The Flash: Flash Reborn

Returning from summer vacation, The Flash is back with, “The Flash Reborn.” Iris takes over the voiceover chores with Barry still missing after last season’s finale. It’s been six months with the others carrying on Barry’s fight, and it’s not just the opening that Iris has taken over. The opening scene is Kid-Flash, Vibe, and…

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The State of Hero TV, Summer 2017

It’s a great time to be a hero-geek. There are more and more shows, and most of them are pretty damn good. I keep hearing a few people fretting about “hero fatigue,” but I certainly don’t have it, and, judging from the box office for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, a lot of other people don’t, either. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is fantastic, with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok coming this year. I’m a lot less impressed with the DC Expanded Universe (although I’m one of the few that apparently enjoyed Suicide Squad), but I was pleasantly surprised by Wonder Woman.

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Flash: Finish Line

Flash hits the end of his season with “Finish Line,” the season three finale. The heroes need to find a way to defeat the menace of Savitar, which gets harder with Savitar being a future version of Barry Allen. So whatever plan they come up with, Savitar knows about from Barry’s memories. That’s a new wrinkle on time travel I don’t think I’ve run across before. There are some pretty big spoilers here, so be warned. Don’t read this if you haven’t seen it.

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Flash: Infantino St.

The penultimate episode of Flash for the season is here with “Infantino Street.” Carmine Infantino is a legendary DC Comics writer. Among his many credits is creating the Silver Age version of the Flash, Barry Allen. So it was a really nice nod to Barry’s own creator, although I’m not sure how he’d feel about…

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Flash: Cause and Effect

  “Cause and Effect” begins where “I Know Who You Are” stopped. The Flash confronts Savitar, who has been revealed as a future, evil, scarred Barry Allen. They talk about Savitar’s origin, which, to no great surprise, revolves around Iris’ death. Savitar is also a time remnant, so he has the additional strain of not…

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Flash: I Know Who You Are

In a very dramatic nighttime scene, the Flash confronts Savitar. Pointing his finger at the hulking metal shape, Flash gives us this week’s title as he proclaims, “I Know Who You Are.” Then, of course, we get the narrative trick that’s been working its way to same level of cliche as evil twins and lovers…

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Flash: The Once And Future Flash

“The Once and Future Flash” proves that, while Barry is quite bright, he doesn’t learn very well. He has endangered his entire reality several times by going to the past and changing things in various ways, like retroactively killing Cisco’s brother, activating Caitlin’s latent Killer Frost powers, or changing the gender of Diggle’s baby over…

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