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The Flash: Round One Goes To Zoom

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Turns out that Jay Garrick’s assessment was unfortunately spot on that Earth-Prime’s version of “The Flash,” had not prepared enough to take on the evil speedster from Earth-Two Zoom. Just how badly did the demon whose wreaked havoc on Earth-Two for the past two-years defeat Barry Allen? Try picturing a contest between a pile-drive and a stake with Flash in the role of the stake, as Allen was fortunate to escape with his life. Battered and broken the Scarlet Speedster held serious doubts whether he’d be able to resume his crime-fighting career. At the very least will have to go through some major physical-therapy and rehab to once again be fastest man on Earth-Prime.

Perhaps I watch too many action-adventure oriented series, but when a show begins with an action sequence in which it appears our hero’s in dire-straights, followed by a graphic that informs us we’re going to jump back to 72-hours-earlier, you’ve tipped your hand that the scene’s phony. This hackneyed device seems to be employed on an almost weekly basis by some series during the Prime-Time schedule and should be retired for the foreseeable future.

The action started out with Earth-Two villain Doctor Light zapping Flash with three bolts of energy and he hits the concrete apparently unconscious. She rips the lightning-bolt emblem off his chest and laughs haughtily saying Zoom never loses. Then we see the graphic telling us we’re heading back three-days before this battle took place. Considering Flash defeated Doctor Light in the previous episode and locked her in a cage for Meta-Human prisoners at STAR Labs, immediately got me questioning the legitimacy of the previous scene. However we’ll return to that point in a bit.

The Flash’s questioning the Linda Park of Earth-Two about Zoom and why she attempted to kill her Earth-Prime double in the previous chapter. She said she hoped that Zoom would find her Doppelganger’s corpse and conclude she died in a battle against Flash and she could live a carefree life here on Earth-Prime. The protector of Central City tells her that as long as Zoom’s on the loose she’ll never be free and tells her that he can defeat him with her help.

He asks her how she was supposed to contact him and she replies she’d been told to take his emblem and throw it through the breach. Zoom would show up on our side of the black-hole shortly after and take her back to her home. Flash asks her to team up with him and trick Zoom into thinking she was victorious, then they’d defeat him when he walked through the breach. After telling him that he can’t stop Zoom she reluctantly agrees to go along with the plan.

Barry meets with Team-Flash and Wells and tells them about his plan and Caitlin asks him how he expects to defeat Zoom if he encounters him. Wells says that he’s worked out a formula on his planet that can dampen Zoom’s powers and leave him vulnerable for attack. He suggests that Cisco creates a weapon that can project a dart containing the formula. Caitlin says that Zoom’s supposed to be faster and more powerful than Barry and Allen can catch bullets, how does Wells expect to strike Zoom with the dart. The scientist says they’ll use the element of surprise and shoot the projectiles at him when he emerges from the breach. Detective Joe West says they need a plan and it sounds as viable as anything he’s thought of.

Wells and Allen take off in separate directions and Joe gathers Caitlin and Cisco to talk privately. Snow asks West if he’s just discounted everything Jay Garrick told him and believes Wells is right? The detective smiles and says Hell no, he’s wary of him and just wants to give him enough rope to hang himself. He then looks at Ramon and tells him Barry told him that Cisco can do something with his mind and Snow says vibe. Joe asks Cisco if he can use it on Wells and he says he can try.

Wells starts making the compound in one of the labs and as he works he has a flashback to STAR Labs on Earth-Two as he berates one of his scientists on the phone. With sarcasm dripping from his voice he asks the person on the other end to do him a favor. Since that person’s incapable of doing the job they got hired for, find Wells someone who can do the job and slams down the phone.

Jesse Wells, the scientist’s daughter entered his office while he was still on the phone and she says she still has troubles reconciling the fact that he adopts a far stricter persona at STAR Labs than the laid-back Dad she knows from home. Harrison says her mother’s always  had the same reaction then asks her why she’s not  in school. Jesse smiles and says she graduated high-school at 15 and her first course at Central City University doesn’t start for another two-hours.

We soon realize that this conversation’s taking place shortly after Wells held his press-conference announcing STAR Labs new app, that got interrupted when Jay Garrick appeared and accused Wells of being responsible for all the Meta-Humans. Jesse asks her father if what Flash said was indeed fact and he responded that Garrick’s far faster at throwing groundless accusations than when he’s chasing criminals. Jesse takes Flash’s side saying Garrick’s a hero and only has Central City’s best interests at heart.

Perhaps Wells’ ego gets the best of him but he admits to his daughter that he’s responsible for the Meta-Humans and starts sounding like he’s bragging. Her father’s admission doesn’t sit well with Jessie and she says she’s leaving, Wells says she should probably head for school and she replies she’d already received quite an education that morning.

Doctor Light derives her powers from the stars, which gives her the ability to emit energy beams but also enables to control the light spectrum which she utilizes to escape from STAR-Labs. Cisco walks by her cell to find Doctor Light’s vanished with only her visor costume and boots remaining. Reacting to the panic that suddenly grips him he opens the cell and soon realizes that Park made herself invisible, she’s hacked the security system and Doctor Light has left the building.

Team-Flash momentarily believes there plan’s gone with Doctor Light until Caitlin suggests that Barry ask Linda Park if she’d like to help. Allen says that she’s staying with Iris at Joe’s house and he’ll talk to Iris and have her broach the subject with Linda. Joe asks Barry if they can talk privately for a moment and he tells his surrogate son that perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that Doctor Light escaped  and it was a message to them that the time’s not right for him to take on Zoom.

Joe asks him how much of Allen’s motivation comes from defeating Zoom rather than him still trying to defeat the Reverse-Flash. Barry says he already defeated him and West says that Allen’s the first one to say that Eddie took out the Reverse-Flash by shooting himself to death and preventing his descendent from being born. He says that Barry’s dealing with a guy that’s got the same face as the man that murdered his mother. He tells Allen he’s got to figure out his true motivation before he challenges Zoom.

Cisco approaches Wells while he’s working on the compound and tells Harrison he’s really impressed with the equation Wells worked out and slaps him on the shoulder and says congratulations. He then closes his eyes and attempts to see inside the scientist, but Wells rises from his stool and asks Ramon what he’s doing? Cisco says it’s called congratulations and Harrison’s face and voice become as cold as ice. He asks Cisco what he vibed from him and when Ramon responds nothing he asks him once again. He tells Ramon that if he’s got a question ask him and not to touch him again. As he walks away Caitlin tells Cisco he’s got to attempt it again.

