By Mina Haq
The midseason finale of “The Flash” was so packed that I don’t even know where to start. It was basically an episode of huge reveals, which was shocking in its own way since we’re only halfway through the season. I’m curious to see where the story goes now that all the big secrets are mostly out in the open.
Let’s start with the obvious: The man in the yellow suit, otherwise known as Reverse Flash. The yellow blur that killed Barry’s mom is back, and he’s looking for something. More specifically, he wants his hands on a tachyon prototype that Mercury Labs, a former rival of S.T.A.R. Labs, has. After a break-in attempt, a witness describes the Reverse Flash to Barry and Joe and they realize that this is the man they’ve been after for 14 years. When the Reverse Flash confronts Barry, he gives him a cryptic you-know-who-I-am speech and then gets away, moving so quickly that even Barry can’t catch up to him. Since this is the guy Barry has spent over half his life searching for, he kicks himself a bit for letting him get away.
As if things aren’t already complicated enough, Caitlin has a run-in with her supposedly dead fiancé who we know isn’t actually dead. Since she has no idea he’s now a meta-human who goes by Firestorm with the ability to set himself on fire, she freaks out and runs away. When she tells Cisco about it, he moves past his initial doubts and agrees to help her find Ronnie. However, when they do find Ronnie again, he just bursts into flames more and then runs away, making it clear that he doesn’t want to be found.
Meanwhile, Eddie is getting a little suspicious of Barry’s true feelings for Iris. After vocalizing them, he gives her an early Christmas present and asks her to move in with him. She says yes, completely brushing off the seemingly absurd idea that Barry has romantic feelings for her. Later, Barry has a very emotional visit with his father in prison where he apologizes for letting the Reverse Flash get away. Henry tells Barry he needs to stop letting his life be consumed by what happened, because he’s already had so much taken away. His talk with henry inspires Barry to tell Iris how he really feels about her, which he does with no expectations (probably for the best, since Iris reacted by crying in complete silence). Iris doesn’t give Barry any indication about how this is going to affect their friendship, but she’s still definitely moving in with Eddie.
Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team has created a force field to trap the Reverse Flash after borrowing the tachyon prototype from Mercury Labs to use as bait. It works, and for a second everything seems to be going perfectly, with the entire police force on one side of the force field and the Reverse Flash unable to get away. Unfortunately, the force field barriers start fluctuating and Caitlin and Cisco warn everyone to get out of the room (especially Wells, since, like everyone else in the world, the Reverse Flash has a specific vendetta against him). No one listens and the Reverse Flash brings Wells into the force field and begins beating him senseless. Joe takes initiative here and begins hitting whatever is keeping the force field running with a wrench, which destroys it and the Reverse Flash gets away.
Amidst all of this, Caitlin texts Barry an S.O.S. (he was banned from the lab for this since he’s “too emotionally involved”) and he gets there in enough time to confront the Reverse Flash. Since the Reverse Flash is the only person on Earth faster than Barry, it’s not going too well until Ronnie shows up to prove to everyone he’s still a good guy and helps Barry fight off the Reverse Flash, who tells Barry it’s not over but still leaves him alone for now.
Ronnie tells Caitlin not to look for him again, but doesn’t hurt her or anyone else. Earlier in the episode, Caitlin told Cisco she’d rather Ronnie be dead than be whatever he is now, so I’m curious to see whether her opinion changed after he helped Barry. If so, I’m sure Caitlin won’t stop looking for him no matter what the cost.
Now Eddie is in on the meta-human secret too, so it’ll be interesting seeing how he keeps that from Iris since they’ll be living together. And despite all the tragedy, it’s still Christmas time in Central City, so Joe invites everyone to the West house for a holiday party. Here, Cisco tells Joe that he noticed the electricity when Barry and the Reverse Flash were fighting was a combination of red and yellow, just like the combination Barry saw the night his mom died. They realize there was more than one “speedster” there that night, but choose to keep it to themselves for the time being.
Now it’s time for the biggest reveal of the episode: Wells is the Reverse Flash. I had my suspicions in the beginning of the episode, but then he was in the same place as the Reverse Flash, so I discounted that idea. At the end of the episode, we see him in his evil lair looking at the yellow suit and talking to himself in the Reverse Flash’s voice, erasing any doubts that he’s the one who killed Barry’s mother.