Sunday, May 29, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 2, Episode 22 “Invincible” (B+)

I’ve been fond of this show since it first started and I think its quality has remained pretty consistent since that point. But there was something great about this episode that made it seem like things were truly uncertain for the first time in a while and I’m on the edge on my seat after being legitimately caught off-guard by the ending of the episode. Some things seem too easy, like defeating every metahuman except for Zoom by creating a vibrational frequency designed to fell anyone from Earth-2. That moment, however, was amplified by Cisco and Caitlin cleverly posing as their Earth-2 doppelgangers while they confronted and distracted Laurel’s own counterpart, who proved to be quite sinister. Zoom couldn’t have been dealt with that swiftly, and his return to Earth-2 seemed like it might leave things peaceful for a bit. I’ve been wondering about Henry’s sudden presence all the time lately, and that led to a very poignant and superbly powerful final scene in which he got to give Barry the approval he always needed right before Zoom killed him in some twisted attempt to turn Barry into a stone-hearted killer. I can’t imagine that will happen, but this definitely will definitely wound Barry’s optimistic attitude of late. I love the fact that Barry raced off after Zoom without stopping to think that Wally didn’t know his identity, and the look on Wally’s face as he put it together was indescribably awesome. Next week’s finale is sure to be intense, and I’m excited.

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