask the inventors of the past for help with his projects. When he says that a light bulb appears over Barry’s head and Barry has his answer. Barry thanks Wally then rushes back to STAR labs with his idea. Why not ask a speedster who has been studying Barry pretty much all his life to get the answer to the speed equation the late Eobart Thawne aka Harrison Wells. Problem is he’s dead like wiped out of his timeline dead. Oh that’s no problem because Barry can travel through TIME! Harrison Wells of Earth-2 aka Harry says what we all are thinking: BAD IDEA! But team flash powers on with the plan to jump back in time and the moment they choose is when Barry is taking down the Piped Piper the jerk of all jerks Hartley Rathaway. Caitlin and Cisco lay out the plan, snag past Barry and knock him out with a tranquilizer made for speedsters, take Piped Piper into the tube, ask Dr Wells about his speed equation then get out of there and come back to the moment in time when Barry left. Simple yeah? Well we are forgetting this is Barry and he can’t help but mettle with the timeline. I am starting to think that there needs to be crosses over with Rip Hunter appearing then smacking Barry over the head followed by the lecture Rip gives all The Legends of Tomorrow about messing up the timeline.
So in short Barry messes up. He clues Cisco in about Hartley’s explosive ear implants and everyone keeps forgetting one very important fact about Eobart/Wells, he is highly intelligent! Eobart figures out that the Barry they are dealing with isn’t his Barry causing Eobart to believe that he has failed and never gets home in the future. Thankfully Barry is able to convince Eobart that the mad man does indeed go home (it’s a loose definition of home but it still works) While all this is going down something a kin to a Dementor shows up wreaking havoc at CCPD. Eobart realizes this is a time wraith and they hate one thing and one thing only time travelers and since he is one as is Barry the time wraith will be after them both. The wraith attacks STAR labs forcing Cisco and Caitlin to hide in Hartley’s cell. Hartley uses his brains for good and scares off the wraith. As everyone meets up past Barry rushes in making a bad situation even worse. Wells having enough of this silliness gives Future Barry the speed equation and tells him to go home. Barry does just that zipping back to the exact second he left only to have the time wraith show up. Cisco and Caitlin try their new weapon against it but it doesn’t work. Just as the time wraith is sucking all the life force out of Barry, a reformed Hartley appears and saves the day oh and he’s now a member of Team Flash not sure how that works with him and Cisco but maybe they mended fences, either way there is more than likely going to be some repercussions from that. But Barry did one good thing in his time travel trip; he had Eddie record a special message to Iris telling her how she didn’t need him allowing her to find the courage to move on with her life.
So final thoughts about this episode:
Writers please put at least a two season ban on time travel there’s so much more you can do with the flash rather than use the easy device of time travel to solve most of his problems.
When the heck is Wally going to become Kid Flash and how much you want to bet Cisco names him?
Until next episode remember I’m never gonna give you up.