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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

 After watching last night’s episode of The Flash I don’t know how to really feel about it.  It felt a little more or less like I have already watched this episode before.  If you were to compare the timeline of this season of The Flash and the second season of Arrow they are almost identical.  From the overconfident hero thinking he has everything under control, to the army of minions destroying a city, to the tragic death of a parental figure at the end of the show.  Last week’s episode gave the audience such a high that following it with “Invincible” was a major let down.  

The confidence of Barry had grown from last week’s episode since traveling inside the speedforce.  He kept referencing the speedforce being on his side like he was a Jedi going up against a Sith Lord.  Barry’s confidence prove to be his weakness by the end of the episode.  While celebrating the teams latest victory he let his guard down to allow Zoom to kill Henry Allen.

Caitlyn had the biggest transformation this week when we realized that she took Zoom on his offer and left to join the team.  The psychological effect of being Zoom’s captor had already been done and caused Cailtyn to live in fear that Zoom would indeed kill them all.  With the help of Cisco she is able to overcome her fear and reinforce that she is mentally stronger than her Earth-2 doppelganger and turn into Killer Frost. 

It was great to see Katie Cassidy play Laurel Lance one more time as her doppelganger Black Siren.  Laurel was never one of the stronger characters in Arrow so to see her be a strong villain was a nice touch.  Making Black Siren a meta-human was the right choice and not give her the sonic necklace.  Let’s hope this is not the last we will see of Black Siren on this show or Arrows.  Cisco’s plan to stop Black Siren having Caitlyn and himself dress up as their doppelganger was quite amusing. 

The death of Henry Allen was so rushed that it didn’t really have any meaning to it.  Bringing Henry back just two episodes ago didn’t give the audience enough time to get emotionally attached to his character.  It also seemed that it didn’t give Barry and Henry enough time to grow their relationship either if you take into account that last week Barry was stuck in the speedforce for a majority of the episode.  If you compare Henry’s death to Moira Queen’s death they were killed exactly the same way and at the same time in their second season.   For what John Wesley Shipp means to the Flash Universe it saddens me that the writers and creative team thought this was the best way to end his character.

It seems that the writers and producers are holding off on making Wally and Jesse speedsters in the near future.  I can’t imagine that theywill have their full powers and helping Barry by the end of the season finale.  I think this is a smart move, this will allow the writers over the off-season to develop a stronger storyline to their ascent of being speedsters than just cramming it in the last episode like they did with Roys Harpers/Arsenal character.

I don’t think anyone really expected for this season to live up to how great the previous season was.  I think that Teddy Sears has done a great job playing Jay Garrick/Zoom but there is no one that could match Tom Cavanagh’s Dr. Wells/Reverse Flash.  It is the same problem that Arrow has been going through since Manu Bennett played Deathstroke.  Overall this season has had its sophomore ups and downs but it has stayed true to the shows meaning.  It will be interesting to see now that Geoff Johns is moving onto DC Films who will take over the direction of all the shows.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.