‘The Flash’ Recap: The Race of His Life

Last night’s season finale of The Flash, “The Race of His Life,” opens immediately where the last one left off: Henry Allen falls dead to his knees at the hands of Zoom as Barry watches. Barry screams in agony and tries to revive his father, but Henry is dead. Zoom tells Barry family is a form of weakness. He encourages Barry to give into his anger and believes that they are now the same. Enraged, Barry tackles Zoom. Zoom leads the two of them into a race, which culminates in a battle in an alleyway. Zoom does not put up much of a fight because he wants Barry to feel his anger. Just as Barry is about to kill Zoom, another Zoom arrives and stabs him through the chest, telling Barry, “Let me do it for you.” Zoom created a time remnant of himself. The original Zoom tells Barry that he must be willing to kill himself.

The team holds a funeral for Henry. Barry is too emotional to give a speech so Joe steps in. Joe reminds everyone of the struggles Henry faced and how he was “proof that love can get your through the darkest of times.” Barry promises his father that he will take from Zoom what Zoom took from him: his life.

At the West house, Barry stands solemnly by himself. Wally encourages Barry to eat, but Barry turns the offer down. Wally thanks Barry personally for saving his life, having not known Barry was the Flash. Wally wants to know if there is anything he can ever do for Barry. The team starts developing ways to stop Zoom. They realize the odds are against them and they know there is great danger coming in the future (Cisco previously vibed on all of Earth-2 being ripped in half). Barry needs air and exits the room. Iris follows him outside.

Barry tells Iris he doesn’t know how he will be able to come to terms with his father’s death. He only just learned to accept his mother’s death after his time inside the speed force. Iris says he must learn to find a way. Suddenly, Zoom streaks by the house, catching Barry’s attention. Barry immediately chases after him.

Down the street, Zoom confronts Barry. He thought he would give him a moment to grieve. Zoom reminds Barry he can take more of his friends. Barry demands to know what Zoom wants. Zoom wants to be the fastest man alive on this Earth and every other. Zoom demands to race Barry to prove who is the fastest man alive. If Barry wins, it all ends. He lets Barry think on it before racing off.

Barry and the team plan for the race. Mercury Labs recently reported a stolen Magnatar. The Magnatar can work as a pulsar, which is a power amplifier with a highly magnetized, dense, rotating core. The Magnatar can easily be made into a weapon. Wells figured out that Zoom has it. Cisco realizes that is how Zoom plans to destroy Earth-2. Zoom plans on siphoning both his and Barry’s speed from their race to power the Magnatar and destroy all of the planets in the multiverse. Barry accepts his only option is to race Zoom.

Joe catches Barry in the hallway and pleads with him not to race Zoom. Barry sees no other option; the race will save everyone and everything. Joe sees that Barry wants to kill Zoom. Barry admits to wanting to kill Zoom and make him suffer. Fearing his rage, Joe distracts Barry, allowing Wells to shot him with a tranquilizer dart.

Barry wakes up inside a holding cell. The team unanimously agreed that Barry was far too angry to fight Zoom and he would definitely lose. Barry is furious and demands to be released. He is determined to stop Zoom, but the team goes ahead with their own plan. They plan on using Caitlin to lure Zoom out long enough for them tranquilize him and throw him back through a breach, sealing it forever.

In their room, Jesse asks her father what their plan is next. Wells does not know what she means. Jesse wants to return to Earth-2 where her friends are, but she would understand if he wanted to stay on Earth-1. She sees how happy he is working with the team and she has always wanted, more than anything, to see her father happy. Wells is speechless.

The team locates Jay and the Magnatar in an industrial park. The team take their positions and prepare to attack as Caitlin slowly makes her approach. She tells Zoom she wants to come back to him because she has accepted her darkness. Zoom steps within striking distance of the team just before he attempts to kill Caitlin. It turns out Caitlin is a hologram and the team has projected her image from the lab. Joe shoots a shock collar at Zoom. He runs right up to him and sticks tranquilizers in his neck. The two stumble toward the Magnatar and are both sucked inside the breach it created.

