Wow. That’s pretty much the only reaction after the Tuesday, Nov. 10 episode of “The Flash,” 2×06, “Enter Zoom.” Not only does the team find out why Harry hates Zoom so much, but, only six episodes into the season, Barry faces off with Zoom – and it ends in a way that’s impossible to see coming.
In the span of 72 hours, the Flash goes from thinking he’s gotten through to Dr. Light and she’ll help them catch Zoom to revealing his secret to someone else and trying to bait the other speedster, despite protests that he’s not quite ready and the reason he’s so eager to do this linking back to the fact that he wasn’t the one who stopped the Reverse Flash. Upon learning that Dr. Light was supposed to throw his emblem into a breach when she finished the job – she planned to leave Linda’s body near a breach in hopes that it would trick Zoom into thinking she was dead so she could be free – Barry thought they’d do just that, but only after they had a way to slow him down as well. That’s where Harry comes in, as he has a serum to do just that, and the plan is to shoot him as soon as he comes through the breach. However, when Light escapes – Patty’s right and invisibility is a possibility due to her power – that’s where Linda, who’s eager to help, comes in.
The new plan is to have Linda pretend to be Dr. Light, thanks to the meta leaving her clothes behind and gloves made by Cisco, but it’s slow going for her to figure out how to use them and for the gloves to be at the right power. Still, a bit of time spent in a simulation is not the same thing as the real deal – and this is a very dangerous situation – and Joe is worried that Barry’s pushing Linda – and himself – when she – and he – is just not ready because he’s hoping stopping Zoom is the next best thing since he wasn’t the one who stopped the Reverse Flash. If he’s asking people like Linda to risk their lives, be sure why, Joe advises him. And so Barry reveals he’s the Flash to Linda, because she’s trusting him, so he needs to trust her. Linda’s reaction? “I’ve made out with the Flash.”
When it comes time to put the plan in motion, however, it is just awful, from the dialogue to the fight itself; Cisco says he’ll write better dialogue next time. It all ends up being for nothing because Zoom never shows and an hour later, the worst thing that’s happened is Barry’s foot fell asleep. With nothing happening, Barry admits to Joe he was right that this had to do with the Reverse Flash, but not in the way he thought. He tells him about Wells’ message to him, that he’d never really be happy, and admits there’s been a “void” in him since he didn’t save his mother. Joe argues that he knows Barry better than Wells did because he raised him, he didn’t stalk him. Barry’s responsible for his own happiness, and he needs to think about what he wants, what makes him happy, and go and get it. (At this point, it’s getting to know and kissing Patty.)
However, that happiness can only last so long. Zoom does show up and takes Linda as she’s leaving work, and though Barry saves her when the other speedster drops her off the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs, that’s the only win he gets in this confrontation with Zoom. Though Linda tells him he can’t fight that thing, that he’s a “monster,” Barry still tries – and comes out on the losing side. When Barry throws lightning, Zoom just catches it and throws it right back at him. When Barry tries to best him by taking speed out of the equation – in a free fall fight – Zoom still comes out on top, seemingly breaking Barry’s back and then speeding the Flash around town. First stop, Central City Picture News, to show on camera what he’s done to the city’s hero. “This man is no god,” he declares. “He is nothing.” His next stop is the CCPD, where he easily catches the bullets when the cops shoot at him. “The days of the Flash protecting this city are over,” he says, asking, “Now, what will you do without your precious hero?”
Zoom brings Barry back to S.T.A.R. Labs, where he tells Harry he made a mistake thinking he could defeat him using him. It’s Cisco who finally hits him with the serum, but Zoom still speeds away in the end. As for Barry, he’s healing, thanks to his abilities, but there’s one big problem: he can’t feel his legs.
Meanwhile, flashbacks to Harry’s life on Earth-Two reveal that Robert Queen is the Hood over there (Oliver died on the boat) and his daughter, Jesse Quick, didn’t react too well to what the Flash said about him. A news report interrupted that news bulletin about a metahuman attacking Central City College, and when Harry tried to reach Jesse, he couldn’t and instead saw her phone in the rubble at the scene and heard about a female student being taken as a hostage. So, when, after a few failed attempts and a warning not to try to vibe off him, Cisco is successful and asks him who Jesse is, Harry is just relieved to hear that she’s alive. Joe thinks that Zoom sent him here to kill Barry in exchange for getting his daughter back, but Harry tells him that he came here to get Barry’s help to capture Zoom since he failed on his Earth.
“The Flash” season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 6 “Enter Zoom”?