Harrison has another flashback as he’s sitting in his office at STAR Labs on Earth-Two watching the news on TV as he works on a projectile gun. In a wink to their sister-series Arrow, the newscaster reports that Robert Queen’s been identified as the man known as the Arrow. Queen was believed dead in a boating accident in the South Seas. The newscaster then says that reports are coming in that there’s a Meta-Human attack taking place in the science building of Central  City University. Wells calls Jessie gets her voice-mail and starts to leave a message when he glances back at the screen and sees a live shot from the school that’s focused on Jessie’s cellphone. It’s lying on the grass with the lens cracked and Wells picture appearing as the caller-ID reads Dad.

Iris brings Linda to STAR Labs and Park says that Joe told her to stay in their house and not to leave. Iris smiles and replies then something came up and Linda’s shocked to see the Flash standing in front of her and even more taken aback when he asks for her help.

Cisco’s rigged up a pair of gloves that will mimic the energy bolts that Doctor Light projects and Ramon stresses that these gloves pack a jolt but that Barry’s suit will easily absorb it. Then Linda undergoes her training regimen and quickly shows she’s far from a natural. She improves by the end of the training session to not totally awful, but Flash tells her she can do it. Wells tells her to stop yelling every time she fires a blast and says he’ll work out some minor flaws in the gloves.

Joe and Barry have another private conversation and West asks Allen if he’s sure about going ahead with this and Barry says Linda will work out great. He says that he’s been  thinking about their earlier conversation and Joe’s right, Barry’s still fighting old battles but not for the reason he believes.

He talks about the message Wells left for Barry on the flash-drive when Wells said he’s about to make Allen’s greatest wish a reality, but he believes that Barry still will never be truly happy. He tells Joe that Wells’ words resonated within him as he never has felt truly happy. Joe tells Barry to forget what Wells said and that Allen’s responsible for his own happiness so go out and grab what makes you happy. Allen smiles and we can see Joe’s words got to him.

Back at the station Patty Spivot’s showing some other women officers a video on her phone with babies making funny faces when Barry comes over. She starts to tell him about the video but he backs the two of them into  a relatively secluded corner and kisses her. She smiles and thanks him and asks what that’s for and Barry says he’s decided to seek out happiness and kissing her makes him happy. They kiss again before she says she’s got to get back to work.

Linda’s overcome by the reality of what she’s volunteered to do and backs out heading back to the West home when Flash arrives and tries to get her to change her mind. Flash tells her that he knows she’s strong and a fighter and that she’s up to the task. She smiles and says that’s nice to hear, but with all due respect what are you basing it on. Flash says Linda you’re trusting me, so I’m going to trust you and removes his head-piece. She barely mouths the word Barry and then says Holy Crap I used to make-out with the Flash.

Which brings us back full circle to our opening scene as we see that the whole thing’s a setup to lure Zoom through the  breach and trap him. Both Wells and West are in sniper position with weapons equipped with the darts aimed at the breach. Flash’s unharmed by the bolts but plays the part and acts like he’s dead. Linda shouts into the breach she killed the Flash and throws his emblem into the breach and yells for Zoom to take her home. They wait an hour before they realize he didn’t fall for it.

Later Linda and Iris are back at their newspaper and talking about the disappointment they share that the plan didn’t work. Park says she’ll see Iris tomorrow and leaves the office but doesn’t get far before confronting a hideous mask that frightens herb to her core.

Cisco concocts a way to vibe Wells as he comes over with a can of lubrication oil and accidentally on-purpose spills the can on Wells work-station. As he cleans up the mess he and Wells make contact and Ramon gets a vision of Jessie in a cage being held by Zoom. The Speedster tells Jessie that her father’s on the other Earth and she says Wells will defeat Zoom and the vision fades. Suddenly the phone rings with Iris calling Barry telling him that Zoom’s captured Linda and Cisco says they’re on the roof.

Flash arrives and sees Zoom holding Linda in the air, he says that Flash uses people as bait and he does as well then throws Linda from the roof. Barry races to the pavement and then rapidly vibrates his arms creating a wind that slows her down enough that he catches her easily and deposits her safely on  the sidewalk.  He turns around to see Zoom in front of him and the man’s huge.

Flash asks Zoom what he wants from him and Zoom growls back everything. Flash smiles and says you want to  be  me, you want to be a hero? Zoom responds heroes die and Flash says you got to catch us first. He then races around the city faster and faster and Cisco excitedly says he’s going to thunderbolt him and the Flash grabs a lightning bolt he created with his speed and fires it at Zoom. The villain slips out-of-the-way at the last instant grabs it and fires it back at the Flash hitting him in the chest and throwing him into a building. Flash then leads Zoom on a supersonic chase and the pair plummet to the street in a free-fall trading blows the entire way down. Zoom however gains the advantage and senses Wells behind him attempting to surprise him with the dart but Zoom grabs it in his hand.

He smashes Flash to the ground and we hear a crunching sound coming from Allen’s body as if the demon crushed his back. He then picks up the Flash’s broken body and speeds to the newspaper that Iris and Linda write for. He holds Flash up in front of them as videographers grab the cameras and says behold your hero, he’s not a God. He’s nothing.

He then runs to Joe’s station and stands in front of all the officers holding Flash by the scruff of the neck. He yells out that the days of Flash protecting their city have ended. What will they do without their precious hero. Joe’s captain orders all his officers to open fire on Zoom but the behemoth stands there and catches all the bullets then opens his hand lets them fall to the floor.

He then races back to STAR Labs where Cisco, Caitlin and Wells are trying to track down Zoom and Barry. Zoom looks at Wells and says you expected to beat me with this as he pulls Barry’s headpiece off his face. Harrison says he made a terrible mistake and Zoom says and a costly one and he’s about to kill Barry but Cisco catches him by surprise hitting him with the dart. The compound weakens him causing him to let Allen loose and he falls to the ground briefly before he gets back up and goes back through the breach as Wells screams no.

Barry’s lying comatose on a bed at STAR Labs as Cisco, Caitlin, West and Wells are gathered around him. Joe grabs Wells by the lapels and tells the scientist this is on him and if Barry dies he dies. Caitlin says that Barry’s vital signs have stabilized and West says Harrison best hope that continues. Cisco tells Joe to chill for a bit and asks Wells who’s Jessie. Wells puts his hands on Cisco’s shoulders and asks did you vibe me did you see her? Ramon says yes to both questions and says that Zoom’s holding her as prisoner. Wells asks but she’s alive and West asks did he send you over here to kill Barry also? He asks is that the only way you’ll get her back? Harrison says the only way he gets her back is by defeating Zoom and he prayed that Barry could help him do that.