Cisco cannot confirm Joe and Zoom’s location. Caitlin believes it is because they are still moving. Wally comes to the lab and Iris tells him they lost Joe. Joe and the team had agreed that no matter what, once Zoom was through the breach they would never open it again. Wally does not accept this because he was never a part of the decision. He wants to get Joe back.

Joe is held captive in Zoom’s prison. He asks about the man in the mask. Zoom reveals he is the real Jay Garrick and he has been slowly stealing his speed.

Wally releases Barry from the holding cell and asks for his help in saving Joe. Barry is furious with the team. The team still believes if Barry had raced Zoom he would have lost. Wells tells Barry if he is out for revenge he will lose. Barry impresses upon the team that they are running out of time before Zoom starts destroying the multiverse. He says they will not be able to stop him from fighting Zoom. They can either join him or step aside. The team agrees to help Barry.

Cisco vibes Barry to Zoom’s layer. Barry agrees to race Zoom on the condition that Joe is returned safely. Zoom accepts the conditions.

The team meets Zoom at the race location, a gigantic vertical track. Joe is present but still in chains. Zoom informs them that Earth-1 is the most important earth because it is the center of the multiverse and an access point to all other earths. He plans on leaving Earth-2 and living on Earth-1. The team cheers Barry on while Barry and Zoom race.

The race begins to charge the Magnatar. It appears that Zoom is in the lead. Suddenly, Barry splits in two, creating a time remnant. The new Flash frees Joe and takes him to safety. Zoom attacks the original Flash, saying he is too late. The time remnant races around the track, creating his own pulse which disrupts and stops the Magnatar. The time remnant sacrifices himself in the process. Barry proceeds to beat Zoom within an inch of his life. Zoom taunts Barry and tells him he is too much of a hero and will never kill him. Barry says he does not have to as two time wraiths appear and grab Zoom. Zoom begins to disintegrate and is carried away by the wraiths and sucked into the speed force. Barry and the team have finally defeated Zoom.

Back at the lab, the team feels proud of their victory. Barry explains to Wally that he created the time remnant by creating a copy of himself by running back in time. He cannot do this all the time, but sometimes he has to. The Flash time remnant that died was a real Flash. This means that Flash did the truly noble act of sacrificing his life to save his friends. They also save the real Jay Garrick, and when they take off his mask, they learn he is identical to Henry Allen. Barry cannot take the shock and runs into the hallway. Joe follows Barry into the hallway. Barry is not sure how he will be able to accept his father’s death.

Jay reveals he is from Earth-3 and needs help getting home. Cisco and Caitlin learn that the mask Zoom made him wear nullified his powers. With his powers returned, Jay decides to take the helmet Zoom used when he pretended to be Jay. Jay says he is finally taking something away from Zoom. Wells tells Jay that on Earth-2 that was a military helmet and a symbol of hope. Jay hopes to make that hat stand for hope once again. Wells volunteers himself and Jesse to help take him to Earth-2, which is on the way to Earth-3. Wells wants Jesse to be with her friends. Jesse and Wells say tearful goodbyes to the team before jumping through the Magnatar’s breach into Earth-2.

The team eats dinner and relaxes at the West house. Barry, still feeling uncomfortable, goes outside. Iris follows him. Barry still feels like he lost even though they beat Zoom. Iris says he needs something he can hope for and asks if he wants to try to be in a relationship. Barry admits he has always wanted to hear Iris say that. But he also knows he is not in the right place and does not want to hurt Iris. Iris tells Barry that he waited all this time for her to be in the right state of mind, so she is willing to wait for him. She tells him to do whatever he needs to do or go wherever he needs to go to find peace. They say, “I love you,” to each other and Iris goes back inside the house. Barry watches Iris from the window and apologizes for what he must do. He suddenly runs and races back in time to the night his mother died. Just as Reverse-Flash is about to kill his mother, Barry tackles him and beats him. The previous version of the Flash in the past vanishes into thin air. Nora Allen cowers in fear, but the Flash comforts her and tells her everything will be okay.

