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Recap / The Flash 2014 S 6 E 10 Marathon

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Barry adjusts to life in the new Multiverse as a mysterious terrorist group rears its head.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Kimiyo Hoshi is always portrayed as a hero in the comics. Here, she is a villain working for Black Hole. It also applies in-universe, since the Pre-Crisis Linda Park version of Doctor Light was not willing to murder and was less evil than the rest of Zoom's gang, while Post-Crisis Kimiyo Hoshi is an assassin.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: Cisco laments that if he hadn't decided to give up his vibing powers, he could've saved Harry, Jesse, and many other dopplegangers erased by Crisis.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Cisco: So now...not only do Superman, Supergirl, and Black Lightning live here...but now, our entire timeline has been rewritten, so that they've always lived here, and (ripping his shirt open to reveal a Superman shirt underneath) I DON’T REMEMBER OWNING THIS SHIRT!!!
  • Back for the Dead: Riggs Wellington, last seen in "License to Elongate" is killed by Kimiyo Hoshi on the assumption he was revealing data about Black Hole.
  • Blackmail: Iris tells Joseph Carver, the CEO of McCulloch Technologies, to drop the defamation lawsuit against Central City Citizen and to not touch her loved ones or her employees or she would release her information on the company.
  • Bus Crash: It is believed at this point that Harry and Jesse died alongside everybody else on Earth-2.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the opening, CC Jitters reopens after the Crisis...only to get assaulted by robbers. A barista quips that there's not even anything in the cash register yet.
  • Closet Punishment: Cisco traps Nash in a containment room at the beginning of the episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Nash is asked about going to Gorilla City for his next myth-busting adventure by Team Flash in order to get him out of their hair, he declines, proclaiming "gorillas are atheists".
  • Continuity Nod: The events of Oliver and Thea fighting Deathstroke on Lian Yu is brought up as the reason why his mask has traces of Mirakuru.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Joseph Carver is a textbook example.
  • Cosmic Retcon: This promotional still shows that there is a board with a timeline of events that changed in Earth-Prime after the Crisis.
    • Gorilla City is now in the main Earth.
    • The season 2 villains did not come from Earth-2, they got their powers from the singularity that originally opened breaches.
    • Barry and Iris' wedding was interrupted by time-travelling Nazis instead of Nazis from another Earth.
    • Doctor Light is no longer Earth-2 Linda Park, but Kimiyo Hoshi from the comic books. Interestingly, she was introduced in the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic, but is introduced just after the Arrowverse adaptation.
    • A lot of the villains defeated over the first five seasons have returned.
    • The new physiology of the universe has cut off multiversal vibing and travel, the latter of which was also brought up in a Supergirl episode.
    • President Marsdin was recently president, as in Supergirl (2015), before it was revealed she was an alien.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Iris awaits Kimiyo Hoshi's assassination attempt and fools her with a hologram. And in case she kills any of her friends, her story on Joseph Carver will leak, forcing the latter to call Hoshi back.
  • Creator Cameo: Several crew members appear in Cisco’s Who’s Who Binder, including script coordinator Emily Palizzi.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode focuses heavily on Iris and her group, with Barry teaming up with Diggle in a subplot. The episode was filmed while Grant was busy with Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Defiant to the End: Frost remains defiant to Hoshi when the latter overpowers and prepares to shoot her. Luckily, she doesn't go through with it due to Carver calling her off.
  • Depower: With Crisis over, Cisco has lost the Vibe powers the Monitor granted him during the event.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Iris has two. First when she realizes that she spoke with Carver about Huskk, the second one when she goes by her mirror and remembers the latters last words.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Averted hard as Cisco is devastated over the loss of the multiverse.
  • Flashback-Montage Realization: When Iris explains to Carver how she realized McCulloch Technologies is affiliated with Black Hole, previous shots of the company's and organization's light-based weapons are shown, among others. Happens again in a more downplayed way when Iris realizes the company's relation to mirrors, flashing back to her source saying the word "mirror" before dying and to the room number AV3 in Carver's building which is Carver's wife's name, Eva, in reverse.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • Foreshadowing: Kimiyo Hoshi shows up in Cisco's "Who's Who?" notebook in the first act.
  • Hand Wave: The reason Cisco can't teleport Barry back from Lian Yu? The physics behind breaching are different post-crisis.
  • Happy Ending Override: This episode shows that Harry was living happier since he got to find a way to restore his intelligence, but the destruction of his Earth and of the previous multiverse mean that he is most likely Ret-Gone.
  • Ignored Expert: Cecile advises Iris not to be hasty with her story on McCulloch Technologies, as they might sue her for defamation without any proof, which promptly happens afterwards (though luckily, Carver drops it at the end).
  • Intrepid Reporter: Iris and her journalism team choose to look into "The Black Hole" gang to help Barry bring them down, especially when they start threatening their friends and people they love.
  • Interquel: The episode takes place during the events of "Fadeout"; specifically after Oliver's funeral (and the reading of his will) but before the scenes where Diggle helps his family finish packing up for Metropolis and discovers the mysterious ring.
  • It's All My Fault: Cisco ponders on whether Harry and Jesse would still be alive, had he not given up his powers.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Joe calls Iris for just charging ahead, not caring for the danger she faces.
