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The Flash Recap: Very Good Vibrations

It is to The Flash‘s credit that an episode centered around not Barry and Any Big Bad but another team member can provide as much joy as a standard episode. Because frankly, I would have welcomed even more scenes of Cisco trying to “negotiate” with their latest adversary… over drinks? Or, how about at that great new Thai place down the street?

Cisco versus Gyspy was so highly entertaining, thanks to Carlos Valdes’ always solid work as Team Flash’s co-tech whiz, plus Jessica Camacho’s charming turn as Earth-19’s elite collector, here on our turf to bring back the illegally breach-hopping H.R. Wells… to a punishment by death.

Rather than let their goofy, new-ish friend meet that grisly fate — even if it might help derail the future in which Iris gets slayed by Savitar — Cisco steps forth to challenge Gypsy to a “trial by combat.” Cisco’s early efforts during his 24-hour training regimen aren’t so hot, but then Julian — now filling the role of efficiency expert/worst pep talker ever — finds a weakness, in that Gypsy emerges off-balance from her self-created breaches. When Cisco, in full Vibe mode/gear, goes up against his Earth-19 counterpart, their tussle takes them in and out of portals, relocating the rumble to Earth-Two, and then Supergirl‘s National City, and then… Revenge of the Sith‘s molten Mustafar? Cisco gives as good as he gets, up until they return to our Earth and he gets the drop on his foe by employing Julian’s advice.

Gypsy is of course spared, but she can’t go back empty-handed — so H.R. agrees never to return home, while she fibs that she killed her bounty. Gypsy teases Cisco with a goodbye kiss, before flitting back home with a whole lotta Earth-One coffee beans. Afterward, Cisco and H.R. bond over the former’s saving of the latter, which as Cisco revealed earlier is the very reason they went to such lengths to protect H.R. — because whereas previous Wellses took care of them, it felt nice to have a non-genius Wells dependent on the team. And as Cisco drops some knowledge on H.R. from his predecessors, maybe the would-be author himself can “show up” and play hero if needed one day?

Elsewhere in the episode, Iris was caught up in trying to take down a dealer of next-generation firearms, despite Joe and Barry’s protests. But with an eye on her months-from-now expiration date, Iris is determined to “matter,” to not leave nothing behind (as her mother did). So with Wally’s help as Kid Flash, she puts her life on the line to bust the gang, almost jeopardizing a long-running CCPD sting in the process. Later, after (slowly) reading Iris’ story on the crackdown, Barry assures her that just as he bested Savitar once before, he will vanquish the speed god again and again, if need be, to protect his love.

Except, Barry himself won’t be the one making the eventual 0.21-second dash to save Iris from Savitar. Rather, in the episode’s final moments, he tells Wally that Kid Flash will be the one to save Iris, after Barry trains him.

What did you think of the episode “Dead or Alive”?

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26 Comments
  1. Diana says:

    Amazing episode! I’m glad they captured the lighter tone of the show again. The Cisco and Cynthia banter was great. And Iris was also amazing this episode. So was the Barry/Iris interaction. Barry is really maturing. Loving Wally. Julian worked really well in the episode and I like his budding friendship (possibly more?) with Caitlin. But they need to tell Joe.

  2. Dave says:

    Guys (and girls) I have one problem since last episode that maybe you can help me understand. How can “The fastest man alive” + pretty fast kid flash can’t catch up to a car (this week) or a motorcycle (last week) It should be a piece of cake ;p

  3. Mike M says:

    Am I imagining this connection or do the references about Earth 19 sound a lot like the alternate earth from Fringe? They were attacked by another earth and they don’t have coffee because of the blight???

  4. Jerry says:

    Idk.. Its just a thought. If u observe last scene with Cisco an HR, whenever Cisco tells that he saved HR, so some day he might save him, whenever Cisco tells that HR will be there when he needs him, HR’s face expression changes. he looks down as if he is a bit guilty.
    i think he will betray them just as savitar has told, “One will betray the rest”.
    And i think the betrayal has something to do with him on top of the building with that weapon in the future wher savitar kills Iris.

    • Kat says:

      I caught that too. I figured last week HR would be the one to betray the team during Cisco’s vibe to the future because HR even being able to point a gun at Savitar seems illogical at this point since no one except a speedster can see him. It’s more than likely that HR is pointing a gun at *Barry* which would explain why Iris still dies even with HR on the rooftop. His backstory and reasons for leaving his earth have already changed at least 3 times now by his own admissions. Shady business.

      • Jerry says:

        What I think that will happen is that initially, he betrays them, as discussed above, and then he will feel guilty as they were all his friends and in the end, he will make the ultimate sacrifice and will save others with his life. Idk y i think like that… but mostly it will end like that.

        • Dave says:

          what if barry in the process of trying to be faster ends up turning into savitar? and then our Barry forms a plan with HR so things seem like Iris dies? IDK it gives me a headach to think about time travel like that but I hope it pays off

          • Jerry says:

            i don’t think that will happen.
            we know iris won’t die. most probably wally won’t die.
            the only person they might kill of is either HR or Joe.
            lol.. season 1- Nora
            season 2- Henry
            season 3- Joe?
            Why all the parents are dying??

  5. Cordell says:

    I want Gypsy on Legends next season, I love her

  6. Wez Za says:

    How easy was it that Iris could break a lock with one hit this show is getting silly and stupid

  7. csg says:

    So good to see Jessica Camacho (once on Sleepy Hollow) in a great character and story-line. Cisco has found the ideal match and the series has another super couple to follow. We want more of these two.

  8. Sonyie says:

    Great Episode. I love Cisco character

  9. sarah t says:

    Liked this episode. Really enjoyed the banter between Cisco and Gypsy. My guess is that team Flash is going to “alter” the future and that Iris won’t die but Wally will.

  10. Adam Olenoski says:

    I liked the focus on developing Vibe in Cisco. We need more of that. We just need lots of Cisco in general.

    The Gypsy fight scenes were huge letdowns, though. She didn’t seem all that impressive for someone supposedly undefeated throughout the multiverse in the Vibe fight (and she’s not too fast for Cisco to keep up with her), but then she moves fast enough to surprise, grab, and tag Barry while he was in superspeed mode? Something doesn’t add up here. Lazy writing at its finest, maybe?

  11. Luna says:

    What a great episode. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  12. Ansing says:

    I loved the scene with Iris and Joe when she was trying to distract him so Wally could get the file. His reaction to her making it sound like she was going to have a baby for Barry was hilarious! Best scene of the episode.

  13. Mo says:

    Love that most of this recap is about Cisco & Gypsy because they were just that awesome! They just about saved this ep imho.

  14. ranger says:

    this episode was great with much action given 2 vibe.but this is The Flash not not the Kid Flash then y 2 much of lime light on kid flash.there’s never a wells without secrets so it was not worth that saved him.

  15. Ella says:

    How many times does the CC Jitters coffee shop in Central City need to replace their glass doors or redecorate?!