This was the big finale. I was impressed the team found a way to actually stop Zoom. At the rate the other episodes were going I did not think Zoom was close to being defeated. It makes sense that Zoom is incredibly narcissistic and an egomaniac and would only want himself to be the fastest man alive. So, he challenges Barry to a race. That’s fair; I can accept that. I was not expecting Barry to create a time remnant to stop him. Barry actually does what Zoom told him earlier in the episode. He is actually willing to kill himself. It’s big that Barry was willing to kill . Barry explains to the team that he brought the time remnant and the time remnant made its own decision to sacrifice himself. But, if you think about it, Barry clearly set him up as a pawn. I may be reading too much into it, but it’s still pretty dark. Barry had to channel the darkness in order to kill the ultimate darkness: Zoom.

The loss of Henry Allen remained a tragic moment in the series. I was truly sad and heartbroken when it occurred. BUT OH MY GOD, it just made Barry more angry and mopey. I mean, yes, his father died. I understand the gravity of that situation. But SO MUCH of this show is characters whining and being misunderstood, and Barry took it to a new level. He was really unpleasant for most of the episode. I give the team props for just throwing him in a holding cell for at least part of the time.

It was fun to see John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen) don the Flash uniform once again. Kind of a “full circle” feeling. Shipp portrayed the Flash in the 1990-1991 series of the same name…and in this series, which focuses on the silver age Flash, he donned the golden age Flash’s trademark metal hat. After having Shipp portray Barry’s father, the show basically restored him to full Flash status.

I hope they find a way to bring Tom Cavanagh, the actor who plays Wells, back next season. Wells-2 left the team as a hero. In the previous season he was a villain, but now he is a friend. It was unclear if Barry killed the Reverse-Flash when he saved his mother. Maybe the evil Wells will come back? I hope not because I like Wells being a good guy. Also, with Jesse leaving, they clearly ruined a relationship between her and Wally. Sparks were definitely starting to fly and then Jesse leaves. I hope for some reason Jesse and Wells come back in the next season.

The ending of this episode is, well, tricky. The series yet again is messing with the fabric of the space-time continuum. Barry has saved his mother’s life. So Nora Allen is alive. Does that mean his father never goes to jail? Does that mean Barry does not move in with the Wests? I know that is what the writers are building to, but how does the show continue?????? I am just afraid the way the writers will explain this in the next season will be really REALLY confusing.

I definitely enjoyed this episode. But it threw everything that the team and Barry has learned – primarily that they should work together – out of the window. The team realized they couldn’t work with Barry and locked him up. They did not tell Wally and tried to implement a plan that almost got one of them killed. Once Barry is free, he is furious that they did not work with him or Wally and then he goes and finds the time remnant without consulting anyone. In the season finale, we expect everyone to finally understand the lessons they have been trying to learn the entire season. This didn’t happen here, which was really frustrating. They work together for an episode and a half, then go right back to being at odds. At one point the viewer just starts to think… grow up.

Still, this was a lot of fun overall . The Flash yet again had a finale where not only our universe but all the universes would be destroyed unless Barry saved the day. Yet another machine was supercharging and going to rocket some beam of dangerous power into the sky and destroy everything. The CW has a habit of making all of its finales potentially Earth-ending battles. I would like to see a more personal ending sometime. This finale did have Barry save his mother, but he also changed time to save her. That’s like having a personal moment but whispering all of the secret stuff into a megaphone. I am sure that Barry’s trip will somehow create new metahumans next season. I’m curious how they are going to make the next season interesting after such a huge finale. I would be kind of bored watching Barry fighting one-off metahumans.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Bill Moore

