The Flash “The Runaway Dinosaur” Review (Season 2 Episode 21)

After several weeks of a powerless hero, it was great to see The Flash finally regain his speed in this week’s episode. Admittedly, “The Runaway Dinosaur” still spent the majority of the hour with a speedless Barry, but it was worth it given the trippy, in-depth look into the Speed Force itself we were given.

Right off, it’s worth mentioning that yes, this was the episode directed by famous director and geek icon Kevin Smith. Honestly, though, Smith did little to rock the boat stylistically, his only real offering being the inclusion of a Jason Mewes cameo. Still, this was an all-around solid episode, so he certainly did a good job, handling the trippier Speed Force scenes well.

Speaking to the Speed Force, it was neat to see it was more than just a power source for speedsters, and Barry’s journey of self-discovery to regain his powers was a great one. Even though we’ve seen Barry deal with the death of his mother before, getting to see the two interact so directly made for some great emotional moments, particularly given the strength of Grant Gustin’s performance. By hour’s end, it really felt like Barry had earned his power’s back and is ready to take on Zoom.

Honestly, I would’ve been fine spending more time inside the Speed Force, particularly given that the action back at STAR Labs was clearly there just to fill time. Girder’s return made for one heck of a meta-joke about actor Greg Finley, but otherwise added nothing to the overall plot. Instead, I’d have been fine allowing the rest of the cast to appear as Speed Force visions and help Barry on his own journey. Still, it gave Barry a threat to eliminate upon returning to the real world, and Cisco and Harry’s harried explanation of what happened to Girder was pretty funny.

Finally, it’s worth noting those last two minutes that show Zoom is fully committed to waging war with the forces of Central City, having amassed an army of metahumans to take to the streets. With only two episodes left, it’ll be interesting to see how the final conflict between Flash and Zoom plays out, and it’s great to have the show back in such exciting territory heading into the finale.

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