The Flash, S2 Ep05 – The Darkness and the Light

Last week’s episode of The Flash concluded with Earth-2 Harrison Wells revealing himself to Barry after saving him and Patty Spivot from King Shark. “The Darkness and the Light” picks up right where “The Fury of Firestorm” left off, as Earth-2 Dr. Wells introduces himself to the rest of Team Flash. As the episode progresses we learn that while this Wells is very different from the one we were introduced to last season, he does share some common elements with his predecessor. Meanwhile, a new villain from Earth-2 makes her way to Central City by order of Zoom, and her Earth-1 doppleganger is someone with close ties to Barry.

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Jay Garrick needs his speed back

Much of “The Darkness and the Light” deals with Team Flash having to find a way to trust Earth-2 Harrison Wells. It’s definitely not easy as the last Wells they knew turned out to be the Reverse-Flash. Adding fire to the flame is Jay Garrick, who doesn’t trust Wells. Garrick states that not only did Wells spend years denying his particle accelerator accident created the meta-humans, including Zoom, but he tried to profit off it. As we learn more about Wells, we do get a sense that he does want to help Team Flash take down Zoom. That being said, Team Flash doesn’t seem to enjoy working with him and his abrasive attitude, especially Cisco, who says it best when he states, “our Dr. Wells may have been evil, but you’re just a dick.”

The new meta-human sent by Zoom is Dr. Light. In the comics, Dr. Light’s real name is Kimiyo Yoshi, but when she is eventually unmasked we find out this version of the character is Linda Park from Earth-2, a dopppelganger of Barry’s ex-girlfriend. This was definitely surprising since I was expecting to see someone else entirely under that mask. With the knowledge of her doppelganger revealed to her, Dr. Light sets out on killing Earth-1 Linda Park. Unfortunately for Team Flash she does this while Barry is recovering from being blinded by her. Jay Garrick doesn’t do much to help during the situation without his speed, but Iris is at least able to shoot the helmet off Dr. Light’s head.

Jay Garrick and Harrison Wells continue to butt heads throughout the episode. The animosity they have for each other was one of the more intriguing elements of this week’s episode. Jay is convinced Wells is untrustworthy and disagrees with his methods of taking down certain meta-humans. Wells calls Jay a coward who is afraid of Zoom and is convinced Barry is the better speedster. Their arguments eventually lead to a fist fight in S.T.A.R. Labs that Barry has to break up. Eventually they are able to work together alongside Team Flash and assist in Barry taking out Dr. Light. Wells even serves as the driving force in Barry learning how to create “speed mirages”, which he uses to defeat Dr. Light.

A welcome game-changer for the series was the reveal that Cisco is a meta-human. We all already knew this, but it’s good to see that the rest of the team now knows as well and will be able to harness his ability and find more meta-humans from Earth-2 in the future. That being said, it was messed up that Wells outed him to his friends. I’m sure Cisco would have said something eventually. With his powers now revealed Cisco has taken up the name Vibe. You know, because he gets vibes. Now let’s see if he gets a costume.

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Hey, that’s Hawkgirl!

“The Darkness and the Light” actually had a lot of humorous moments, whether they be from Cisco hitting on Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee), a.k.a. soon-to-be-revealed Hawkgirl, in the coffee shop, or a blinded Barry attempting to go on a date with Patty Spivot. The “blind date”, which involved Cisco serving as Barry’s eyes through a pair of sunglasses made for some good laughs and brought out a lot more chemistry between Barry and Spivot.

“The Darkness and the Light” ended on a hopeful note as Barry displays confidence that he will be able to take down Zoom, with the help of his friends and Earth-2 Harrison Wells. Unfortunately, Jay Garrick doesn’t approve of Barry jumping right into trying to take down Zoom, knowing how much of a menacing force Zoom is. In turn, Garrick quits the team stating he can’t in good conscience help Barry knowing Barry may end up losing his speed or worse. That being said, Barry seemed confident Jay will return to their side and I’m pretty sure he will, too. Hopefully, he get his speed back as well.

The stinger scene for this episode revealed the true reason Earth-2 Harrison Wells is so determined to take down Zoom: Zoom has captured Wells’ daughter. I’m sure the fact that he has decided to keep this information from Team Flash may backfire on them eventually.

Overall, “The Darkness and the Light” was a good episode filled with some fun action, humor, and compelling character moments. We got to learn a lot about Earth-2 Harrison Wells, who may share some common traits with Earth-1 Wells, but is ultimately a very different character in many ways. We also got to delve deeper into Jay Garrick’s character as we see how afraid he is of Zoom and doesn’t want Barry to make the same mistakes he made. The reveal of Dr. Light being Linda Park was surprising, and the brief introduction of Hawkgirl was good to see as it shows we are getting closer to seeing all of the characters that will be a part of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Next week’s episode will see Team Flash attempt to lure Zoom by using Linda Park as bait. Although, it seems everything won’t go according to plan. Check out the trailer for “Enter Zoom” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “The Darkness and the Light” in the comments.