Well, the season finale for Arrow last night was not nearly as dramatic and crazy like The Flash but it did end with team arrow…disbanded.
Oliver and Felicity are the only members of team arrow while the rest of the team struggle with their own demons. Thea left the team to reflect on her struggles and find her peace, mostly due to her daddy issues with Malcolm. Diggle left to enlist in the army again leaving Lyla and her daughter. We can’t forget about Quentin Lance, who left his job and left the city with Felicity’s mother. I’m sure they’ll be back in season 5 when the new threat arrives in Star City.
This episode, overall, was pretty strong. The rubicon dilemma was giving me such a headache but you can’t have an Arrow episode without some hacking by Felicity Smoak. It gave some dramatic flair to it when the missile was flying towards the city and then Felicity and Curtis hacking into the missile at the last possible second. The fight between Dhark and his ghosts vs. Oliver and the city was pretty awesome to see. Knowing that Dhark was a former League of Assassins member, it was cool to see that sort of combat against Oliver. It was quite a fight but in the end, Oliver had the final blow and delivered the arrow right through Dhark’s heart. Yes, I’m happy Dhark is gone but it does leave Dhark’s daughter with no parents. It makes me wonder if we’ll ever see her again in future episodes/seasons. But, before the final fight, I was impressed with Oliver’s speech just like everyone else was. That moment really shown Oliver’s character more as a person than a hero. Every word he spoke touched not only the city but to the audience as well. So, it was interesting to see Oliver officially become Mayor at the end because of his one speech. Looks like he has a lot of work to do as the Green Arrow and Mayor of Star City.
Season 4 of Arrow, I feel, was not as impressive as I’d hoped it be. I believe that you can’t have a great hero unless you have a great villain. Neal McDonough as Dhark was awesome but he didn’t have that “it” factor like Malcolm Merlyn and Slade Wilson had in season 1 & 2. Ra’s al Ghul in season 3 was good but I feel like, since then, the show is straying from Oliver’s heroic tale but more on Oliver and Felicity. The end scene with Felicity staying by Oliver is foreshadowing that there’s still hope for the both of them. Flash backs this season lacked the correlation to Star City like it did the first 2 seasons. It just didn’t flow well with story and it didn’t make sense. After the events on Lian Yu, Oliver is keeping his promise and go to Russia, which I’m sure will be the flashbacks for the next season. But, this will also be Oliver’s last year of flashbacks before being rescued. So, he’ll probably go to Russia and end up being back on Lian Yu. The writers and directors will have a tough time with season 5. I feel like this has to be the grand showcase of Oliver being a hero and to correlate that through the flashbacks on his last year on the island. I might be unrealistic but that’s what I want for this show. What do you all think?
Season 2 of The Flash has come to an end and with that HUGE cliffhanger shown at the end, there will be serious ramifications for season 3. But first let’s recap last night’s episode and the season.
Last night’s episode picked up right after last week’s episode with Zoom killing Barry’s Dad right in front of him. Filled with revenge, Barry just wanted to end things and end Zoom. Team Flash took the initiative to stun Barry and contain him while they take on Zoom themselves. In my mind, they did the right thing because a superhero bent on getting revenge is bad news. I have all of the faith in the world for Barry to stop Zoom, but he wasn’t in the right state of mind to take him yet. While he was locked away, team flash had a pretty stellar plan to finish Zoom. The projection of Caitlin to lure Zoom to take the bait was brilliant but it came at a cost when Zoom took Joe West with him into the portal to Earth-2. Wally West came to the rescue to break Barry out of containment so that they can help rescue Joe. Barry agreed to Zoom’s request to race to power up the magnatar as long as Joe is unharmed. It’s revealed that Zoom was using the magnatar to destroy the multi-verse, basically, every earth besides the earth they’re living on. During the race, Barry successfully created his own time remnant to power down the machine while the real Barry stopped Zoom. In the end, it was revealed that the man in the iron mask was the real Jay Garrick. The stinger is that he is actually Henry Allen’s doppelganger! I had so many theories on who that guy was but I never guessed that. I thought it was another form of Hunter Solomon but this added bonus was beautifully written and couldn’t be happier. Seeing John Wesley Shipp, the flash back in the 90’s, wear the costume and have “The Flash” title on earth 2 was simply amazing to see. With Cisco’s help, Jay Garrick, Harry Wells and Jesse all went back home on earth-2. Everyone on team flash is fine and we finally got to see our on screen kiss between Barry and Iris. All seemed great, until Barry decided to travel back in time to the moment where reverse flash was about to kill Barry’s mother but he stopped him. Thus, changing the timeline once again. I’ll touch on this later.
Overall, this was another great quality season that DC and CW offered and I can’t wait to see what season 3 will bring. Bringing in Jesse Quick and Wally West were great additions but I was so hoping to see them be their superhero counterparts but these things in the DC TV universe takes time. So I’m sure this is just a part of that build up. This season also brought in the same vibe, no pun intended, that someone who Barry trusted turned out to be the villain. Hunter Zolomon/Zoom was a great, intimidating villain. There was just so many exciting twists and turns and it had me guessing throughout the entire season.
Now, onto the cliffhanger. After watching that, I had to take time to process everything. Why in the hell did he do that? What does this mean for season 3? What does this do to the timeline? Big part of all, what does this do to the other shows on the CW? There have only been a few times where Barry went back in time. The major one I can think of was when Vandal Savage came and Barry went back in time to save team flash and team arrow. Barry is this young, fragile superhero that obviously can’t deal with loss. He lost his mom at a young age, now that he lost his dad, it was too much for him. So, I can understand why he went back to stop reverse flash and save his mom and dad. What this does to the timeline is that Barry would’ve never stayed with Joe West or get to know Iris growing up since both of his parents are alive. Eobard Thawne never took over Wells’ body to take over STAR labs and create the particle accelerator. Barry probably would not end up being a forensic scientist or know Cisco and Caitlin. Big thing of all, Barry wouldn’t be the flash. All of this time jumping and reversing timelines really gets me confused. I can’t really put my words on paper right now because there’s just so many little details that go into this. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is the only show were it stays consistent on time traveling but this situation here on the Flash is so different. It feels like everything we watched for 2 seasons is wiped out in a way because Barry’s mother’s death was an integral part of this original story that made Barry a hero today. It’s cliffhangers like this that gets me filled with adrenaline and ready for the next season. I really can’t wait for season 3 and see how this event will carry through for next fall.
Til next time!