‘Invincible’ Flash 2.22 Recap
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As we near the season finale of Flash, fear seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Except Barry, of course, whose natural optimism doesn’t go unnoticed by his friends at Star Labs and his family–so much so that it needs to be mentioned to Barry, in a sort of reiteration of what happened in last week’s episode. But there’s certainly cause for celebration this week: Caitlin Snow has reappeared from Zoom’s clutches, and while physically she appears to be fine, mentally, there’s definitely a toll that being Zoom’s prisoner has taken on her.
There are two characters that continue to work their way into prominence in the show: Jesse and Wally. Jesse seems more convinced than ever that she’s been influenced by the particle accelerator while Wally remains none the wiser, still only wishing to help the Flash and the people of the city in any way he can. For both Jesse and Wally, it’s clear there’s something bigger being set up for them, but what’s unclear is when exactly we’re going to get around to seeing that onscreen.
With mischievous metahumans running around and attacking the city, there’s one face that stands out in the crowd: formerly Laurel Lance of Arrow, but not really–just taking her face and acting as her doppelganger. This ‘Laurel’ is Black Siren, and she’s bad news for Barry. She takes the role of standout villain of the week.
Cisco continues to vibe, but this time what he sees is a little different than what he normally gets in these visions: dead birds.
Dead birds are commonly associated with things going wrong in the world, and as the episode continues (fitting in with the looming season finale), it becomes clear that Cisco is seeing something big and bad that’s coming, and the dead birds are only a part of it. In truly Cisco fashion, he demands of someone to tell him that he did not just see the end of the world, but that’s what it’s looking like: Cisco’s perhaps just given Team Flash the closest thing to a warning they’re ever going to get.
The episode reaches ahead when Zoom interrupts what was going to be a lovely family/friends dinner and steals away with Barry’s dad, causing Barry to break his carefully crafted cover in front of perhaps the only person in the room who didn’t know he was the Flash: Wally. And Zoom, while he usually likes to draw things out and be incredibly dramatic about….everything, gets straight to the heart of it while he has Barry right where he wants him: in his childhood home. His intent?
To make Barry suffer.
Coming off an emotionally weighted episode last week, the end of Invincible is heartwrenching.
With the end of the world (apparently) looming and Barry reeling from yet another person ripped from his life, the plot only seems to thicken for our heroes (and superheroes) as we head into the finale. As usual, Flash continues to please and thrill, throwing new scenarios at us without boring or overwhelming viewers. It’s been mentioned before, but everyone, we’ve gotta hold on tight. This season finale is going to be a doozy.