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TV Review: THE FLASH: Season 1, Episode 20: The Trap [The CW]

The CW’s The Flash The Trap TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 20: The Trap, brings Barry (Grant Gustin) and all his friends together for one specific purpose…to stop Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Barry, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) , Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) set a trap for Wells. Cisco uses himself as prey, which puts him in grave danger. Meanwhile, Eddie (Rick Cosnett) makes a decision regarding Iris (Candice Patton), which leaves Joe a bit unsettled.

Okay folks this is one of the episodes you will not want to miss. After watching it a few times, it is hands down the best episode thus far. After The Flash ended up running through time and Cisco ended up getting killed by Wells, we knew the ride would get shaky. Watching Barry, Cisco and Caitlin’s amazement after stumbling unto Wells secret room, The Reverse Flash’s outfit and newspaper from the future was priceless. The race for time was just what this scene needed to take the stakes up. You could feel that Wells was going to be making his way back any moment, but not before Barry manages to find out Gideon the computer knew him and he is actually the creator. Just goes to show how one can never tell what’s in their future. The other interesting surprise was who authored the future newspaper article. Yes. Iris West-Allen. So not only does Barry become a great scientist and computer whiz…he also gets the girl. Now he really has something to look forward to. The only thing standing in his way is Wells and according to Gideon, Wells is there to kill him. Great setup!

After all the trouble Iris was to Eddie, I guess he decided to hurry and put a ring on it before Iris leaves him. His panic is fully justified after surviving Iris’s temper and beating a murder rap. Geese, can a fella catch a break? The scene with Eddie asking Joe for his daughter’s hand in marriage was so left field you can still hear his question hovering in space. Joe doesn’t even hesitate to tell him no and they keep the scene moving. This had to frustrate Eddie to no end and conveniently places Barry in the middle. This setup was truly well planned.

The decision to run with the alternate timeline was clever. It places Cisco back in position to recreate his encounter with Wells and also introduces his safety shield. The question is will it work? The last time we saw Cisco in the room with the hologram of Reverse Flash, Dr Wells sent him to an early grave. This version also goes awry when Dr Wells manages to walk through the shield Cisco built for his protection. Barry and Joe enter the scene just in time for Joe to put a bullet in Dr. Wells chest. Now here’s where things get real interesting…not only do they not get Wells to confess killing Barry’s mother, it turns out this was not Wells at all. When will they learn with whom they are dealing? This man is very clever and seems to stay one step ahead of them. I guess this is the last curtain call for poor Hannibal Bates / Everyman (Martin Novotny). There was a price to pay for what he was doing to people and for imitating Reverse Flash. To throw a little more salt on this situation, we find out how Wells was able to stay a comfortable step ahead of them at all times. He had CCTV cameras setup that captured everyone’s moves. Yes, he had all his bases covered. I guess it’s safe to say they were playing checkers while Wells was playing chess.

The moment Barry and Joe share as Joe explains why he wouldn’t give Eddie his blessing was classic. Another solid scene building and reaffirming the depth of these characters relationships. Joe is a faithful man and good father. This scene is just a winner.

Iris has done a lot of interesting things on this show but her finally figuring out Barry was The Flash was both a relief and a moment to cause major head pains. We saw how she went in on Eddie for not telling her what he was holing back so imagine how she is going to act when she finds out what everyone has been keeping from her.

Eddie, not to be outdone decides to propose to Iris anyway and gets a surprise visit from Reverse Flash. He gets snatched and becomes Eobard’s insurance. Another interesting thing about this scene, is when Eddie hears Eobard’s name…he realizes they are related and cleverly puts the pieces together. I have to admit; this has gotten so juicy I may just stay in from of my TV till next week.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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