Tonight was a conclusion (of sorts) to the slow burn ignited by Prometheus at the beginning of this season.
“Finish Line” is probably one of the better titles for an episode of The Flash, and I’m so glad that it was used for the third season finale. Naming episodes is difficult and the traditions change from time to time. With this show in particular, a speed-related pun always appeals to me, and with the final scene of this finale episode hammering home the dual-meaning, I’ve come to appreciate it all the more.
The penultimate episode of Supergirl's second season left National City in danger from the Daxamite invasion. Though I was never really worried Kara would fail at protecting her city in the finale, "Nevertheless, She Persisted," it was a close call. The DEO and Kara had to make a hard decision to win the day, and while I don't have a better option in mind for eliminating the Daxamite threat, I'm not positive I agree with their actions.
You might need to bear with me a bit on this one, folks.
A long time ago—my first blog, actually—I wrote about how I’m a newcomer to Arrow. As such, some of the references in episodes require me to do some (usually a lot) of research to connect the dots from other seasons.
After tonight, I found myself doing quite a bit of digging to understand who Malcolm Merlyn is and how he connects within the Arrowverse.
Killer Frost has been kicking around The Flash this season in a big, bad way! We’ve known since Danielle Panabaker was cast to play the role of Caitlin Snow that there was potential for Killer Frost to emerge as an important villain for Barry Allen to face, but it’s taken three entire seasons for her to ascend to her true villainess glory—and that new costume really is everything!
End of the world rallying speeches aren't hard to come by in film and television. Good ones, however, are more difficult to find. Stacker Pentecost pulled it off in Pacific Rim with the whole canceling the apocalypse bit, and President Thomas J. Whitmore did a solid job in Independence Day (which Winn referenced). In news that won't surprise anyone who knows the character, Cat Grant stepped up to motivate the residents of National City with an end of the world pep talk. She called upon them to resist the Daxamite invaders, and she did one heck of a job.
High drama in Star City tonight.
Thea returns. Rene still can’t decide if he wants to be a dad. Ollie’s dad is an accidental killer. The flashbacks return…
I was really excited to see Cody Rhodes’ character, Derek Sampson, return. I’m a little bummed he wasn’t really used as much as I thought he would be, but that’s how the cookie crumbles, I guess.
Overall, tonight had a lot of moving parts in it.
If you’ve been reading this column for a while then you might remember when I wrote about my love for the QuickWest ship, and how I felt that Wally West and Jesse Quick had the strongest and most compelling romantic bond on The Flash. While QuickWest will always hold a special place in my heart and mind, the events of this week’s episode, “Cause and Effect,” may have me singing a different tune. And that tune may be drummed by none other than H.R. Wells!
The presence of super powers does not an instant hero make. Sure, special abilities make fighting back against the darkness in the world a little easier. When you punch or fly your way through a problem, you have a bit more effectiveness on your side. But those with powers don't always want to be heroes, and sometimes those without powers are willing to step up. Like, for example, James Olsen.
It’s been phrased differently over time, but Murphy’s Law basically breaks down to this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
It’s safe to say that this pretty much sums up tonight’s episode.
But I’d like to step back for a brief second. I saw something in the comments section of last week’s column that I’ve noticed for a while now and it looks like others see it, too.
Curtis aka Mr. Terrific—err, Mr. Comedian?