The Flash: Life In The ‘Fast Lane’

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Last night’s episode of The Flash was definitely one of my favorites. I think it was because it wasn’t one of those really hyped up, jam-packed episodes but plenty happened and it left me craving next week’s episode!

It all started with a new meta-human and how he became just that. This time a giant vat of hot tar was involved. The man was dropped into the tar by two other men just before the particle accelerator exploded.

The next scene is with the West family who are sitting around the dinner table eating and seemingly having a good time. Wally talks about his love for speed (if you know your Flash comics, you know the irony of this) even revealing he wanted to be an astronaut or fly jets. The West family bonding was going great…until Iris brings up Wally drag racing. This causes him to leave and for Iris to confront Joe about not being the dad she knows towards Wally.

Jump to Dr. Wells recording his thoughts and continuing his work on a device that can collect Barry’s speed. But cue Barry walking in and interrupting the doctor’s work. Barry offers to help Wells, who refuses while Barry ignores him and proceeds to speed read the books on the science Wells knows. This just makes Wells even more irritated but the two work together anyway.

Iris takes it upon herself to go see Wally where he drag races, all decked out in short shorts, tights, a jacket with fur, a low cut top, heeled boots and purple color in her hair. She looked gorgeous! But for Wally, seeing your sister like that can be scarring. Or like he says, send him to therapy.

While Wally gets ready to race, Iris the super sleuth journalist snaps a picture of the man running the drag racing.

We then see a man alone watching television. A news report ongoing (which also mentions Oliver Queen’s mayoral campaign).

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Here enters the meta-human of tar to seek revenge on one of the men who dropped him in the scalding liquid. And after describing in vivid details how it burned his ears, eyes and throat, which is horrifying to even imagine, he got his revenge. On to the next guy on his list…

Remember that device Wells was working on to steal Barry’s speed? Wells took his chance and planted it on the Flash’s suit all while Cisco is telling Barry about an app he created to gather any mention of meta-humans on social media. This would give them an up to date way to track them. I thought this was genius. People will tweet, blog, record and post pictures of pretty much anything so you better believe if there’s a meta-human around, that stuff will be everywhere on social media.

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Joe pays Iris a visit at work where she gives him a crash course (excuse that horribly unintended pun) on young people who have been killed in car accidents doing what Wally’s been up to. Joe knows she’s right to be concerned but he wants Wally to trust him before he does anything.

Next we see Barry and Wells working together again along with Wells’ hilarious irritation at Barry’s speed reading. Barry goes on to reminisce on his time working with the Dr. Wells he knew, mentioning how he was a mentor and a father figure for him. This clearly brings out Wells’ guilt for using Barry to steal his speed and he flips out on Barry.

Cisco’s meta-human app alerts them to the tar meta-human, who Cisco gives the title Tar Pit. Barry takes off to fight Tar Pit, calling him ‘barbecue’ and using Caitlin and Cisco’s advice to cool the man down with the fire hydrant nearby. This melts him back down to liquid tar.

When Wells realizes his device worked and he actually stole some of Barry’s speed, the man is excited and happily says, “You’re coming home. You’re coming home, Jesse.”

Cisco then gets his hacking on to find out more information on the people involved with Tar Pit. When he successfully hacks in, he happily exclaims “Who’s the best hacker in the world?!” to which both Barry and Caitlin respond unanimously “Felicity Smoak.”

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Poor Cisco adds, “What’s wrong with you people? That’s not friendship.” You’re good, Cisco, you really are, and at many things. But Felicity has proven how bad ass she is when it comes to hacking and anything tech-related, so bow down to your queen. (And soon she will actually be a Queen, well hopefully…but let’s avoid those puns)

Afterwards, Cisco confronts Barry about his speed and how he seems slower than usual. Barry isn’t phased by it at first.

Iris goes to see Clark Bronwen aka the guy behind the drag racing Wally’s involved in and shows him a preview of the story she’s writing about him and all of the illegal things he’s been up to over the years. This doesn’t bother the man who proceeds to threaten her and explain everything he can do to her if she has that story published. But Iris still has something up her sleeve, revealing that she was recording their conversation and it would be sent to her job. Once their exchange is over, Iris quickly gets the hell out of there.

