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Subj: The Flash "The Race of His Life" Review *SPOILERS*
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 at 08:37:53 pm BST (Viewed 466 times)
This episode opens where the last one left off and Barry is in anguish over his fatherâ€™s death. I feel only a small amount of loss for Henry, but for the most part I donâ€™t care enough for the character to really be affected by this death. And I also felt it was not necessary because this is the Flash not the Arrow. One character does have to die once per season so I really wish the showrunners would leave that kind of stuff to the Arrow and leave positive shows like the Flash alone.
Zoomâ€™s motivations donâ€™t make any sense. But thatâ€™s what happens when the showrunners care more about the big plot twist over a well developed character arc over an entire season. Back to Zoom: First he wants to conquer other worlds and now he wants to destroy the multiverse? Who wrote this episode and why is he throwing out what Zoom wanted in previous installments? And then Zoom reveals he has the power to travel to other Earths? Why was this never shown before earlier in the season with the exception of the last episode? The writer briefly acknowledges what came before then writes what he wants even if it directly contradicts everything in previous episodes. This writer needs to be fired from his job!
Zoom wanted to conquer the Multiverse, then he wants to destroy it but then he wants prove heâ€™s faster than Barry and then he even wants Barry to be just like him. Zoom wants so many things that his motivations are all over the place and if anyone thinks about it long enough, none of these things are fully developed which results in a villain that was never fully developed nearly as well as he could have been. And that leaves Zoom as a very shallow shell and not much of a villain at all in my book. Just a cliche archetype that has been done to death in some form or another on countless TV shows. The WOW factor wins over great writing. If just one of Zoomâ€™s motivations were fully explored, perhaps we would understand how Zoom came to be the way he was. Perhaps it would have worked, but sadly that is not what happened.
The final battle between Flash and Zoom was incredibly satisfying because Flash actually stepped up to the plate and beat Zoom himself. No plot devices, not being fast enough and nothing to get in the way unlike last seasonâ€™s finale. All that training to increase his speed and Barry couldnâ€™t beat the Reverse Flash, which required Eddie to kill himself and wipe Reverse Flash from existence. But not here, no lame plot devices named Eddie. The Flash has spent all season trying to get faster and he has gotten faster. The Flash beat Zoom, proving beyond doubt that Barry is the fastest man alive.
But ultimately, the writing still suffers with Barryâ€™s quick explanation regarding his own time remnant, which doesnâ€™t make a lick of sense if you think about. If Barry traveled back in the past, creating a double of himself, and that past self died saving the Multiverse then modern Barry shouldnâ€™t even exist! But I forgot, this is the Flash where they can have the ancestor of Eobard Thawne kill himself, erasing Reverse Flash from existence only to have the character miraculously survive that erasure. So, if the past version of Reverse Flash can exist then the one who actually got erased shouldnâ€™t have been erased. Time paradoxes donâ€™t exist in this show because the writing staff do not know how to think, either because they donâ€™t want to deal with them or they are just too lazy.
And then the ending...the ending...wow, the ending. Iâ€™ve never been left feeling so angry over such a terrible ending in my life. If I had the money to replace my TV screen, Iâ€™d have busted the thing and bought a new one.
In the Runaway Dinosaur, Barry at last comes to terms with his motherâ€™s death and comes to have peace with it. Thatâ€™s why the ending of this episode makes absolutely no sense! I mean, why have Barry make a huge step in his character development only to turn a 180 and take 10 steps backwards?! The Runaway Dinosaur might as well have never happened and itâ€™s now become a pretty pointless episode along with Barryâ€™s lack of character development. It was great to see Barry come to terms with his motherâ€™s death, but then all of that was forgotten and thrown out the window for THE WORST ending of any Super-Hero TV show I have ever seen in my life! If I was Kevin Smith, Iâ€™d be furious over this turn of events (he is the one behind the â€Runaway Dinosaur in case you donâ€™t know). Yeah, I know Barry was grieving over his fatherâ€™s death, but thatâ€™s NO excuse for ignoring what happened in the Runaway Dinosaur.
