Most of the episode was a predictable, by-the-numbers story, unfolding pretty much as Wells said it would. Did anyone really think Barry wasn’t going to choose regain his powers? It’s like the writers had a checklist of plot points. They even brought back Henry Allen just so Barry’s three dads could explain to the viewer Barry’s dilemma, as if we didn’t already know:
Wells: Barry, you have to do it!
Henry: Don’t do it, Barry!
Joe: Do what you think is right!
It was getting so predictable that I thought that they were going for a fake-out and not have Wally and Jesse get caught in the particle accelerator explosion as everyone was expecting. Nope, they had to check off those boxes, too.
Then came the ending.
I did not expect that ending! That was worthy of being the cliffhanger for the season finale. In fact, last season ended with Barry disappearing into the wormhole. This season, Barry’s disappearance is just the setup for the last three episodes.
Wonder if there’s going to be any mention of the military going after Zoom. I know Thawne murdered the general who was weaponizing metahumans, but did anybody else pick up on his work? You have to figure somebody other than the CCPD is trying to figure out how to stop him.
I kept thinking they were going to forget the chemicals that Barry was originally exposed to. Glad they didn’t.
Which reminds me, did they ever establish how long Barry was in his lab unconscious after being struck by lightning? I know he was in a coma for nine months, but he was working alone. Did someone else in the building know he was there and go up to check on him, or even just hear the breaking window?
His derisive skepticism about Cisco having superpowers wouldn’t have made me raise an eyebrow, except it happened right after totally buying in on Cisco having journeyed to an alternate Earth. It’s like, okay, you went to a parallel universe and came back and didn’t mention it, but you expect me to believe you can do amazing stuff?
As I recall it, he didn’t show his brother a videotape of Cisco And Friends walking through a portal into another world, either; it’s just something his brother heard, and believed – but soon thereafter, the very idea that Cisco is one of the metahumans in this city that has metahumans in it, it is to scoff.
To me, Earth 3 is Supergirl’s Earth, and I don’t think Barry’s there again. So it’s possibly E-4 Joe. If it were Future Joe, I think he’d be obviously older. However, I don’t know that he’s evil. I wasn’t getting a “bwah-ha-ha” vibe (so to speak). He may just want to protect Barry.
I’m hoping they show when Jesse and Wally are found. Heaven help Harry then.
Something else occurred to me: they assumed that all the metahumans are evil, and have just kept their heads down out of fear of the Flash. I’m betting a few are good, and will step up next season.
Wonder what Green Arrow will think about this whole situation?
I may have missed something, but: are we sure Barry vanished to a literal other world? Like, is he maybe in a nebulous kind-of-like-the-afterlife-or-a-dream realm, complete with a spirit guide who’s taken A Form You Are Comfortable With, plus there’s swirling energies behind the painted backdrop that lo only seems to be the reality we know but truly 'tis the raw stuff of imagination and metaphor?
JayZ saw the sudden change in weather centered on S.T.A.R. Labs and realized what was up. By the time he got there, Barry had become one with the Speedforce. To everyone it looked like they had just incinerated him so of course Zoom just had to mock Team Flash in his psychopathic way.