Zoom isn’t as good a baddie as Thawne. Everyone looks set to abandon Barry. Snow and Iris and Jesse are useless. Season 1 was preferable to season 2. Season 1 was intrinsically different in that it was fun. Jesse whines. This was not wonderful, fast-paced, gripping, ingenious, edifying, compelling or intriguing. This was not a sparkling narrative. Joe is in peril. This was not compulsive or brilliantly imagined.
Wally mansplains, Zoom does a motive rant and the man in the iron mask turns out to be the real Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) from Earth3. Wally is a prat and Earth1 is the access point to every other Earth but of course. There is bad dialogue. And the time wraiths show up and drag Zoom off to hell or something. Where did Jay get his suit? John Wesley Shipp manages to pull off the Flash suit, a good call back to the 1990 show. Jay puts on the helmet. Harry and Jesse head home. Barry does something selfish and changes the timeline. What hath he wrought? And at what cost?
“With much better acting.”
“You just say no.”
“There’s always more to take.”
“Completely off your rocker sort of way.”
“How many others are there?”
“You’re too angry right now.”
“Got so tired of being the villain.”
“You don’t get to do that!”
“You waited for me for years.”
Kurt’s dad and Jane meet. Tasha and Reade stare. People finally share info. Kurt runs the office. Jane is under review by a burk (Dylan Baker of ‘Trick R Treat’ and ‘Kings’). Mayfair puts it all together. The baby leads to an illegal medical programme which is like ’Never Let Me Go’. Female FBI agents carry the babies to safety. Kurt’s boss (Baker) is recalcitrant and kicks Jane off the team. Renegade status beckons. Something shifty goes on. Mayfair’s character is trashed by people who don’t know. This was a very good episode of a not super-important show.
Kurt’s boss is lonely, bitter and vindictive. Jane fights. Baddies with child-molester names lurk. Jane has a manifest destiny apparently. Kurt and Jane make out. The final scenes are full of massive shocks. Mayfair buzzes like a fridge with a questionable energy rating. Kurt gets Mayfair’s job and is all yelly. Oscar, Jane’s mancandy tries to explain. Kurt’s dad babbles as he dies and reveals to a freaked out Kurt that he did kill Taylor. So who is Jane? There is emotional wreckage all round: I suspected all along that she was not Taylor.
“What did you do to us?”
“Enforce convictions that should never have stood.”
“Buy back your soul.”
“When he finds out what you really are.”
“House arrest is much more dignified.”
“I’m bad for optics.”
“Frame-jobs and faked deaths.”
“Some blanks should stay blank.”
“This isn’t how we wanted it to happen.”
“You did this to me.”
“Who’s under the fort dad?”
“We must find him. Calmly.”
“The royal merkin.”
“Nobles who pay no tax and yet believe France is theirs, not yours.”
“I want you to dig me a lake.”
“Compose yourself accordingly should you wish it.”