Wally eventually finds out about what Iris did and confronts her at work. They have a very heartfelt sibling conversation…all while co-workers of Iris’ are still in the background. But this is TV, so that’s perfectly normal.

Iris tells her brother that he’s too smart to be doing what he’s still up to even after their mother’s death especially since he doesn’t have anymore medical bills to pay. Wally takes in everything she tells him but warns her “show up there again, and I won’t be able to protect you.” So he does care and I have a feeling the two of them will start becoming even closer as the season rolls on.

We then see Wells bringing Barry’s speed to Zoom (who still creeps me out…that mouth, the voice…who are you?! That reveal better be amazing!) Unfortunately, it’s just not enough speed for Zoom and he wants the rest of the Flash’s speed. To Wells’ refusal and claim that Zoom will just kill his daughter, Zoom says he will just torture Jesse in order to have Wells’ cooperation.

While Barry and Wells are on their way back from working on the connections between Earth and Earth 2, Barry gets a phone call from Iris. She and Joe were at one of Wally’s races where Tar Pit made an unexpected appearance.

Barry speeds over where he saves Wally from his car mid-air. As the car is crashing down, parts and glass flying everywhere, Barry is too slow to save Iris from a shard of glass piercing her shoulder.

Iris eventually wakes up in the hospital with Joe by her side. Wally comes to see her with flowers, rambling about not knowing which ones to get or if she is allergic. He abruptly leaves but Joe follows after him. They have a moment in the hallway where Joe tells him he’s not alone and that he has family who cares about him. Joe also says that he is not Wally’s friend, he’s his father and he isn’t letting him go.

Did I mention how much I love Joe? He really is a great father to both Iris and Barry and now Wally.

Joe then receives a text from Barry and Wally offers to stay with Iris.

Coming to the realization that he is slower and that’s why he wasn’t able to protect Iris, Barry talks to Cisco and asks if it’s the suit. Wells adamantly denies that (suspicious much, Doc?) but even Cisco denies it mentioning how much he takes care of Barry’s suit.

Caitlin joins their conversation revealing that Barry is 2% slower and as they continue to talk about this and how Barry’s loss of speed could affect things, Wells’ guilt finally boils over. Wells confesses to stealing Barry’s speed and removes the device from the suit. This immediately causes Joe to punch Wells and drag him down to metahuman lockup otherwise he would have killed the man.

Barry also takes care of Tar Pit who also received a nice punch from Joe. C’mon, join me in saying it…Badass Father of the Year!

We learn Wells wants to be sent back to Earth 2 where he will deal with Zoom alone and for Barry and the gang to close off the portals so Zoom can never cross over again.

Barry goes on to say to Team Flash what was definitely on my mind. He doesn’t blame Wells for what he did because he and every single one of them would do the same if they were in the doctor’s position. He was doing what he thought he could to get his daughter back. Don’t tell me Joe wouldn’t break some moral codes and even laws to protect Iris.

After this they all go to release Wells from lockup. Wells is prepared to say goodbye but Barry says they’re a team and that they will be going to Earth 2.

Cue the preview for next week which gives us glimpses of our familiar Team Flash’s extremely different doppelgangers. Killer Frost, Deathstorm (Welcome back, Robbie Amell!) and a very studious-looking Barry. And according to Andrew Kreisberg, those aren’t the only things to get excited about for next week.

“Some of these people are beyond different. What’s so interesting is that you’ve got Wells, who is probably the most similar to himself — the one that we saw last year and this one. They seem different until you start seeing the crazy differences between all of our other cast members. Then he’s the one who doesn’t seem quite so different and crazy anymore. We’ve obviously announced Robbie Amell and you’ve seen the photos of Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost, but there’s a couple of surprises that we’ve got in store that we’re really excited about,” Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly in January.

Until next time fellow Team Flash supporters, check out the preview for next week’s episode and feel free to geek out below with your excitement for our glimpse into Earth 2!

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