The Flash: Enter Zoom Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

“Enter Zoom” was mostly a comedic hour that spent most of its time setting up for the final fifteen minutes of the episode.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This episode was saved by the appearance of Barry’s season foe, Zoom. The other-world speedster elevated the episode so much that the rest of the episode was forgettable. For the most part, “Enter Zoom” was Team Flash trying to figure out how to lure Zoom to Earth. As a result, a majority of the episode was spent in anticipation for the speedster’s arrival. It didn’t disappoint.

For the first time, Barry came face to face with Zoom. Up until now, Zoom has been a figure that has been largely heard of but not seen. His character is so much different from Eobard Thawne’s Reverse-Flash. Barry and Eobard’s feud was so deeply personal it paired nicely with character work. Eobard’s motivation was his hate for Barry. Right now Zoom’s motivation is unclear, except that he wants to be the only speedster in all universes. By default Barry is a target.

Since he wants to be the only speedster, he’s coming across as a cutthroat killer. The moment he caught the lightning and threw it back at Barry was the coolest moment the show has ever produced. And watching him run around town showing off Barry, who was hanging there limp, like a trophy, was absolutely chilling.

Linda training to impersonate Dr. Light was easily the comedic highlight of the episode. The pacing of scene was so well done. Cisco having cardboard cutouts of Team Flash alone was enough to make it hilarious.

Wells and his motives for helping Team Flash were further explained. In the previous episode, there was a short glimpse of Zoom holding Dr. Wells’ daughter, Jesse Quick. Since she was the only one taken at the college and what’s known from her comic counterpart, she’s a speedster. Wells wants his daughter back and is using Team Flash to help him do so. And why is Wells so afraid of Cisco “vibing” on him? There’s something else going on with him.

There were a few moments where the episode felt like it was spinning its wheels. For example Joe, not once but twice, told Barry he was against the plan. This is one of the few times in the series where Joe was annoying. He’s the moral center on the show so it’s not surprising that his voice is repeatedly heard, but once was enough. It took too much screen time. Of course he was right in the end, it was a bad idea considering Barry’s now, temporarily, paralyzed.

This is the second episode in a row where Earth-2 was heavily featured. Just to show how different Earth-2 is, they killed off Oliver Queen. In that Earth, the Green Arrow was unmasked and revealed to be Robert Queen, not Oliver. In that same news report, they said the Queen’s Gambit did sink, just like our Earth, but the casualty was Oliver, not his father. That was a great twist. It reminds me of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox where Thomas Wayne, not Bruce Wayne was Batman.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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