Holy cow, the season finale of The Flash just aired and it was amazing! With life-and-death battles, surprising twists, and Easter eggs, “Fast Enough” delivered yet another impressive episode from the series. Readers and fans beware, spoilers ahead!
“Fast Enough” begins with Barry confronting Eobard Thawne, under the guise of Harrison Wells, asking him about his motivations behind his actions. After spewing some vague notions about the future, Wells presents Barry with an interesting opportunity: use his help to save his mother, at the cost of allowing Wells to return to his time. For a majority of “Fast Enough,” Barry grapples with this tough decision and ultimately, as the trailers depicted, makes the decision to change history.
This episode really shines as an emotional and thought-provoking story about a man choosing to let his own mother die. Despite the opportunity to change history, Barry lets the dramatic event unfold again. As he reenters the scene that night, he comes face-to-face with his future self. At that sight, the future Flash makes a gesture toward Barry, letting him know that he shouldn’t do what he’s there to do. After letting his own mom become severely wounded, Barry enters the room and shares an intensely emotional moment with her future son. Grant Gustin perfectly depicts the emotions and conflict that his character is facing and it pulls on all of our heart strings.
There are several other emotional scenes in which Barry seeks out the advice of his family and friends, including Joe, Iris, and his own father. Yes, if Barry corrects this wrong, he will gain his father and mother back. As a result, however, he would’ve never developed his close relationships with Joe and Iris West, which brings tears to the characters and audience. Though he takes all of their counsel into consideration, Barry reaches a decision on his own and partners with Wells to make it happen.
With all of the dire consequences set before him, Barry sure does manage to create a wormhole fairly easily. Professor Stein mentions that Barry has to travel at Mach 2 (approximately 680 miles per second), something that he has never done before. You would figure that this would require some amount of training or preparation, but Barry manages to just run that fast, which is a bit irritating. Though The Flash stands out as one of the best comic book adaptations on television, it does have its share of problems.
Another problem I had with the episode is the surprising stupidity of Caitlin Snow. As the team discusses the consequences of Barry creating a wormhole, Professor Stein proclaims that one potential problem would be the creation of a singularity. To this, Caitlin replies, “What is that?” Now, of course, the show has to define these big ideas to the audience, but using one of the supposedly smartest people on the show to do it is just plain sloppy. The other issue that the episode presented was their end to the Reverse-Flash conflict. As Barry returns from the past and intends to stop Wells, what stops the Reverse-Flash isn’t The Flash, but Eddie Thawne. Don’t get me wrong, the decision for Eddie to take his own life was somewhat of a surprise, and it was truly emotional. However, looking past that, it seems like a nice way for the series to now explore the romantic relationship between Iris and Barry. It is also pretty lame how the fight between the Flash and the Reverse-Flash was quickly ended.
In the end, the trouble for Team Flash wasn’t over. By the end of “Fast Enough,” a growing black hole threatened to destroy the city. Barry, in the typical Flash way, decides that his speed can solve the problem. The episode ends with Barry attempting to stop the black hole from destroying the city.
What did you think of “Fast Enough”? We can’t wait for season two, this fall on The CW!