Synopsis: In ‘Masquerade’. Cecile is trapped and she is forced to confront her past in order to break free from a psychic prison. Chester takes over for Cisco but makes a mistake that puts Barry in danger. Joe investigates Kristen Kramer’s old military ties.
Having taken over from Cisco in last week’s show. Chester is excited and nervous about whether or not he can do the job as well as Cisco. However, he seems up for the challenge and is immediately on the case when Barry is zapped by the psychic entity that has taken over Cecile. Firstly with Barry in a coma. Chester, Iris, and Caitlin call on Cecile to see if she can connect with Barry empathically. But they are completely unaware that Cecile has been taken over by the same entity that zapped Barry.
When she claims that she is unable to connect. Fake Cecile suggests they try some other method. At this point, Chester comes up with a plan that involves a similar approach to how they defeated The Thinker. However, in order to pull that plan off, they need a lot of psychic energy. So, plans are hatched to steal the Psychic Mask worn by Psychic Pirate. Unfortunately, this is playing right into the entity’s hands.
Meanwhile, in the psychic cage, which holds the consciousness of the real Cecil and Barry. Cecile is forced to confront a traumatic experience from her past. Which winds up being key to escaping the cage.
Brandon McKnight puts in a solid performance as Chester and has some great scenes. I particularly enjoyed the scene that he shares with Iris (Candice Patton) in which he reveals his insecurity about the new job role. It’s a nice scene and it is juxtaposed brilliantly with what is happening with Cecile.
Danielle Nicolet is absolutely brilliant this week as she plays two versions of her character. The first being the real Cecile who is stuck in the psychic cage with Barry. The second being the avatar of Cecile that the psychic mask is projecting into the prison to keep the real Cecile in a constant state of anxiety and fear. The scene in which Cecile tells Barry about her time in a mental hospital after her mother’s death is fantastic.
‘Masquerade’ proves to be a fantastic story, which explores themes of anxiety in a positive and empowering way. The scene in which Cecile opens up to Barry about her past experience is what ultimately empowers her to confront her anxiety, which helps her defeat the psychic masks hold on her.
Overall. A solid episode that had some great character development for both Chester and Cecile.
- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.0