  • Mirror Monster: At the end of the episode, Iris is pulled into a mirror in McCulloch Technologies.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Cisco does a classic Superman shirt-rip when revealing his inexplicably acquired Superman shirt.
    • Combined with Freeze-Frame Bonus — among the locations noted on Cisco's Earth-Prime map are Happy Harbor (in the comics the location of the Justice League's Secret Sanctuary, and in another media as the headquarters of Young Justice (2010)), San Monte (a country only mentioned in the first two issues of Action Comics from 1938!), Santa Prisca (home to Pena Dura prison, the birthplace of Bane), Dinosaur Island (a major location, frequently seen in DC's war comics), and Kooey Kooey Kooey Island, which appeared in Justice League International.
    • The timeline Cisco's been working on is marked as "Post-Crisis timeline draft V.52".
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: It's indicated that Earth-Prime's events aren't necessarily the same as Earth-1's, and that there have been more changes to the timeline.
  • Oh, Crap!: Said word to word by one of the would-be-robbers when Flash shows up.
  • Overused Running Gag: Barry trying to convince Diggle to get to Lian Yu the fastest way, and the latter having brought motion sickness pills just in case.
    "Look, I know you don't want me to run you there, but..."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Dr. Light is cold-blooded, but ultimately isn't that invested in her targets; she has no problem with leaving Frost alone after Carver calls her off.
  • Put on a Bus: Cisco leaves Central City to catalog all the changes in Earth-Prime.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Said word for word by Iris to Carver.
  • Ret-Gone: Cisco is lamenting that there are many doppelgangers that died in the Crisis and that no longer exist.
  • Running Gag: Diggle feeling nauseous when traveling via Super-Speed. This time, he takes a shitload of pills to avoid throwing up.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: Having been preparing to die in the Crisis for half a season, Barry now has to adjust to his life in the new Multiverse now that he's actually survived.
  • The Stinger: Iris wakes up, learns more about McCulloch Technologies after her "Eureka!" Moment and mirroring a message and that causes her to go to the building for more investigating and leads to her being captured by a Mirror Monster.
  • Stupid Crooks: The guys who try to rob CC Jitters, after it just opened. When they realize that there isn't any cash to rob yet, they just settle for shooting the place up...and then Barry shows up, dispatching them in about 2 seconds flat.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • As a waitress points out, since Jitters is just freshly reopened, there is little to no cash on the register. The would-be robbers realize their mistake, but decide to wreak havoc anyway.
    • Merging several Earths together, while introducing more heroes, also means more villains to deal with.
    • The Mirakuru sample on Oliver's mask doesn't lead to some mystery that Barry needs to solve; it got there by accident the last time he fought Slade on Lian Yu. Coincidences do happen, even where someone as secretive as Oliver is concerned.
  • Survivor Guilt: Barry is having a lot of trouble dealing with Oliver's death in Crisis, but he starts to move on after the "mystery" of the Mirakuru traces on Oliver's old mask turns out to be meaningless.
  • Title Sequence: A new one is introduced, featuring shots of each cast member in clouds, before ending on an updated logo.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Dig returns to Barry the mask that Barry made Oliver back during his first appearances on Arrow, claiming he left it to him in his will. He thought it was a clue about a plot related to Mirakuru, but the Mirakuru actually came from Slade Wilson's blood traces when Oliver and Thea fought him in Lian Yu.
  • Uncertain Doom:
    • Cisco believes that Nash is the last Harrison Wells left in existence, but since the heroes don't know about the rebooted multiverse yet or if any alternate version of Harrison Wells was sent to Earth-Prime, it remains to be seen if any of them were lost in Crisis.
    • It's not clear if Team Flash's other extradimensional allies like Jay Garrick or Breacher were permanently lost in the Crisis or if they were part of the cosmic reboot, like Earth-96's Superman. Eric Wallace confirmed that Jay and Joan are in Earth-Prime.
  • Villain Ball: Carver sending an assassin after Iris immediately after hitting her newspaper with a defamation suit just guarantees that Iris knows exactly who is trying to silence her. Besides which, if the assassination attempt had succeeded, Iris' sudden, mysterious death would doubtlessly have thrown suspicion on the people who have grievances with her (like the company suing her for defamation).
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Sadly, Gene Huskk, Iris' contact for McCulloch Technologies, gets killed on behalf of Black Hole during his second appearance.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Barry's analysis on the residue on Oliver's mask: Mirakuru. However, this doesn't turn out to be plot relevant; it just got on Oliver's mask back when he and Thea fought Slade on Lian Yu.
    • Nash takes out a photo, revealing one of himself and an Allegra from his Earth.
    • Someone (or something) from the large mirror in the secret McCulloch Tech office reaching out and grabbing Iris.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Cisco has a binder of various characters whose current status on Earth-Prime are unknown. Lampshaded by Frost.
    Frost: What happened to Magenta? I liked her.
  • Windmill Crusader: Barry is convinced Oliver gave him his mask to uncover one last evil plot, only that there is none.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Cisco basically tells Nash this, as an infinite number of Earths and other Wellses are dead due to him. He later seems to come around a little, telling Nash to take his place while he is gone.