The Flash ‘Finish Line’ Review and Recap
The Flash capped off its third season last week with unfortunately an underwhelming finish to a rather underwhelming season. Spoilers for The Flash from this point on.
I said last week how The Flash had finally started to pick up steam again and how depending on what the finale did, I might look back on this season in a more favorable light, well unfortunately this episode had a lot of plot holes and played a very annoying game of bait and switch on us.
Within the first five minutes of the episode it is revealed to us that Iris in fact has not died and instead was replaced by H.R. , now it’s not that Iris isn’t dead that annoys me (because let’s be honest, who thought she was really dead) but it’s about how they went about it, they used the most obvious plot twist as it was pretty obvious that H.R. would be the real victim for a long time now, I guess I was hoping that the writers would be a bit more creative and come up with a really good reason for why Iris didn’t die but because of how inconsistent the writers have already been this season, I don’t know why I was hoping for anything different.
After realizing that Iris is still alive, Savitar is literally racing against time to stop himself from being erased from existence so he tasks Cisco with building a weapon that will scatter future Barry throughout history so that he cannot be stopped and he will be a genuine god, now this is all well and fine if you don’t think about it too much but if you start to think about it too much then everything starts to fall apart and it’s best you just don’t think about the obvious plot holes in creating this weapon that much.
One plot development that I did really enjoy was Team Flash trying to bring Savitar into the fold and save him, I enjoyed this because it showed the good inside Barry that he is willing to forgive Savitar for what he’s done and it emphasizes (what we saw last episode) that Barry’s real strength is his light, his goodness and how good of a hero he can be if he fights his darkness. Unfortunately this nice plot development was over almost as soon as it started as Savitar turned evil again and decided to destroy Team Flash once again. The scenes we had with Savitar inside Star Labs interacting with everyone were really nice though.
Savitar gets his time weapon and just as he’s about to escape, Black Flash shows up. I was very excited when Black Flash showed up and thought we were going to get a cool scene of him vs Savitar but he was gone almost instantly with what is my biggest gripe with this episode, the fact that Killer Frost can stop Zoom instantly just by freezing him, this has to be one of the stupidest moments in the entire show as it makes absolutely no sense how Black Flash’s one weakness is “cold”.
Shortly after this though we did get some really nice scenes in which Jay and Wally team up with Barry in order to fight Savitar, the three speedsters are ultimately unsuccessful but that scene with the three of them running alongside each other was really well done and gave me some great comic book vibes. Then came another really great scene in which Barry phases into the Savitar suit and pushes Future Barry out of it (don’t know why the suit changed color though). In the end Savitar was ultimately defeated because Iris shot him in the back. So Savitar couldn’t be beaten by Black Flash or the combined ability of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick or Wally West but he’s killed by being shot by a gun in the back, yes you can chalk it up to him being distracted or not paying attention but we have seen multiple times how quick the reflexes are of someone like Savitar, so it’s an unnecessary plothole and makes Savitar look extremely bad as the villain.
The season ends with a Speedforce storm over Central City (FLASH REBIRTH??) and Barry leaves to join the Speedforce prison were Jay was before this episode, that might sound like an exciting cliffhanger to some, but when you put it up against what Arrow and Legends’ cliffhangers were, well Flash doesn’t really measure up.
Overall this episode leaves me not too excited for what season four holds, it kind of disappoints me how much wasted potential there was this season but I’m hopeful that season 4 will be better than this one.
6/10 The Flash season 3 ended on a disappointing episode that doesn’t leave much to be excited for.
Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio