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The Flash: Leveling The Playing Field

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Courtesy of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

While the team tries to regroup after the events of last week, Cisco has been doing some prying. Under Wells’ wheel chair, Cisco found what looks like a four-pronged flux capacitor. Wells (reverse flash) is faster than Barry because he has been juicing himself regularly with a futuristic power source. While Cisco explains this, an alert begins to sound. The particle accelerator is powering back up.

Joe, Barry and Cisco head down to the makeshift prison thinking that Wells has been in the building the entire time. Cisco brings a cup of orange soda. Every time the Reverse Flash is around, liquid floats. Barry’s fish tank just to name one. They open the main door downstairs and as predicted, Cisco’s soda begins to float out of its cup.

Wells races out of there in a blur and Barry pursues. Meanwhile, Wells triggered an auto release function, releasing at least one of the meta-humans they caught. This particular meta-human is Shawna (aka Peek-A-Boo), the teleporter. She gets out locking Joe and Cisco inside and chasing after Caitlin. She has Caitlin in a compromised position when Iris shows up and knocks her out.

After cleaning up this latest Wells mess, Joe faintly hears something in the distance. Wells was keeping Eddie captive in Star Labs. Eddie looks bad. Not even enough strength to walk on his own. While Joe lifts Eddie out, Iris finds the engagement ring intended for her.

The nugget that in the future Iris marries Barry seems to be in the front of his mind. He’s relieved to be out, but there is something lingering that keeps him distant. He spoke of a metallic tube that Wells claimed was the key. Cisco has now found said tube. The tube is powering the particle accelerator. The new big problem is that the meta-humans will die if the accelerator powers up with them still in there. Ironheights can’t handle meta-humans. Barry gets the idea to transport them to the same island where Oliver Queen was stranded that began the Arrow story line.

Joe seeks an audience with the D.A. to hopefully get her consent to clear a route to transport these unlawfully detained meta-humans out of the city. As predicted, she did not warm to the idea. Barry arrives in a dive bar where Captain Cold just so happens to be enjoying a beverage. Barry would like to have a chat. Barry needs Snart’s help to escort these 5 meta-humans out of the city. But it’s going to cost. The price is still not fleshed out.

Iris confronts Eddie on his way to work. He’s clearly changed since his abduction. She pushes the issue as she tends to do. She even pulls out the ring box and asks if he was trying to propose when he was taken. Then Eddie tells her of the future. A future where she marries Barry, not him.

Joe is not on board with helping Snart. Snart’s price by the way is every single iota of information that creates a trail that he ever existed wiped away. Dental records, criminal records, the whole shebang. Barry feels he cannot stop Wells. Not that he hasn’t but that he can’t. Saving these five people from certain death, is something he can do.

Cisco has retrofitted a big rig with a power source that should render the meta-humans powerless during commute. The prisoners have all awakened and aren’t exactly getting along. The big rig approaches an air field. Would you like to venture a guess as to which air field. I’ll give you three guesses but you’ll only need one. Ferris Air. And in one quick thought, Barry Allen just introduced Green Lantern into the CW/DC television universe.

Snart: Ferris Air…? I thought this place got shut down?
Barry: It did. One of its test pilots disappeared.

While the team waits on the aircraft, the prisoners grow agitated around the same time Cisco’s rig begins to malfunction. The meta-humans aren’t going to be powerless for long. Just like that Marden, using lightning takes down the inbound plane before it can land. They break out of the trailer and its meta-humans vs. bullets. Two of them bear down on Barry. In the chaos Snart fires his freeze gun at one of the meta-humans. But doesn’t fire on the other two. Snart intends to let them walk.

Iris approaches Eddie again in an attempt to salvage their relationship. He’s not interested in her “I choose my own fate” mentality. Eddie’s decision has not come from one single look into the future. It’s an honest realization to himself.

Eddie: This isn’t about the future, Iris. This is about here. Now. Today. Ever since the very beginning, there’s been three people in this relationship. You. Me. And Barry.
Iris: That is not true.
Eddie: You can deny it all you want. but Barry knows it, Joe knows it, and if I’m going to be completely honest with myself…I knew. I always knew. I guess I thought I could love you enough to change things.

