By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
This week on The Flash…the return of Savitar! After a few weeks without any sightings of the “God of Speed,” the masked villain has made his return.
The Flash 3x15 “The Wrath of Savitar” starts with another speedster race between our heroes to test Wally’s (Keiyan Lonsdale) speed to make sure he’s fast enough to save Iris (Candice Patton) from Savitar. Kid Flash is able to beat the clock and is finally fast enough to stop Savitar, but the young speedster spots the villain on a building across from him throwing him off of his game. The team eventually finds out that Wally has been seeing visions of Savitar for a week and in order to determine if the God of Speed has returned, they plug Julian (Tom Felton) back into Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) “walkie talkie” machine to communicate with Savitar. Communicating with Savitar doesn’t answer any of the team’s questions but instead adds more riddles for the team to figure out. Thinking that Savitar cannot return because he doesn’t have the Philosopher’s Stone, Barry (Grant Gustin) believes that another part of the Stone exists. Turns out that Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) has been holding a piece of the Stone hoping that it could help cure her of her Killer Frost powers.
Meanwhile, Wally and Cisco vibe to the future in order to help out Wally with his task of stopping Savitar. Wally realizes that future Iris doesn’t have the engagement ring Barry gave her last week and that the real reason Barry proposed to her was to help change the future. Later in the episode, in a heartbreaking scene, Wally sees a vision of his mother, who turns out to be Savitar invading his mind. Wally can’t take the emotional attacks from Savitar and steals the piece of the Stone to throw into the Speed Force. This ends up being a bad idea when the team realizes that Savitar has been locked in the Speed Force this whole time and the only way he can escape is if he has the last piece of the Stone. Wally, with a little help from Savitar’s incitement, gathers enough speed to throw the Stone into the Force. In the process, Wally is sucked into the breach before Barry can rescue him, leaving behind a tattered and singed chest plate of Wally’s Kid Flash suit. Savitar comes out of the breach in Wally’s place and makes quick work of Barry before he speeds off. Things aren’t looking good for Team Flash and viewers were not given a post episode scene. What is this madness??
The episode ended on a very bleak note. How can the team stop Savitar without Wally and how can they work together if they cannot trust each other? Trust seemed to be a big theme in “The Wrath of Savitar.” The two big issues of the episode were Barry’s ulterior motives for proposing to Iris and Caitlin holding onto a piece of the Philosopher’s Stone. There was also the hasty antics of Wally when he tried to stop Savitar himself by throwing the piece of the Stone into the Speed Force. You can also throw in Barry’s doubt in Wally’s abilities when he found out Wally has had his mind infiltrated like Julian’s. Until the team can start to get on the same page with each other and hopefully find a way to retrieve Wally from the Speed Force, they might not stand a chance against the Speed God.
As for “performance of the week,” this episode was a difficult and I couldn’t really pinpoint one character in this episode to discuss. Instead, most of the cast seemed to really gel this week. Not “gel” in the sense that they worked together, but that the acting in “The Wrath of Savitar” was pretty good by all the members of the main cast. The chemistry between Barry and Iris doesn’t necessarily mean that the two will always be lovey dovey with each other. As we saw in the episode, the pair can also have small arguments and disagreements between each other but still show great chemistry. Another pair that seem to have better chemistry this week are Caitlin and Julian. It seems the writers are really pushing romance between the two. It also helps that both characters are scarred from their past and depend on one another for strength and confidence. The oddball out of the bunch is Wally. Although the character has a relationship with Jesse (Violett Beane), Wally still seems like an outsider to the group. It appears like the writers have been pushing this characteristic in him but it could be that they needed to show Wally’s growth as a character whenever he returns from the Speed Force (I still think Wally might be Savitar).
-- H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) shall for now be called Tiger Mom. Plus, he can keep using milk as a verb if it keeps irritating Cisco like that.
-- The awkward "hello" between Julian and Caitlin was cringeworthy!
-- C’mon Barry! You always ask the father for permission to marry his daughter! Especially when said father is Joe (Jesse L. Martin)!
-- Poor Julian had to become a human walkie talkie not once but twice this episode.
-- Savitar is essentially a speedster version of The Riddler.
-- Well it seems that Barry has become a little faster after he was able to fight against Savitar for a minute or so before getting stabbed in the shoulder.
-- Did anyone else notice how Savitar caressed Wally’s shoulders?
-- Really thought we were going to see who Savitar really is at the end of the episode. Once again, the writers are in this for the long haul and continue to play with our heads.
Rating: The Flash 3x15 “The Wrath of Savitar”: Great!
Team Flash's self esteem in the race to stop Savitar hits an all-time low. Wally is trapped in the Speed Force and Barry continues to make mistakes when it comes to trusting the team. Although the episode was low on the comedic relief, the cast created a dramatic display based on fear and mistrust to show how much Savitar has affected Team Flash.
Until next time heroes!
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