The Flash will begin another break this week, and fans expecting to see Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) battle Zoom (Teddy Sears) will have to wait until Tuesday, April 19, 2016, for Episode 18 of Season 2 to air. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, The Flash has gone on numerous breaks in recent months. While the Christmas and winter breaks are to be expected, this one is a bit of a head-scratcher. After returning for only two episodes, loyal fans of The Flash are now being asked to wait another few weeks for the next episode.
As seen in Episode 17, entitled “Flash Back,” Barry traveled back in time in order to get Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to help him get faster. Since the Earth-1 version of Wells was actually revealed to be Eobard Thawne in Season 1, Barry was in extreme danger in asking for his help. Wells quickly figured out that Barry was from the future and imprisoned him in his secret room. After much discussion, Wells realized that the future and imprisoned version of Barry was no use to him. Barry lied and claimed that Wells would eventually be returned to his future timeline. In order to prevent Wells from killing him, Barry claimed that he left specific instructions to his past self on how to defeat Wells.
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Wells reluctantly agreed to allow Barry to live, and he even provided instructions on how to maximize the speed force. While Barry was not shown at the end of “Flash Back” actually practicing his speed, he does appear in a recent Supergirl episode with a device on his chest, as reported by Deadline.
Episode 18, entitled “Versus Zoom,” is going to have Barry taking on a familiar foe. Just like in Season 1, Barry is going to be fighting an enemy that he once respected and trusted. While Zoom looks like Jay Garrick, the character’s name is actually Hunter Zolomon. Whether or not the Jay that Barry and his friends knew was Zolomon or a different version of Jay Garrick from Earth-1 or Earth-2 remains to be seen, but the fact is it looks exactly like his former friend.
The trailer shows a confident and apparently faster Barry. It also gives some insight into who exactly Zolomon is. As expected, Zoloman was not a model citizen before he gained his powers. He was a convicted serial killer that was on the electric chair when the particle accelerator exploded. While the Reverse-Flash was an excellent villain, Zoom has already proven to be more gruesome. The Reverse-Flash committed murders in Season 1, but his main goal was to always return to his own timeline. Zoom’s main goal is to become the fastest man alive. He has also committed numerous murders for no other reason than his own pleasure.
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Recently speaking to Entertainment, Gustin explains the pain that Barry is facing by once again being betrayed by a familiar face.
“It’s betrayal and disappointment in himself. Because it’s almost like he’s been through this before, and he can’t believe he let himself go through it again.”
While there is still a chance that the Jay that Barry knew was actually a friend, the Wells that he knew in Season 1 was his enemy. In working with Barry to increase his speed, Wells was working towards his own goals the entire time. While Jay mysteriously disappeared in certain episodes when Zoom was attacking, there is still no actual evidence that it is the same person. In Jay’s last apparent scene, he was murdered by Zoom and pulled back into Earth-2. While this could have been an elaborate scheme by Zoom to fool Barry and his team, there is a real chance that Jay is innocent in all of this.
With only a few episodes left in Season 2 of The Flash, things are going to start getting interesting. Zoom has appeared indestructible in the past, but Barry and the rest of his team are likely to finally find a way to defeat him. How this happens remains to be seen, but there could be a few casualties along the way.
Season 2 Episode 18 of The Flash, entitled “Versus Zoom,” will air Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
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