Wells approaches Star Labs on foot while Barry and the team watch on a monitor. Everyone warns him against it, but Barry races out of there anyway. Face to face, Wells begins monologuing about what he’s done and not done and how Barry can’t beat him. Then Firestorm descends landing on Barry’s side of the invisible line of demarcation. Wells finds this slightly humorous. Then Arrow jumps down landing on the other side of Barry mirroring Firestorm.

Barry: I don’t care how fast you are, you can fight all of us.
Wells: Oh trust me, this is going to be fun.

Wells raises his arm and from inside a yellow ring flies the actual yellow suit allowing Wells to run into it. He and Barry race around in circles while Arrow and Firestorm watch from the sidelines. Wells gets the upper hand which allows Arrow to shoot Wells in the leg. His arrow using some tech designed by Ray Palmer (aka The Atom) and is currently draining Wells of his ability to use his speed. Wells and Arrow engage in hand to hand fighting at normal speeds.

Probably due to Wells’ ability (like Barry) to heal quickly, the arrow’s effect didn’t last as long as desired. Wells makes a cheesy reference to the history books and slowly begins to kill Oliver Queen by jamming his hand into Oliver’s chest. But Barry grabs him at full speed before he can. Banking on Wells arrogance, Barry gets him to give chase. At the right time, Firestorm lights him up. Wells falls from the apex of the Star Labs building all the way down landing and crushing a car. Then Arrow hits him again with one of his tech arrows. This time Wells seems down for the count.

Barry thanks his friends for the assistance. And it wouldn’t be a comic book adaptation production without some sort of cryptic easter egg type of drop. Here’s a spoiler alert wrap inside a spoiler alert. The CW has officially ordered a pilot season for a project titled “Legends of Tomorrow”. I’m sure this is not breaking news to most of you. It will highlight Flash and Arrow along with a host of other DC Universe good guys and bad guys as the face off amidst an “Unstoppable Threat”. I say all of this to illustrate the importance of Oliver Queen’s last line of this episode.

Barry: I see we’ve abandoned our traditional green?
Oliver: Trying something different. Look, I might need a favor from you…
Barry: Wherever, whenever.

The Flash: Felicity And The Atom Arrive At A Really Bad Time

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Courtesy of The CW and IGN

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Barry, Joe and Eddie are working together to prevent multiple armed robbery. The one ‘yeah but’ is that Eddie doesn’t seem as thrilled as the other two with the expediency in which these crimes are being dealt with.

Reluctantly at Star Labs, the team discovers that bees are the reason an innocent woman is now dead. Cisco’s paranoia about bees is almost comical. Just as Barry says, “I think I can outrun a bee”, Felicity Smoak enters the facility. Never a bad day when we get a nice Felicity crossover. She asks them to accompany her outside. As the ATOM (played by Brandon Routh who also played Kal-El in the most forgettable version of Superman in Returns) makes his appearance, they went there. The CW has no shame and went there.

Caitlin: It’s a bird.
Cisco: It’s a plane.
Felicity: It’s my boyfriend.

In the lab there is jealousy on Barry’s behalf. Awkwardness coming from Felicity and Ray. Cisco seems geeked to get his hands on the ATOM suit. And Harrison seems leery of Barry’s behavior.

Eddie is finding it more and more difficult to effectively keep the secret from Iris. He even made the mistake of complaining about his more intimate endeavors with Iris to Joe. Which never goes over well. Eddie then finds Barry with Felicity drinking coffee. What is it about Central City, young adults, and the addiction to coffee?

Cisco and Ray work together to improve the ATOM’s suit performance when Ray says something that triggers a flashback that technically speaking, never happened. Ray said, “You really are quite clever, Cisco”. The exact words that Harrison/Reverse Flash/Thawne said to him before he killed Cisco.

There is another bee attack. This time Barry is too late. And there is no sign of the bees. Then all of them fly out of the dead body Barry stands in front of. As fast as he ran, there were just too many of them. He gets outside and they disperse, but not before Barry experiences cardiac arrest. Joe attempts CPR until Cisco tells him to step back, there are defibrillators inside the suit. They revive him just in time.

At Star Labs there is a noticeable awkwardness. Barry couldn’t get out because Cisco was using outdated schematics. Felicity makes a joke about Cisco not trying to kill him, but the suspicion of Harrison Wells might just be spilling over. Once given the all clear, Barry speeds off to get dressed for the triple dinner date. There was also a bee left in Barry’s suit. If these are robotic, like they seem to be, that could spell trouble for everyone in Star labs.

