#The Flash S2 Finale "The Race of His Life" Recap
This week’s episode of The Flash began with the death of Barry’s father. After Zoom murdered Henry, Barry chases him through the city. During the chase, another Zoom appears. Barry catches Zoom who tells him the kill him. Barry hesitates and the second Zoom kills Zoom. The first Zoom, was another time remnant. The he tells Barry he is almost ready and runs off. The team attends Henry’s funeral. Barry swears that he is going to get his revenge on Zoom. Zoom appears at Joe’s house afterward and challenges Barry to a race, stating that his only motivation is to see which one of them is faster. At Star Labs, Wells finds out that Zoom stole a dangerous device form Mercury Labs, called a magnatar. Zoom planned on using the race to power the magnatar. The power would destroy every Earth in the multiverse. Barry refuses to back out of the race with Zoom, so the team locks him in the pipeline. They come up with a plan to beat Zoom. They use Caitlin as bait and manage to force Zoom back to Earth 2, but grabs Joe and takes him too. On Earth 2, Zoom tells Joe that the man in the mask is Jay Garrick from yet another Earth and he is there as a trophy. Zoom took on Jay’s hero persona on Earth 2, because he was bored of just being the villain. Back on Earth 1, Wally learns about what happened to je and releases Barry from the pipeline. The team decides to go with Zoom’s plan. At the location of the magnatar, Barry and Zoom race and Barry tries to stop Zoom before the end of the race. During the race a Flash time remnant appears and releases Joe. Zoom and Flash fight as the time remnant of Flash sacrifices himself to stop the machine. Flash beats Zoom, who tells Barry he won’t kill him. Barry tells Zoom he doesn’t have to. Using the time remnant causes time wraiths to appear and attack Zoom. Zoom is carried off as he goes through a grotesque transformation in the likeness of the comic’s Black Flash. With Zoom defeated and the Earth saved, the team releases the real Jay Garrick. When they take off the mask, Jay is revealed to be Henry’s Earth 3 doppelganger. Wells promises to get Jay home and Wells, Jay, and Jesse say their goodbyes and return to Earth 2. During the aftermath, Barry still feels broken and Iris tells him to go and do what he has to do and that she will be waiting for him. Barry travels back in time and stop Reverse-Flash from killing his mother.
This was an episode worthy of the fantastic season The Flash has had this year. This episode lived up to and surpassed my expectations. It delivered a fresh and satisfying conclusion to the season. The build up to this point was not wasted, as this finale was a wild ride. We see the best of Zoom as a character in this episode. Though he is a violent sociopath, you can’t help but want to like him. We see great performances by Grant Gustin and Teddy Sears who are mirrors of each other’s characters. Much like Legends of Tomorrow, this episode gave a satisfying concussion to the season and then delivers a shocking cliffhanger, just to make the off season wait that much more painful for the viewers. It was fantastic!
What a twist it was! Barry went back in time and saved his mother. He stopped her death. The episode showed the season 1 version of Barry, who was hiding, disappear after this is done. What could this mean? Many people will inevitably point toward Flashpoint, a story where Barry goes back in time to save his mother and changes many occurrences through history because of it. We could see the alternate present of the Flashpoint in Season 3 of Flash. This is even more of a big death considering that The Flash shares its universe with Arrow, Legends, Vixen, and now Supergirl. The Legends could very well be spared any major universe changes, due to the fact that they are constantly traveling through time, but the rest of the arrowverse can and probably will be affected in some way. This is a very exciting development and gets me pumped for season 3 of The Flash.
The episode also answered several questions that have been looming for half a season. The obvious big reveal of this episode was the man in the mask on Earth 2 being Jay Garrick. Another, more obvious, reveal was Jay being Henry’s Earth 3 doppleganger. This is interesting, considering Earth 3 in the traditional DC universe is home to the Crime Syndicate and is a planet where the moral compass is flip flopped. This is a minor thing considering the show’s multiverse is different than the comics. John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick was fantastic writing. It gave Jay the more aged look and feel he had in the comics and gave the actor a chance to be a speedster once again. All in all, it was great.
A smaller reveal of the episode, yet still awesome, was the nature of Zoom’s demise. He was taken by the time wraiths for creating and murdering his time remnants. Barry created one to draw them to him, but his remnant sacrificed himself to save the universe. As Zoom was taken he was turned into a zombie-like creature and his suits details were turned red. This is not so dissimilar from the Black Flash of the comics. We may see Zoom again, as the Black Flash in future episodes.
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-How did you like S2 of The Flash?
-Is Flashpoint coming for S3?
-What changes would you like to see made, now that Barry has changed the timeline?