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I have given a lot of flack to The Flash this season, overall I think it hasn’t been as great as the previous two but with the way these last five episodes have been, I’m starting to see this season in a more favorable light and depending on how the season ends then I might end up thinking of it as better than the second. Spoilers for The Flash from this point on.

This episode started on a pretty depressing beat and it ended on one as well, but that was to be expected with how high the stakes are right now. The overall tone and question for the episode was “Can Barry save Iris?” and unless next episode changes something then the answer was “No he can’t”. So Barry has to decide what kind of person he wants to be if he can save Iris, and the inevitable conclusion he comes to is that he needs to use the good inside him to stop Savitar and I think the final episode is going to be about Barry’s fight to stay a hero.

This episode excelled when it brought Captain Cold back into the mix wonderfully played by Wentworth Miller, the explanation for how the character returns was a good one and didn’t cheapen the characters sacrifice in Legends of Tomorrow (it also cleverly tied into Legends). Barry needs to break into Argus and steal a piece of Dominators technology to use in the Speed Bazooka, but with the amount of security that Argus has Barry will need the help of an expert thief, thus leading him to Leonard Snart.

Going to Argus was a fun choice as it gave the writers a chance to throw in a lot of nice references and easter eggs, including a little nod to a Wonder Woman villain. I loved Barry and Snart’s banter while inside Argus, it showed how different the two characters are but at the same time shows their similarities and during all of this the two have to find a way to get past King Shark and when the plan inevitably goes off the rails then they have to “Throw away the plan”. It was also interesting to see Snart have to talk Barry down from the ledge that would be him killing King Shark and this once again gives us a nod towards Snart’s redemption.

The final scenes of this episode rank among some of the best I’ve seen on The Flash, seeing H.R. breakdown after he is responsible for Iris being taken hit especially hard and it all makes me appreciate the development that his character has gone through this season, at first it seemed like he was just here purely for fun but he has grown into his own character ever since and I really hope he survives next episode (but it’s doubtful). A scene that hit much harder however was the final one in which Barry was once again too slow to save the woman he loves. After seeing the Iris death scene at least five times this season I thought I was over it, but seeing the real version of it, while Iris says her wedding vows was just hard to take in. I don’t for one second think Iris will stay dead but in that moment it was hard not to shed a tear as everything Team Flash had been trying to stop had come to fruition.

Overall The Flash has become a better show over the last group of episodes and if the season ends as well then I will definitely look back on this season with a better mindset, while season 2 had a lot of amazing episodes spread throughout the season, this one has a lot of their best grouped together.

THE VERDICT

9/10   The Flash is proving that this season can still be great

 

Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio 

 

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