The Flash: “Trajectory” Season 2 Episode 16 Review

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After a month long break, The Flash returned with an episode that really hammed it up. This show has always been some level of corny, but it at least felt intentional. “Trajectory” had an underdeveloped villain with an unexplored mental illness that made things dark only for the sake of doing so. Then, to cap things off, had some major reveals for the main heroes that were handled with blatant cheese.

We’ve heard Barry complain about not being fast enough before, but this theme has gotten a tad frustrating. Zoom and Reverse-Flash are very different big bads, but they require the same effort from the Flash at the moment. That’s blatantly boring. Thankfully, the episode lights up a little right in the beginning with all the younger characters hitting a club. But their night on the dance floor is interrupted by Trajectory, a new speedster on the town people are mistaking as the Flash.

Too bad we’ve seen Barry face another speedster repeatedly throughout both seasons of the show. Trajectory isn’t as interesting as Zoom or Reverse-Flash, just a potential sufferer of multiple personality disorder who steals Caitlin’s speed formula, the V9. Barry gets a little whiney about not being fast enough to beat her, they have a scuffle, he beats her, the works. But just when we think things are over, the show reveals the real reason they brought on another speedster. Taking the V9 to get away from Flash, Trajectory’s lightning turns blue, like Zooms. But then she disintegrates. With seven episodes to go, The Flash is introducing a potential way to beat Zoom, just delivering another one-note villain to do so.

As Wells deciphers, this must mean that Zoom is dying. This leads the team to start question Jay. Cisco vibes and sees Zoom take off his mask, revealing Jay. Then we get that awful tracking shot of all their reactions, following by Barry’s Revenge of the Sith-style angry cry. Yikes, didn’t realize The Flash was capable of falling this flat. It’s also annoying that the team doesn’t know the full story. Zoom threw down the dead body of the Jay they knew, meaning that he’s a different Jay. So this forced drama over something that isn’t actually true is just really frustrating.

This episode also featured subplots involving Iris and Wells. Iris’ had her once again fighting for the Flash’s public persona and ended up dipping into her romantic life. The former was repetitive and the latter was inconsequential. Wells’ fared a bit better, as he dealt with the real consequences of his actions as a father. With Jesse running away, this subplot avoided the wishy-washy ending of Iris’. But it was also the only consistently solid piece of this episode.

Despite that, “Trajectory” has to rank among the worst episodes of the season. Featuring shallow plot advancement, repetitive character arcs, and poorly executed melodrama, The Flash was in rare form this week. Hopefully it can rid itself of these issues in the weeks to come. Grade: C-

By Matt Dougherty

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