The Flash: “The Trap” Season 1 Episode 20 Review

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After 19 episodes, The Flash is finally ready to pit our heroes against Harrison Wells.

Every main character with the exception of Iris is aware of the fact that Wells is the Reverse-Flash and they’re ready to make a move. It may have taken longer than it needed to, but The Flash has entered its season one endgame.

We pick up right where we left off in Wells’ secret time chamber. After a telling glimpse into the future, we got an early sign at how tense of an episode this would be with Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco barely getting out before Wells came by.

From there, in a very comic book-y move, the team develops a device that will allow Cisco to lucid dream and figure out just what happened in an alternate timeline. The way we got here was a little clunky, with Barry finally just admitting that he already time traveled after that whole brouhaha Wells spat at him about the space-time continuum a while back. It was a pretty big jump for Barry to figure out that Cisco’s nightmares were part of the alternate timeline he failed to save from a tidal wave. But Cisco lucid dreaming was really fun, mostly because Carlos Valdes is such a great comedic actor.

Between the lucid dreaming and the titular trap, there was a lot of Iris and Eddie drama. Eddie wants to propose, but Joe thinks its a bad idea (awkward). So Eddie goes and talks to Barry to ask him to go talk to Joe. It was a lot of talking about things that didn’t pertain to Eobard Thawne that interrupted the episodes flow just as it was building to its climax.

Luckily, the team’s set up for Wells was perhaps the most intense scene the show has ever done. Having seen it go so poorly for Cisco in “Out of Time” lent a lot of tension to the scene. But Barry and Joe are ready. Once they get something close to a confession out of Wells, and he raises his hand to murder Cisco, Joe comes out firing and seemingly kills Wells. But these guys weren’t the only one prepared for the trap, as who we thought to be Wells reverts back into Everyman, the shape-shifter from last week.

Instead, Wells promises Barry and company that their showdown is coming. He kidnaps Eddie before he gets the chance to propose to Iris, telling him he needs to stay alive because he is the ancestor of Eobard Thawne, Wells’ true name.

So now, the stage is set for the final three episodes, where Flash and Reverse-Flash will inevitably face off. The episode was clunky in a lot of places, but hit the home runs where the counted most. With everyone’s cards on the table, it’ll be great to see how things end. Grade: B+


Some Other Thought Bubbles:

– Iris apparently learned Flash’s identity tonight because he shocked her. Good episode otherwise, but this was just downright dumb.

– I’m most excited to see what Tom Cavanagh does with the Reverse-Flash now that the cat is out of the bag.

– I know the hero gets the girl and all that, but wasn’t the opening look at the future kind of a spoiler for what I guess would be season ten of The Flash?

– Gideo, Well’s super computer, got cut off just before she could say the Flash was the founding member of something. So just how many years are we away from the Justice League show I’ve been dreaming about?

– Grodd next week!


By Matt Dougherty

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