With Caitlin and Cisco at his side Barry finally comes to in the final scene. Barry’s vision’s fuzzy at first but he soon sees his friends as well as ever. Ramon says he scared them nearly to death as he was out a long time and he taps Allen on the thigh as a welcome back gesture. Caitlin smiles and says she’s thankful he heals as quickly as he does.

They see the agitation suddenly on Barry’s face and Cisco says oh no fighting’s a long way off. Allen says that’s not it, he  can’t feel his legs.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 8:00 pm on The CW.

The Flash: He’s Not Evil Just A Jerk

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Photo Courtesy Of The CW Network

Warning:  Spoiler Alert

Although I thoroughly season one of the CW Network series “The Flash,” it seemed rather ironic that a show about the “Fastest Man Alive” moved at the pace of a glacier. After all the series revealed there was something shady about Dr. Harrison Wells in the pilot yet the situation wasn’t resolved until the season finale. That situation’s been rectified this season, with changes, information  and new characters getting introduced at warp speed. That trend continued in the latest chapter entitled “The Darkness And The Light,” as Team-Flash had to deal with some familiar faces in new roles.

The action opens on Earth-Two, as we’re alerted to when we once again see the shot of the bullet trains. A graphic informs us we’ve jumped back eight months as we attend a press conference held at STAR Labs. We hear the voice of the man speaking before we see his face, he greets the crowd with false modesty saying for those who don’t know him his name’s Dr. Harrison Wells. His words are met with appreciative applause.

He tells those gathered that it’s been an amazing couple of years in Central City, as they’ve witnessed people known as Meta-Humans who possess incredible abilities including flight and super-speed. Unfortunately many of those blessed with these gifts have gone down a dark path and proven to be a danger to the city. He says that STAR Labs has utilized all it’s forces to their mission of helping to keep the public safe and he’s gathered them to announce a wearable Meta-Human detector-app. Wells straps the over-sized wrist-band on his right arm and says that the signal picks up any Meta-Humans in the near vicinity such as Zoom….

His words get interrupted as the detector starts beeping and a whoosh of air enters the hall and soon the crowd applaud Central City’s Super-Hero Jay Garrick The Flash. We see an attractive young woman with some connection to Wells show the excitement on her face as the Crimson Comet arrives. Garrick however doesn’t look happy as he confronts Wells and asks him when he’s finally going to admit that he’s responsible for all the Meta-Humans including Doom. The crowd gasps as Garrick says that 11-hours before the first sighting of a Meta-Human STAR Labs had released tons of Dark-Matter gas underneath their facility, one of the side-effects of his actions created the Meta-Humans.

Seething at Wells he spits out that perhaps when Wells can admit all the damage he’s done he can then help Garrick in his quest to defeat Doom. Wells caustically laughs and says he’s just the planet’s number one tech entrepreneur, it’s the Flash whose the Superhero. He says it’s time for him to do his job and capture Zoom. A look of shame crosses Garrick’s features and he leaves the facility at super-speed. The attractive young woman shouts across the hall to Wells asking her Dad if he’s okay and he responds he’s fine, then goes back to talking about the future.

Back on Earth-Prime in the present, Earth-Two’s Harrison Wells sits in our version of STAR Labs along with Barry Allen and an incredulous Cisco and Caitlin as he skims through the autobiography of the deceased Harrison Wells. Cisco’s trying to come to grips with the man in front of him didn’t murder Nora Allen or lead to the deaths of Eddie and Ronnie. Wells tells the trio he’s completely clueless about what they’re talking about and that the Wells they knew isn’t him.

Ramon asks Barry why they should believe anything he says and Allen responds because he saved his life the previous night when King Shark attempted to devour him. Barry then turns to Wells and asks him why he decided to go through the breach, as it certainly wasn’t to meet him. The scientist says that Allen’s exactly the reason he traveled through the dimensions as he’s going to help the speedster defeat his greatest enemy. Cisco says he already did that when the Reverse Flash got bested. Wells says he’s not referring to the Reverse Flash he’s talking about Zoom and sees by the look in Caitlin’s eyes that they know the name.

Allen tells him that Zoom’s sent a series of Meta-Humans through the breach to kill him. The scientist says that the beings he sent are just the symptoms, Zoom’s the plague. He’s been wreaking havoc on his world and now he’s got his sights set on defeating Allen and having a field-day on our planet. Barry asks him how much he knows about Zoom and Wells says everything. He says he created Zoom and all the Meta-Humans by releasing Dark-Matter from his particle-accelerator, a responsibility he wouldn’t previously accept but now he’s going to do something about it.

Detective Joe West walks in sees Wells standing there and instinctively pulls out his service revolver and fires three shots at him, Barry’s quick enough to catch all three bullets leaving the scientist unharmed. West stares Wells dead in the face and asks him how he’s alive and Harrison responds probably because West missed. Allen puts his arm around Joe’s shoulders and suggests they take a walk.

Barry finally convinces his surrogate-dad that this Wells is a completely different guy and has no connection to the guy they spent last year fighting. Joe tells Barry that he’s got to talk to Iris and let her know that there’s a guy back at STAR Labs with the same face as the man who led to her fiancée’s death. Joe explains it to his daughter who handles the news far better than he did. Still not ready to accept that this Wells is a good-guy he gives Iris a pistol to carry just-in-case.

Ramon and Allen head down to CC Jitters and run into Joe’s partner Patty Spigot. Barry was all set to ask her out last week before getting grabbed by King Shark and then realizing Wells was the guy that killed the creature. Spigot’s outwardly shown her interest in Barry since they first met but the situation with King Shark shook his confidence. Patty heads back to her station house feeling a little dejected and Cisco tells Barry he blew that big-time. He then turns around and he’s enchanted with the new woman at the register and asks her out. She says no and he feels like he’d wish the ground opened up and swallowed him.

Seconds later however Ramon gets another vision, he sees a female Meta-Human robbing the Central City bank and tells Barry he’s got to go immediately. The Flash arrives just as the Meta-Human’s about to leave, she hurls an energy bolt at him which he bends out-of-the-way of and says to her she’s got his attention. The robber than slams her hands down on the floor creating a concussive blast that throws two customers into the air and the Flash catches them both but the Meta-Human’s escaped.