Cisco drops in to talk with Joe. He’s picking up on Barry’s behavior. Joe deflects, then suggests that Barry might be worried about the next time the Reverse Flash shows up. Thus, triggering another flashback in Cisco’s mind that he’s not supposed to remember.

The dinner date is going horribly, especially since Barry is playing the third wheel. Barry walks out to get some air and Felicity follows. She now needs to know what is going on and will not accept “bad time” as an answer. Reluctantly, Barry lets her in on the issue with Harrison Wells and the confusion towards who he can trust. Today’s bee incident not helping that cause in the slightest. They luckily get called back to Star Labs, they found the bee. Barry captures the bee quickly. Then Cisco and Caitlin discover that it’s not a bee, it’s a robot.

A quick stop at Mercury Labs and the team has the identity of the ‘queen bee’. Meanwhile, Barry meets with Felicity about the current Wells/Cisco/Caitlin situation. By the end, Felicity’s take is to trust your friends. A concept Barry is struggling with.

Barry arrives home to find Iris there. She standing firm on her insistence to act bitchy towards Eddie. Is Eddie hiding something from her? Yes. It’s not another woman, so get over it. But, Barry gives a very plausible and in no way accurate explanation that she sincerely buys. Despite the fact that she’s surprised Barry would go to such lengths to have Eddie’s back on this.

The bees are en route to a new target. Mercury Labs. Barry can’t take on a swarm of robotic bees again with his defibrillator damaged, so Ray offers to go. Ray protects the target, Barry pursues the source only to find out that the source has many many more bees at her disposal. Good news is that Felicity has hacked the frequency. Bree, the queen bee, is not bad herself.

Felicity: Barry, I have them. I’m controlling the bees.
Bree: I’m the queen of this hive.
Felicity: She’s good. She’s like my nemesis. I’ve never had a nemesis before, I kinda like it.

Side note. Cisco and Ray Palmer are engaged in a real bro-mance. Cisco takes a ‘bee’ for Ray and almost dies. Barry arrives in time to use his talents to jump start Cisco’s heart.

In the end, Felicity’s skills win the day. She even has a ‘drop the mic’ moment, but it’s just odd coming from her.

Dr. McGee drops in on Barry’s lab to apologize for refusing their help. Before she can leave, Barry asks about the tension between her and Wells. She, in a very simplistic way, explained that Harrison Wells became a different person after Tess died. As we saw in the last episode, the night Tess died, Harrison Wells did in fact become a different person. Eobard Thawne parading around in a Harrison Wells meat suit.

Despite Barry’s great spin on the Eddie situation, Iris continues to tow the hard-line on telling her everything.

Cisco and Caitlin arrive at Barry’s lab under the pretense that they are going to karaoke. When they arrive, Barry and Joe look somber and the evidence board is open. Barry shows them what they have on the Reverse Flash and what they have on Harrison Wells. Caitlin is immediately defensive about the prospect. Cisco is silent. Until he is not.

Caitlin: Cisco. Say something.
Cisco: I’ve been having these dreams. Mostly at night but sometimes during the day. But they don’t really feel like dreams. They feel real.
Barry: What happens in the dream?
Cisco (looking at Caitlin): Dr. Wells is the Reverse Flash. And he kills me.

The Flash: Two Heroes Collide

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Courtesy of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

This week’s episode of The Flash is part one of the two-part “The Flash vs Arrow” crossover event. I will try to connect the dots as best I can. Suffice it to say that we don’t cover Arrow. It’s not a slight, it’s just the literal truth. I have seen enough episodes of Arrow that I feel confident in connecting the dots. If I have somehow missed something, I extend an invitation to you the viewer to contribute in the comments section at the end of this recap. And here we go.

Based on the Barry Allen voiced cold open we get a hint to the nature of our episodic bad guy. Emotions. Someone has the ability to convey his emotions into anyone he looks at. Which provides him enough cover to rob a bank. He literally robs a bank while the customers and bank employees tear themselves apart.

