The Flash Finale Recap: Season 3, Episode 23

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Over the course of The Flash‘s three seasons, we’ve seen Barry Allen’s teammates make the ultimate sacrifice to save the day: Eddie Thawne in the season 1 finale, Ronnie at the beginning of season 2, & Jay Garrick in season 3. Now, it’s finally time for Barry — who, let’s admit it, has scrseedjustice.orged up royally — to be the nhân vật he wants to be & to vì what everyone else around him has been willing khổng lồ do. In the emotional season 3 finale, Barry sacrifices himself khổng lồ save his city and his loved ones; however, first, he needs to lớn take care of Savitar.

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“Finish Line” is honestly the best finale that the show could have made given this season’s missteps. (Note: Take the finale’s grade with a grain of salt because I’m definitely grading on a curve.) It’s a confident & at times clunky episode that manages khổng lồ recapture some of the show’s heart right when it needs it the most.

The finale wastes very little time in revealing that Savitar, in fact, did not murder Iris. As Barry holds Iris’ toàn thân in his arms, H.R.’s drumsticks fall out of her pocket, & it’s revealed that Barry is actually holding H.R., who used his transmogrifier lớn take her place. As he explains with his dying breath, this was his way of making up for disclosing Iris’ location lớn Savitar in the last episode.

Given the focus on H.R.’s love life and his search for a purpose on Earth-1 in the past episodes, H.R.’s death wasn’t necessarily surprising, but it did hit home. The show has done a pretty good job of making us care for this Wells doppelgänger, even if he was relatively useless. And to be fair, H.R. Did serve a function on Team Flash, & on the show. His cheerleading often helped spark ideas, and, more importantly, he was a reliable source of comedic relief during this angsty-as-hell season.

With H.R.’s sacrifice, Team Flash believes the future has changed, & the future nseedjustice.orgspaper in the Chamber of Time Secrets that now bears Iris West-Allen’s byline quickly confirms that assumption. Saving Iris also means that Savitar should eventually cease to lớn exist since it’s her death that leads Barry khổng lồ create the time remnants, which he won’t vị now that Iris is alive. However, Team Flash can’t just wait for the time paradox lớn erase Savitar for three reasons: First, that’ll take a hours, và Savitar can get a lot done during that time. Second, Savitar stole the speed Cannon, which he means he’s planning something else. & third, Savitar & Killer Frost kidnapped Cisco.

Savitar tells Killer Frost & Cisco that he kidnapped Cisco because he still intends on completing his apotheosis before the Time Paradox catches up lớn him. Savitar wants Cisco to modify the tốc độ Cannon so he can use it lớn fragment himself across time, basically turning him into a god. It’s a bloody ridiculous plan, but I love how wacky it sounds. (Also, Grant Gustin makes a very convincing villain, which isn’t entirely surprising given his role on Glee.) Cisco, though, is downright giddy knowing that his friends changed the future, & he refuses to vị what Savitar demands. Well, that’s until Savitar threatens khổng lồ kill Reverse Flash Killer Frost if Cisco doesn’t cooperate. The only reason Cisco agrees is because Savitar reveals that Julian and Caitlin’s mom developed a cure for her.(Recap continues on page 2)

Since Iris didn’t die, Barry has had time khổng lồ consider Snart’s parting words, & he realizes that running quickly và punching might not be the best way to save the day. So, Barry chooses option three và approaches Savitar with an offer to help him avoid the time paradox if he frees Cisco and Caitlin. Even though this seems pretty naïve, it’s the kind of heroic action we want khổng lồ see from Barry: offering friendship and compassion instead of fists. It’s the first step in Barry’s attempt khổng lồ reject the darkness, which has been overwhelming him và the show all season long.

Savitar comes lớn S.T.A.R. Labs under the pretense of cooperating with Barry Allen, but it’s all a façade because he’s merely trying to buy time for Cisco to make the necessary adjustments lớn the tốc độ Cannon. Once enough time has passed, Savitar runs away from Team Flash & tries to lớn kill them all by blowing up the Philosopher’s Stone in the breach room.

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Once Cisco finishes the speed Cannon, Savitar instructs Killer Frost to kill him. But, thankfully, Gypsy vibes in out of nowhere and saves Cisco, in the first of several genuine surprises in the episode’s final acts. Apparently, Gypsy was able khổng lồ sense he was in danger across the multiverse because they’re connected. At first, Cisco is annoyed that she rescued him because he wanted to save Caitlin, but learning about their connection shuts him the hell up. Và now that he’s reunited with his team, it’s time to lớn take Savitar down.

