The Flash ‘The Wrath of Savitar’ Review and Recap
The Flash took some pretty dark turns this week as the first part of Savitar’s prophecy came to fruition. Spoilers for The Flash from this point on.
We still know barely anything about Savitar and I really hope that changes soon, we’re about to jump into the final stretch of episodes and we don’t know who Savitar is, (although there’s some very strong theories) this episode was supposed to be based around Savitar and honestly, we still don’t know much more than we did before the episode, but it was still a really good episode and sets up some pretty dark things to come.
So Barry has been flipping out unnecessarily at Wally all season, one second he’s happy congratulating him for making some progress with his speed and the next he’s shouting at him for making a mistake that Barry would’ve made all the time back in season 1, this has been annoying me about Barry this season and I really don’t like him as much as I did in the other two seasons, but I get it, he’s seen the future and knows the woman he loves is close to dying and he’s had to sacrifice his perfect life from Flashpoint, so I’ve been trying to sympathize with him. So Wally has been seeing Savitar mess with his mind for the past week but even Wally was worried not knowing if this was just in his head or not, then Barry finds out and starts saying some really nasty things to Wally and even kicks him off the team and after a scene like that, it gets hard to sympathize with Barry or to a lesser extent, even like him.
Wally went through some crazy horrible things this week though, after discovering that Savitar is in his head and trying to control him, he then sees visions of his mother and Wally is scared and shaken by all of this and understandably he’s not thinking straight. So he decides to deal with Savitar himself, he takes the last piece of the Philosopher’s Stone and decides to throw it into the Speed Force in order to keep Savitar trapped, he thinks this is the right thing to do but it’s been part of Savitar’s plan and is exactly what he wanted, this forces Wally into the Speed Force and he takes Savitar’s place in the prison. This brings the first part of the prophecy to fruition “One will suffer a fate worse than death”.
This leads to our first Barry v Savitar battle of the 2nd part of the season and oh boy was it a good one. I think this could have been our first time seeing Barry fight someone with Team Flash giving him support and Barry actually do okay, I mean yeah he lost and ended up with part of Savitar’s claws stuck in this shoulder but he did force Savitar to retreat. The following scene in which Barry tells the team that Wally’s in the Speed Force was especially emotional and is the darkest the show has been since Barry and Zoom’s first fight in season 2.
The Savitar conflict wasn’t all that was going on in this episode though, we got a cool twist that the only reason Barry proposed to Iris was because she wasn’t wearing the ring in the future. I feel like this will lead to Iris saying no to Barry’s proposal and her still not wearing a ring when the future comes around. We also learned that the reason Savitar has been slowly clawing out of the Speed Force is because Caitlin took a tiny piece from the Philosopher’s Stone in hope that she could use it to cure her Killer Frost powers.
This has been my favorite episode of The Flash in a while but I’m mostly excited for the next episode with everything we know about it, it should be a good one.
8.5/10 The Flash had a very enjoyable episode this week that pushed the season’s plot forward.
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