…aaaaaand the ball is in the air.
That’s about the best way to sum up where the show is at as of this episode. We’re now less than five episodes away from the end of the season and the writers have decided now is the time to light the fuse on a lot of what they’ve spent the season setting up.
And as of tonight, damn, we’re in for a Hell of a ride for the final three episodes.
Part of the reason this writeup took a bit longer was just collecting thoughts after how much was officially upended by this week’s episode. Several major secrets of the show were revealed this week, in particular as bookending.
Right out of the gate, this episode dropped a lot on the viewers just in its follow-up to Barry and the others finding Wells’ time vault last week. Besides the shocker of the fact the team now has his role as the Reverse Flash confirmed, the flashes of what the future holds were a LOT to process.
I have to admit, I am curious how much of that timeline will be held to in the future. The show has already explored the idea of how knowing the future can cause it to diverge from that knowledge, so whether the new found knowledge the STAR Labs team has will come to pass or not remains a mystery.
Of course, the show doesn’t want to make a cunning bastard like Wells that sloppy, which leads to the back-end’s reveals. While I will admit the ‘you were meant to find this’ revelation is a bit of a cliché nowadays, I’ll give credit where it’s due that it was executed well here.
It’s actually surprising to look back and realize how quick the turnaround on a lot of this week’s storyline is. It’s a huge reveal at the start, then a lot of the episode is building to its secondary reveal as the team attempts to get a confession out of Wells.
In the middle of this, Iris’s storyline becomes tied back in. On the one hand, it’s a fairly straightforward story to kind of ground some reality at first – Eddie’s interest in proposing to her. Then it too gets pulled into the future storyline, thanks in no small part to the rest of the team learning the man they know as Harrison Wells is actually part of Eddie’s future bloodline. By comparison, the fact Iris now knows Barry’s secret is almost an afterthought amid all the other things going down.
The fact the episode ends with Eddie himself discovering this, as well as some earlier reflections by Wells during the episode, raise some interesting questions about where this storyline will go before the season’s over – most notably with regards to the implications from things such as the fact Wells technically made Barry into The Flash by his own design as well as what Eddie will do realizing his is the bloodline that will give birth to a superpowered murderer.
Everyone’s got a lot on their plates and three episodes left this season to sort it all out. In light of how much has been shaken up, I’m already looking forward to seeing how it all comes together before the end.
Speaking of things to look forward to, next episode brings back another face we haven’t seen in a while with Grodd Lives.
-A lot revealed that largely still adds up
-I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Tom Cavanagh has made for one Hell of a villain so far
-While I recognize it has a place in the episode emotionally, the Iris storyline really just gets drowned out this week
-Hey, it’s Hannibal Ba–oh…nevermind