Friday, April 9, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 7, Episode 6 “The One with the Nineties” (B)

I love a good time loop – they’re actually among my favorite phenomena in film and television – and this one had some of the workings of a good one but not all. I appreciated the specificity of “The Matrix” being cited as a 1998 film when it in fact came out in 1999, and it was fun to see all of the characters in the present get made over into outfits that were more befitting of the stylish times, including Caitlin ending up as a buttoned-up scientist while the rest of them were decked in something much more fun. Maybe it’s that I prefer episodes that make better use of all of Team Flash, even if characters like Chester could use some more alone time so that we can get to know him. He geeked out over meeting Nora, or rather the speed force in physical form, and then he got to bond with his dad in a totally unexpected way the day before he died, completely transforming the way he saw the mostly absent father figure who was killed in a car crash when he was very young. Working with his father to help get them back to the present was nice, and he’ll likely be inspired to finish their work on his own. It was good for Iris and Nora to talk about how Barry seeing his mother’s face made him feel, and even if it doesn’t make all that much sense to see the speed force in this human form, it’s reassuring to know that there’s someone – or something – who cares deeply for the Flash just as his mother would if she were still alive. Joe going to Frost to tell her what was coming for her didn’t end well, and now it seems much likelier that she will end up getting captured given her attitude.

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