Saturday, May 23, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Flash (Season Finale)

The Flash: Season 1, Episode 23 “Fast Enough” (B+)

Now this is a season finale. Everything was building towards a big showdown with Wells, but instead what we got was a different deal, which involved Barry getting to reset his past and save his mother’s life in exchange for Wells, or, rather, Eobard, getting to go back to his time. Barry deciding that he shouldn’t save his mother but instead give both of them the opportunity to say goodbye was immensely moving, and then he raced back to the present to cancel Eobard’s ticket back to his time, declaring that he liked his life. The ensuing battle was certainly chaotic, and who would have expected Eddie to do something significant and sacrifice himself in order to ensure that Eobard would never be born? I read before I watched this episode that this show would feature parallel timelines next season, and I’m incredibly excited since, while wormholes are exciting, nothing beats alternate universes. I’d love to see how Barry could grow up with both parents and have the real Wells help him to become the Flash, with all the characters behaving slightly differently. I don’t know exactly what’s in store, but I do know that this show has been superb this season and I’m incredibly eager to see where season two takes it. And I like that the erasure of Eobard doesn’t necessarily mean the death of Harrison Wells (in fact, it saves the real Wells’ life). I can’t wait to see where season two heads, even if it doesn’t emphasize another reality – this one is more than sufficient already.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Grant Gustin as Barry

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