Side note. I know that I have been harsh on Iris West. I don’t like this interpretation of her. Full disclosure, I love the interracial element. I hate the overbearing personality. As we are doing a cross over event, I’d prefer that Barry pursue Felicity for now. Besides, what’s a long distance relationship to a guy like Barry Allen anyway. Regardless of that, I really could do without seeing Eddie Thawne roll around a bed with Iris West. If she is supposed to end up with Barry as every version of the story to date would indicate, do I really need to see what could be suggested?

Thawne tries to convince the captain to consider tracking down the Flash, the Blur, or whatever he’s called. There is too much coincidence surrounding him that it can’t be coincidence. Naturally, Joe sits there quiet with no intention of signing up for anything that ends with chasing down Barry.

Luckily, the captain isn’t going for it. Iris walks up just in time for Barry to tell her that Thawne is trying to convince the captain that the Flash is a public menace.

At Star Labs, Wells is letting the emotional element of this particular case sink in. Jokingly, Cisco does a not bad Yoda impression about things not to be craved. Against Caitlin’s better judgment Barry leaves abruptly to rendezvous with Iris as the Flash. Nothing more than a warning that the police may be looking to apply pressure to the Flash. He gets a call from Cisco about a ping on the tracker in the money stack. He is almost flirty in his departure from Iris, which she is affected by.

The Flash shows up the moment this meta-human has instilled the anger in one of the swat team members. He turns to shoot the others including Joe. Barry is able to get everyone out in time. Just then the angry one gets hit. By two ‘arrows’. Barry looks up and smiles.

Arrow (Oliver Queen): Nice mask.

Felicity and Diggle eat fast food that Felicity is more excited about than Diggle outside a rundown shack in the middle of nowhere. A motorcycle approaches. Its Oliver. As it pulls up, Barry speeds passed him. Then to Felicity and Diggle where his draft knocked most of the food out of Diggle’s hands.

Barry: By the way, I gave Oliver like a half an hour head start.
Felicity: Hi Barry.
Barry: Hey Felicity. (He looks over at a stone faced Diggle). How you doin’ Dig?
Diggle: You’re fast.
Barry (to Felicity): What? Did you guys not tell him about me?
Felicity: Seeing is believing…or drooling.

Oliver is less than thrilled by Barry’s enthusiasm to see him and the idea of teaming up. I’d say this seems more than slightly out-of-place. But this is Oliver Queen we’re talking about. Not exactly the ‘Arrow’ he will eventually become. Just like Barry Allen is not the Flash he will eventually become. Nonetheless, Felicity disregards his hesitation over too many people knowing that Arrow is Oliver Queen and she decides to go to Star Labs. Not before Barry picks her up and takes off.

They arrive suddenly. So suddenly in fact that once Barry puts her down, she realizes that her jacket is on fire. That’s when the shirt comes off. Then once the fraction of a second passes allowing to realize her current predicament, she covers what she can with her purse.

(Cisco and Caitlin walk in)
Barry: You guys remember Felicity…?
Cisco: I’ll always remember this.

Caitlin asks why she’s here. “Not Barry?” Then Felicity falls into a stutter like rejection of the premise. Barry seems much less willing to dismiss the possibility. She then shows Cisco the boomerang that is the primary piece of evidence in the Arrow case. Then she and Cisco nerd out over the material makeup and vibrations of the boomerang.

Barry gets called into the principals office (the apostrophe is missing because in this case there are two principals). Harrison and Joe are waiting. They want to address ‘Starling City’s Vigilante’. Barry refers to him as Arrow. They are on the side of seeing him as a dark vigilante who brings death in his wake. While Barry sees him as a hero. A hero that Dr. Wells doesn’t think he should look up to. Then we hear screams.

Caitlin is trying to run away from the boomerang. Cisco comes out once the boomerang has landed saying, “My bad. That’s on me”. Joe looks at Barry and says, “I want him out of my city. Tonight”.

Oliver and Felicity are seated at a table in Iris’ coffee shop. Barry shows up and Oliver gives him the name of the meta-human they are looking for. Then Iris brings their coffee. She is perfectly nice to Felicity, then gets all googly-eyed at Oliver. What in the name of Silver Aged reverence is going on here? The Iris West I know wouldn’t go from rolling around with Thawne, flirting then swooning over the Flash, and showing intense interest in Oliver Queen. Do you see what I’m getting at. This is not the Iris I know.

