The Flash “Rupture” Review (Season 2 Episode 20)

“Rupture” was a stronger episode of The Flash than last week, bringing Zoom back into the central conflict while also providing a return appearance by Cisco’s brother Dante, as well as his Earth-2 counterpart. Admittedly, the show still feels a bit stunted as we head into the last few episodes, but the big developments at the end of this episode suggest we’re in for one heck of a finale in a few weeks.

But before we get to that ending, let’s hit the highlights of the rest of the episode. First and foremost, it was a lot of fun to see Barry and Cisco using a MoCap suit and joystick to continue fighting crime with a holographic version of The Flash. It speaks to just how dedicated to protecting Central City these heroes are, even without the immediate threat of Zoom. More so, it serves as a reminder of how committed Cisco in particular is before his brother returns.

Admittedly, it was a bit convenient that Cisco would be seeking to reconnect with Dante just as his Earth-2 counterpart Rupture arrived, but it set up a nice story arc for the once and future Vibe. I said last week that watching Barry hem and haw about his lost speed is tolerable at best, so having Cisco’s family drama served to give this episode something I could connect with. Even though his brother has largely been a jerk, I was moved by the hug the two shared because of how much I like Cisco.

Meanwhile, Barry’s struggle over whether or not he should let Harry recreate the accelerator explosion was just frustrating. It’s not just because it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s going to go through with it at the end of the episode; this show still needs Barry as the main Scarlet Speedster. No, the bigger issue is that Harry is absolutely right about how dangerous Zoom is, and no hologram is going to be enough to stop him. The deaths of all of those policemen were inevitable, and Barry should’ve known he needed to risk everything to get his speed back. Even if that means the trippy, weird adventure he’ll be on next week.

There were a few other moments worth taking note of tonight. First, the blast of energy that hit Jesse and Wally following Barry’s disintegration all but guarantee that they’ll be suiting up as Jesse Quick and Kid Flash in the near future. Meanwhile, Henry saying that Garrick was his mother’s maiden name seems to set up the Man in the Iron Mask not only as the real Jay Garrick, but also Earth-2 Henry Allen. Finally, Iris’ confession of love to Barry left me cold, though I’m still holding a grudge over how unceremoniously Patty was booted from the show.

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