The Flash season 2 episode 18 finally gave us some long-awaited answers regarding the Zoom mystery, which has been burdening us from the beginning of the season. But sometimes the chase is more fun than the actual catch. So let’s discuss The Flash season 2 episode 18!
One thing The Flash loves doing, is their story parallels. This time we have the origin story of Hunter Zolomon vs the origin story of Barry Allen. His father was also sent to jail for murdering his mother, but his story is obviously a lot different from Barry’s. Hunter’s dad did actually commit the crime, and Hunter didn’t have a loving family to take him in.
I’m a big serial killer fan, so finding out he went on to become a serial killer was pretty interesting. He truly is a psychotic force. But then things start to feel a little off.
So after Barry makes yet another idiotic plan that goes wrong, and Zoom kidnaps Wally, we start to find out a little bit more about what Zoom’s plan was. So he goes back in time to find his time remnant, to convince him to become Jay Garrick. And his time remnant agrees.
What does this mean? That all those Flash/Zoom battles on Earth-2 were all for show, for some elaborate plan to take hope away from people. I mean I like the concept. Create a symbol of hope, only to show that the powers of darkness will always overshadow it. But it’s a little, I don’t know, inefficient. Not that villains always have the best plans, but spending all that time fighting yourself just seems wasteful. And then if it was his plan all along to kill his time remnant, why was Zoom shocked when it happened?
And surely he didn’t just use Jay Garrick as a fake name. Surely the writers wouldn’t take an iconic character and just use him as a plot twist? Zoom did say that Barry wouldn’t believe who was really in the mask, so perhaps it still is the real Jay Garrick (hopefully, please don’t waste that character).
Then there’s the whole stealing Barry’s speed portion of the episode. They have Wally back, but they don’t even try to stop Zoom anymore? Instead of fake giving Zoom Barry’s speed, and just giving him some poison instead, they give a serial killer an infusion of power??? (Oh and Wells, if Hunter has such a recognisable face, how did you not recognise him?).
Now I don’t want to be overly negative, but when you spend so much time setting up big story arcs like this, you would hope for a little better execution. The season isn’t over, and the Zoom arc isn’t over, so they could still pull this off.
I have to say though, Zoom is genuinely a terrifying villain, “You can’t lock up the darkness”. You would think he was the protegé of Darkseid or something. I just hope they don’t bring out the inner humanity in him. I like that he is this emotionless serial killer, devoid of any sense of humanity. If they want to carry on the parallel they should commit to that. Barry has always been a character anchored by love and his humanity, Zoom should be the opposite.
Next week’s episode will have Barry try to be The Flash without any of his powers, should work out well.
Oh and did Barry just visit Supergirl this episode, and not even mention it to anybody else???
Overall The Flash season 2 episode 18 was an interesting episode with the Zoom story moving forward, but not completely satisfying. Hopefully we’ll find out who the man in the mask is very soon…
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