Saturday, July 17, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 7, Episode 17 “Heart of the Matter – Part 1” (B-)

This feels like a strange place to reach the end of the season, but nothing about this season has felt all that much like it’s headed in any particular finite direction. Cisco’s return felt especially random since he was supposed to have left the show, and for him to come back so soon just wasn’t necessary with characters from other shows like Diggle on hand to show up. I’d much rather focus on the chain of events that got us to where Nora and Bart are at the moment, so gleefully teaming up and having a blast despite the evident tragedy of Bart having watched his uncle be killed in front of him by Godspeed. I think I side with Barry on this, that watching one person he loved die isn’t the same as the deliberate targeting of his entire life and legacy by Thawne, even if Bart did feel particularly connected to his uncle. It was good to see Jay Garrick again, not that he was in particularly great shape as his attempted use of his speed resulted in immediate apprehension by the Godspeeds. I do think that there is a degree of fostering the villain by attempting to prevent them from existing in the first place, though the fact that Godspeed was waiting for Barry inside his mind as soon as he entered suggests that August Heart may not actually be in charge of much since he’s been taking over by something else. I hope the finale is satisfying, but I’m not really sure what to expect.

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