Sunday, May 21, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 3, Episode 22 “Infantino Street” (B+)

I’ll be honest – I’ve totally lost track of where Leonard Snart is and how he still exists in this show’s universe. What’s most puzzling to me is why Wentworth Miller felt the need to leave “Legends of Tomorrow” as a regular cast member if he was going to return several times in this season. A bit of quick research reveals that he now has a contract that has to be similar to Rosario Dawson’s deal with Netflix Marvel shows, appearing as needed on a variety of shows that all exist in the same universe. He was helpful in this episode to get Barry close enough to ARGUS to inspire Lyla to give to them, but the craziest thing is that it didn’t work. Savitar showed up posing as Barry to STAR Labs, and HR eagerly let slip Iris’ location, a mistake that he’s sure not to forgive himself for making. The end of the episode was in slow-motion seemingly to underscore the majesty and inevitability of this moment, and having Iris record her telling Barry that she would marry him suggests this really is the final chapter of her story. What that says about the power of speed and time travel is a mystery to me, and I think it’s hard to imagine anything but a much darker version of Barry existing in the near future, unless he somehow goes back in time to reverse the actions that his time remnant doppelganger has engineered. I’m sure we’ll see what happens in the season finale, but I’m not feeling particularly optimistic at the moment.

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