We get back on track with Felicity staring at Oliver, but not in a flirtatious way, more of a stern mother stare that says “eventually you’re going to do what I want”. And what she wants is for Oliver to help Barry with his case. Oliver gets up and agrees to help Barry. Then they shake hands as partners. This is the beginning of the end of the warm and fuzzies. Unless the meta-human invokes their anger unnaturally.

Barry meets Oliver at his outskirts hideout. Barry believes they are there to work together on the case. Oliver thinks it’s time to train. He convinces Barry to run away then run at Oliver and when he does, he will get hit with an arrow. Barry complies. He catches the first arrow then gets hit in the back with two more. This was done because Barry runs into new situations blind.

Back at Star Labs, Dr. Wells wants a word with Felicity. Wells doesn’t trust who he doesn’t know. Felicity attempts to put his mind at ease by assuring him that Arrow would never hurt anyone, on the team. This is not good enough for Wells. He in a very Harrison Wells way, asks Felicity to share the identity of who is under the hood. A secret that is not Felicity’s to share. Surprisingly, Wells accepts her answer.

They get a ping on the ‘Prisms’ location. Barry decides to head out on his own. Felicity tries to stop him. Barry is clearly not feeling the love from their new partnership.

Once on location, the Prism is ready for him. Barry tries to refrain from looking. But eventually Barry’s eyes go red with rage. Then nothing. He races back to Star Labs. They conclude that no real damage was done. Then Caitlin falls into her nagging mother mode about Barry leaving on his own and taking too many risks. Then Barry turns.

Barry: Caitlin, I’m not Ronnie. You’ve got to stop treating me like I am.
Caitlin: You’re right. You’re not.

For those of you who don’t seek out the spoilers or hints to what’s coming, here’s a fun one. Ronnie is going to return to the show. As part one half of Firestorm. The other half being played by Victor Garbor.

Oliver calls for another ‘session’. The slight remains of the rage left by Prism I think are clouding Barry’s judgments. Everything Oliver is trying to impart is logical. There is no flaw in it. Barry is reckless. Barry is learning on the fly. So Barry needs to be conscious of certain things. But instead he pushes back. Asserting that Oliver is jealous. The last words of this particular scene are very un-Barry like. Including, getting in Captain Singh’s face. And then when Joe intervenes, getting in Joe’s face. Something he never would have done previous to this Prism.

Oliver calls Felicity to tell her that Barry’s acting strange. Then Joe walks in and confirms it. With the whole red-eye thing. Earlier in the episode when Felicity chose not to reveal Oliver’s secret identity to Wells, Wells just said that he would figure it out. Concerned about what is happening to Barry, Wells turns to say something to Felicity.

Wells: None of us can stop Barry. Fortunately Felicity knows someone who can. I think you better call back Oliver Queen. We’re going to need the Arrow’s help.

Iris and Thawne are driving somewhere and Thawne is still annoyed. It comes out that Iris has seen the Flash a couple of times. This of course doesn’t sit well with Thawne. Just about the time I’m hoping to see a rift between Eddie and Irish, a flash of red grabs him out of the car. He yells at him in that vibrating voice. Thawne pulls his gun and fires at Barry, who naturally dodges and repositions like a cat toying with a mouse.

He advances slowly on Eddie who is just crawling across the street. Iris tries to talk some sense into him, playing up the ‘a good man doesn’t suddenly turn’ card. The rage subsides for a moment, then returns harder. He lunges at Thawne. Then a cord wraps his torso and his yanked back. Arrow says, “Run”!

At Star Labs, Cisco and Caitlin vs Diggle for the debate of who would kill who first. A conversation Felicity is not OK with.

Back in the street, the very fight they were debating over is actually happening. Arrow tries a horse tranquilizer arrow, but Barry just vibrates the poison out of him. Arrow tries to scale the adjacent building, Barry beats him to it. Then the street fight continues with Barry dodging everything, except one. This stuns Barry but just enough to piss him off. He then, using his speed, goes on the offensive. Arrow tries the sneak shot like in the first training session. Barry catches those, but doesn’t see the one that Arrow throws into his leg. Arrow is able to capitalize on this moment and wrap Barry up so there is no way he can run.

Arrow: I still believe in you Barry.

