The Flash: The Wrath of Savitar Review
The CW’s The Flash: Season 3, Episode 15: ‘The Wrath of Savitar’ has gotten to the point where not everything stays positive for too long. With Iris’ (Candice Patton) impending death still looming, it seems like things are going well for Team Flash. After seeing Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) propose to Iris during the last episode, we can’t help but be happy for them. However, if there’s anything we’ve learned in the past two seasons, it’s that once we get comfortable with these characters, it makes it that much harder to see them go. That is something that happens during this week’s episode.
Before we get into the bad, there was some good that came before it. Iris does end up saying yes to Barry’s proposal, and the two of them end up sharing the big news with the rest of the team. It was nice to see all of these guys coming together after what they’ve all been through for the past three years. Other than being a team, they are also considered family to each other. Team Flash is what makes this show strong even when it isn’t, which makes this scene represent that so well.
None was more surprised by the news than Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Seeing a father getting emotional for his children after seeing them grow up is a strong sentiment to any parent, and Jesse managed to pull that off. Even if he doesn’t get enough to work with, Jesse does his best with whatever material he is given and it shows. His silent but emotional look after seeing his daughter engaged to Barry really was a big moment. Even though these two were raised in the same household, you tend to forget that and see that these two are really in love, and seeing Joe happy for them makes it just that special.
However, the happiness didn’t last long for the team. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) suddenly gets visions of Savitar and fears that he won’t be fast enough to save Iris. Barry also had some issues to deal with after Iris finds out that he only asked her to marry him out of fear in order to change the future. Even Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) secret was exposed when she tells everyone that she kept a piece of the Philosopher’s Stone so she can get rid of her powers. If that wasn’t enough, Julian (Tom Felton) had to channel out Savitar twice to help the team find out where the Speed God is.
With everyone keeping secrets, it did display some powerful moments with the characters. The problem is, you would think that Barry and Team Flash would’ve learned by now that secrets would drive them apart. Barry’s revelation was unexpected and left a big impact in his relationship with Iris. Their romance has been rushed recently, as they went from moving in together to getting engaged. Barry had this all planned from the start so he can avoid losing Iris. She deserved a lot better than this and breaking the engagement was her way to establish her independence. This also reminds Barry that sometimes he can be his own worse enemy. Barry keeps making rash decisions out of fear and ends up facing the consequences for his actions.
The whole point of the episode was that good people could end up doing terrible things out of fear. Caitlin’s desire to get rid of becoming Killer Frost made way to Savitar’s return. Even though she did lie to the team, she was not the cause of the villain escaping the Speed Force. That honor went to Wally out of fear when he allowed Savitar to breach the wall separating him from Earth in order to escape.
Wally’s storyline was the most interesting this week. Keiynan Lonsdale was able to expand his acting capabilities in unexpected ways. It was really emotional when Wally had a moment with a hallucination of his mother. It’s as if we finally can see what Lonsdale can do with the right material. Wally was able to bring out his pain and suffering after all he went through since gaining his speed, playing right into Savitar’s hands.
Even though the episode was well made, Savitar dragged the episode down a bit. Savitar still isn’t a compelling Big Bad like the last two evil speedsters. Having Savitar wanting to become the fastest being in existence didn’t help his cause. However, Savitar became much more daunting when he spoke through Julian. Tobin Bell’s voice as Savitar is what makes the villain so scary. His fight with Barry was much improved from last time. The battle between the two speedsters was much smaller and personal. Revealing Savitar’s identity is the only thing that can make him live up to his potential as a villain. Hopefully the buildup will payoff soon and there was some hints as to his true identity but it’s becoming irritating when he doesn’t reveal who he/she is.
This week’s episode went into some dark places, but it did get out some great character development. The whole team had to live in fear and face the consequences for the decisions they made. Even with all that, the show still fails in establishing Savitar as a true adversary to The Flash. Here’s hoping that all of this back and forth will be all worth it.
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