Allen returns to STAR Labs and describes the Meta-Human he encountered and Wells tells them the villain’s from his Earth and goes by the name of Doctor Light. She was a petty-thief before she got doused with the Dark-Matter and now she’s got the ability to siphon power from stars. Cisco’s impressed and says cool to which responds that given the temperature that a star burns at and it’s iridescence it wouldn’t be cool at all. Cisco shows the disgust on his face when he says “You know our Dr. Wells was evil, but you’re just a Dick.”

Wells tells the pair that they need to capture Dr. Light and hold her as a prisoner to lure Zoom to this Earth. Garrick walks out of the hallway and says to Wells that he’s insane and they’re not going to lure Zoom anywhere. The man whose accident gave Garrick his abilities says like everyone else on his Earth he thought Garrick died, he says he should have realized that he ran away and was hiding from Zoom an entire universe away.

Garrick snaps back that he didn’t run away that Zoom had him on the ropes and stole his speed when the Singularity opened up and sent  him to this universe. Then the two start arguing about what they should do with Dr. Light once they capture her. Jay tells Barry she’s a thief not a killer and all he’s got to do is reason with her. Allen ends the discussion when he says they don’t need to decide anything until they capture her and they have to locate her to do that.

Barry finally gathers up his courage and asks Patty out for dinner and she says she hopes she’s not going to get all excited and he calls at the last-minute begging off with a science-project to complete. He laughs and says he’s been wanting to do this for a while, the  conversation ends as both of their cellphones ring. Allen’s call’s  from Cisco saying that the silent alarm just got tripped at the bank.

Barry finds Dr. Light in front of a palette of cash and she tries taking him out with another energy-bolt. He tells her to calm down he knows who she is and he’s aware that the only reason she’s on his Earth’s because Zoom took her there and left her with instructions to kill the Flash if she wanted to go home. He says that he and his people can protect her from Zoom, she says nobody can stop Zoom and he asks her to hear him out.

She removes the visor that covers her face as a sign of good faith and reveals that she’s the Earth-Two duplicate of Linda Park, the girl Barry briefly dated last year and who works as a reporter with Iris. Shocked he says her name and she freaks out wondering how he knows her name. She says she knew she shouldn’t have trusted him and emits this blinding light and escapes. Cisco contacts Flash via their audio-com and the speedster says he can’t see.

Back at STAR Labs Barry’s vision still hasn’t returned and Caitlin tells him he’s fortunate he escaped the incident without permanent blindness. Jay says because of the speed of his metabolism his eyesight will return in hours, Wells chimes in that it will return in exactly 6.25 hours. Barry’s now concerned that he put the Earth-Prime version of Linda Park in danger and says he’s going to the paper to make sure she’s safe. Unfortunately Barry resembles a human-mole as he’s squinting and all he can detect is light and colors. Garrick and Caitlin say they’ll drive the van over and make sure she’s safe and sound.

Suddenly Allen’s cellphone rings and he tries to find it, Iris tells him to calm down and she’ll get it. She tells her he received a text saying running a few minutes late, P. She asks who that is and Barry tells her he had his first date set with Joe’s partner Patty in a couple of hours, but she’ll likely never speak to him again as he’s got to cancel. Iris smiles and says you’re at STAR Labs, surely there’s something or someone here that can help you. Barry calls Cisco for assistance.

Barry’s wearing a pair of Ray-Ban’s equipped with a microscopic camera and an audio feed from Cisco. Cisco guides him through the date with voice commands as if he was operating a remote control robot. It appears that Allen’s pulled things off perfectly when Patty tells him she realizes he can’t see a thing. Barry laughs and takes off the sunglasses off and puts them in his pocket. He tells her he got his pupils dilated but he didn’t want to cancel. She’s enchanted that he tried to pull it off just to keep the date.

Caitlin returns to the van with fresh coffee for her and Jay. She asks him what Wells was referring to when he said that Garrick had run away from Zoom. Jay opens up to her and tells her that he’s actually terrified of Zoom, they fought several times and each time he barely escaped with his life. He then stole his most precious possession his speed and he’s afraid he’ll do the same to Barry or perhaps kill him. Snow says she doesn’t trust Wells but she trusts him.

They start discussing  Earth-Two and she asks if they have a Tahiti. He says they do but he’s never visited, but he’s been to Atlantis. Caitlin’s eyes grow wide as she asks the mythical sunken continent? Jay smiles and says on his Earth it’s above the water, in fact one of his best friends live there. Caitlin sighs and says she’d love to see it. Jay says it’s so beautiful when you arrive you never want to leave. The two lean in to kiss each other, but Dr. Light arrives at that precise moment and sets off another concussive blast, knocking the van on its side and Jay and Caitlin unconscious.

Dr. Light walks into the newspaper office and orders everybody to leave except for Linda. Linda’s editor says that’s not going to happen and Iris says Park’s going with them. Dr. Light says she’s sorry but the only way she can live is by killing Linda. She then produces a small ball of energy that levitates over her palm. Garrick and Snow regain consciousness and race into the office. Dr. Light says to the Earth-Two Flash she thought she took care of him outside.

Jay says to the Meta-Human she’s not a murderer and she says he’s right. However she says it isn’t really murder if you kill your duplicate. The editor tries to intercede but Dr. Light accidentally hits the elderly man in the chest with the ball of energy and he falls to the ground dead. Iris grabs the pistol Joe gave her and fires at Dr. Light knocking off her visor. She slams the floor with both her hands setting off another concussive bomb and she escapes.

Iris takes Linda home while the other four head back to STAR Labs and  confer with Wells. He asks what the visor is and they tell him it’s from the Meta-Human, Iris knocked it from her face with a gunshot. Wells says they can find her using that and Ramon asks how does he propose to do that. The scientist looks Cisco dead in the eye and says you’re going to find her with your ability. He then tells the others he’s wearing a Meta-Human detector and he’s known Cisco had abilities since the moment they met.

Ramon explains that he gets visions usually by touching something belonging to the Meta-Human. Wells tells him to touch the visor. Ramon braces for the vision but nothing happens. Wells tells him to try it again and once again Cisco fails. He says he can’t control his powers and Harrison says of course he can he’s just too afraid. He yells at Cisco to man-up and thrusts the visor into his gut. Cisco yells out she’s at the South Plaza Train Station on platform 15.

