The CW’s The Flash Rupture TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 2, Episode 20: Rupture was probably one of the most darkest and brutal we’ve seen this season. Zoom (Teddy Sears) evolved into much more frightening villains that Team Flash has ever fought, and it had Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) make a difficult choice that may endanger his life in order to save Central City from the sinister speedster. This week’s installment really raised the stakes for the season as we inch closer to this season’s closer.
We left off with Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) planning to redo the particle accelerator explosion in order to get Barry his abilities back. However, Barry felt unsure if this was the best option for him and it’s understandable. The first time this happened, Barry got his speed but it also created a bunch of dangerous metahumans in the process. Barry knows that if this doesn’t work, there will be consequences, which is something Wells doesn’t seem to comprehend.
This was a really hard decision to leave on Barry’s shoulders, so it fell onto all three of his father figures to help him decide what the best option would be. This was the perfect way to bring back Barry’s father Henry (John Wesley Shipp) after his long absence this season. It was great to see both father and son reunited this week, especially having Henry interact with both Wells and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). However, there was some tension having both Henry and Wells argue over what Barry should do. Henry didn’t seem too happy about the kind of pressure Wells has put onto his son. Joe played it all neutral, allowing Barry to make the decision on his own and supporting whatever he decided, which was a great thing that any father would do for his child.
We also saw a bit of a development between Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) as she finally confronted her feelings for him. Their chemistry in the episode was undeniably strong, especially coming off of these past few episodes where it took a little bit of time for Iris to come back to the team and admit her true feelings for Barry. The interaction between Gustin and Patton was the strongest we’ve seen from the two of them since their Earth-2 encounter.
One of the biggest shockers was how much trouble Zoom caused after Barry ended up not going through with Wells’ plans, revealing the consequences of doing nothing. By not doing anything, Barry allowed Zoom to take down a bunch of CCPD officers on live TV. It was such an amazing yet brutal scene getting to see Zoom murdering all those officers at maximum speed. This really showed us how much dangerous Zoom is and how unstable he can be when things don’t go his way. It pretty much confirms what Zoom is capable of and proving that he is a terrifying villain for the team to deal with. Seeing Zoom go through with killing innocent people was tough to watch, but it did force Barry to make the final decision to go through with Wells’ idea.
This week’s episode was also a pretty big one for Cisco (Carlos Valdes) as part of the hour also dealt with him and his powers. Cisco reunited with his brother Dante (Nicholas Gonzalez) after getting a vibe on him. It all turned out that Dante’s evil Earth-2 counterpart who calls himself Rupture is out for revenge for the murder of Cisco’s doppelganger Reverb. Dante’s evil persona was a really cool villain to see…for a while. His costume was impressive, but he came out to be more like Zoom due to him changing his voice. Having a distorted voice works on Zoom because it makes him more menacing, but having it on Dante didn’t work in his favor. It was even weird seeing the two of them talk in their distorted voices, making it the only flaw in Rupture’s development as a villain.
Even though the episode was pretty dark, it wasn’t afraid to put in some humor as well. After some great family drama between the Ramons, Cisco managed to have some funny moments. In one of the most dramatic final moments of the episode, we got to see Cisco go all Harry Potter at the scene on the roof. The last big shocker was seeing Barry get vaporized after the particle accelerator got through his system. We’re pretty sure this isn’t the last we see of Barry, but it will be interesting to see how that explosion affected both Jesse (Violett Beane) and Wally West (Keiynon Loinsdale). It could be fun to see them turn into speedsters as well, but it would’ve been nice to see some more development from them before giving them powers. Perhaps next week’s episode will leave some concern but also some new exciting things to come.
‘Rupture’ was a very powerful and emotional episode from start to finish. This week’s installment took advantage of Barry’s powerless state as it pushed him to make a very difficult decision that will leave an impact on the team. We also had some great interactions with three of Barry’s father figures and with Iris. Even Cisco had his share of some great moments in his storyline. With only three episodes left, the real test begins, as Team Flash must face their most powerful and terrifying adversary yet.
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