And now with Barry going back in time and saving his mother, that changes the future and...enter Flashpoint. I know plenty of fans love that storyline but I hate it. And for one very good reason. Flashpoint got rid of the Pre-52 Universe and introduced the polarized New 52 along with the utter crap that came with it. Yes, I know the TV version will be different and most likely nothing like the comic version of the event, but Flashpoint has been forever sealed in my mind as an event that I will forever despise in whatever form it takes. I highly doubt I will review Season 3 of the Flash now, but I will remain tuned in to see if itâ€™s any good, but I won't get my hopes up.
With Flashpoint obviously on the way now, I really donâ€™t see how the showrunners will be able to keep the obvious time changes to the Flash alone. We fans had better see those same changes on all the CW shows. And now that it is obvious Flashpoint will end up happening now, my prediction that Supergirlâ€™s universe will merge with the Arrow, the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow seems far more likely to happen. Iâ€™m crossing my fingers that it doesnâ€™t, but I have a sinking feeling that Iâ€™m right on the money on this one.
This was NOT a good way to close out the season. Iâ€™m sorry, but this was one episode that I found to be exremely bad. Whoever wrote this episode should never be allowed to write anything ever again. EVER. The psuedo science was totally ignored, time paradoxes abound, IDIOT Barry rearing his ugly head to go back to square one AGAIN with Iris and then he saves his mother as if the events in the Runaway Dinosaur never happened. And after this long winded paragraph, I forgot to add Zoomâ€™s motivations donâ€™t even make sense because they were all over the place.
I fear what season 3 of the Flash will bring, especially if such horrible writing continues to persist. I give this episode a 1 out of 10 stars
1. I had Teddy Sears as my #1 suspect as Jay Garrick and â€œHenry Allenâ€ as my #2, although I thought it was unlikely to occur given Johnâ€™s misgivings about putting on the suit again. Guess Iron Man Unit was correct, money talks... Oh well, I wanted to see John Shipp as Jay anyway ever since I learned he was going to be in the show. So, itâ€™s all good.
2. Great to see Jay Garrick is a hero! And heâ€™s twice Barryâ€™s age so that will make a lot of fans happy that complained â€œJayâ€ was too young. Nice looking costume too.
3. Ciscoâ€™s powers are growing, he can now take other people into his vibes and be seen by others. Nice! Then again, it could be those nice shades that are amplifying Ciscoâ€™s powers.
1. Ok, so if Barryâ€™s time remnant is a past version of himself then by dying Barry SHOULD NOT EXIST! Am I the only one confused by the concept of Time Remnants? Kill a time remnant you might as well cause yourself to cease to exist! Itâ€™s by far the lamest, most STUPID, power that a speedster can possess! This power makes absolutely NO sense at all...
2. Itâ€™s NOT Velocity 9, itâ€™s Velocity 6! Velocity 9 never existed on Earth-2 and was created by Caitlin, with a bit of help from Harry, on Earth-Prime!
3. First it was Harry who created Velocity 6 then itâ€™s Zoom who created it? So, if Zoom created Velocity 6 then HOW does Harry know how to create it?!
4. Alright, if Zoom could travel to other worlds all this time, then why is it heâ€™s shown this ability just now? Earlier in the season he was waiting for Cisco to open a breach. Earlier still, when all the breaches were closed, Zoom remained on Earth-2 until Cisco opened a breach. And now all of a sudden Zoom has the ability to travel to pretty much any world he wants? Wow, talk about bad writing...
5. When Barry saves his Mom, the version of Barry that hid in another room fades away. But that Barry IS this Barry in this episode so Barry should have faded away too. But I forgot, time paradoxes don't exist in this show....
6. Barry is such an IDIOT! He has Iris right where he wants her and what does he do? Kisses her and says he can't do this. Back to square one all over again! And now it's back to Barry pining for Iris, AGAIN, for another season! GRRRR!!!! WHY do the showrunners think this back and forth jerking around is great storytelling I'll NEVER understand!
It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?