In Review: The Flash, Episode 28 “The Light and the Darkness”

Terrific episode with some fantastic character scenes and a sensational twist in the final two minutes.

The Flash, Episode 28 “The Light and the Darkness” Broadcast November 3, 2015

Written by Ben Sokolowski & Grainee Godfree

Directed by Steve Shill

“Previously on The Flash,” Cisco reveals to one person he has visions, Jay reveals there are 52 dimensional breaches in Central City, and before King Shark can kill the Flash he’s stunned by Harrison Wells. 8 months earlier in Central City on Earth-2, Harrison Wells is holding a press conference to introduce a wrist worn metahuman detector. Suddenly his device goes off and an upset Flash, Jay Garrick, appears. Harrison is equally displeased to see him. The Flash wants Wells to admit to creating all the metahumans. Wells belittles the Flash and tells him, in front of the reporters, if he had just done his job the city would be safe. The Flash leaves, while Wells regains control of his conference, telling his daughter he’s okay. Cue opening title sequence.

In S.T.A.R. Labs, Earth-2 Harrison Wells reads his Earth-1 counterpart’s autobiography. Cisco and Caitlin don’t trust this Harrison, but Barry vouches for him by saying he saved his life last night. Wells says he’s come through a breach to help Barry fight Zoom. Joe walks in and instantly pulls his gun and fires off three shots at Wells. Thankfully, Barry stops them. In the hall, Joe tells Barry that Doctor McGee swore that Wells broke into Mercury Labs. Joe then goes to Iris to tell her about this new Wells. He gives her a gun so she can protect herself. At Jitters, Cisco and Barry’s conversation is overheard by Patty who’s introduced to Cisco. She offers Barry the possibility of working together that night, but he declines awkwardly. After being pushed by Barry, Cisco asks out the barista, and is turned down. His disappointment turns to worry as he has a vision of a masked woman robbing Central City Bank. He tells Barry who runs off. Cue first commercial break.

This episode was working on a lot of levels. The characters’ reactions to having “Harry” back was great, and this new Wells has a decidedly different personality, which Cisco summed up perfectly. The interactions of this new Wells had actor Tom Cavanagh really dominating his scenes, irritating Barry, Iris, Cisco, Caitlin, Joe, and Jay. Each time he and Jay shared the screen the tension rose to eleven. It was neat to see Barry trying to decide whose advice to take, and it results him in gaining a new classic comic book ability. Jay and Caitlin finally have a private moment in the dark with, sadly, the expected results — C’mon, Flash writers —Give her some happiness! The villain was good, Doctor Light, who was revealed to have been seen in earlier episodes. The date scene was utter gold — with the ending being fantastic! The third wheel’s comments and reactions were also gold. Caitlin has the most ironic pep talk to Cisco toward the end of the episode. And the final scene of the episode puts an entirely new spin on the actions in the episode.

The good: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Teddy SearsShantel VanSanten, Malese Jow, a perfect date scene, a new Flash ability, and A FREAKING AQUAMAN REFERENCE!

Fun lines: “Oh, that’s right. The future,” “I created Zoom,” “..i’m not so sure about that…”, “Our Dr. Wells may have been evil, but you’re a dick,” “You got this. Why do you even need me?”, “I think coffee is the one constant in the multiverse,” and “Abort!”

The bad: Joe giving an Iris a gun was too quick and justified too easily. I can’t believe that he would that, let alone in a public space.

The final line: Terrific episode with some fantastic character scenes and a sensational twist in the final two minutes. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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