Hey there, all! I’m a bit late (just like Barry) in getting this posted, but here is my weekly review of The Flash, episode 2.12, “Fast Lane!” Barry has another BGOTW this week, Tar Pit, but the real story is the threat from within the team, as Earth-2’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) begins to execute his plan to steal The Flash’s speed for Zoom. Here are my 5 favorite things from this week’s episode:
#5: We Finally Get to Know a Little About Wally West
Wally’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) defenses are finally starting to come down, and we get to know a little about him as he dines with Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton). We get to see that Wally is obsessed with speed (foreshadowing much?), and that’s part of why he participates in these illegal street races. He also begins to look at Joe and Iris as truly being family after Iris gets hurt during Tar Pit’s attack at one of the races.
#4: Wells Betrays The Flash, Then Repents
The fact of the matter is that the Harrison Wells of Earth-2 is not a nice guy. He’s rude, abrupt, and secretive. It makes me wonder what the real Harrison Wells of Earth-1 was like before Eobard Thawne killed him and took his identity – was he just as unlikable? We also know that he’s under an immense amount of stress because of Zoom’s threats against his daughter. But let’s face it, he straight-up murdered The Turtle in order to study/replicate his powers. His desperation and lack of moral boundaries are crystal clear by the time we see him build a device to siphon off part of the Speed Force from Barry. What was nice to see was his repentance, late as it was. As a bonus, it means that we’re now going to cross over for the next two episodes, and spend some time on Earth-2!
#3: Cisco’s Ego Gets Taken Down a Peg
This is a quick one, but when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) asks (rhetorically), “Who’s the world’s greatest hacker?” Barry and Caitlyn (Danielle Panabaker) quickly respond, “Felicity Smoak.” LOL.
#2: Barry Faces His Limits
For the first time, we see Barry hit the wall in a way that has immediate consequences for someone he loves. When he wasn’t fast enough to beat Zoom earlier this season, he ended up with a broken back, but nobody else got hurt. When he wasn’t fast enough last season to prevent a Weather Wizard-created tsunami from wiping out Central City, he ended up jumping back in time 24 hours so he could alter the timeline instead. This time, when he’s just a micro-second too slow, Iris takes a potentially-fatal shard of glass to the shoulder, and ends up in the hospital. We saw Barry’s fears of losing his loved ones a few weeks ago in a dream sequence involving Zoom and Patty Spivot, but this time it’s real. This kind of personal stakes-building is what will make the endgame of his war with Zoom even more epic.
#1: Nobody Messes with Joe’s Family
When he learns that Wells is responsible for stealing 2% of Barry’s speed, the critical amount that put Iris in danger, he punches Wells’s lights out and drags him by the scruff of the neck to a cell in the pipeline. Then he takes a two-bit crook out of jail and marches him out into the street to serve as bait for Tar Pit, the villain who almost killed Wally and Iris. The moral of the story: don’t mess with Joe’s family. He doesn’t like it.
So there are my top 5 moments from “Fast Lane.” What were yours? Share them in the comments below. Until next week, Scarlet Speedster devotees!
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