Spending time with Grodd and the super gorillas over the last two weeks was loads of fun and well done, with great action, storytelling and acting. However, after all the back slapping for a job well done subsided it occurred to me that it was almost that time in the season for things to take a turn for the worse and get darker. I mean, we are marching towards the end of the season and things do need to be turned up a notch in terms of stress so it did not surprise me at all to see “The Wrath of Savitar” bring loads of conflict and chaos to Team Flash in many different and interesting ways.
At the start of the episode, everything is all business but joyful at the same time as Wally, Jesse and Barry continue to train towards the inevitable confrontation with Savitar. However, this is the beginning of Wally’s ‘visions’ of Savitar who as it turns out, is one of Wally’s biggest fans. (This is not a good thing) Wally’s ego/stupidity leads him to keeping these visions to himself for a while until Barry sees him talking to himself and all is revealed.
So begins the quest to find Savitar and what better way than to go back and use Julian as a conduit again to talk to Savitar himself. It is a bit creepy but still powerful stuff, and they get some useful information from doing this, even if it freaks out Julian to no end. However, with Savitar in need of the Philosophers Stone, which they had got rid of, the big, silver scary looking guy just seems to be spouting some empty threats. Of course, this is when we find out that the stone is still around and that someone kept it for their own selfish reasons, even though everyone knows that this is the one thing Savitar needs to be truly free. This is what you would politely call a very dumb decision.
In the middle of all of this, Wally asks Cisco to vibe him back at the moment that Iris is killed, to look for something to help, but what he finds causes more trouble than anything and leads to more issues that push member of Team Flash apart. Like I said earlier, we were due for one of those episodes where things go sideways and this week certainly fit into that description.
There is a weird vibe on the show recently, at least I thought so, and maybe that’s because someone in the cast is going to die. I don’t know for sure but I’d guess Julian won’t be coming back next season. Maybe that’s why some of these emotional moments seem a bit more intense and honest, as if these actors know that everything is going to change and someone, or more than one, character won’t be back at season’s end. Whatever it is, the actors on this show are pulling out all the stops and making many scenes feel like their last scene.
At the end of the episode, we were left with many questions and some huge problems to solve, all of them important in some way, shape or form. One thing is for sure, I hope they don’t have any more filler episodes and just travelling right on down this road because it’s been very entertaining. (Ok, there is a singing episode coming up, so besides that, I hope there’s no more filler episodes)
Four stars out of five
- Good to see Savitar back, flexing his bad guy muscles
- Team Flash chemistry is still great to watch
- Great way to start the countdown to the end of the season
- It's starting to feel like we're being force-fed the romances on The Flash
- Some really, really, really dumb decisions were made