Well, that was unexpected.
Or was it? With one episode left in the season, Team Flash ran out of tricks and time and watched helplessly as Savitar killed Iris, just as predicted. Now, while this was unexpected, I made peace a long time ago with the fact that this show plays with the timeline and time travel like a puppy and it’s favorite chew toy. Saying that, this was loads of fun for many reasons, including some great moments with some familiar faces.
When we left off last week, Team Flash found a power source to use in their bazooka gun, the one that is supposed to trap Savitar in the time force. Well, being guarded by King Shark is one thing but also being deep in an A.R.G.U.S. facility, that’s a whole different ballgame. So Team Flash calls on the help of Lyla to get them in but she refuses, leaving Barry to scoop up Captain Cold from another timeline to them to break in instead.
Screwing around with the timeline, again, notwithstanding, it was great to see Snart again. Wentworth Miller always makes Snart a joy to have around and his strange relationship with Barry is fun to watch. Barry needs someone with Snart’s skill set that also is a bit murky when ethics and morals are involved. It was great watching these two work together again, and taking on King Shark was a blast, so here’s hoping they find a way to bring Snart back again. And speaking of King Shark, the whole Jaws vibe and talk of Shark Week was a great touch, turning what could have been something really cheesy into a boatload of fun.
We also got to watch Vibe and Killer Frost have their inevitable showdown and wouldn’t you know it, that was left unresolved, probably until next week. Carlos Valdes was excellent again, still feeling guilt about not being able to help Caitlin. It remains to be seen if he will be able to actually kill her but I’m still not convinced she that she is not going to betray Savitar in some way. Although with Iris now ‘dead’, that seems a bit less interesting but hey, who knows what is going to go on next week?
H.R. also had some nice moments, even with his big mistake in giving away Joe and Iris’s location to evil Barry/Savitar. His moments with Tracey Brand and Cisco were great, going from joyous to guilty in a very convincing manner. It also sounds like he has other issues he’s been grappling with and his little sideways glance towards the fragment from Savitar’s armor tells me next week is going to do something heroic. Or stupid. Or both.
We all these things going on we still had Iris’s death, which was quite a blow to everyone after everything they had done, everything they had planned to stop this from happening. I’m not doubting that she’s dead but I’m wondering if Barry had finally learned his lesson and will stop himself from trying to change things to bring her back. As with H.R., there are other Iris’s from other Earths so that is always a possibility as the show moves forward.
One thing is certain, and that is next week will have a lot to live up to after this fantastic and engaging episode. Seven days is a long way off and here’s hoping the finale is worth the wait.
Four and a half stars out of five
- Iris dying was a pleasant surprise and nice little shock
- Wentworth Miller is always welcome as Captain Cold
- Many characters brought their A game this week
- Alternate timelines/Flashpoint....let's not think about it too much, ok?