It’s another great episode tonight on The Flash. The show started with the back history of Hunter Solomon. How he became ZOOM. His childhood history almost the same set up as Barry Allen with one big difference in the family dynamic. While it was Eobard Thawne /Reverse Flash that change the history of The Flash, killing Barry Allen’s mom, it was the abusive loser father, Jay Garrick that kill his wife right in front of his son Hunter Solomon that set his path differently from Barry Allen. Solomon was taken to a sanitized orphanage with only the clothes on his back and the metal helmet from his father. He turned out to be a notorious serial killer. What turned him into Zoom is the night when the particle accelerator exploded while he was receiving aversion shock therapy that turn him into speedster.
Back in the present day, Team Flash is helping Barry Allen to test his new-found tachyon enhanced speed limit. He is now four-time faster than his old self and he beats the speed of Zoom. Happy with the result, Barry wasting no time wanting to travel to Earth -2 to catch Zoom. The team reminded him that all the breaches were closed and there’s no way to get back. Barry insist with the team help, they can certainly find away. Harrison Wells wants nothing to do with that. He warned Barry and the team, nothing good is going to come out of this. Zoom does not care about any one, he and the rest of the team have someone they love and they will get hurt by opening the portal that allow Zoom to cross over. This is a foreboding of we the viewers know very well. But knowing Barry Allen stubbornness, he will do what he wants. He got an idea while spending time with Joe West one night how to go about it. Joe was wondering how a doppelgänger of Wally West is like on Earth -2. The doppelgänger thing reminded Barry of Cisco’s Reverb. Someone with the power tapping into multiverse and open up the portal between two world. He had Cisco try out his vibing power to no avail. He is just not as powerful as his clone from Earth-2. Meanwhile Harrison Wells was concerned about Barry insistence of traveling to Earth-2, he went to Joe West to have him talk Barry out of the idea. Joe told Wells he can’t get through to Barry either, Instead ask Wells to help Barry and travel with Barry to the other side where he had a better chance against Zoom.
The next day Wells hand the Vibe Goggles belongs to Reverb to Cisco (Cisco pick up that Goggles of what’s left of Reverb during his travel to Earth-2 before). He had adjusted the frequency that will work on Earth -1. With the Vibe Goggles, Cisco is able to open up a portal that is right in the lair of Zoom who was quickly alerted and wanted to jump through. Cisco got the cold feet and stop suddenly. Later he told Barry he was comparing himself to Anakin Skywalker. His fear of gaining the same power as his doppelgänger Reverb will turn him into the evil Darth Vader and do harm to the world. Barry assure him that will not happen since he has a team of family surrounding him. While the team getting ready to give it another try, the team all got ready hiding in the time vault while Cisco and Flash getting ready to open the portal again. Zoom wasted no time jumping through. While Cisco quickly scurrying away, Flash lure Zoom for a cat and mouse game. The two speedsters racing around the city, but this time Flash is faster than Zoom. He eventually lure Zoom into STAR Lab obstacle course, setting up life-size posters of Solomon’s Parents, throwing him off before tossing a boot to lock him down. The boot prove to be no challenge to Zoom as he vibrate it off and escape. The foreboding of Wells came through as Zoom took Wally to Earth -2 . He will only release Wally in exchange of Flash speed. Barry Allen had no choice but to surrender his power to Zoom to get Wally back. In the STAR Lab, Wally was let go as Wells getting a speed extract device ready. Flash has to speed up in the running lab to pump all his speed into the device. This will turn Flash back into a normal human. When the device was fully loaded, Zoom wasted no time injected himself with it. Once he got his extra speed he rushed into the running lab to kill off Barry. But Caitlin appeal to his last ounce of human decency to let Barry go. He let Barry live but took Caitlin with him instead.
Whoa! What an episode! The Flash no more. Caitlin got kidnap by a speedster serial killer. Someone smack some sense into the pig-headed Barry Allen! That leads to next week episode 19 titled Back To Normal as we see Barry is without his power, a meta human kidnap Wells thinking he is the Earth-1 Wells demanding him to cure him off his condition. Barry seek out help from Jesse Wells and Wally West corner Joe about The Flash identity. Check out the preview below.