The Flash “The Trap” Review (Season 1 Episode 20)

After almost a full season of teasing, Harrison Wells was been definitively outed as Eobard Thawne, AKA the Reverse-Flash. The Flash has done a spectacular job of building the tension in the Reverse-Flash mystery this year, and “The Trap” puts the season into its final stretch with all the style and twists we’ve come to expect.

This wasn’t an episode that saved the big moments for the end, either. This week picked right up from Barry’s discovery of Harrison’s time room, leading to a number of big reveals. Barry’s future costume, his future role as Captain of the CCPD and creator of Gideon, and the unfinished mention that he would be the founder of some sort of group – perhaps one dedicated to justice? – were dropped in rapid succession, all providing tantalizing hints for what we might see down the road.

After that, things slowed down a bit as the gang did their best to figure out how to entrap Harrison, leading to a trippy scene spent in Cisco’s subconscious. This in turn gave the team the idea to recreate the events from the previous timeline, a plan that was of course doomed to fail. Because Harrison has a history of being the smartest man in the room, and he’s had fifteen years to prepare for every eventuality. This left shapeshifter Hannibal Bates dead, Eddie in the hands of his villainous descendant, and the STAR Labs team at a loss for what to do next.

In the midst of all this confusion, Eddie was dead-set on an ill-timed decision to propose to Iris. A fairly doomed proposition at any time, given Iris is sporting the last name West-Allen in 2024, but maybe wait until after the deranged killer you’re supposed to be protecting your girlfriend from is in custody to pop the question. Fortunately, he never quite got the question out. Even better, Iris FINALLY realized the truth about Barry, putting an end to the ridiculous “don’t tell Iris” edict that Joe’s had in place all year.

And so, the episode left things in a more chaotic state than ever before, with The Flash’s greatest enemy on the loose and more dangerous than ever. There’s no telling how things are going to play out over the final few weeks, but I’m excited to see where – and when – things go from here. That next week finally gives us our first major battle with Gorilla Grodd is just icing on the cake.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!