Flash arrives and finds her and she asks why he won’t leave her alone, he replies she killed an innocent man and she says she needed to kill Linda to make Zoom believe she was dead. She says otherwise she has to kill him. Wells speaks to Flash through the com-device he says he has to run fast enough create a spectrum-mirage multiple-images of himself so she doesn’t know where to blast. He tries it and it works for a bit but she figures it out and just misses him with an energy blast.

Jay Garrick gets on the com-device and gives Barry a win one for the Gipper pep-talk. He says Allen’s faster than he ever was and better than Jay will ever be. He says he can defeat her because he is The Flash. The confidence boost does the job and Barry defeats her and they put her in a Meta-Human cell at STAR Labs.

Barry’s now convinced that Wells’ plan’s the one to follow and he says they’re going to set a trap for Zoom and lure him to Earth-Prime. Jay apologizes but he says he can’t stay in good conscience as he believes Barry’s heading for a date with death. Before he leaves STAR Labs he asks his friends to ask themselves why Wells denied he was responsible for Meta-Humans for two-years and now he’s obsessed with Zoom?

We find out the answer to that in the episode’s final scene as we see Zoom’s holding Wells daughter prisoner in a cell. He taunts the young woman saying her father’s abandoned her. She says he hasn’t and her father’s the smartest man in the world  and he’ll soon rescue her and kill Zoom. The speedster says he can’t die, as for she and her father that’s to be determined. We finally get a good look at his mask and Garrick’s correct, it is the stuff of nightmares.

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Photo Courtesy Of The CW

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 8:00 pm on The CW Network.

The Flash: Cisco Saves The Day

Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW
Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

After coming out of the gate in its sophomore campaign with back-to-back chapters jam-packed with action and revelations the CW series “The Flash,” slowed the pace in episode three  presenting what could best be described as a transitional episode. Don’t take that as a knock, in a TV season that consists of 23-episodes a series needs chapters that set things up for down the line and this one accomplished that quite well. The hour also ended with two incidents that could affect Team-Flash over the next few weeks.

Our first few moments in Central City find Iris West in an unusual situation, getting shot at by two guys trying to prevent her from publishing a story exposing a real-estate scam they head-up. Iris calls Barry on her cellphone and tells him she needs his help badly. Even though she’s on one of the upper floors of a high-rise Barry tells her to jump and shows up in plenty of time to catch her and deposit her safely on the ground below. The Flash then knocks out the gunmen and take their weapons, leaving them in a neat package for the CCPD to lockup.

Back at STAR Labs Barry tries to enter the portal that’s now  part of the facility, but he bounces off it as if he hit a wall. Jay Garrick explains that the portal’s one of two doors that connect his earth to ours and in between those two doors lies a hallway. The problem’s that all three parts keep fluctuating so until they  can stabilize it they can’t enter it, he tells Team-Flash that’s his new project.

After meeting a mysterious woman only identified as Mrs. West last week, I’d assumed that she came from Earth-Two as Garrick did. However tonight we found out that Francine West hails from our planet and she’d abandoned her husband and young daughter 20-years before. Turns out Francine was a junkie and had overdosed, Iris saved her mother by calling 911 but Francine left the little girl in a dangerous situation with the stove burning. Joe had lied all these years that Iris’ mother died, to protect his daughter from the sordid truth.

Joe hands his ex-wife an envelope filled with money for her to leave Central City and never return. Francine refuses the envelope and tells him it’s time for her to meet her daughter, Joe infers she gave up that right when she left decades earlier. He gives her back the envelope and says please leave she says she’s staying in Central City as he leaves the lunch counter.

Patty Spivot nearly runs into Barry at CC Jitters and then she looks at him and says the Flash. Concerned at first that she’s figured out his secret, she explains that the shop’s running a promotion serving a brew they’ve labeled the Flash. He asks her if she wants to join his table and she tells him she’s got to get  to work. He goes to his table joining Caitlin, Cisco and Iris. Cisco accidentally bumps into a young woman and apologizes, the woman turns around revealing she’s Lisa Snart and tells Cisco he can bump into her anytime.

The tech-expert automatically assumes the worst and threatens to get Flash to show up and the criminal tells him to please do it. Cisco’s puzzled by her response and she tells him her brother Leonard, aka Captain Cold got kidnapped the night before. She says that the pair and Heat-Wave robbed a place and when they left the building Snart got grabbed and shoved into a van and someone hit her on the head from behind and knocked her cold. When she came to the van and Heat-Wave had gone.

Cisco and Caitlin take Lisa to STAR Labs where the Flash joins them and she tells her story to him. Turns out that Cisco can track Captain Cold’s Cold-Gun and he gives Flash the location. When Flash arrives he sees Snart’s robbing the place and the Scarlet Speedster tells him that Lisa thinks he got kidnapped. Captain Cold zaps Flash with his Cold-Gun setting him in ice from his chest down. Just then Snart’s father Lewis walks through the door and congratulates his son and the two leave. Cisco’s able to  save Flash by heating up his suit via remote-control and the ice melts off in seconds.

When Flash returns to STAR Labs he accuses Lisa of lying, but when she hears Leonard’s with their father she realizes something’s amiss. She says they both despise their father and her brother wouldn’t be with him willingly and says he’s a really bad guy. Caitlin’s shocked at the statement telling Lisa her whole family are criminals and asks what makes him so evil? Lisa lowers the neckline of her shirt revealing a scar and tells Caitlin she didn’t get that scar being a criminal, she got it being a daughter and walks off. Cisco tells the other two he’s got this and goes after her.

Lisa opens up to Cisco and tells him her father started beating her when she was seven. She says that Leonard raised her and if it wasn’t for him she would have turned out far worse than she did. She then smiles and tells Cisco she realizes he can’t picture her any worse, but she infers their father’s pure evil.

Joe shows up at Iris’ newspaper and he’s about to pull the boneheaded move and tell his daughter the truth about her mother at work when her co-worker Linda Park walks over and tells her they need her story as soon as possible as it’s going to be featured on the front-page. Iris and Joe get very excited and he tells his daughter they’ll speak later as she’s got to  finish her story.

Barry tracks down Snart at a restaurant and he tells him that his sister says they both hate their father and asks why he’s working with him. Leonard replies it’s complicated it’s family and says Barry should relate given his situation with his parents and tells him not to worry. He says they’ve got a deal that Flash leaves Captain Cold alone as long he doesn’t kill anybody and he refrains from telling the world Flash’s secret identity. Barry says that Leonard lives by a code that the old man doesn’t follow and if anyone dies he’ll come after them hard. Snart leaves the restaurant and Barry with the tab.

