Just when we thought we’ve seen the best of The Flash, the series releases what can be considered the biggest shocker of the season so far. Barry finally grows the confidence needed to be the hero team Flash always knew he could be. And just when he finally believes in himself to the point that he feels invincible, Zoom takes it all away from him as a reminder of how powerless he really is. The shocking conclusion to Invincible is a punch in the gut for Flash fans. It’s a reminder that no one is safe from Zoom, and it takes his relationship with Barry to the next level. This is a rivalry that has grown more intense throughout the season. And with the finale approaching next week, Invincible was the perfect setup for what will be an incredible final showdown.
Picking up from the events of the last episode, Central City is attacked by Zoom’s army of metahumans. The police try to hold them off as best as they could, but to no avail. The Flash shows up and takes them out in a matter of seconds as he speeds though the army to grab and contain them. But Black Siren, Earth-2’s version of the Black Canary and Laurel Lance doppelganger, is ordered by Zoom to take down buildings in the city with her siren scream. This leads to a face to face meeting between her and The Flash that ends with her winning the exchange. Barry eventually meets with Zoom to face off with him. But Zoom would rather discuss their similarities instead. The conversation moves to Zoom comparing Barry to himself, and stating that the only difference between the two is that he watched his mom die and Barry didn’t. He believes that with different circumstances, the two would have turned out exactly the same.
The Flash goes after Zoom, but Zoom destroys another building just to prove that Barry will never beat him due to his need to be a hero. So Barry speeds off to save the citizens in the building while Zoom escapes. Meanwhile, Wally is dealing with the aftermath of being saved by The Flash. He feels a need to make his life worth something after analyzing the mistakes he’s made in the past. Joe, fearing for Wally’s safety, ask Barry to talk to him as The Flash to prevent him from continuing down the path he’s taking. Wally ends up saving The Flash after his battle with Black Siren, and Barry convinces Joe that there’s nothing they could do to stop him from his path to becoming a hero. Joe ends up accepting this fact, and the team turn their attention to finding a way to stop all of Earth-2’s metahumans all at once.
Using a device that channels the frequency of the people from Earth-2 and amplifying it with Barry’s speed, the team is able to render the Earth-2 metahumans unconscious for The Flash to collect and take in to custody. In the mean time, Cisco and Caitlin pose as Reverb and Killer Frost in order to keep Black Siren distracted long enough for the device to work. But Zoom is able to escape defeat, and goes after Henry Allen in retaliation. Zoom takes Henry to Barry’s childhood home, and forces Barry to watch him murder his father in an attempt to make himself and Barry the same in his eyes. The episode ends with Henry dying in front of Barry.
What I liked
This episode of The Flash was nearly perfect. It had the action we’ve come to expect, it delivered in what could be considered Keiynan Lonsdale’s (Wally West) best performance in the show so far, and it delivered the perfect setup for what will be an epic showdown between The Flash and Zoom. It was a strong followup to the incredible episode that came before it, and it both raised the stakes and moved the characters along in the story to the next stages in their lives. Barry displayed his confidence that has been missing since his mother’s death. He seemed more comfortable and sure of himself than ever. He even makes it clear to Iris that he is ready to take the next step in their relationship to see where that road takes them. He’s finally optimistic, which makes Zoom’s actions later in the episode sting even more.
The episode was filled with great performances all around. From Joe and Wally’s interactions with each other over Wally wanting to help out more, to Henry and Barry’s brief confrontation about the recklessness Barry has shown recently, the acting and dialog was consistently strong throughout the episode. The humor landed well as usual, the action delivered, and the characters progressed to their next stages in life. Barry moved forward with Iris, Wally found his purpose, and Cisco discovered a dormant power he never knew he had. Things are set for an incredible finale, and for character growth in season three.
What I disliked
If I must have an complaint, then this episode gave me a very minor one. The only thing I had an issue with was the beginning of the episode. After setting up a huge invasion in the last episode, we’re immediately dropped in to the metahuman attack in progress. But as incredible as it looked, and how well it was setup beforehand, it ended before we could ever enjoy it with The Flash taking the army down in a matter of seconds. We’re lead to believe that the attack lasted longer than what we witnessed on screen, but The Flash simply putting an end to it before the credits were done was kind of a let down. However, it’s understandable as to why it happened. The decisions for it to end so quickly was probably due to the budget, so it’s forgivable. But it’s still something worthy of pointing out since there was excellent build up to it in the episode before.
The Flash: Invincible is an episode worthy of a second viewing due to how good it is. And while it’s more of a followup to the events of the incredible and emotional episode that came before, it took the ball and ran with it to give fans a stellar episode in its own right. The Flash: Invincible is solid work, and definitely one of the best episodes within season two. With the finale right around the corner, this was a great lead in to what will surely be a finale to remember.