THE FLASH jumped head first into the climax that they’ve been trying to prevent all season. But first, a heist to save Iris’ (Candice Patton) life. This episode is reminiscent of the season as a whole, as it had its ups and downs. There are things I love about this episode, and we got some really powerful moments this week, but man this was a mixed bag of an episode.
With only twenty-four hours left ‘til Iris dies, the episode starts off with a somber, but effective montage set to an acoustic version of “Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)” by Aurora. It set a mood for the episode, that in part of its problem, shifts tonally throughout the episode. With Cisco (Carlos Valdes) finding a power source at A.R.G.U.S., Barry (Grant Gustin) and him head there to ask Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) for the power source. With Lyla not trusting Barry due to Flashpoint, Barry is left with no options other than to recruit Captain Cold aka Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) to pull off a heist to save Iris’ life.
I sorely missed anti-hero Snart. With him being a full-out villain on the second season of Legends of Tomorrow (in part due to his death at the end of Legends season one), it was good to see him cracking wise with Team Flash. I loved how the team briefly berated Barry for using his powers for time travel again as this is how all this happened in the first place. But I’ll say this: writer Grainne Godfree nailed the unique dynamic between Barry and Snart. Including writing a thrilling heist that featured Snart trying to keep Barry from going to the dark side throughout the heist by providing alternative ways to help their situation. Little does Snart know this makes him even more of a hero than he realizes. This episode also enhances Snart’s sacrifice at the end of the first season of Legends. “No strings on me”.
It’s always fun when the adversary is Grodd or King Shark. While I wasn’t too keen on King Shark’s last appearance in season two, here he’s used so effectively including a brief homage to Jaws that was both funny and thrilling. It’s classic Lyla that she would have King Shark and the power source in the same cell. I mean she’s basically Amanda Waller at this point. One thing that stood out to me was that Cheetah is in a cell at ARGUS, so does that mean that Wonder Woman exists in the Arrowverse?! Are they allowed to use the character at some point? And is this a backup just in case the movie it not good even though Patty Jenkins is a true auteur? (Sorry guys but, the DCEU has sucked so far. Not to mention how WB did David Ayer dirty on Suicide Squad. I really hope Wonder Woman is good in full disclosure). I wish Snart could be used more often, and hopefully, Wentworth Miller will pop up on The Flash more now that he’s not part of Team Legends for the time being. Their dynamic this episode surprised not only me but themselves as well.
I’m sure Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) has fully emerged now as Killer Frost is trying to appeal to the Barry Allen side of Savitar. He senses that she’s having doubts, and has to remind her that she is in fact not Caitlin and he is not Barry. I have a feeling since we only got to see snippets of their fight that Cisco has been dreading this the entire season. With her Caitlin reemerging, I think it’s safe to say that Cisco’s hands will not be lost like they were in the future. As a matter of fact, since Savitar is so gung-ho about Killer Frost wiping out Cisco’s hands (no pun intended), he’ll probably be a big part of taking Savitar down. Also, it’s May. Was Killer Frost making it snow or were they in the mountains and that’s why it’s snowing?
Hiding out on Earth-2 with Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) we get one of the most powerful scenes of the show yet between Iris and Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Candice and Jesse sell this father/daughter moment as they reminisce and dance using Joe’s love of blues in a way that’s not cloying as it easily could’ve been. Also, Jesse has to sell that it’s hitting him the hardest knowing that he only has hours left with his daughter, and he plays it as subtle as possible as any actor would try to play it broad. When Savitar does show up by tricking H.R. I really did think that either Joe and/or Harry could’ve been killed.
Now to get where I’m frustrated with this episode. After Barry and Snart get caught, Lyla just hands it over understanding Barry’s motivations of saving a loved one as that’s exactly what she’d do for John (David Ramsey). I hate this type of writing as it undermines the whole heist, and all of this could’ve been done in a much more roundabout way of getting the power source for the bazooka, which didn’t even work anyways. Lyla also sees that Barry is a true hero by not leaving Snart behind when he had the chance.
When we get to the fateful moment of Iris’ death, Savitar lets her go to show off just how much Barry has failed, which had my brother and I screaming on why didn’t she get up and run or why didn’t Barry seize the opportunity to get her back by running and grabbing her. It made no sense that that wasn’t the first focus of the encounter, it was infuriating. Barry’s recklessness with firing the cannon was insane also just blowing things up in the town square willy nilly. And thanks to the Philosopher’s Stone the canon doesn’t work.
My big question is: is Iris really dead? And if she is that’s a mistake, as outside of Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating, television is in short supply of strong, black female characters. Iris has grown in character, in particular, season two up till now. With Eddie out of the way, she proved herself to be a smart, headstrong reporter. And as Barry said without Iris, there’s no Flash. Iris was still growing as a character, as is everyone on this show, so if they do keep Iris dead it’s a huge missed opportunity, but also ballsy that a major character is dead now.
Where was Julian (Tom Felton) this episode? Has Barry and Team Flash figured out that they can beat Savitar without creating a time remnant? Can the team get the Philosopher’s Stone away from Savitar so the canon can work? We’ll find out in the season finale next week! Stay tuned true believers!
Season 3, Episode 22 (S03E22)
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8PM on The CW
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