Joe calls Barry and asks him to  come to  the  house and he tells Barry about lying all these years about Francine and he’s freaking out about telling Iris as she’ll hate him for lying all these years. Barry comforts his surrogate-dad by telling him his daughter’s a grown woman and will handle the truth well. He tells Joe how fearless she was in  tracking her story and tells West that his daughter’s going to understand.

Turns out there’s a third member of Lewis’ team a tech-guy. The old man’s not too happy with him as he failed to succeed in an assignment Lewis gave him. The old man starts going over the plan  for the heist and he’s not worried about collateral damage but Leonard tries to persuade him to commit the robbery without killing anybody. The old man says that in their business killing somebody often is part of the job.

He starts going further into the plan and says that’s when Leonard kills the guards with his Cold-Gun and Snart once again says they can do things without hurting anybody. The tech-guy then  loses it and starts screaming at Snart telling him the only reason he’s on the job’s because of that gun and starts insulting him. Lewis pulls a sonic device out of his pocket and the tech-guy starts holding his ears and screaming in pain until his head literally explodes. The old man says nobody talks to his son like that.

Joe and Barry arrive at a crime scene that Patty’s been at for a while. There’s a body under a sheet and she lifts it to reveal the man’s headless. She asks Barry what kind of a tool could the murder used to leave the jagged scar on what’s left of his neck. Barry responds it almost seems like his head blew off and he says he’ll get the results to the lab so they can get something to work from.

Later that afternoon Joe tells Barry the victim’s name was David Rubenberg and he was a close associate of Lewis Snart. The lab showed Thermite in what remained of his skull and traces on  his neck and they realize the old man injected him with it and wonder if he injected Leonard.

Jay’s working on trying to stabilize the portal and Caitlin walks in to check out his progress. He then opens up about the loss he feels in regards to  losing his super-speed. He spent the previous two-years trying to save his world and now he’s just another guy. Caitlin tells him he’s far from that, he’s a brilliant scientist and physicist and she thinks he might help  the world more using those skills. Suddenly Cisco calls her and says he needs her up front immediately.

We see Caitlin examining Lisa with a look of shock on her face and confirms Cisco finding traces of Thermite in her head. Cisco tells her that when she got knocked out her father injected her with the explosives planting a bomb in her brain. But he assures her that he’s going to get it out of her and she’ll be fine.

Iris comes to her father’s home and says his message was cryptic even for him. Joe wastes no time or pulls any punches in telling Iris about her mother and the reasons he lied and said she died. He tells her she was a junkie who endangered her when she was a little girl. He says he didn’t want Iris growing up feeling her mother rejected her, so he invented this perfect mother that died when Francine left. He breaks down crying and begs her to forgive him. Iris says she understands exactly why he did what he did.

Flash and Caitlin try manipulating the bomb in Lisa’s head with a magnet when Cisco realizes what they’re doing and screams for them to stop as the magnet will cause it to explode. He says he’ll figure out a solution all he needs is time to clear his head and think the situation through. Just then Barry says he’s going to infiltrate the old man’s game as the tech-guy.

Barry head’s to the old man’s hideout and speaks with Leonard telling him they’re aware of the bomb Lewis injected into Lisa’s head and Cisco’s working on a safe way to extract it. Lewis  walks into the room and asks his  son who Barry is and Allen introduces himself as Sam saying he helped Leonard bypass alarms in a couple of robberies. The old man asks his son if he’ll vouch for him and when Leonard says yes Lewis says let’s go pull the job.

The trio enter a facility wearing maintenance uniforms and give their id badges to the security guards at the front desk. One of the guys tries scanning the tags and the computer fails to authorize them, so Lewis starts to grab his guns to kill the two guards. Thinking quickly Barry says they can call for verification but do they really want to get chewed out by angry executives about the overflowing toilets? They wave them through.

When they teach the floor  they want they see two security guards  nearby and again the old man reaches for his gun, but Barry gets them both off the floor at super-speed and then tells Lewis let’s go the guards are gone. He tells the two of them to keep lookout and he punches in four number codes until he’s granted access and the door opens. Lewis says good job kid it’s good to go  out on top and shoots Barry in the chest and he falls to the ground. The old man charges forward but Leonard stays behind for a second and says sorry Barry. When we return from a commercial we see what really happened, Barry grabbed the bullet in his hand at super-speed and slumped to the floor.

Cisco’s come up with a plan he’s going to place a high pressure weapon to Lisa’s temple and suck the bomb into the weapon. He says there’s a risk involved as it involves a blast of air, which could set off the Thermite, but Lisa tells Cisco she trusts him.

Lewis and Leonard head into a vault that’s protected by laser alarm system, but a blast from the Cold-Gun freezes the beams and Leonard walks through them shattering them. He tells the old man he’s got 125 seconds before the lasers defrost sounding the alarm. Lewis puts a stethoscope up against the wall of the safe and soon has it opened and steals it’s contents, some large size diamonds.

The alarm sounds and Leonard says they’ve got to split and the old man says let’s go, but they’re stopped as Flash enters the vault. Cisco has him stall for time as he lines up the weapon against Lisa’s head and he successfully extracts the bomb. Flash tells Leonard Lisa’s safe and he blasts Lewis in the heart  with the Cold-Gun. The old man looks shocked and says your working with the Flash I thought you hate him. Leonard responds he hates the old man more and Lewis dies. Barry asks why he killed him as Lisa was safe and he responds the old man  broke his sister’s heart, it’s only fair he broke his.

Their pact broken, Flash takes Snart into custody and comes to visit him at Iron Heights Prison, where his father was held for 20-years. Leonard says Barry best hope Snart doesn’t talk in his sleep and Barry laughs. He says you won’t you confirmed something today that I always believed, there’s good in you. You don’t have to admit it, but we both know it’s true. Leonard asks sarcastically should I become a hero Barry, what does that pay? Barry smiles and says you never know, perhaps setting up the transition for Snart’s upcoming role in Legends Of Tomorrow which premieres early in 2016.

Garrick’s stabilized the portal and Stein throws a book through it proving Jay was successful. He asks Garrick what he’s waiting for and Jay says that’s right I can go home now. However Caitlin whose crushing big time on Earth-Two’s Flash convinces him to stay until they defeat Zoom. He then says he needs a shower a meal and some sunshine and says he’ll see them all later.

Caitlin asks Professor Stein how he’s feeling and he says rest seemed to make him better. Suddenly his speech becomes halted, his eyes turn white and flames start emanating from the top of his head and through his hands and then he passes out. Barry says he started to heat up like Firestorm and Caitlin  says they need to examine him.