A white van comes flying down the alley. Its Joe and Harrison. Harrison power slides the van so that it is perpendicular to Barry and Oliver. The sliding door opens revealing a large box (as tall as the van door). Previously, Felicity and Caitlin theorized a plan that involved rapid colors in the right order may reverse the rage effect. Which is exactly what this big box does.

It works like a charm. A matter of seconds and the effect is gone. This still leave and rage inspiring meta-human to catch. Which they do during the break giving us no indication of how they did. Back at Star Labs, Oliver Queen gives a speech about the value of his identity and collateral damage if it were to get out. Even Joe steps forward to thank Oliver and shake his hand. Then Felicity approaches Caitlin and asks her to find the genetic markers of a DNA sample. A sample from the murder of ‘Canary’.

The captain has approved the task force for taking down The Flash. So that’s going to be a thing now.

The kids all meet up at the coffee shop before Oliver and Felicity head back to Starling City. Barry apologizes for his behavior and Oliver shrugs it off. Then Oliver says something that I love. He pulls the old Spider-Man bit. If you care for her, you need to let her go. Referring to Iris.

Oliver: Guys like us don’t get the girl.

A brunette woman who I am not familiar with but Oliver is, walked into the coffee shop. Their exchange was awkward, but clearly there is something there.

Barry (as the Flash) meets with Iris to apologize. Iris being the stubborn person that she is, is not hearing any of it. She instructs The Flash to never contact her again.

Under a freeway, two miscreants attempt to rob a man shaking and alone. He stands up and ignites his hands walking towards the would be muggers. There is a relatively quick shot of his face. Introduce, Ronnie Raymond as part of Firestorm.

. . .

Canary of course referring to DC’s Black Canary and one of the more popular female heroes in the DC universe. The death/murder of Canary is a major plot line in the most recent Arrow season (currently running). There is a great deal of speculation as to how the death of Canary (Sarah Lance) will affect Laurel Lance moving forward. I’m sure some are hoping for to take up the mantle. Something tells me Arrow fans might get a step closer to an answer in tomorrow’s Arrow episode and part 2 of this Flash vs Arrow crossover event.

The Flash: Felicity Holds The Team Together


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Courtesy of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Barry Allen has graduated to multitasking at high speeds. Which does prove helpful in tonight’s ‘caper’. An armored truck gets robbed by professionals. However, Barry gets there in time take care of four armed robbers, two security employees and prevent the robbers for getting what they came for. Meanwhile Thawne doesn’t quite understand the parameters for dating the bosses daughter. And Joe is giving Iris the silent treatment. Which Barry (and I) are perfectly fine with. And if that’s not enough, Iris has started a blog covering “the Streak”.

In better news, we have a Felicity citing. That’s right, another Arrow crossover. Why is Felicity showing Barry Allen this flirty attention? Full disclosure, I’m behind on Arrow, but this seems a little odd. Odder still is the tie in with Dr. Wells. Who knows who Felicity is because he “keeps his eyes open for promising talent”.

Joe is taking at least some level of joy in telling Thawne that he has no interest in hearing anything about he and Iris. I’d go so far as to say, Joe would prefer Thawne keep the name Iris out of his mouth when in Joe’s presence.

Side note. At the double date trivia night thing, the team of Iris, Thawne, Barry and Felicity (sans Felicity at this point) is introduced as E=MC Hammered. May sound cute enough. However, that phrase or line is all but ripped directly from the movie Beerfest. Not saying they stole it, just saying it’s not completely original.

Leonard Snart the ‘bad’ of this episode (and maybe beyond) makes a deal with a very sketchy individual about tech stolen from Star Labs. A gun that will slow the victim down. It burns cold. As it turns out, Cisco developed it and it has been missing for what Cisco thinks is two days tops. Snart decides to take it for a test run. He does hit Barry as Barry attempts to save Joe. And then Snart shoots it at an innocent and Barry tries to beat the substance from the gun. But he fails and the man is left like charred stone.

Wells informs Barry that the gun was made in Star Labs. It was made to slow down Barry before he knew that Barry was a good guy. And now, Barry is flying off the handle actually getting angry about mistrust when the issue should be about how to retrieve the gun.

