This is what I wanted last week, a season finale that actually felt like it accomplished something. As I thought the previous episode really only served as a vehicle to get The Reverse Flash and Barry in a place where they could converse. The bulk of this story is about Barry and his mother, and how far would one man go to right a wrong. Barry’s entire motivation for becoming a hero is to save his mother from being murdered at the hands The Reverse Flash, and here is his chance. Thawne (Reverse Flash) has a plan that will benefit the both of them, Barry can go home and save his mom, and he can go home to his time; win, win.
The details of this plan are irrelevant because this episode is less about a zany plot involving a time machine and a wormhole, and more about the ethical repercussions of a choice that will change the lives of everyone on the planet just to get something you want. The Flash has finally come face to face with the defining point in not only his career as a hero but his entire life. Everything he has done since he was eleven years old was because of what he saw in his living room that tragic night, and now he has a chance to change it all.
Needless to say, Thawne is still the bad guy and there is a much more substantial showdown between the two of them in this episode, and I don’t want to give it all away but this episode will have lasting impact throughout the rest of the run of The Flash I am sure of it. The way it ended was extremely open ended but was very much appreciated. It showed what makes The Flash who he is, running headfirst into danger to help those who need it.
(Side note: I really appreciated the Rip Hunter reference.)