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Barry Allen confronts his past so that he can return to his present in "The Runaway Dinosaur," an emotional chapter in The Flash that also gives Iris West some welcome spotlight.
Even though Smith's typical flourishes are present in The Runaway Dinosaur, the episode didn't annoy me the way his work usually does. Instead, I was impressed.
Barry is in no mood to hunt down a phantom and be visited by the Ghosts of Barry's Present, yet he initially chases because it's all he can do.
The Speed Force is used to assist Barry in confronting the one element in his life he's never fully come to terms with: his mother's death.
As much as the villain has improved since the disappointing reveal that he was basically a Speed Force vampire, I still want more out of his master plan than simple death and conquest.
Just when Barry seemed most optimistic, and seemed to recognize that his team had managed to defeat every villain thrown their way, fate reared its ugly head to show him that Zoom wasn't like any villain he had faced before.
Building the episode around the Runaway Dinosaur storybook was a bit heavy-handed, sure, but it still ripped your heart out and stomped on it. Well played.
In many ways, this entire season has been about Barry being unable to get Thawne's message out of his head. He has moped and felt bad for himself and made some stupid, self-destructive decisions because, deep down, he doesn't think that he deserves it.
The Speed Force informs Barry that he can't go back to his friends until he catches a speedster. If he goes home, it will be without his powers.
If you simply watch the premiere and "Runaway Dinosaur" Season 2 is stellar. Unfortunately, there are nineteen episodes of gobbledygook in between.
Developing Iris slowly was a good idea, and using this hour to build her up, even while Barry was actively trying to find himself, worked to better the idea of the pair.
I was so genuinely moved by so much of "The Runaway Dinosaur" that I can forgive things like zombie Girder and another asinine Zoom ending...and when you think about it, we're talking about half the runtime here.
I'm particularly excited to see just how the speed force effects Barry and if perhaps we begin to see hints of how Zoom alternatively was motivated by it.