The review below contains spoilers for “The Flash” episode, “Trajectory.”

After a three week hiatus, “The Flash” is finally back and picking up where we left off. The audience now knows that Zoom is really Jay Garrick (we think), but Team Flash is still in the dark. Barry and co. are hard at work trying to make him fast enough to fight Zoom, but nothing seems to be working. Stressed out and over-worked, the group decide to take a night off to relax and enjoy themselves, ending up at a club.

But their night of fun is interrupted by the newest speedster in town, who is also a petty thief. Kudos to the show for using the new speedster, named Trajectory, as a way to bring back the conversation about Velocity 9, rather than her being a metahuman. Needless to say, Trajectory is running around causing havoc and petty thieving her way around Central City.

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One of the reasons “The Flash” is a standout show is not because Barry has superpowers that allows him to be the fastest man alive (although with Zoom around, his status is questionable at the moment), but the fact that he never resorts to violence first to take out whoever is causing trouble that week. Instead, Barry Allen always tries to talk people down because at the heart of who he is is a person who still believes the best in people. Which is why once it’s found out that Jay is Zoom, the sense of betrayal is real.

It turns out that Trajectory is none other than Eliza Harmon, a Mercury Labs scientist and friend of Caitlin’s who pitched in to help her with tweaking Velocity 9. Harmon is overworked, stressed, and six months behind on her research and in taking Velocity 9 at first, probably thought that she could work faster.

But the speed formula, which is temporary, works like a drug and Harmon becomes addicted to using it. That’s not the only thing the Velocity 9 has done though. It’s also created a split personality. So there’s Harmon and then there’s Trajectory, who as far as we can see based on a scene in the lab, is that the speedster is very much a voice in her head that takes over Harmon’s personality once she injects herself with the V9.

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After Joe and Caitlin head to Mercury Labs to question Harmon, Trajectory races over to S.T.A.R. Labs (seriously, guys, the security is practically laughable at this point), locks Barry up in the brig so to speak–an ironic turn, really–knocks out Joe and uses his gun to hold the remainder of the team hostage until Caitlin and Wells can make her a new batch of V9. Which they do, but not before Trajectory injects Jesse with it.

In the final showdown with Trajectory, Barry tries to talk her down, but Harmon is now a completely different person. Injecting herself with the last of the V9, Trajectory makes a run for it. But not before her lightning turns blue and she disappears (dies, disintegrates?). This leads Barry to wonder if Zoom’s lightning is also blue because he’s also taken V9. Wells theorizes that perhaps it’s because Zoom is dying. It’s then that Cisco tells them that he’s been vibing Zoom, and only when he’s touching the stand holding Jay’s helmet. And, in very dramatic fashion, they find out Jay is Zoom.

Elsewhere in the episode, Jesse accidentally learns that her dad has killed someone in his darker period while trying to get her back. She’s mad at him for it and although it can be slightly warranted, it would have been nicer if the two had talked about it more or Jesse could have stayed mad at him for a bit. Running away to another city (Opal City) when she’s just arrived on a new Earth (and just having learned that Earth-1 Beyoncé is a singer and not a senator) doesn’t sit well with me.

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Iris’ new boss–Scott Evans, making his second appearance–believes The Flash has gone rogue and assigns Iris an article to tell all of Central City how he isn’t the hero everyone thinks he is. Iris isn’t pleased and stalls by asking Scott to coffee so that they can further discuss the article. Scott, having completely misread the situation, thinks it’s a date and walks off afterward. I know this isn’t going to last (Iris has already started flirting with Barry, testing the waters) and that Scott has only a few episodes this season, but as much as it’s refreshing to see Iris getting her journalism on, it’s odd that Scott thinks it’s ok to assume that Iris is asking him out. She gave no indication that it was a date, and besides that, Scott is her boss. But alas, TV never explores these things. In the end, Iris gets the truth (she knows Barry wasn’t stealing) and lets Scott know that they’re ok and that she was just surprised.

Random Thoughts:

  • “Villains gonna vill.” Cisco Ramon, ladies and gentlemen.
  • The club scene: Cisco’s dancing, Barry stumbling through introducing Wally to Jesse, and Iris and Barry talking about their Earth-2 doppelgangers Netflix and chilling.
  • A shame Trajectory disintegrated. I thought she had a lot of promise and her backstory is something every young person can feel.
  • Glad that Team Flash finding out about Jay came sooner rather than later.
  • Jesse was injected with V9. Could this lead to the manifestation of her powers?
  • Jesse’s metahuman watch went off around Wally at the club. But Barry and Cisco were also present. Could it possibly be that Wally already has his powers, but they just haven’t manifested yet? Or is just the show teasing us?
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"Trajectory" was a good one-off episode that showcased the first female speedster and furthered along the season-long arc by finally having Team Flash find out the truth about Jay.

3.5star

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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