REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 19 “Success is Assured”

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, “Success is Assured” is the makeshift finale for season 6 of The Flash, and it certainly feels that way. It doesn’t finish the main storyline, and it doesn’t feel particularly epic or important, just more connective tissue. That makes it a letdown as a finale; as an entity in itself,… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 19 “Success is Assured”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 18 “Pay the Piper”

After “Liberation” got things moving, “Pay the Piper” slows The Flash’s momentum down considerably, centering on a subplot introduced early in the season and then mostly forgotten till now. The main plot is on everyone’s minds, but the focus is on a pair of lesser villains while the heroes try to find their determination to… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 18 “Pay the Piper”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 17 “Liberation”

“Liberation” is the episode we desperately needed, moving the season-long plot significantly forward while examining and illuminating some of the best qualities of the characters, specifically Barry and Iris. There’s also an inventive fight scene and an attempt to mitigate one of the season’s more egregious sins. It isn’t a complete home run – the… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 17 “Liberation”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 15 “The Exorcism of Nash Wells”

“The Exorcism of Nash Wells” confirms the fears with which “Death of the Speed Force” left me. We’re in for another round of Barry discovering that his heart/mind/spirit/lactose intolerance is his real superpower, or however they want to frame it. If we must go through this again, though, the way The Flash is currently going… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 15 “The Exorcism of Nash Wells”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 14 “Death of the Speed Force”

The Flash took a week-long break after the excellent “Grodd Friended Me,” and returns with “Death of the Speed Force,” a muddled, middling effort that serves mostly to make clear just how many balls this season has in the air. Some familiar faces return, as does a familiar superhero trope that needs to finally die,… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 14 “Death of the Speed Force”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 13 “Grodd Friended Me”

“Grodd Friended Me” is a gratifying return to form for The Flash, good enough to banish the memory of the last two weeks’ duds and reinvigorate a flailing season. It gets back to the moral dilemmas that made the show so fascinating from its earliest days, brings back a great villain (as opposed to an… Continue reading REVIEW: The Flash – Season 6, Episode 13 “Grodd Friended Me”