In season 2 episode 18 of “The Flash,” we finally get to know who Zoom truly is. Entitled “Versus Zoom,” The Flash will attempt to take down Zoom once and for all.
With the help of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), The Flash (Grant Gustin) is now four times faster and that seems enough for him to have the confidence to take on Zoom (Teddy Sears). Barry Allen asked Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) to try and open a breach since Cisco’s Earth-2 counterpart Reverb was capable of opening gates to other worlds.
Cisco was unable to do so at first but Wells offered a hand by providing him with goggles that enabled him to manipulate trans-dimensional matter. Despite the fact that Cisco’s powers has been unleashed thanks to the device, he still hesitated. Having the power to breach other worlds is a real burden and I totally agree with him. He made some Star Wars references about going to the dark side, which was fun and a bit on point too. But Barry promised to be on Cisco’s side every step of the way to ensure Cisco does not get lured to the darkness. This may have worked for Cisco but it would definitely not work on me. I believe it’s a smarter decision to keep gates to other worlds, hell or otherwise, closed.
While making preparations to defeat Zoom, Barry comforted Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) since she is the former love interest of Zoom’s pseudo identity Jay Garrick. She revealed that Jay does not have a doppelganger on their Earth because he was merely masquerading. His real name is Hunter Zolomon and Wells told the team that in his world, Hunter was a notorious serial killer and was being held in a mental asylum. Wells believes that he was responsible for giving Hunter his speedster powers due to the flaw on his judgment when carrying out his experiment and the resulting accident.
With this information in mind, Barry thinks he has the upper hand that they know of Jay’s (or Hunter’s) past and devices a plan on how to stop Zoom. They initiated the plan, Cisco opens the breach, The Flash lured Zoom into a trap which hits hard on Jay’s past and it was super effective. However, Hunter was able to free himself from the trap because no one can “lock up the darkness” and partly due to The Flash being too complacent.
To add insult to injury, Zoom took Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) hostage and demanded that The Flash surrender his powers in exchange for Wally’s release. Left with no options, The Flash agrees and the deal was made. Team Flash could have just subdued Zoom when he released Wally and they could all decide not proceed with the trade but, for some reason, they didn’t. Whether it was some sense of superhero honor but the team did not made attempts to compromise their bargain with the super villain.
Also, we get to know how Zoom convinced Jay in killing himself. It was a bit confusing though, but then again, anything that involves a person meeting up with his past self always is. Hopefully, more will be revealed in the future.
Just when The Flash was sucked dry of his powers and transferred to Zoom, the villainous speedster attempted to kill Barry. Caitlin tried to talk Jay out of it and it was successful, but not without Jay escaping – taking Caitlin with him. This makes Zoom even more unstoppable now that The Flash is no longer a speedster.
I’m quite excited for the next episode seeing that this will be a difficult challenge for the team. How do you suppose will they stop Zoom with The Flash powerless? Could it be that Jay (or Hunter) may really have feelings for Caitlin? Who is the person behind the iron mask? Guess we’ll have to find out next week Tuesday at 8pm on The CW.