Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Flash - Success is Assured

It's more accurate to say the Sixth Season of The Flash ends with "Success is Assured" as little effort is made to come to a conclusion in the shortened season finale. Yes, Joseph Carver's (Eric Nenninger) reign of terror will come to an end as Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor) gets her revenge, but Iris (Candice Patton) remains trapped in the mirror universe and Barry (Grant Gustin) is no closer to creating an artificial Speed Force or preventing the loss of the little speed he has left. Also, with so little time left, it's a bit odd for yet another episode to devote so much time to Killer Frost's (Danielle Panabaker) personal story which is completely disconnected from the season arc and ultimately doesn't lead the character anywhere but into an obvious state of hiatus.

In the end, Barry does step in to try and save Carver. This isn't surprising, but it is odd that the Wells' foreshadowing about whether this version of the Flash is worthy of the name also leads to a dead end without any payoff. The finale does have some moments, such as the return of the future Mrs. Dibny (Natalie Dreyfuss), who it looks like is going to need plenty of Ralph's (Hartley Sawyer) help next season, and the return of several of Sawyer's assassins, who decide they'd rather work for his insane wife rather than be trapped in the mirror universe, as the show pulls out the stops for an extended action sequence between Team Flash and the villains. While this is obviously not how the show planned to end (also nothing from Thawne here), it is disappointing that (other than the action scene or the Sue and Ralph banter) there's not much memorable about the season's final episode which leaves so much unfinished.

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