THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS; WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CAPTAIN COLD – With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris (Candice Patton), Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) for help.
The penultimate episode – The Flash Season 3 Episode 22, “Infantino Street” – had Barry team up with an unlikely ally in order to steal a key component in the “Speed Force Bazooka” as they inched closer to Iris’ possible death. It was a good episode that set the stage nicely for the finale, only hampered once again by the mismatched tones in the episode.
Barry and Iris
Grant Gustin and Candice Patton once again showed off their great chemistry in “Infantino Street” particularly in the intro. They’ve really grown, both the actual actors and the characters. Iris’ message to Barry was a touching, and even heartbreaking, moment, though I wish that instead of saying her vows there could have been something more. Such as a message to remind him to live for more and not turn to anger and despair as the Future Flash did.
While I think The Flash left the Savitar reveal a little late, the episodes since have done a fair bit to shine a light on his motivations. He’s not just an evil version of Barry, but a broken man who felt used and betrayed by those closest to him. The point he made to Iris, about how he was created as disposable fodder in Flash’s fight against Savitar, really brought home how much Barry has crossed the line this season, giving Savitar some more depth to him.
My only wish for the episode was a conversation between him and Iris. It’s clear from his chat with Killer Frost that Savitar isn’t completely okay with killing Iris, but his anger and bitterness far outweighs any regrets he’ll have. Seeing Iris talk with him, though, would have shed even more light on his state of mind. Hopefully we’ll see how he feels in the aftermath of Iris’ death next week.
Captain Cold’s Return
It was great to see Wentworth Miller back on The Flash again. Between his recurring guest role on Legends of Tomorrow and this, it definitely served as a reminder of what the shows have lost in Miller’s absence. It was pretty fun and cool to see Flash and Cold be genuine allies this time around. Miller sometime hams up his performance as Cold, making it a tad bit cheesy, but he still delivers great performances as the villain, especially during the emotional bits.
His final interaction with Barry even referenced his demise at the end of Season 1 of Legends, putting a different take on his final words. My only complaint about the use of Cold, and it’s purely from a fan of the comics, is we’ll never get a true representation of the Rogues on The Flash. At least while the timeline remains this way.
Mismatched Tone (Again)
The mismatched tone once again made the episode a bit weaker with the culprits again being H.R. and Tracey. The Flash is pushing hard for these two to become a couple, but it’s just too little too late at this point. These scenes feel forced and the time could have been better devoted elsewhere, such as a scene with Savitar and Iris or even another heartwarming scene with Iris and Joe.
The good examples of levity came with Flash and Cold’s team-up, with some funny references to Jaws (and even the show’s budget – “they didn’t show the shark because they couldn’t afford to make it look good). The moments with H.R. and Tracey bogged the episode down with its forceful comedy and romance, especially when with how it ended.
It was certainly surprising to see the final minutes devote itself to the events on Infantino St., finally going to the moment Savitar kills Iris. It seemed like that event would have been saved for the finale itself, but placing it at the end of the penultimate episode was also a good choice. It gives the finale time to focus on everyone’s reactions, including Savitar’s, and how they will stop him in the finale.
I will say, though, that I have not been 100% on board with the idea of Iris’ death. Since the flash-forward was done, Iris hasn’t done anything significant in the season expect to be the fated damsel-in-distress.
I hope, however, all was not as it seemed at the end. Joe and H.R. were acting a little weird in the second half of the episode and it was also mightily convenient Team Flash pulled out a holographic identity device in the final episode. Could someone have switched places with Iris and been killed instead? We’ll see next week.
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