The Flash ‘Into the Speed Force’ Review and Recap
Barry once again traveled into the Speed Force this week and while it was great seeing so many old faces returning in this episode, it all kind of fell flat. Spoilers for The Flash from this point on.
So last week Wally got sucked into the Speed Force and of course Barry is blaming himself because he pushed Wally away and led him to try to get of Savitar by himself. This episode started great and this was an episode that had The Flash/ Vibe/ Killer Frost/ Jay Garrick/ Kid Flash/ Jesse Quick/ Firestorm/ Captain Cold and Black Flash all in one episode and it’s not even being treated as a big episode, it’s crazy to look at how far we’ve come when 3 years ago I didn’t think we’d see 90% of those characters in live action so it makes me feel bad to not have really liked this episode all that much.
So Barry jumps into the Speed Force to rescue Wally and he’s greeted by friends/ enemies from his past, the first one is Eddie Thawne and it was great to see Rick Cosnett return even if for a brief moment, the Speed Force versions of these characters all tried to tell Barry about how in one way or another these people died for him and that Barry hasn’t really done much to honor them or honor the Speed Force itself for that matter.
Next up on the reunion train was Ronnie Raymond played by Robbie Amell, this version of Ronnie had a baby with the Speed Force iteration of Caitlin and he also tried to explain to Barry how Ronnie is gone and he needs to live up to his promises. I’m still kind of annoyed they never did more with Ronnie, the way he got sucked into the breach at the start of season 2 made me think that they were setting Team Flash up to find Ronnie stuck on another Earth sometime later in the season but nothing happened. The Speed Force then sends the Black Flash after Barry as a test and Barry appears to have destroyed him but I don’t think he did because that might mess with the Legends of Tomorrow storyline in a small way.
Finally we saw a return of Leonard Snart played by Wentworth Miller, this Captain Cold was almost identical to the original using some of the exact same quotes “If you’re out, then you’re out” and even tries to fight Barry but he’s saved by a golden age Flash himself known as Jay Garrick, the Golden Age thing was a cool Easter Egg. Barry loses another father figure as Jay decides to stay in this prison so that Wally can escape and this is of course is a complete rehash of Jay’s story arc last year when he was a prisoner by Zoom and Barry promises that he’ll save Jay by the end of the season.
The B-plot in this episode involved Jesse taking on Savitar by herself in order to try to save Wally, she surprisingly get’s him to retreat with the help of H.R. when they both realize that Savitar is wearing armor (really???). This ends with Jesse deciding to go and protect Earth-3 in Jay’s absence, so what about Earth-2?? Alright this episode wasn’t bad, it just could have been so much more than it was and sorry I forgot to mention probably the worst part of the entire episode, Barry deciding not to marry Iris which that entire scene was the exact type of scene that many people hated about Arrow last year.
6.5/10 The Flash had an episode that should have been so much more but just ended up being kind of boring.
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