The Flash Season 2, Episode 12 Synopsis: Fast Lane


Last week on The Flash, Barry Allen had to deal with the unexpected return of his first arch-foe, the Reverse-Flash. He was able to send the man in yellow packing in just one night, a sign of how Barry has grown as a hero and that there are more menacing things lurking over him in Season 2.

We’re talking about Zoom, of course, and in this week’s new episode, “Fast Lane,” Barry will buckle down and get back to work on a way to blunt the speed demon’s schemes. Unfortunately, he’s going to have a new villain straight out of the comics to deal with, one that should prove to be a visual treat.

Here’s the official synopsis for “Fast Lane” courtesy of The CW:

"Barry (Grant Gustin) teams up with Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to figure out a way to close the breaches, but they are distracted by a meta-human nicknamed Tar Pit (guest star Marco Grazzini) who can transform into liquid asphalt. Iris (Candice Patton) is concerned for Wally’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) safety after she finds out about his drag racing hobby. When he refuses to stop she makes a bold move that puts her in danger. Rachel Talalay directed the episode with story by Brooke Eikmeier and teleplay by Kai Yu Wu & Joe Peracchio."

In print, Tar Pit was a meta-human who had the power to transfer his consciousness into inanimate objects but eventually got stuck (no pun intended) in a pool of tar. He was a foe of the Wally West Flash and was created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins, and hung around for a while without ever being the focus of any major storylines.

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The TV Tar Pit looks like he will be another villain sent from Earth-2 by Zoom, whose attacks on the Flash have ceased in recent weeks. In fact we haven’t had any real hint at what Zoom has been up to since his semi-defeat in S.T.A.R. Labs after his public thrashing of the Flash, save for one brief scene that made it clear he is blackmailing his world’s Harrison Wells into trying to steal Barry’s speed in exchange for the safety of his daughter.

More family drama with the Wests is to be expected as well. Promo clips for “Fast Lane” suggest that the Flash will need to try bailing Iris out of whatever danger she puts herself in, which could easily lead to friction between Barry and Wally. Series star Grant Gustin has stated that the two men don’t necessarily become fast friends this season, and this episode could help explain why.

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All that plus undoubtedly more on Jay Garrick’s recently unveiled Earth-1 counterpart, Hunter Zolomon. “Fast Lane” should have plenty in store for us when it airs on Tuesday, February 2 at 8 pm on The CW, and we’ll have our recap and review posted here roughly 20-30 minutes after the East Coast broadcast. We’d love it if you came back to Bam Smack Pow to compare notes with us.