While Team Flash is still down a few members, Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) returns in the nick of time to help out Barry (Grant Gustin) deal with his new Speed Force and the Mirror Master (Efrat Dor). But as seen in this preview of next week’s The Flash, will she continue to use his connection to Iris (Candice Patton) to hobble Barry? Or will it be the way to bring her home?
Meanwhile, it is good to see even a quarter of Team Flash back. Chester (Brandon McKnight) and Allegra (Kayla Compton) proved to be good additions. They will carry on even after the Mirror Master story ends, but they also underscore just how isolated the series left Barry in its abbreviated sixth season. Bizarrely, since much of this episode was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the show to stop production, that sense of loss seemed greater than it might have had it aired last April. Just the mention of Cisco and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) was an oddly emotional thing to see. See also: Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet) dealing with matters at the CCPD.
On a completely different wavelength, though, was Iris recalling the long-lost dissertation which began the entire series. We’ll assume it’s a one-off joke and applaud the deep pull.
But to continue that sense of emotional upheaval is the apparent death of Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh). We say apparent as the actor always comes back — indeed, he will be returning to the show soon — and even a dead Wells like H.R. found a way back to life via Mutliversal means. And although the geniuses at S.T.A.R. Labs believe it to be gone, the Multiverse may still produce a new Wells to pal around with the team. Which means Nash’s death is a little bit muted even as it proved to be sad. Saying goodbye to Harry (the former Earth-2 Harrison Wells) again was more emotional than losing Nash. That may be down to not really getting to know him as well. His role in the Crisis overshadowed his purpose across the sixth season and this sacrifice, while on par for some of the Wellses we’ve seen, lacks a certain impact.
Here’s to hoping Cavanagh’s new character changes the dynamic again and leaves us in tears when it’s his turn to sacrifice himself for the sake of The Flash.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.