The Flash: The Return of Godspeed Kicks Season 7’s Endgame Into Gear

The next THE FLASH article comprises spoilers by means of Season 7, Episode 15.

The Flash Season 7 Episode 15

The Flash isn’t actually the kind of present that does lots of what you may name long-lead storytelling, so the truth that the present has been teasing the return of villainous speedster Godspeed for over a yr is a reasonably unprecedented occasion.

Granted, “Enemy on the Gates” is perhaps not the episode that every one that build-up deserves, because it tells us treasured little about the place all of the Godspeed clones are coming from or what they need. However it does characteristic a number of incredible combat sequences between Barry, Frost, new Staff Flash kind of pal Mark Stevens/Chillblaine, and a half dozen Godspeeds. And although it doesn’t make a ton of sense simply but, it’s nonetheless fairly darn entertaining to observe.

Do I’ve any thought what these goons need from Barry or why they discuss to 1 one other in what are basically Jurassic Park screeches? Not likely. Do I do know why a few of them are combating one another? Nope.  Am I genuinely curious to search out out? Surprisingly, sure.

Look, I used to be as bored with speedster villains as anybody, but after a half-season of the Forces of Nature storyline, I’m abruptly feeling extra kindly towards unhealthy guys that make me really feel like The Flash is at the very least The Flash once more. And nothing feels extra like The Flash than two squads of dueling Godspeeds slo-mo throwing white pace lightning at each other whereas Chester’s funk beats play within the background.

I’m not made from stone, right here.

That form of story is simply straight-up enjoyable to observe, and enjoyable isn’t a phrase that would generously be used to explain this season to date. (The Cisco farewell episode apart. That one was just about good.) Sure, with only a handful of episodes left in Season 7, The Flash goes to have to determine what this mini-arc is about fairly rapidly, but when there’s something this present is aware of the best way to do, it’s combat villainous speedsters.

If something, the episode might have used extra evil speedsters. As a result of the true Large Dangerous in “Enemy on the Gates” isn’t Godspeed, it’s the 5 competing subplots that took much-need time and a spotlight off the entire evil clones scenario and which run the gamut from pretty first rate to principally pointless to totally cringeworthy.

Positive, Season 7 has a shortened episode rely as a result of coronavirus pandemic, and it needed to spend at the very least three of these episodes tying up the Mirror Master plot from last year. However maybe we might have left a few of these further subplots for subsequent yr moderately than attempting to cram all of them into this remaining handful of episodes. “Enemy on the Gates” feels overstuffed with moments which have little to do with our promised Godspeed story, and to be truthful none of them (even the one I favored!) feels well worth the trade-off.

The center of a Godspeed clone assault appears to be a wierd time to launch The Flash’s first huge romantic pairing in who even is aware of how lengthy, however regardless of their barely rushed standing, Frost and Chillblaine are nonetheless adorably well-matched as a pair of former villains attempting to determine what comes subsequent in a world that can all the time side-eye them for his or her earlier darkish methods. True, The Flash ought to have given us greater than roughly thirty seconds to regulate to the concept of an excellent mildly reformed Chillblaine earlier than having him combat side-by-side with Staff Flash, however that concept that Frost may get the prospect to indicate somebody the best way to be a greater individual – as a result of Caitlin did it for her – is stll a reasonably interesting idea.

In contrast to, say, Joe’s ongoing team-up with the nonetheless very terrible Kristen Kramer, which is the kind of horrible that I’ve to actively faux isn’t taking place. The Flash has by no means made Joe’s out of the blue religion in Kramer’s “good cop” standing plausible, significantly when the present pointedly avoids wrestling with the truth that she was prepared to make use of the facility of the state to forcibly depower any meta she vaguely suspected of committing a criminal offense something like four episodes ago.

The hour ends the kind of apparent cliffhanger that feels greater than a bit of insulting to actually anybody who has ever watched a TV present earlier than. (Or who’s able to studying the synopsis of subsequent week’s episode on their DVR information.) Joe’s clearly not useless and we’re positively not fortunate sufficient to eliminate Kramer this simply, so please don’t fall for clickbait headlines questioning if The Flash killed somebody off this week.

There’s additionally one thing very unusual and uncomfortable about The Flash coping with a possible being pregnant story for the West-Allens in an episode through which Iris doesn’t seem. Your mileage could fluctuate on whether or not there ought to even be inklings of any kind of West-Allen being pregnant arc so shut on the heels of no matter you wish to name the Forces-are-bad-metaphors-for-our-future-children factor however displaying us solely Barry’s facet of conversations and discoveries that would actually change these characters’ lives ceaselessly is…effectively, it’s positively not a terrific look.

And, if we’re trustworthy, The Flash is grievously ill-equipped as a collection to inform a correct story about Barry and Iris elevating a child and combating unhealthy guys. (Simply ask your self when the final time you noticed Child Jenna was, is all I’m saying.) But, there’s nonetheless one thing painfully candy about Barry’s open delight within the idea of fatherhood – and Grant Gustin sells the heck out of it.

Sure, the comedy of errors centered round Barry’s makes an attempt to smuggle bodily fluids into STAR Labs for testing bought outdated quick– guys, simply go to a CVS! – however the hour’s predominantly breezy tone and lighthearted really feel has been painfully absent from a lot of this season. Positive, it didn’t all the time hit the mark, however at the very least The Flash is attempting for one thing like pleasure and laughter and enjoyable once more, and in my ebook that counts for lots. Let’s see the place it goes.

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