"Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"
(Season 2/Episode 13)

Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey

EPISODE SUMMARY: Two years ago, Barry Allen and Batman worked together to save themselves from villains like Gorilla Grodd, Captain Boomerang, and Mirror Master. Two years later, the Rogues (consisting of Heat Wave, Weather Wizard and Captain Cold), Jay Garrick and Kid Flash are depressed over Barry Allen's apparent death when he was pursuing Professor Zoom. However, after seeing the mysterious ghost of Barry Allen, Batman and the two Flashes use the help of the Cosmic treadmill to travel to the 25th century, where Professor Zoom has taken over as the conqueror.

"Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" was written by Greg Weisman and directed by Michael Cheng. It originally aired on October 1st, 2010.


"Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"

Batman takes on Kobra and his cultist as they try to unleash the Age of Chaos by sacrificing a woman to the Kali Yuga, a giant stone serpent. Batman appears to be overwhelmed, until his backup arrives: the Outsiders, with new costumes and a couple of new members. The serpent is activates and crushes Batman, but the Outsiders destroy it. Afterward, Batman praises the team on how they've come together as a group, and even remembered to destroy the bridge to prevent reinforcements. They sheepishly realize that they forgot to destroy the bridge.

Two Years Ago Batman teams up with Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, and helps him battle the Rogues such as Gorilla Grodd, Captain Boomerang, and Mirror Master.

Now Barry Allen is dead, and other Rogues--Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Weather Wizard--are on a rampage in the hero's hometown of Central City. Batman arrives to take them on, but is quickly overwhelmed. The villains are disappointed, noting that the Flash was a much worthier opponent and sheepishly admitting that they miss him. However, two other Flashes arrive: Jay Garrick and Wally West, Kid Flash. They quickly defeat the villains. Jay greets Wally, but the latter is in a hurry to be on his way and protect the city against other menaces.

Jay invites Batman home and explains that the teenager blames him for Barry's death. Jay informs Batman that the three Flashes were chasing a villainous speedster, Professor Zoom. They accelerated around the planet until they were pulled into the Light-Speed Dimension. Zoom disappeared first, pulled through a shining portal. Barry sacrificed himself to knock Jay and Wally back and save them, before disappearing himself. Wally blames Jay for Barry's death, and Jay admits that he blames himself as well. He reluctantly tells Batman that his guilt is making him see Barry wherever he goes. Batman tells him to get some sleep and leaves. However, as he drives out of town, he sees Barry's image on the road ahead. He hastily pulls over, almost going off a cliff, and the image disappears. Batman calls Jay and Wally and they meet at the Flash Museum. Wally resents being with Jay again, and insists he has to help the city. However, Batman takes them to the Cosmic Treadmill, a device capable of breaching dimensions by using superspeed. The Caped Crusader suggests that it is detecting Barry's speed resonance and projecting his image, accounting for the ghost. Wally admits that he's seen the ghost as well, and starts arguing with Jay about why they didn't tell each other what they knew. Batman interrupts them and has Wally set the Treadmill to home in on the resonance. The two Flashes then begin running on the Treadmill, taking Batman along with them.

The three heroes arrive in the 25th century and discover that it is now ruled by "Lord Zoom." They are quickly spotted and armored policemen claiming to be the Speed Force arrive to arrest them. Wally leaps into the fray but discovers that they all have superspeed. He's quickly subdued and Batman sets off a smoke grenade to cover Jay's escape. However, the Speed Force quickly capture Batman as well.

As they're taken to Fortress Zoom, Wally blames Jay for running away. Batman tells him that Barry wouldn't have stood for either Jay or Wally arguing among themselves or blaming themselves for Barry's death. Zoom greets them and explains that he deliberately lured the speedsters into the Light-Speed Dimension. He had planned his escape, and captured Barry as well. Zoom then reveals that Barry is alive... and trapped in a perpetual motion machine where he's forced to run. Zoom orders his men to kill the heroes, but Jay runs in and frees Wally and Batman. However, Zoom moves even faster than the two speedsters and imprisons them in the perpetual motion machine with Barry, and locks Batman in a cell. The villain explains that he's used Barry's speed to enhance his own as well as his Speed Force soldiers via bracelets, and now he has three speedsters. Now Zoom plans to travel through time and conquer any era he pleases.

In the machine, Barry explains that the device forces him to run, but he was able to send images of himself back through the Treadmill to warn them. They agree to stop fighting and Wally apologizes for his behavior toward Jay.

Once he's alone, Batman uses a hidden lock pick to free himself. He knocks out the guard, takes his bracelet, and subdues the other Speed Force members at superspeed. Batman goes after Zoom, but Zoom is more experienced at using his abilities and beats the Caped Crusader repeatedly. Inside the machine, Barry realizes they have a chance and tells Wally and Jay to run even faster so they can open up a rift in space. It opens and he tells one of them to go through, but they combine forces and knock him into the rift. Barry appears outside, runs back inside, and comes to Batman's assistance. Zoom and Barry battle around the globe at superspeed, until Barry manages to dig a circular trench, polish the walls, and trip Zoom so that he slides out of control. Later, the heroes return to the 20th century. The Rogues are there and are happy to see Barry, who is glad to oblige by giving them a fight they'll never forget. - TV.COM

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