Believing Cisco did what he was supposed khổng lồ do, Savitar & Caitlin head to lớn a field where he opens a time portal & instructs Caitlin to lớn kill the đen Flash, who comes running out of the breach because the speed Force doesn’t like it when speedsters play with time. Once that’s taken care of, Savitar goes through with his plan và has Caitlin shoot the modified speed Cannon at him, leading khổng lồ a pretty awesome-looking visual effect. However, it doesn’t work; Cisco actually turned the speed Cannon into a speed Force skeleton key, which frees Jay Garrick from the prison.

Now the final battle is set: The Flash, Kid Flash, Jay Garrick, Gypsy, & Vibe versus Savitar và Killer Frost. While the speedsters fight Savitar in a dazzling CGI extravaganza, Gypsy and Vibe take on Caitlin, & Cisco manages lớn change Killer Frost’s mind about stepping khổng lồ the bad side. Killer Frost ends up being the one to stop Savitar from killing Cisco. Barry gets the upper hand on Savitar but refuses to kill him, because he’s a hero, damn it! and it would’ve cost him his life if it weren’t for Iris, who shoots Savitar before he can kill Barry. Good riddance khổng lồ bad rubbish!

Does Iris being the one who saves Barry in the end cosplay for how poorly the writers have handled her this season? No, definitely not, but the gesture is definitely appreciated.(Recap continues on page 3)

Team Flash holds a pretty touching funeral for H.R. Where Barry shares H.R.’s final words with Cisco: “This took strength, và he gave it khổng lồ me.” Cisco is moved. Caitlin shows up at the funeral and reveals that she doesn’t plan on taking the cure because this is who she is now. She’s not Killer Frost, but she’s not the Caitlin they, & she needs to lớn figure out who this person is. Since Caitlin transformed into Killer Frost, I’ve been worried the show would chicken out and change her back, & I’m glad to see that they’re going to let this version of Caitlin play out.

Unfortunately, all’s not well that ends well because Central đô thị gets hit with a series of earthquakes, which are caused by instability in the speed Force. Remember, the speed Force prison needs an occupant. As Central city is ravaged by a lightning storm, a breach opens, và the tốc độ Force-as-Barry’s Mom walks out và beckons lớn Barry, indicating that he’s reached his finish line. No one on Team Flash wants him khổng lồ go, but Barry realizes that this is his penance for causing all of this trouble. Barry và Iris’ goodbye is particularly heartbreaking because Iris và Barry just sent out their save the dates. Before joining “Nora Allen” in the speed Force, he makes Iris promise she’ll keep living and loving without him. Then he enters the breach, and the tốc độ storm stops.

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Barry will be back by the kết thúc of the season 4 premiere? No, because of course he will! But this needed lớn happen; Barry scrseedjustice.orged up a lot this season and definitely needed khổng lồ suffer the consequences. What will be interesting is how Team Flash will react lớn Barry’s return in season 4. Before leaving, he anoints Kid Flash Central City’s Flash. Although Barry doesn’t run Team Flash like Oliver Queen used to run Team Arrow, I expect we’ll have similar situation khổng lồ when Team Arrow had khổng lồ fend without Ollie in season 3. Barry won’t be able khổng lồ just come back in và be top dog anymore. Moreover, I’m curious lớn know how the show plans on working Caitlin into the action. This finale wasn’t without its flaws, but its heart was in the right place, which is all you can ask for from the show.

The Flash season 3 has been rough ride that suffered for sloppy plotting & pacing và never-ending angst. Going into season 4, The Flash needs khổng lồ recapture that sense of joy and optimism it had in the first season, when it leaned heavily on genuinely heartwarming moments. Given the current state of the world, I could use a hero who reminds us of the need to lớn push forward và focus on the good. Furthermore, the writers should spend some time carefully considering how they approach Iris West’s character, because she had very little agency this season when it was her life on the line! I want lớn know who Iris is outside of her relationship with Barry. What kind of reporter is she? What drives her to pursue a story? Is she interested in reporting on anything that’s not The Flash-related? In my dream season 4, The Flash would give us an Iris-centric episode like House season 6’s “Wilson” or “9 to 5,” which were focused on people who weren’t the titular lead.

The finale hinted at season 4’s assumed villain again: Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a. The Thinker.The episode featured several nods khổng lồ “Running home to You.”“I’ll never let the pain, the darkness, determine who I am,” Barry, to Savitar.“At least you’re not shopping at Villains-R-Us anymore,” Cisco lớn Caitlin at H.R.’s funeral.I hope Barry asking Harry to lớn keep an eye on the team means Harry is the version of Wells we’ll get next season.