The Flash: The Race Of His Life Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

The Flash concluded its sophomore season with a mildly disappointing and somewhat confusing episode.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

I so desperately wanted to love “The Race Of His Life,” but there were just too many problems throughout the episode that prevented me from enjoying it. Overall, this season has paled in comparison to the first season. As a result, the sophomore finale was uneven and disappointing. There were bright spots throughout the season, but they were few and far between.

First, I want to talk about the ending. Once again Barry has altered the timeline. In season one, the first time he traveled through time, it was awesome. This time, it came off as a selfish act. He didn’t do it to save the world or the city, but to save his mom. Having Barry save his mom is so frustrating. A season earlier, he had the opportunity to save his mom but decided against it. This essentially erases all of season two and of course the 20 years after his mom died. It drastically changes his relationships with almost everyone on the series, most importantly Joe. That’s a relationship, as a viewer, I’m invested in. To take that away with one action by Barry drives me nuts. Of course, we can make the assumption the series is using the Flashpoint comics as a point of reference for this potential season three storyline. After this disappointing second season, maybe this is the fresh start the series needs.

And, what does this do to the other DC and CW shows? By changing the timeline, does this change the other shows? Hypothetically, it should. DC and the CW have established an interconnected world. There’s no way that this can only be contained to the one show. To have a major, time-altering phenomenon happen without changing the other series would be a disservice to the world they have built and the viewers.

Mercifully, the Zoom storyline ended, not with a bang but with a whimper. I know that in the comics, it is popular for The Flash to race his villains. The series decided that a flat-out race wouldn’t have high enough stakes, so they had to invent a reason for Barry to need to race Zoom. All of a sudden there is a device that Zoom can use to destroy the multiverse, which every viewer knew would not happen. Supergirl, which even had a commercial advertising the move to the CW, exists in that multiverse. Destroying the multiverse would mean destroying Supergirl. That’s absurd.

And don’t get me started on the time remnants. It’s straight-up confusing and contrived. I didn’t understand the concept of a time remnant when they introduced Zoom using one and I still don’t understand. Wally didn’t either, so I’m not alone. On top of it, now Zoom is the Black Flash? His emblem changed color, the ear symbols changed color, and his body decayed instantly upon the wraith’s appearance.

I’m thrilled that John Wesley Shipp was able to become some incarnation of The Flash. After the reveal that Henry’s mother’s maiden name was Garrick, it wasn’t a far leap to believe that he was the original Jay Garrick, aka The Man in the Iron Mask. I absolutely loved his suit. The lightning bolt in the middle of his chest was so different from Barry’s emblem and it looked fantastic.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. Tim robinsonMay 28th, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Completely agree with the senitment here and the review. This episode and bulk of the series is just a mess. Good potential but time after time ruined by a ridiculous premise and/or some stupidly convenient invention to save the day. Expected better really

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