This article will contain spoilers for The Flash episode – Dead or Alive.
The latest episode of The Flash was a nice move back to some of the more fun episodes the series can do. It wasn't comical, but it had the edges of lightheartedness even with a couple of series topics going on… something the show has always been good at. Laughing in the face of danger.
The episode introduces us to Gypsy, a Collector from Earth-19 sent to apprehend H. R. Wells and return him for execution. His crime? He travelled to a parallel Earth. The worst crime there since they had been invaded by another Earth in the past. Gypsy's powers, unlike in the comics, were very similar to Cisco Ramon's and there is an instant chemistry between the two. But when she tries to take this version of Wells, Cisco challenges her to a Trial by Combat… which turns out to be to the death.
Now with the Sword of Damocles hanging over his head, Cisco starts training to fight with the help of Team Flash including the newest member, Julian Albert. Julian's dry delivery and brutal honest makes for some of the best lines in the episode. I am looking forward to more of that. He's training is going poorly, but we learn the reason that he stepped in is that he wanted to be there for Harrison Wells for all the times Wells was there for him. Even though it's a different Wells, it means something to Cisco.
While all this is going on, Irish West is trying to track down a gun runner / dealer who is selling high tech rifles like the one Plunder had. Though warned off by both Barry Allen and Joe West, she ropes in Kid Flash to help her. At one point, she stands up to the guy holding a rifle, daring him to shoot while Wally West speeds in and takes him out. She doesn't have a death wish, what she has is a desire to make her life mean something, to make a mark, before she is potentially murdered by Savitar.
Back to Cisco who meets Gypsy and is now wearing his full Vibe costume. The suit is cool, would like to see them go a little closer to the comics on the goggles. She is definitely the better fighter and the two jump through multiple portals taking them to various Earth's including Earth-2, Supergirl's Earth where they fight in Cat Grant / James Olsen's office, and finally an Earth that looks like Mustafar from Star Wars. When they get back to Earth-1, she goes for her signature move, a knockout blow… except Julian figured out how to counter it. The point where she is off balance for just a moment giving Cisco a clean shot and he takes it and wins the fight and telling Gypsy to call him Vibe.
This was a very good, Cisco Ramon episode but it also gave some nice moments to Wally West and we end up with Barry turning to Wally to help him save Iris. This was an enjoyable episode and had the family vibe (no pun intended) that the show does well. And the flirting between Vibe and Gypsy was a lot of fun.
Next week Kid Flash goes up against a villain who turns everything he touches into ash. One way to keep Savitar from killing Iris is if she dies before then.