This episode starts out right where the last left off, with Team Flash trying to figure out what to do about Barry being missing. Where did he go? Is he dead? Or did he just get shipped to a different part of the multiverse. Cisco and the others can’t really seem to figure it out. Dr Well’s is being confronted by Henry about his missing son, and Joe isn’t sure what to do. One thing is for certain these people care about Barry just as much as he cares about them.
Dr Well’s tries to communicate with Wally, and Jessie in the time room, but he cannot get anyone. Concerned him and Joe and Iris went upstairs to check on them. They find both of them Wally and Jessie laying on the floor. They had been hit by the Particle accelerator and knocked to the floor. Wally woke up, but Jessie wouldn’t. She had the same symptoms as Barry did when he first got hit by the lightning bolt that would make him the Flash. Iris would point this out later on in the show. I believe this is a great way to bring the new speedsters into the show. Wally of course woke right up and claimed that he was okay. We didn’t really see them demonstrate any symptoms of having the speed force or a connection to the speed force, but time will tell.
Barry wakes up and realizes that he is still alive. He gets up out of bed to realize that he is back in his old room. He is confused and doesn’t clearly understand whats going on, so he starts downstairs. We can see that the house he is in is how he remembers it from the night his mother was killed. There is police tape up and what appears to be Joe gathering evidence of the murder. However this isn’t Joe this is apart of the speed force appearing to Barry with who he feels comfortable with. Barry sits down and starts a conversation with the speed force. Yes he is talking to the thing that gives him his power, which is a little confusing but makes sense. So the speed force doesn’t want Barry to leave and that is made known pretty quick. He is told that he couldn’t leave until he catches the shadow that is running by his house. So of course Barry sets off to do just that.
Meanwhile back in the basement Cisco is there. He touches the Flash suit and starts to Vibe. During the Vibe Cisco could see Barry standing in what seems to be a storm cloud. He couldn’t get Barry’s to come back through to him, but he knew that Barry was alive and that was good news for team Flash. Seeing Cisco being able to Vibe into the Speed Force was cool, he is clearly getting a better understanding of his power. I hope they keep that up into season 3, Cisco is one of my top characters of the show. Cisco informs the group that he knows Barry is alive. So Him and Wells are going to come up with a plan to bring Barry home.
Dr. Wells moves his daughter into a bed and she is hooked up to monitors, and everything seems to be fine. The group has Henry looking after her since he is an actual doctor of medicine. He cannot figure out why she is in this coma. That is when Iris mentioned that this was the same way Barry was. All of his vitals were fine, but he was in a mysterious coma for 9 month. That is when Cisco gets the idea to go check for the files in the basement that Harrison Well’s or Eobard Thawn had left behind. Which didnt seem like a good idea at all. It did however turn into a worse idea when they found out that Girder was up and walking around. A Zombified Girder at that. So they take off running and Girder escapes Star Labs.
The plan to bring Barry home is to put Cisco into the Particle accelerator with what is left of the Flash Suit to super charge his Vibe. He was able to see Barry but still not able to get him to come home, like he was on a mission.
Barry was on a mission he was getting advice from the Speed Force. He knew that his friends needed him, but he needed to be the Flash again. During this mission He would talk to Joe, Iris, his Father and then his Mother. Henry Allen/Speedforce was telling him that he needed to accept his mothers death and move past it to be the man he was meant to be. I believe that Henry was on to something. Barry keeps putting the weight of the world on his shoulders and carries that around. He felt he was at fault for what happened to his mother, but he was just a kid. Even though the events led him to be the Flash Barry had to realize that even through all the bad it was the reason why he became the Flash. Barry didnt want to hear it he was more concerned with being the Flash. So he ran off after the shadow.
Meanwhile back in the world Cisco was trying to figure out a way to stop Girder. They figured out that he was following Iris, that he was making his way to the coffee shop the night when he hit on Iris. He was lured back to Star Labs where cisco tried to use powered magnets to take away what was making him active. This failed because of loss of power. So the group had to run down to the basement to get away from Girder. Wells moved his daughter there and they all tried to come up with a way to bring Barry home.
Barry was having a conversation with his mother, one that would make you tear up at that. Nora Allen was talking to her son, and would start reading him a book about a dinosaur. She would go on to explain to Barry that the story was not only about the dinosaur but could relate to anyone. The things that made Barry special made him The Flash, not just his power. Barry was able to accept his mothers death, was able to accept that he was chosen to be The Flash and that even though he was a miracle that bad things were still going to happen and they wouldn’t be his fault when they did. At that moment Barry was able to catch the shadow which was his power. Barry was now the Flash again speed and all. This time he was more powerful because he was more connected to the speed force then he had ever been.
Cisco and Iris would show up and bring Barry home. Barry stopped Girder by running around him and powering the magnets to drain him. Which was a good idea. Glad Barry thought of it. He had a moment with Iris letting her know that her voice would always bring him home. The next moment however would be his best he went up to Jessie and just by touching her was able to bring her out of the coma she was in. This was all done through the speed force. Barry was different and everyone could tell. Well’s knew that it was the speed force, he knew that Barry was now connected to it and that was going to be their chance in stopping Zoom.
The final scene would be Zoom in the police station with Caitlyn and the Meta-Humans of Earth 2 planning their take over of Earth 1.
This episode was amazing. I mean I had no doubts it was directed by Kevin Smith. However Barry in the speed force and finally figuring out that everything is not his fault and he was meant to be the Flash was the best part. Knowing that Wally and Jessie will eventually be speedsters was kind of cool as well. Especially with Barry touching her and waking her up, which apparently only Well’s understood what was going on. Cisco and his abilities are getting stronger, he’s going to be a great help with the multiverse situation. I believe Barry knows now that he can stop Zoom. Going into the Speed Force and coming back out the way he did has changed Barry I believe he will be stronger now more accepting of his abilities. I cannot wait to see what the final two episodes of the season have in store for us!
I give this episode a 9/10. Everything was perfect!