Our last scene shows us one of the portals open in Central City and we watch a figure walk through. The camera pans up to the person’s face revealing it to be Harrison Wells.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 8:00  pm on The CW.

The Flash: Space. Time. Continuum.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Call me crazy but, the show runners at The Flash are either running a repeat episode or this is going to be an episode about the space/time continuum. Barry arrives at the scene of the crime of last week’s episode. The dead coroner. Killed by hail. From inside the building. It takes a great deal of restraint not to go ‘Groundhog Day’ on every answer to every question.

Caitlin and Cisco chat while walking through the halls of Star Labs. That’s right, it wasn’t a typo. I said Cisco. Remember space/time continuum. In Star Labs, Barry has little reason to show restraint. Now he’s answering everything before the respective speaker can even say it. Then Wells asks Barry for ‘a moment’. Wells wants nothing to do with knowing what Barry experienced during his one day of temporal reversion. Barry is to do day 2 the same exact way he did day 1, to keep time intact.

I have a feeling we will be referencing a check list. Cisco is not dead yet, check. Now Captain Singh also not dead yet, check. Joe plans on doing whatever it takes to not rupture the space/time continuum. And just like that, Barry disregards his instructions. He races to the Marden location that Joe will be ripped from later, and snatches Marden right then. They lock up Marden at Star Labs and Wells is not happy.

If seeing Marden again wasn’t deja vu’ey enough, Captain Cold and Mick Rory are back taking down a local mafia family.

Barry is trying to replicate the speed that sent him back when Joe walks in, not looking terribly pleased. Joe wanted to take down Marden and Barry is keeping a very big something from him. Barry’s response to that, “you’re just going to have to trust me”.

At Cisco’s brother’s birthday party (to which Caitlin offered to join) things are going just as Cisco predicted. His family is… …an adjective I’d rather not use presently. Dante (the brother) apparently is a musical prodigy of some sort. So being a young, brilliant, man of science (Cisco) is underachieving.

Barry meets Linda for their lunch date and she dives right into another relationship conversation some might believe should be had in the abstract. Because Barry doesn’t “burn for her”, that seems to be that. Barry redirects his attention towards Iris. Probably to save her from finding out he’s the Flash later in the episode as opposed to just trying to steal her away from Eddie.

Cisco gets hit on by an attractive structural engineer. Cisco’s great and all, but even he’s probably thinking he’s out kicked the coverage on this one. My spidey-sense is going crazy. And as it turns out, accurately so. This woman is the sister to none other than, Captain Cold. This was all a rouse. A rouse to get Cisco to make the heat and cold guns again, and if not, bad things with happen to brother Dante. And now, even sister Snart has a Cisco original.

Wells has said repeatedly in this episode that time has a way of correcting the rift in the space/time continuum. Barry saved Joe and prevented the tidal wave. At some point in the future, something will be taken from Barry to balance the scales. We are seeing what that something is. Unlike last week, nothing has changed for Iris. The realization that she indeed has feelings for Barry, is not happening now. He’s trying to anticipate what he believes will happen. Can you feel the string unraveling?

The Snarts hit the mob run casino. Not for the money, but for a statement. Barry shows up to foil the plans. He turns the gold gun on sister Lisa. Then Cold informs Barry of the status of Cisco. Threatening to mail frozen pieces of him back to his family. Joe arrives on the scene and Barry gives him the bad news. Barry tries to leave when Eddie cold cocks him with a punch that could be seen as a cheap shot.

At Star Labs, Barry desperately needs to talk to someone about the variance between this today and the previous one. Wells eventually permits it. Iris’ feelings aren’t jarred loose because the tidal wave never came, Joe was never in danger, and Barry doesn’t have to save everyone. The more important detail here is, if all of that is altered from changing some subtle details from repeating yesterday over again, then what would the carnage look like if Barry goes back 15 years and prevents the death of his mother?

Awaiting their fate, Cisco and Dante have the kind of conversation that tends to bring siblings together. Dante lied about Cisco’s future plans in order to steal away what should have been Cisco’s future girlfriend. Even going so far to admit the favored son is really a sham. A jealous, fearful brother living a lie. Dante decides to try to make amends for living a fearful life and makes a run at Mick, which fails miserably. All culminating to the question Cisco can’t, or at least shouldn’t answer. Even if the match to the fuse is the health of his concert pianist brother’s frozen fingers. Who is the Flash?

When Cisco arrives at Star Labs he comes clean on how he’s free. Barry reassured him that he is not at fault, Barry is. Then Cisco in a manner of speaking falls on his own sword. Claiming that he doesn’t deserve to be in Star Labs, and leaves. Before he can collect his stuff and leave, Wells escorts Cisco to the very place where Wells killed Cisco in the previous version of today. Except this time, the speech from Wells is about being human. Then there comes the reference to seeing Cisco as the son he never had. Which I believe will come back up in a future episode. Also the ‘choosing between two people you love’ feels like the show runners tipping their hand.

The casino job was not intended to be a robbery. Protocol dictates that when a casino gets hit, the money needs to be moved. Snart knew that and was waiting for them to move the money and thus leave said money vulnerable away from the security of the casino. Barry arrives in time to prevent this from becoming a bad Fast and Furious scene.

Barry runs Snart into a secluded forest so they can talk. A relative stalemate. Snart has the ability to release Barry’s identity remotely. Barry is not going to permit Snart to reign free. So the compromise is that Snart and all of his people do what they do without killing anyone again, or Barry gladly trades his anonymity to take them down.

Barry heads to the coffee shop in what looks like an attempt to make things right with Eddie. To his surprise, Caitlin has been doing the heavy lifting convincing them that Barry suffers from occasional Lightening Psychosis. Or side effects from being struck by lightning. And they buy it hook, line and sinker. Here’s a random thought, as a man who is closer to his forties than his twenties, I’d like to ask why the CW thinks twenty somethings all drink that much coffee. There isn’t a single other place friends can meet? Just coffee?

The Reverse Flash pays a visit to the seasoned reporter looking to expose Harrison Wells. Pretty straight forward, he gets the guy to give up that all he knows is on his computer’s hard drive. Which gets wiped, by hand actually. Then Mason, the reporter, is killed in the same fashion as Cisco previously, but in reverse.

