‘Back to Normal’ Flash 2.19 Recap
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With the disappearance of one of Team Flash’s own, “Back to Normal” starts off on a somber tone as the team struggles with figuring out how to rescue Caitlin from Zoom. Barry Allen, now without his speed, has to come to terms with being normal again in the light of not only Caitlin’s disappearance but Wells’ kidnapping later in the episode.
Caitlin in the clutches of Zoom only serves to heighten the tensions in the episode as she comes face-to-face with her doppelgänger, Killer Frost. Together they devise a plan to escape from Zoom’s clutches, and while some sort of camaraderie seems to happen, there’s underlying tones of malice that come from Killer Frost.
Well, more malicious than usual.
As Wells locates and reunites with Jesse, tensions run high. Jesse makes it very clear that she doesn’t want anything to do with Wells and she doesn’t want anything to do with the world that he’s so involved in. But when her father goes missing, Jesse is quick to help, assisting the remaining members of Team Flash with a plan to rescue her father from Griffin Grey.
Without his speed, Barry is helpless to do anything except sit and watch as crime happens around Central City, and one of those crimes involves Wells on his way back from trying to convince Jesse to return with him. It’s a true testament to Barry’s character that he is adamant about helping, even when he doesn’t have speed to aid him. Despite the fact that they are able to save Wells, the fate of Caitlin still hangs in the balance and Barry is all too aware of this. But Wells has a solution that he says will give Barry his powers back: his plan is to create another particle accelerator explosion.
The Flash continues to be one of the most interesting and well-done superhero shows on TV. While there are always filler episodes and episodes that sometimes leave us with more questions than answers, the show remains intriguing and continues to develop relationships between characters, to explore family dynamics and values, and to introduce us to new characters, worlds, and heroes. All in all, Flash continues to hit the mark—with the season finale looming on the horizon, and big changes coming back for Team Flash, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a long summer as we wait for its return.
Also, Cisco had a pretty punny line in this episode that I just have to mention:
“Jesse, gonna need some of that quick thinking of yours.”