I can tell straight away that this episode is going to be one of my favourites this season. It has everything – love, friendship, bad 80s fashion, a Belinda Carlyle throwback and a race against time to save the day. Cue Central City 2004 and the execution of Freddie Meyers – a serial killer who went on a killing spree at his prom in 1989. Freddie is brought back from hell and this alerts the team to try and stop a second round of killings.
The team head to Prom at Freddie’s former high school. The memorial prom is being attended by all of Freddie’s former class mates and its likely that revenge is in the air. Meanwhile Norah is back and exhausted and disillusioned with her fairy god mother role and wishes she could really help the kids.
Within minutes of arriving Freddie has already claimed further victims. Heaven isn’t a place on earth for these prom goers. One of the new victims was Tiffany the final girl who survived the last spree. Freddie has the school in lock down with Sara, Ava and Mick trapped on the inside with Nate and Ray outside. Constantine has removed hmself from the team and is in 2020 trying to find a solution to the Astra problem. Constantine has gone home only to find shape shifter Charlie squatting and has taken on Constantine’s form – robe and all.
It becomes clear to Sara that they are powerless and the only way to stop Freddie is to go back to 1989 and to try and reform a young and pre-killer Freddie. Nate and Ray arrive and see that Freddie is a shy and cautious teen who is the butt of everyone’s jokes and the target of bullies. The team observe Tiffany (most popular girl in the school) ask Freddie to the prom. The team are suspicious of her motives and think this is what tips Freddie over the edge. However the team have a secret weapon as Norah is drawn to Freddie as his fairy god mother and after granting his wish for a cool suit and ride they arrive at the prom. The would be prank soon becomes clear – Tiffany was to guide Freddie to the middle of the dance floor so they could dump a pile of rubbish on him – bullies at their best. However Tiffany is actually enjoying her time with Freddie and it looks as though the prank has been averted until the bullies pour a drink over Freddie and he leaves. Norah rushes after him and tries to convince him to use one last wish. Freddie is then onstage busting some cool moves and has everyone dancing. It looks as though everything will be ok. Norah is fundamental in counselling Freddie and it’s clear that he is a nice lad who just needs a bit of direction, care and love. Norah seems to have found her purpose at last and Freddie releases Norah as his fairy god mother.
Meanwhile Zari is being her usual self 2.0 and manages to hack the Waverider’s systems and leave the ship. In doing so she has a flashback and seems to recall a snippet of the former timeline. Zari steps directly into Freddie’s limo just as Freddie and his friends are leaving the prom. We see a masked figure approach.
In 2004, the masked killer is still on the loose and has killed Ally, Mick’s school love interest and the team are fighting to stop Freddie. The killer repels Mick’s gun and kills him and Sara and Ava are fighting for their lives as the killer is bearing down on them. In 1989 the masked figure has attacked the limo and Zari, Freddie, Tiffany and their friends have managed to get out. Zari sprays the killer with some scent and it is only at this moment the truth becomes known. Freddie wasn’t the killer – his mum was. He covered for her and took the blame. His mum said she did it for him but when he tells her to stop she resolves to kill them all. Luckily Behrad arrives and uses his totem to save the day. Freddie’s mum is taken into custody and the 2004 killer disappears and the time line is restored with all the new victims being saved. The 2004 prom is back in full swing and Freddie and Tiffany are together. The team take some time out for a reunion and some fun while Mick gets reaquainted with his school love.
Back in 2020 Charlie helps Constantine to face the spirit of Astra’s dead mother. Cue another spell and a ring of fire. Only time will tell how this conversation goes. I guess she can’t tell him to go to hell because he has already been!
So what was this episode really about. We saw Norah try to guide Freddie to self acceptance inspite of everything. It showed that with a bit of guidance and support Freddie could make other choices. This helped the truth about Freddie’s mother to come to light and saved everyone including Freddie who was innocent. The episode showed that sometimes first impressions aren’t always correct as Tiffany soon realised. It also showed the benefits of team work. Zari 2.0 seems intrigued so I’m curious to see the role that she adopts going forward. In terms of Constantine’s individual crusade we shall soon see if this works but in the meantime I’m enjoying the spells and the rings of fire. I hope Constantine doesn’t fall into a burning ring of fire in the next episode.