Iris attempts to strong-arm Joe into dropping the silent treatment. And while I don’t think it’s the Jesse L Martin scene of the week we’ve grown accustomed to, he does make it clear that it’s not about being angry with Iris. It’s about losing focus and what would transpire between the two of them (Iris and Joe) if something bad were to happen to Thawne.

Barry has not left Star Labs yet. Instead he’s pushing himself hard to get faster. He’s still angry about the Cisco lack of trust. However, Felicity comes in to add some perspective. In the end she tells him that it wasn’t his fault and it wasn’t Cisco’s fault. This life is a lonely path and he should not make it any lonelier than it has to be.

Cisco has a way to get a location on the gun by sending a fake system update. With Felicity’s help they are able to get that location in under a minute. Barry suits up, still angry, and turns off his ear piece. Another sign of this Superhero’s lack of maturity in one area. But hey, it’s an origin story.

It seems that at this point, Felicity’s purpose in this episode is to lend guidance and experience in this sort of endeavor because this young team is experiencing its first sense of trouble. Meanwhile Joe chases after Snart. In doing so, out of fear, Joe insists Thawne stay and wait for backup. He is now making decisions based on the probability Thawne will survive and not the best case scenario for catching the bad guy. Thawne disobeys the order and after shooting (and missing) Snart, he says, “I’m your partner, not your assistant”.

Until now, the imagery of the small lightning bolts at Barry’s feet when at top speed seemed arbitrary. As if he sparks when he goes fast. Earlier, Wells told Felicity that Barry has not yet reached his top speed. Then, after the Cisco trust issue, Barry began to train harder in order to go faster. Snart sets a trap for Barry. He will endanger and entire subway train full of people and make his getaway while Barry saves everyone. The train derails and begins to topple over. Barry begins racing in and out saving people. Here’s the tie in. As he’s doing it, the lightning or static electricity (whichever it is) is now surging all around him. As I am a fan of the Flash and not a historian by any stretch, I cannot accurately place the relevance of this. But something tells me that Barry just graduated to the next step of his physical abilities.

While all of that was happening , Snart had no intention of making his getaway. He ducked out of sight in order to shoot Barry with the gun at point-blank range. While Barry sits there listening to how his actions forced the bad guy to improve the way he approaches his craft, Cisco shows up holding a prototype ‘cold gun’ that looks more like he half sibling to the gun Phil Coulson used to kill Garrett at the end of Agents of SHIELD season 1. Yeah, I just connected DC to Marvel, what of it? Turns out the ‘prototype’ is just a fancy vacuum cleaner with L.E.D. lights on it. Friendship and trust renewed.

Felicity said her goodbyes and heads off to return to her team in Starling City. There is an embrace before she goes. Just not the type that leads to anything. If you can’t tell, I’m pulling relatively hard for Iris to be nothing more than a friend Barry grew up with. For now.

There is a painful attempt for Joe and Iris to start again on the Eddie Thawne situation. Joe feels he underestimated Thawne’s ability and Iris never considered the work implications of dating him to begin with. Pretty mundane detail in the scope of thing except… Iris says, “from now on no more secrets”. Which is fun because Joe can agree to it all he wants. A father is going to keep the Flash’s secret because of the potential harm that could come to his daughter. Superheroes need their anonymity because if not, loved ones become collateral damage.

I was expecting the next scene to be our weekly ‘Harrison Wells is shady’ scene. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to discover Felicity on a train by herself. In an instant, Barry appears in the seat facing her. She ‘yelps’. They talk about pining for people they can’t have and then opposites attract and what not. Then Barry says “goodbye Felicity” then leans in just a little and she does the same. The first kiss of the series does not belong to Iris. This is a much better match. Long term, I’d be skeptical that this is where it stays. However, it does create the potential for repeated Arrow/Flash crossover episodes.

Instead of the Harrison Wells scene we get a different scene that plays to a future episode. If you didn’t notice, the Snart character is played by Wentworth Miller who is probably best known for his work on Prison Break. In this scene he partners up with a man he calls “Mick”. Mick uses a match to see the weapon that Snart insists he will like. The prevailing speculation is that Mick is a character named Heat Wave and that some further digging reveals that Heat Wave will be played by Dominic Purcell. Yeah, the other guy from Prison Break (and Blade Trinity). Sometime CW, you try too hard to be cute.