Versus Zoom
The Flash Season 2



Critic Ratings: 16
Critics Consensus

"Versus Zoom" successfully demonstrates the Flash's ability for goodness and the power of a strong support system, but the episode's plot struggles to live up to its full potential.

Episode Info

Equipped with the tachyon device, Barry believes he is fast enough to stop Zoom and wants to open the breaches to catch him. Harry strongly advises against that plan but after Barry convinces him, Harry reveals that Cisco has the power to re-open the breach. Meanwhile, Hunter Zoloman's painful story on Earth-2 is revealed.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick/Zoom
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
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Critic Reviews for Versus Zoom

This episode squanders potential, contradicts its own world building, and leads several characters to make incredibly stupid decisions.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With great power comes great responsibility, and without a great support system, that great power can become an instrument for chaos and destruction.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

After almost a season of keeping the man behind that frightening mask a mystery, the show went all out to explain what made little Hunter Zolomon become Zoom.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In any case, the team pieces the story together with a little help from Cisco's blossoming Vibe powers, even managing to open the breach, and inspire Barry with a plan to finally capture his Season 2 nemesis.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Barry's instant decision to give up his speed in exchange for Wally's safety shows why The Flash has won fans for its honesty and non-soap-opera drama.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Though the details are still a bit wonky, turning it into a real opposite side of the coin from Barry's origin was a neat trick. It'd almost make you feel sorry for Jay/Hunter/Zoom, you know, if he wasn't such a complete psycho.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The hour-long disaster was the most nonsensical thing I've seen on television since the third season of Heroes.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Killing Joe, Barry's nurturer, means The Flash can show that Barry will choose to be a hero because it's in his nature to do so. Goodness is taught, but it's also a decision. One Hunter Zoloman did not make.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Considering how long we've been waiting for the showdown between Barry and Hunter (formerly Jay), this was a bit of a letdown.

Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Barry makes a case for nurture versus nature, and assures his friend that he has the one thing Reverb did not: a loving family.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, this episode didn't stick the landing, as the characters behaved foolishly for no reason other than to further the plot.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

Versus Zoom was hailed as the episode where everything would become clear about this season's big villain, and it did exactly that. The problem is that it wasn't worth the wait.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…