Image Courtesy of The CW

Last night’s season finale of The Flash, “The Race of His Life,” opens immediately where the last one left off: Henry Allen falls dead to his knees at the hands of Zoom as Barry watches. Barry screams in agony and tries to revive his father, but Henry is dead. Zoom tells Barry family is a form of weakness. He encourages Barry to give into his anger and believes that they are now the same. Enraged, Barry tackles Zoom. Zoom leads the two of them into a race, which culminates in a battle in an alleyway. Zoom does not put up much of a fight because he wants Barry to feel his anger. Just as Barry is about to kill Zoom, another Zoom arrives and stabs him through the chest, telling Barry, “Let me do it for you.” Zoom created a time remnant of himself. The original Zoom tells Barry that he must be willing to kill himself.

The team holds a funeral for Henry. Barry is too emotional to give a speech so Joe steps in. Joe reminds everyone of the struggles Henry faced and how he was “proof that love can get your through the darkest of times.” Barry promises his father that he will take from Zoom what Zoom took from him: his life.

At the West house, Barry stands solemnly by himself. Wally encourages Barry to eat, but Barry turns the offer down. Wally thanks Barry personally for saving his life, having not known Barry was the Flash. Wally wants to know if there is anything he can ever do for Barry. The team starts developing ways to stop Zoom. They realize the odds are against them and they know there is great danger coming in the future (Cisco previously vibed on all of Earth-2 being ripped in half). Barry needs air and exits the room. Iris follows him outside.

Barry tells Iris he doesn’t know how he will be able to come to terms with his father’s death. He only just learned to accept his mother’s death after his time inside the speed force. Iris says he must learn to find a way. Suddenly, Zoom streaks by the house, catching Barry’s attention. Barry immediately chases after him.

Down the street, Zoom confronts Barry. He thought he would give him a moment to grieve. Zoom reminds Barry he can take more of his friends. Barry demands to know what Zoom wants. Zoom wants to be the fastest man alive on this Earth and every other. Zoom demands to race Barry to prove who is the fastest man alive. If Barry wins, it all ends. He lets Barry think on it before racing off.

Barry and the team plan for the race. Mercury Labs recently reported a stolen Magnatar. The Magnatar can work as a pulsar, which is a power amplifier with a highly magnetized, dense, rotating core. The Magnatar can easily be made into a weapon. Wells figured out that Zoom has it. Cisco realizes that is how Zoom plans to destroy Earth-2. Zoom plans on siphoning both his and Barry’s speed from their race to power the Magnatar and destroy all of the planets in the multiverse. Barry accepts his only option is to race Zoom.

Joe catches Barry in the hallway and pleads with him not to race Zoom. Barry sees no other option; the race will save everyone and everything. Joe sees that Barry wants to kill Zoom. Barry admits to wanting to kill Zoom and make him suffer. Fearing his rage, Joe distracts Barry, allowing Wells to shot him with a tranquilizer dart.

Barry wakes up inside a holding cell. The team unanimously agreed that Barry was far too angry to fight Zoom and he would definitely lose. Barry is furious and demands to be released. He is determined to stop Zoom, but the team goes ahead with their own plan. They plan on using Caitlin to lure Zoom out long enough for them tranquilize him and throw him back through a breach, sealing it forever.

In their room, Jesse asks her father what their plan is next. Wells does not know what she means. Jesse wants to return to Earth-2 where her friends are, but she would understand if he wanted to stay on Earth-1. She sees how happy he is working with the team and she has always wanted, more than anything, to see her father happy. Wells is speechless.

The team locates Jay and the Magnatar in an industrial park. The team take their positions and prepare to attack as Caitlin slowly makes her approach. She tells Zoom she wants to come back to him because she has accepted her darkness. Zoom steps within striking distance of the team just before he attempts to kill Caitlin. It turns out Caitlin is a hologram and the team has projected her image from the lab. Joe shoots a shock collar at Zoom. He runs right up to him and sticks tranquilizers in his neck. The two stumble toward the Magnatar and are both sucked inside the breach it created.

