Season two of Flash has an ongoing mystery: who is Zoom? We know that Zoom is a speedster from Earth-2 and that he’s sending supervillains into Earth-1 to kill their duplicates and to kill Barry Allen. But why? And who is under that mask? Well, I have a weird theory after the episode last week. It’s spoilery if you’re not up to date, but also I admit that the guess could very easily be wrong so it probably isn’t a spoiler at all. Your call on whether to read on.
Oh good, you’re still with me. Okay, so here is a shot of Zoom from season 2, episode 6, “Enter Zoom”:
And here is a photo of actor John Wesley Shipp from when he starred as Barry Allen/The Flash on the TV show in 1990:
Need more convincing? Look at this comparison of the eyes:
Okay, so I’m positing that John Wesley Shipp is playing the guy under that mask. But who is he? On the show, he plays Barry’s father, Henry Allen. It seems pretty convoluted to say that Henry is somehow Zoom in a parallel dimension, when Henry spent all of last season in prison. No, it’s not Henry. But could he be Henry from Earth-2? Maybe. Definitely maybe. But I have a different theory.
Zoom is Barry Allen from Earth-2 and Earth-2 is the same universe as the 1990 Flash TV show.
Yeah, I’m guessing that Zoom is the alternate version of Barry, grown up. I think that the idea behind the season is looking at what if Barry made bad choices and turned evil? That’s who Zoom is. It may explain somehow why Zoom is obsessed with having supervillains kill their counterparts on Earth-1. Maybe Zoom even got to Henry and convinced him to stay away from Barry, which is why Henry took off as soon as Barry got him out of prison?
There’s a lot of info still to be revealed. It could either shore up my theory or smash it to smithereens. But I think the show is going to retroactively turn the 1990 TV show into canon for itself.