Monday, June 6, 2016

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

The Flash: Season 2, Episode 23 “The Race of His Life” (B+)

I wasn’t sure how our friends could defeat Zoom, and I don’t think I expected this. The notion of Barry and Jay racing was enticing if a bit primitive, and I like that Barry figured out how to make a time remnant so that he could be in two places at once and ensure that Zoom couldn’t pull one over on him. The freaky time wraiths dragging Zoom away was a fitting end for the fearsome speedster, and hopefully that means he’ll never be coming back. The group voting to lock Barry up so that he couldn’t race Zoom initially was an intriguing decision, and I like that Wally was the one who let him out and insisted that he go to rescue Joe, something that Barry of course wanted to do from the start. We finally learned who the man in the mask was, and, as I came to suspect after Henry’s death at the end of the last episode, he was the one behind it. Having a more seasoned hero don the helmet and depart was a great way to send off Earth Three and whatever remains of the multiverse. Barry and Iris’ proclamation of love for each other seemed like a good way to leave things off, but it turns out Barry had other ideas. Running back in time to correct his decision from this same point last season and kill the Reverse Flash rather than let him murder his mother was a bold move, and I don’t even know what that’s going to mean for the universe as we know it. This season was just as good as the first, introducing new characters and new ideas and proving that comic book television series can still be really terrific. I look forward to season three in the fall!

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

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