Cisco cannot confirm Joe and Zoom’s location. Caitlin believes it is because they are still moving. Wally comes to the lab and Iris tells him they lost Joe. Joe and the team had agreed that no matter what, once Zoom was through the breach they would never open it again. Wally does not accept this because he was never a part of the decision. He wants to get Joe back.

Joe is held captive in Zoom’s prison. He asks about the man in the mask. Zoom reveals he is the real Jay Garrick and he has been slowly stealing his speed.

Wally releases Barry from the holding cell and asks for his help in saving Joe. Barry is furious with the team. The team still believes if Barry had raced Zoom he would have lost. Wells tells Barry if he is out for revenge he will lose. Barry impresses upon the team that they are running out of time before Zoom starts destroying the multiverse. He says they will not be able to stop him from fighting Zoom. They can either join him or step aside. The team agrees to help Barry.

Cisco vibes Barry to Zoom’s layer. Barry agrees to race Zoom on the condition that Joe is returned safely. Zoom accepts the conditions.

The team meets Zoom at the race location, a gigantic vertical track. Joe is present but still in chains. Zoom informs them that Earth-1 is the most important earth because it is the center of the multiverse and an access point to all other earths. He plans on leaving Earth-2 and living on Earth-1. The team cheers Barry on while Barry and Zoom race.

The race begins to charge the Magnatar. It appears that Zoom is in the lead. Suddenly, Barry splits in two, creating a time remnant. The new Flash frees Joe and takes him to safety. Zoom attacks the original Flash, saying he is too late. The time remnant races around the track, creating his own pulse which disrupts and stops the Magnatar. The time remnant sacrifices himself in the process. Barry proceeds to beat Zoom within an inch of his life. Zoom taunts Barry and tells him he is too much of a hero and will never kill him. Barry says he does not have to as two time wraiths appear and grab Zoom. Zoom begins to disintegrate and is carried away by the wraiths and sucked into the speed force. Barry and the team have finally defeated Zoom.

Back at the lab, the team feels proud of their victory. Barry explains to Wally that he created the time remnant by creating a copy of himself by running back in time. He cannot do this all the time, but sometimes he has to. The Flash time remnant that died was a real Flash. This means that Flash did the truly noble act of sacrificing his life to save his friends. They also save the real Jay Garrick, and when they take off his mask, they learn he is identical to Henry Allen. Barry cannot take the shock and runs into the hallway. Joe follows Barry into the hallway. Barry is not sure how he will be able to accept his father’s death.

Jay reveals he is from Earth-3 and needs help getting home. Cisco and Caitlin learn that the mask Zoom made him wear nullified his powers. With his powers returned, Jay decides to take the helmet Zoom used when he pretended to be Jay. Jay says he is finally taking something away from Zoom. Wells tells Jay that on Earth-2 that was a military helmet and a symbol of hope. Jay hopes to make that hat stand for hope once again. Wells volunteers himself and Jesse to help take him to Earth-2, which is on the way to Earth-3. Wells wants Jesse to be with her friends. Jesse and Wells say tearful goodbyes to the team before jumping through the Magnatar’s breach into Earth-2.

The team eats dinner and relaxes at the West house. Barry, still feeling uncomfortable, goes outside. Iris follows him. Barry still feels like he lost even though they beat Zoom. Iris says he needs something he can hope for and asks if he wants to try to be in a relationship. Barry admits he has always wanted to hear Iris say that. But he also knows he is not in the right place and does not want to hurt Iris. Iris tells Barry that he waited all this time for her to be in the right state of mind, so she is willing to wait for him. She tells him to do whatever he needs to do or go wherever he needs to go to find peace. They say, “I love you,” to each other and Iris goes back inside the house. Barry watches Iris from the window and apologizes for what he must do. He suddenly runs and races back in time to the night his mother died. Just as Reverse-Flash is about to kill his mother, Barry tackles him and beats him. The previous version of the Flash in the past vanishes into thin air. Nora Allen cowers in fear, but the Flash comforts her and tells her everything will be okay.

