Episode Title: “Running to Stand Still”
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen
Its Christmas time in Central City but Barry and friends are not finding a lot of time for cheer. As the episode opens The Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre) returns and busts Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the Trickster (Mark Hamill) out of prison for the express purpose of killing the Flash. While the Trickster is down with the plan, Cold is rather icy on the idea (ha ha ha). He even goes so far as to show up at Barry’s house to warn him although he refuses to help the Flash stop the criminals.
Disguised as Santa Claus, The Trickster gives out 100 wrapped presents to children all over the city, each containing a bomb. The Weather Wizard gives Flash a choice…stand there and let the villains kill him, or else they detonate the bombs all over the city and kill a hundred families.
Elsewhere, we see Harrison Wells of Earth-2 meet with Zoom who gives him an ultimatum…Help him steal the Flash’s speed or else he will never see his daughter again. And the West family is thrown for a loop when Wally West, the son that Joe never knew he had, shows up on his doorstep on Christmas Eve.
Well…that was a bit of a dark episode of The Flash. Sure, the threat was averted but killing a hundred families on Christmas Eve is a little bleak. I’m not sure of the science behind the way they stopped the bombs but I guess I won’t nitpick considering it’s a show about a guy who can run fast enough to go back in time. Still, the resolution to the crisis did have a Deus ex Machina feel to it. And how many were hoping that Captain Cold would rescue The Flash as we head into the January debut of Legends of Tomorrow? So now we know why Zoom is sending villains from Earth-2 against the Flash leaving the main mystery being that of Zoom’s identity. I have a couple of theories but will keep them to myself for now.
Wally West arriving as the episode closed will begin a lot of speculation especially since he is a full grown adult. But I have to say I am not big on the whole superhero sidekick thing so I hope we do not see Kid Flash in the near future.