Welcome back, TV lovers! It’s only Megan here this week. We weren’t able to get a post to you last week, so this week I’ve got coverage of two weeks worth of Flash and Arrow. In a two-parter, The Flash went exploring Earth-2 in search of Zoom. On Arrow, Oliver tried to find a way to save his sister and stop a civil war from starting in the League of Assassins, and then went on to win a mayoral debate. Read on for my full thoughts!
The Flash 2×13, “Welcome to Earth-2”
After closing all breaches but the one left at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry, Cisco, and Dr. Wells head to Earth-2, unaware that the breach has destabilized behind them because of an energy surge caused by the closing of the other breaches. So back on our Earth, Caitlin and Jay try to stabilize things, and deal with an earthquake-causing metahuman. Jay also finally explains the true cause of him losing his speed: his use of Velocity-6. On Earth-2, Barry impersonates his doppelgänger, and is attacked by Caitlin and Ronnie’s doubles: Killer Frost and Deathstorm. Cisco tries to help the police stop them and is confronted by his own evil doppelgänger, Reverb, but Zoom shows up, kills Reverb and Deathstorm for trying to harm Barry, and traps Barry along with Wells’ daughter Jesse, presumably leaving Cisco and Dr. Wells to frantically search for them both in next week’s episode. The highlight of this episode was seeing all of the Earth-2 counterparts, including the opportunity for Jesse L. Martin to sing a little (he has been on Broadway, for those of you who don’t know). I’m also even more curious about who Zoom is, now that we’ve seen more of Earth-2, because I get the feeling he isn’t going to be someone completely new (though I might be wrong).
Arrow 4×13, “Sins of the Father”
This week’s episode picked up right where last week’s left off: with Nyssa offering Oliver a cure for Thea, in exchange for him killing Malcolm Merlyn. Thus begins an episode full of Ollie trying to figure out any and all possible ways for him to get the cure without killing either Nyssa or Malcolm. Malcolm, like always, tries to double-cross and he ends up fighting Oliver (who uses some archaic sexist rules to fight in Nyssa’s place). Ollie wins and cuts off Malcolm’s hand with the Demon’s Head ring. Nyssa disbands the League of Assassins and melts down the ring, and Malcolm swears revenge on Oliver. He goes and meets with Darhk and tells him about Ollie’s secret son. Felicity gets sort of a parallel story with her dad appearing, revealing he’s the Calculator, but then she catches him trying to steal from Palmer Tech, and has him arrested. The two plotlines were kind of strangely balanced by having Felicity apologize to the rest of the gang every time she brought up what was happening with her dad, but I think overall it did work to have both in the same episode. Malcolm’s meeting with Darhk also suggests another possibility for who is in the mystery grave we saw earlier in the mid-season premiere: Ollie’s son, or possibly the mother of his son. We knew they were going to be coming back at some point!
The Flash 2×14, “Escape from Earth-2” (Megan)
With Barry secured in a cell, Zoom goes in search of Dr. Wells, who he needs to help him take Barry’s speed. Wells, Cisco, and Earth-2 Barry manage to evade Zoom and meet up with Iris, explaining that the Barry she was with the day before was not her Barry. The gang tracks down Killer Frost and talks her into helping them break into Zoom’s lair, but when Zoom also shows up, it looks like she may have double-crossed them. At the last minute, Killer Frost keeps Zoom frozen so the gang can escape, with the exception of the 3rd mystery prisoner. On Earth-1, Caitlin thinks she may have found a treatment for Jay’s illness with the new Velocity 9, which gives him the speed to stop Geomancer. Wells, Jesse, Barry, and Cisco make it back to Earth-1, and just as the breach is closing behind them, Zoom reaches out, putting a fist through Jay’s chest and pulling him in. This was a solid episode, and the clue from the mystery prisoner saying “Jay” fits some theories I’ve seen suggesting that Zoom is Jay, or maybe the speedster side of Jay, somehow split from him by his use of Velocity. I have the feeling that may be the last we hear of him for a little while, and not just because next week’s episode is titled “King Shark.”
Arrow 4×14, “Code of Silence”
Darhk and his wife meet with Malcolm and other H.I.V.E. leaders to discuss their plans, and Darhk says he will be getting rid of Captain Lance soon. Lance is lured into an empty building, but luckily Laurel is with him and gets him out alive. The team figures out that it’s a group called the Demolition Team, that take down buildings with an acid that weakens them, and they know they’re targeting another building, but they don’t know which. Thea discovers the truth about Ollie’s son, and agrees with him that keeping it a secret is a good idea. Curtis is able to find the Demolition Team’s target on a damaged hard drive, and it’s the building where the mayoral debate is happening. Oliver and company stop the Demolition Team, and Ollie wins the debate against Ruve Adams. After the debate, Darhk is seen bringing Oliver’s son to play with his daughter. At Ollie and Felicity’s engagement party, Curtis present Felicity with a gift that might help her walk again, in time for her wedding. There are also some flashback scenes with Reiter talking about some sort of “ultimate power” being hidden on the island. Thea was particularly strong in this episode, both in her supportive conversation with Ollie about his son, and in a moment of action, as she stays behind to grab the laptop that ends up giving them the location of the next building target. I’m enjoying this new, stronger Thea now that she is free of her blood lust.
What did you think of these latest episodes, Geekettes? Tell us in the comments below!