This was the big finale. I was impressed the team found a way to actually stop Zoom. At the rate the other episodes were going I did not think Zoom was close to being defeated. It makes sense that Zoom is incredibly narcissistic and an egomaniac and would only want himself to be the fastest man alive. So, he challenges Barry to a race. That’s fair; I can accept that. I was not expecting Barry to create a time remnant to stop him. Barry actually does what Zoom told him earlier in the episode. He is actually willing to kill himself. It’s big that Barry was willing to kill . Barry explains to the team that he brought the time remnant and the time remnant made its own decision to sacrifice himself. But, if you think about it, Barry clearly set him up as a pawn. I may be reading too much into it, but it’s still pretty dark. Barry had to channel the darkness in order to kill the ultimate darkness: Zoom.

The loss of Henry Allen remained a tragic moment in the series. I was truly sad and heartbroken when it occurred. BUT OH MY GOD, it just made Barry more angry and mopey. I mean, yes, his father died. I understand the gravity of that situation. But SO MUCH of this show is characters whining and being misunderstood, and Barry took it to a new level. He was really unpleasant for most of the episode. I give the team props for just throwing him in a holding cell for at least part of the time.

It was fun to see John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen) don the Flash uniform once again. Kind of a “full circle” feeling. Shipp portrayed the Flash in the 1990-1991 series of the same name…and in this series, which focuses on the silver age Flash, he donned the golden age Flash’s trademark metal hat. After having Shipp portray Barry’s father, the show basically restored him to full Flash status.

I hope they find a way to bring Tom Cavanagh, the actor who plays Wells, back next season. Wells-2 left the team as a hero. In the previous season he was a villain, but now he is a friend. It was unclear if Barry killed the Reverse-Flash when he saved his mother. Maybe the evil Wells will come back? I hope not because I like Wells being a good guy. Also, with Jesse leaving, they clearly ruined a relationship between her and Wally. Sparks were definitely starting to fly and then Jesse leaves. I hope for some reason Jesse and Wells come back in the next season.

The ending of this episode is, well, tricky. The series yet again is messing with the fabric of the space-time continuum. Barry has saved his mother’s life. So Nora Allen is alive. Does that mean his father never goes to jail? Does that mean Barry does not move in with the Wests? I know that is what the writers are building to, but how does the show continue?????? I am just afraid the way the writers will explain this in the next season will be really REALLY confusing.

I definitely enjoyed this episode. But it threw everything that the team and Barry has learned – primarily that they should work together – out of the window. The team realized they couldn’t work with Barry and locked him up. They did not tell Wally and tried to implement a plan that almost got one of them killed. Once Barry is free, he is furious that they did not work with him or Wally and then he goes and finds the time remnant without consulting anyone. In the season finale, we expect everyone to finally understand the lessons they have been trying to learn the entire season. This didn’t happen here, which was really frustrating. They work together for an episode and a half, then go right back to being at odds. At one point the viewer just starts to think… grow up.

Still, this was a lot of fun overall . The Flash yet again had a finale where not only our universe but all the universes would be destroyed unless Barry saved the day. Yet another machine was supercharging and going to rocket some beam of dangerous power into the sky and destroy everything. The CW has a habit of making all of its finales potentially Earth-ending battles. I would like to see a more personal ending sometime. This finale did have Barry save his mother, but he also changed time to save her. That’s like having a personal moment but whispering all of the secret stuff into a megaphone. I am sure that Barry’s trip will somehow create new metahumans next season. I’m curious how they are going to make the next season interesting after such a huge finale. I would be kind of bored watching Barry fighting one-off metahumans.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Bill Moore

Image Courtesy of The CW

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