The Flash: The Trap Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

After a few episodes of the series stalling, the ending of “Who is Harrison Wells?” was a clear indication they wouldn’t be stuck for long. “The Trap” was a ball of high-speed fun that turned into one of the series’ best episodes. (Is it bad that I kept repeating, “It’s a trap!” in my head?)

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

“The Trap” was one big plot dump on the viewer. At times it was information overload, which isn’t a negative. The first five minutes alone was enough information to last an entire episode between Gideon’s origins, Iris and Barry marrying, and Barry being the founding member of…I’m going to go ahead and say the JLA. I couldn’t believe how much was being thrown at the characters and the audience. If I felt overwhelmed, I could only imagine what the characters would feel like. Yes, I know fictional, but still.

Doing away with the “metahuman of the week” was beneficial. It allowed the series to dive head first into the young series’ mythology. This paid off in a big way as it became one of the best episodes to date.

Tom Cavanaugh consistently crushes it week after week, but he took it to another level in “The Trap.” My only fear is that since he’s only the body Eobard Thawne chose to inhabit, he will eventually leave the show. I could eventually see it becoming a Fringe situation where he would body hop like the shape shifters. Or as the series progresses, Barry begins to fight Eobard in his original body.

I felt like such an idiot that I didn’t see the Everyman twist coming. It was so perfect and was just staring you right in the face.

Cisco’s dream sequence was a little odd, but it gave some much needed humorous moments. For The Flash, the episode was quite tense so to watch Joe having some fun at Cisco’s condition was a nice tension breaker. I still don’t get why he remembers another timeline, but I guess I’ll just let that one go for now. Eventually they are going to have to address it because time travel is going to be important moving forward and they need to set some basic ground rules.

The series laid their cards on the table as for where it’s going with Iris and Barry. I know that’s comic book canon, so it shouldn’t be that shocking. My only quibble is that right now, I don’t see it. I see more chemistry between Barry and Caitlin. I know that’s not the endgame and that’s something I’m going to have to accept. There are rare bright spots for Iris, like in the flashback when she was talking to unconscious Barry. That was a nice moment for her. And, she thinks she figured out Barry is The Flash.

It would be such a crazy twist if Barry encouraged Eddie and Iris to get married. He knows that they eventually get married and Eobard is a descendant of Eddie. So a way to erase Eobard’s existence would be to have Iris marry Eddie. Killing Eddie would be entirely too dark for The Flash, so I could envision them going with the melodrama of her having to marry another man.

Poor Eddie. He’s just an innocent bystander in the crazy world around him. In this episode alone, Joe denies him a blessing, he has a botched proposal, then his relative kidnaps and reveals himself. It would’ve been a great twist if it were revealed Eddie was somehow working with Eobard. If the show goes down an evil Eddie route, it’s highly probable that they end up aligning.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. TonyMay 5th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I’m ready to be done with the romance drama, and I can see that being the pivoting event to drive Eddie into “full evil and get even with the flash” mode when he feels Flash steals his girl. As a detective, this would be pretty silly in real life to suddenly become one of the people he typically arrests over a girl he wasn’t even married to, but it’s TV and his great grandson is evil so why not?

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