Zoom is a little intimidating.
Hot damn. Maybe that's putting it mildly. On The Flash Season 2 Episode 6, Barry and friends had their first encounters with the lizardly looking bad guy, and there is no doubt that Zoom (whoever the hell he is) makes the Reverse Flash look like child's play.
Thank goodness the last ten minutes were filled with Zoomy goodness, because the remainder of the hour was kind of ho-hum.
Was I the only one who thought for sure Linda was going to be a goner once Zoom got ahold of her since Barry revealed to her he was The Flash? It was truly surprising she lived to talk about it.
It was kind of cute that she helped out and did all of the Dr. Light stuff, but it felt like it dragged on for far too long and lost the entertainment value about halfway through. Bonding with Iris, however, remains a solid byproduct of her encounter with Light, and Iris continues to impress.
Yes, Patty and Barry have some chemistry, but that started to grate just a bit with her constant need to talk about their kiss. Really? You're grown ups, not teenagers who just met at the junior high school dance. If she wanted to know what was up with Joe, she should have asked him that first and not confessed to a kiss like a love-struck tween.
Now. Back to Zoom and Harry and the good stuff.
It makes sense that the Flash Team wouldn't trust Harry, but gosh Cisco would make a terrible spy. He was like a 300 pound gorilla knocking around a bunch of kittens trying to get a vibe on Harry. But he did, and it was very complete.
What's odd is that the preview for The Flash Season 2 Episode 7 skips off into Grodd and Barry in a wheelchair. Does Harry have a reason to stick around after "Enter Zoom" if he thinks he can't capture Zoom with Barry's help? What's his next step in trying to save his daughter?
He may not have a trusted gang of physicists and cops on his side at STAR Labs like he could have here, so maybe he'll want their help after all. Or not. Guess we'll find out soon enough.
The fight scene with Zoom was over the top. He made sure he dragged half-dead Barry all around Central City to show off his mutilated prey. I loved that slow-motion shot of The Flash hanging by his side as Zoom zoomed through the streets. The dude is terrifying. It really seems like there is nothing that can bring him down.
Except whatever Cisco shot at him before he fled for the very last time.
What was that? Was it the same thing they were using out in the field, but Zoom was so preoccupied with showing off half-dead Barry that he wasn't paying attention to possible projectiles coming his way, and Cisco got in a good shot? Whatever it was, it sure didn't stop him, but it seemed to annoy him enough to run away.
While I'm still of a mind to believe Zoom is Earth 2's Barry, I'm not so sure he knows Barry is The Flash. My reasoning is that he didn't know why Harry went to Earth 1, nor did he unmask The Flash when dragging him around Central City. Something tells me that if he knew who was under that mask, he'd uncover the face, making it very personal.
However, Zoom did know exactly where all of the locations were to take The Flash to show him off, and how or why would he know that if he hadn't been paying really close attention beforehand? So if he doesn't know, it will likely come down to a suspension of disbelief, because he should know given everything else he does.
And if he does know, and he is Earth 2's Barry, he should have unmasked The Flash. So maybe it's not him. One person we know is not Zoom. Oliver Queen. Oliver is dead, and Robert Queen is the Arrow. I really like listening to Earth 2 stuff by way of Harry!
Finally, is anyone really worried about Barry being paralyzed? It's not going to last long. We've already seen a photo from the crossover event from Dec. 1. No wheelchair! Ah well. He'll be in one for a while, as everyone goes after Grodd, who will probably be Patty's dream meta come true!
What did you guys think of "Enter Zoom"? Was it a little light or just right? Is Zoom the baddist villain to hit Central City yet? Hit the comments to chat about it.
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