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"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.
This episode squanders potential, contradicts its own world building, and leads several characters to make incredibly stupid decisions.
With great power comes great responsibility, and without a great support system, that great power can become an instrument for chaos and destruction.
Barry makes a case for nurture versus nature, and assures his friend that he has the one thing Reverb did not: a loving family.
The hour-long disaster was the most nonsensical thing I've seen on television since the third season of Heroes.
Unfortunately, this episode didn't stick the landing, as the characters behaved foolishly for no reason other than to further the plot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering how long we've been waiting for the showdown between Barry and Hunter (formerly Jay), this was a bit of a letdown.
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.