‘Rupture’ Flash 2.20 Recap
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‘Rupture’ starts off with Flash coming back. In a way. With Barry’s obvious absence of powers Team Flash has to figure out some way to get the speedster back onto the streets, keeping citizens safe. But without his speed Barry obviously can’t do that in person, so we get one of the next best things: Barry as a hologram.
It seems to work—temporarily, of course. Wells, being the ray of sunshine he is, makes a point of saying it won’t always be like that, that it won’t last, and that they have to get Barry his powers back. Barry seems to be lost without a way to protect people and handle threats to the city, but it’s obvious from the tone of the episode we’re not going to have to wait much longer to see if Barry gets back a part of him that’s been the sole focus of his life; Wells, a huge proponent of the particle accelerator, asserts that he can make it work this time.
Meanwhile, eyebrows everywhere raised as we all tried to figure out whether or not we believed him or not.
Zoom is obviously still the largest threat, and not only because he’s Zoom but also because he still has Caitlin Snow with him. Incidentally, Caitlin seems to be able to speak just a little bit of reason to Zoom, playing the compassionate one and begging Zoom not to hurt anyone in the police station he takes over. The threat of Zoom is overarching and continues to loom over Team Flash as a whole not only because of his immense power, but now that Barry’s out of the picture as a speedster the threat is even more real.
Barry’s somber mood throughout the entire episode reflects his nature, his ultimate desire to help people. A touching moment between him and Iris leaves their future hanging in the balance, as Iris finally (FINALLY) confesses to Barry her thoughts about them together. This, of course, happens right before Barry enters the particle accelerator.
With the assistance of an ardent Wells, they attempt to recreate the scene that gave Barry his powers in the first place, but of course, this isn’t without consequence: Jesse and Wally, who were quarantined to keep them safe from the particle accelerator by Wells and Joe, are also caught up in the excitement, but of course we’re left with a cliffhanger. We are left with a horrible, horrible question: what happened to Barry? The emotional toll it takes on each of the characters hits hard and immediate–Cisco, in particular, steals the scene with his emotional reaction to Barry’s sudden disappearance. It should definitely be noted that Cisco, one of the funniest characters on the show, can completely steal a scene. It’s great to see the character getting some more face time (and hilarious one-liners).
With only three episodes left, Flash continues to surprise with its intensity, heartfelt moments, and bonded characters. The season finale is looming in the distance, but three episodes is ample time to completely throw viewers for a loop, and perhaps we should start adhering to the old adage, a favourite of TV shows everywhere: expect the unexpected.