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TV Review: The Flash S3E15 The Wrath of Savitar

The Flash Season 2While training with Barry, Wally starts to have visions of Savitar, which he hides from the team; a dangerous secret threatens Barry and Iris’ happiness.

The Flash ended last week with some twists and turns and of course things can’t be happy for even an episode. Barry and Iris spring the news of their engagement and Wally is dealing with his Savitar sightings. That’s the chunk of the episode, either folks talking about the engagement and reacting to it and Wally being an arrogant dick.

While I generally like Wally on the show and thought he provided a different perspective, there’s been an arrogance and cockiness to the character that has had me not quite cheering for him. This episode shows off why that’s the case as we learn more about Savitar and his Kid Flash connection.

All of it really shows off the issues with Wally as a character and emphasizes the differences between Barry and him. One is someone who accidentally got his powers and has been working on making himself worthy and the other thinks he deserves the powers. It’s pretty in your face, but  how Savitar fits into it all really pushes that narrative over the top. There’s also some circular logic to it all that I’m still trying to wrap my head around.

Though we should be happy for Barry and Iris, that too is tainted. There’s why Barry did it which is revealed later in the episode but there’s the fact that Barry didn’t “ask” for Joe’s permission, a rather outdated idea that doesn’t really fit with Iris’ character in some aspects, but also emphasizes that Iris hasn’t really stood out on her own yet. She’s a prop piece for Barry and Joe, for them to react to or have to save. Where’s the independent and successful Iris? We used to see her in her job, but that has gone away enhancing the issue that she doesn’t stand on her own and is only a part of the ensemble.

The end of the episode is where things really stand out though. We get a shock moment that visually is fantastic but is a bit hollow in how it resonates and people react. It really sets the show in an interesting direction and ups the threat factor but considering who it happens to, can’t say I’m too sad to see it happen.

Overall Rating: 7.05

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