Barry and Wells are alone in Star Labs having a very typical conversation when Barry begins to tell Wells about Mason Bridge’s pursuit to prove that Wells is not what he says he is. Just then a news report appears on Barry’s screen that Mason Bridge is reported missing. Barry abruptly ends the conversation and leaves. This marks the first time that Barry has become skeptical of Wells. Then Barry asks Joe to meet him in his lab.

Barry: I think you were right about Wells.
Joe: Which part?
Barry: All of it…

The Flash: After Tonight, Everything Changes

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Courtesy of The CW

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Mark Mardon, that last name should sound familiar because Clive Mardon was the first meta-human we were introduced to, walks into the morgue demanding to know the identity of who killed Clive Mardon almost six months ago. The answer of course is Joe West.

After the call came in about the morgue killing (you didn’t think they’d leave the coroner alive did you?) Barry takes off to the scene of the crime. In full gear Barry races towards the morgue but is distracted. As he’s running, he sees over his shoulder matching his speed an image that looks just like him. Not the Reverse Flash or a different speedster, but just like Barry. Dark red suit and all.

I’m required to mention the cold shoulder that Eddie is giving Iris after the previous night’s double date. Always feeling like the third wheel whenever Barry is around. Moving on.

While Joe and Barry enjoy lunch in the car, Barry asks for advice he shouldn’t be asking Joe for. As Joe put it, “You’re asking your adopted father about being in love with his daughter who is dating his partner.” Then it started to rain. Hard. Mardon is right behind them. He sends lightning into Joe’s car but Barry was able to get Joe out in time. Upon returning to the precinct, Joe gets put on desk duty until Mardon is detained.

Mason, Iris’ professional mentor has a file on Harrison Wells and flat-out asks her to do her own digging, starting with her friends. True to form, the naiveté of Barry leads him to tell Iris that Harrison Wells is a good man and there is no story there.

Mardon walks right into the precinct and announces himself. In the early moments, Mark Mardon is rather civil. After Mark suggests that many people will be hurt in the process of hurting Joe, Joe lunges for the ‘wizard wand’ Cisco made to protect Joe from Mark’s powers. Joe doesn’t get there in time. Captain Singh dives shoving Joe to the side and taking a lightening bolt to the torso in the process. Barry arrives in time to grab the wand and neutralize Mardon’s powers. Mardon escapes. Barry grabs Captain Singh and runs out of there too.

At Star Labs Cisco looks detached. Caitlin walks up and he is still in a daze. Then he asks her, “what do you think of Wells”? This is the third reference to the idea that Harrison Wells is not exactly who they think he is. Cisco is picking up on some of the breadcrumbs. Then he asks Caitlin to do something that may be tricky.

Cisco: Can you keep Wells out of Star Labs tomorrow morning?

At the hospital, the news is not good. Early indications are that Captain Singh may never walk again and he may not even return to being the man they once knew. With Singh’s fiance in the room Joe begins to storm out. Barry tries to stop him but he’s determined. Mardon used the word ‘avenge’ in combination with the inability to protect one’s family. In Joe’s mind, that puts Iris and Barry at risk. Joe then demands that Barry watch over Iris, never to leave her side.

Cisco is at Star Labs attempting to do something with the trap that the Reverse Flash escaped from in order to determine how he was able to escape. The readings confuse Cisco. He walks towards one side of the apparatus when the Reverse Flash appears in the trap. Across town, Caitlin sits down for coffee and eggs with Wells. Caitlin is not good at lying and Harrison can read that. He gives her some theory about how they might be able to find Mardon, but they’ll need Cisco. She goes to get the coffee to go. When she turns around Harrison’s wheel chair is empty and his glasses are on the table.

Eddie anticipating Joe’s next move meets him at the former Mardon spot, an old run down apartment building. Inside they find a newspaper left intentionally. Then we notice a window open. Before they can figure out what the next move is, Joe gets sucked out of the apartment in a hurry. Like the wind grabbed him. Joe wakes up on a fishing boat, handcuffed, bloody and sporting a broken leg. Mardon calls Iris and gives her the typical, “If you want to see him alive, come alone” bit. She decides to tell and bring Barry.

While Cisco watches the Reverse Flash in the trap, he hears a familiar voice finish the Reverse Flash’s sentence. Cisco turns slowly. The voice belongs to Harrison Wells. Who is standing without glasses in the same room with Cisco. Cisco has tears in his eyes when he proclaims that Harrison is the Reverse Flash.

Harrison: You are incredibly clever Cisco. I’ve always said so.
Cisco: You’re him. The Reverse Flash.
Harrison: You and I have never been truly properly introduced. I am Ubart Thawne.
Cisco: Thawne? Like Eddie.
Harrison: Let’s call him a distant relative.

Cisco asks about that night. There were two. Harrison takes a moment, and separates into two different but identical people. Or so that’s how it appears. He calls it a sort of speedster mirage. Harrison Wells was not in Barry’s home 15 years ago to kill Nora Allen. He was there to kill Barry. There is a connection to Barry’s increasing speed that somehow is the answer to returning Harrison Wells/Ubart Thawne/Professor Zoom back to his world. And nothing will stop that from happening, as he slowly looks towards Cisco.

Cisco is now as close to full on crying as one can get before actually doing it. He even offers to help Wells in this endeavor. Wells tells him that he has been like a son to Wells. Then stabs Cisco through the chest with his hand. Then Wells utters, “but to me, you’ve been dead for centuries”.
Barry and Iris arrive at the waterfront. The storm is over the water. Barry sincerely tries to get her to get as far away as possible. She interrupts him and starts in on how she can’t stop thinking about him since his confession of love for her. Really? Is now the best time for this? And then there’s a kiss. About time, he’s only grabbed the back of her neck romantically three times in this episode.

Mardon doesn’t want to hurt Iris or Barry. He wants to hurt Iris and Barry and everyone else within a certain radius. He is creating a tsunami. He calls Caitlin for tactical advise. She tries to tell him about Wells, but Barry cuts her off. He will have to run back and forth fast enough to create a wall of wind to subdue the tsunami. He hangs up the phone and looks at Iris with apologetic eyes.

Barry: I am so sorry. I did not want you to find out this way.
(He becomes a blur, then stands still before her in his Flash suit)
Barry: Now RUN!

Barry begins running as fast as he can creating a wall of wind in front of the coast protecting the city and its inhabitants. He runs so fast that he sees what is now believed to have been a speedster mirage of himself from the beginning of the episode. Barry stops running to find himself in the exact same place and time as the beginning of the episode. Barry effectively ran so fast he did time travel. A few days as opposed to fifteen years, but time travel nonetheless.