‘Flash Back’ The Flash 2.17 Recap
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Sometimes the only way to move forward is to revisit the things in your past that were holding you back.
Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, appropriately titled “Flash Back,” has Barry traveling back in time to try and solve the ever-elusive mystery of Zoom. With the newly revealed identity of The Flash’s nemesis hanging over all of their heads, Barry and Team Flash are more determined than ever to figure out what’s going on. Barry is extremely bitter over being duped twice and refuses to let it happen again. Despite the risks, he heads back in time and is confronted (literally, in person) with his past but has to be careful to not to make any large mistakes regarding who he really is.
This episode really hits the nostalgia hard. While all of our favorite characters are present, the presence of some throws a wrench into an already bizarre episode: Eddie is there, looking well and happy. His presence in this episode was foreshadowed in a conversation that Iris had with Barry earlier in the episode, regarding how she missed Eddie, and Barry’s interactions in the future with Eddie tug at the heartstrings. This is especially prominent near the end of the episode, as it was mentioned earlier that Iris missed Eddie, and Barry took time out of his mission to record a message from Eddie for her. It’s incredibly sweet and one of the best moments of the episode, when Barry shows her that video.
Barry’s awkwardness around the members of Year-Ago Team Flash and his inability to keep his hostile attitude towards Wells a secret is only the beginning of everything falling apart in this episode. Cisco, as usual, is hilarious when confronted with two Flashes, and while Wells is initially hostile towards Future!Barry, in the interest of not totally ruining the future he agrees to help Barry with his quest to become faster.
The Villain-of-the-Week theme is sort of suspended this week because of the nature of everything else that’s going on in the episode. An old foe makes a reappearance (and subsequently has his role changed when Barry returns from the future), but there’s a Time Wraith (lovingly referred to as a dementor due to its…well, dementor-like appearance), and the story functions nicely without a main villain taking up a large part of the story. We’re focusing now more on Jay and Zoom, Barry getting his speed up, and what Team Flash is going to do to bring down Zoom, even while the knowledge of who exactly he is hangs over them.