Synopsis: Barry comes face to face with DeVoe. Devoe’s past is revealed through flashbacks. Meanwhile, Iris puts the final touches on the wedding, which is a week away.
Review: Barry finally comes face to face with DeVoe and finds himself to be outsmarted at every turn to a point where his team is convinced that he is losing perspective and showing awful judgment. DeVoe has thought of every conceivable angle and has done a grand job of covering his tracks. He’s so good that he has Barry’s friends convinced that he is not the nemesis that they are after.
We get to see DeVoe’s backstory, which explains why he is in need of the twelve meta human’s he played a hand in helping create. In order to come up with a better way of teaching his students, DeVoe comes up with a thinking cap, which he gets his wife to build, which she does. The only problem is. They need an incredibly strong power source to activate it. Something akin to a dark matter explosion.
The back story is executed really well and we learn that DeVoe’s motives for building the thinking cap were never selfish. At least not to begin with, but everything does come with a cost and the cost of DeVoe’s superior intellect is a drain on his body. Which is why he is doing what he is.
The back and forth exchanges throughout this episode with Barry and DeVoe are absolutely brilliant. Neil Sandilands puts in a fantastic performance as he feigns hurt feelings when Barry does his best Lieutenant Columbo impersonation by pestering his suspect. The scene where DeVoe reveals himself to Barry is fantastic viewing. Especially when Barry realizes just how much he and his friends have been manipulated by DeVoe.
Overall. This was a fantastic episode, which ditches the silliness of previous weeks and goes for a more serious and dramatic tone. We still have snippets of humor, but the drama here is where it is at, which is an element that this series has been missing since it started its fourth season.
- Incidental Music9.5