‘Trajectory’ The Flash 2.16 Recap
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Finally returning after a brief break, Flash zooms right back with an all-new, high-powered episode featuring a nightclub, a thieving speedster, and father-daughter moments between Wells and Jesse that elaborate on the strain in their relationship and how different they are. If there’s anything that this episode tells us, it’s that Team Flash is in for some unwelcome surprises, tough decisions, and hard work in the upcoming episodes.
With Barry and Team Flash under continuing stress with regards to Zoom, the consensus is that they need to take a break. And, by (of course) Cisco’s suggestion, they head off to a nightclub to spend a night letting loose and trying to forget, if only for a moment, what they’ve been faced with lately. But, as we’ve learned, happy moments and reprieve never lasts long for Team Flash–their night at the club is cut short by an unwelcome and unexpected interruption — someone’s zooming through the night, stealing cash from everyone in sight, and all evidence points to Barry as the culprit.
Meanwhile, Jesse discovers that the meta-human watch Wells insisted on putting on her (as a condition of her going out with the other members of Team Flash) has a dark message hidden in it. Tensions run high between Wells and Jesse when she confronts her father about it, and she ends up walking out, further straining a relationship that, at best, seems to be held together by a few threads.
Jesse’s an interesting character — even after Wells saves her life by giving her a blood transfusion when she’s injected with pure V9, Jesse wonders about his ultimate intentions. She points out his fatal flaw of being willing to do anything for his daughter, and it brings up a lot of ethical questions we’ve all had about Wells: we’ve seen what he’s been able to do so far; what else is he willing to do to keep Jesse safe?
Iris’s arc takes an interesting turn as her boss, who is intent on running the slanderous story about the Flash being the speedster that’s stealing from everyone, takes her out for coffee to discuss her views. Unfortunately, he’s under the impression they’re on a date where Iris is… not. Iris’s connection with the media has always played an important role in Barry’s alternate identity, and it’ll be interesting to see where this ends up taking her.
The speedster turns out to be one of the better villains on the show — Trajectory, with her ‘my way or the highway’ attitude and her intent to give the Flash a bad rep, relies on the V9 to empower her speed. She’s really annoying personality-wise, but it’s a welcome change to see Barry matched up against someone who not only possesses the same power as he does but also is equally matched (and is also not Zoom). Perhaps most interestingly, she meets a strange and horrifying end, displaying the true power and horror of V9’s use… or misuse.
The episode wraps up with Cisco, who’s been elaborating on and using his abilities even more in this episode, being the one to deliver the bad news about Zoom’s identity to Team Flash — leaving Barry in emotional and mental agony. It’s going to be a long week to see how the rest of Team Flash reacts to this news, but it’s a startling revelation that we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s going to influence how Team Flash moves forward.
The brief hiatus seems to have given new life to The Flash, with episode 16 being interesting, well developed, and leaving us with questions that need to be answered rather than just plodding on and asking the same questions over and over again. Buckle up, everyone — part two of season 2 is going to be a rough ride for everyone involved.