The Flash season 3 episode 22 recap: penultimate episode falls flat

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramo, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. Season 2 of the series also introduced Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and the Earth-2 version of The Flash as played by John Wesley Shipp (who also played Barry's father, Henry Allen).

The team suffers a major setback when Savitar fools HR into blabbing the location where Iris is stashed away. "Barry recruits a version of Snart from the past to help him break into an ARGUS facility to steal a McGuffin from the season's big crossover with three other shows" sounds like a fan-service set up, and a way to kill time. I can not take the tears in Joe's (Jesse L. Martin) eyes, thinking about his baby girl dying.

This easily ranked among the best episodes of the season for me.

Another possibility is that Barry won't end up creating Savitar. This is a nod to legendary DC artist Carmine Infantino, who was responsible for the classic red trimmed with yellow costume design of the Flash, and among many, many other fantastic moments, characters and looks, also drew the classic "Flashes of Two Worlds" book that was done shot for shot in last season.


According to the logic of the show as it stands, when Savitar kills Iris why doesn't the Flash just go back in time and stop it? It was a nice reminder of what was so attractive about Flash in Season 1: its lighthearted silliness that still managed to convey stakes. The only one that would work is the Dominator's power source left from the Invasion and in the hands of ARGUS. Somehow, there has to be a way for her to still be alive ... right?

They keep hitting Barry over the head with the fact that time travel is bad, but then the show keeps using it as a plot device. Savitar tricks H.R. into giving up Iris's location, he carries the philosopher's stone with him, which neutralizes the effects of the Speedforce Bazooka, and stabs Iris. That being said: God, I missed Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold, and I'm so glad he returned. We spend the majority of the episode with Barry and Leonard and it's the flawless addition to their already unique and rich history together on this show and this universe.

Cisco: "Is it spying if we're friends?"

"If Cisco saves my life, tell him I'll put in a good word with my sister".


"Your goodness is your strength".

Iris says pre-emptive goodbyes to everyone, which really sets the tone for what you can expect. Or will Killer Frost have to die? Caviar, really? When you have that sexy mofo in bed next to you? But her video wedding vows to Barry made me die. The show even goes as far as to make sure viewers receive a close up of Joe on top of the building, where The Flash made sure to consistently show H.R. and even address it as a part of the future that had changed at one point. So, it'll be interesting to see if Cisco has any luck appealing to the lingering humanity inside Killer Frost. The entire reason for most of the conflict in this season of The Flash is because Barry messed with time travel and screwed things up. Whichever route the show ends up going, we only have to wait a week before we find out.

Up next: Hope is dead. Yay?



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