The Flash: “Cause and Effect” Review and Recap
The Flash has been greatly picking up speed the last few episodes from what has been overall, a pretty dull season. This episode continues bringing the show back towards season one and two heights. This was a fun and lighthearted episode (while dark at times) that really emphasized the relationship between Barry and Iris. Spoilers for last week’s episode of The Flash, “Cause and Effect” from this point on.
The fight to stop Savitar continued as Barry told Team Flash about how he is Savitar. I wasn’t exactly proud of the explanation they gave for him being a time remnant version of Barry, but in all fairness to the writers, it was probably the best they could do and have it still make sense. Barry being Savitar really brings up “being your own worst enemy” in a big way and it is really interesting to see him trying to comprehend how he could fall so far that he would resort to killing Iris. From the few minutes we got to see Grant Gustin playing evil Barry, I have to say that I’m really enjoying him in the role. He can play an evil Barry extremely well and still give him that extra bit of charisma that our Barry has.
It’s not too hard to take a look at Barry in season three and the Barry of season one and instantly recognize that they are two completely different characters. The Barry of now is burdened with so many losses and he has become a very dark person that even rivals Oliver Queen at times. We got a glimpse back at season one Barry as Team Flash accidentally erased Barry’s memory while they trying to find a way to stop Savitar from getting Barry’s memories. This allowed the writers to give us a fun episode in a dark season as we see Barry in a cheerful way as he isn’t burdened by his dark past. This also gives Candice Patton some great scenes to shine as Iris. She is tasked with trying to help Barry regain some of his memories. When Iris sees how happy this version of Barry is, she thinks that maybe him not regaining his memories is for the best as he can live a happy life without the memories of his friends and family dying.
This episode also succeeded when it came to the Killer Frost scenes. Danielle Panabaker gave some really powerful performances as Caitlin is forced to work with Cisco and Julian in an attempt to help Barry regain his memories and thus leading Savitar to regain his. One of the best scenes of the episode came as Cisco talked about one of the times he, Ronnie and Caitlin were working on the Particle Accelerator. Caitlin remembered too and even quoted Ronnie. Watching her leave Star Labs as she regained Caitlin’s side for a split second was a powerful scene and makes me want the real Caitlin back again so much more.
Wally also lost his powers this episode because of Savitar not having his memories, this helped the end of the episode because it gave Wally a great entrance when he regained his speed and showed up to help Barry stop the fire. As much as I do like Wally and love the Kid Flash character, I feel like having him on the show is making it a bit crowded. I think next season he should just show up every once in a while or maybe he could even become a main character on the new Titans show if it ends up being set in the Arrowverse.
I really did enjoy this episode and I’m excited for the final two. I just kind of wish that maybe the season should have had more episodes like this and less like some of the ones we got.
9/10 The Flash gave us a great episode that fired on all cylinders.
The Flash airs Tuesday at 8 PM EST on the CW Network.
Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio