‘The Flash’ Needs To Be More Than A Cliffhanger

by Frank Martin

It’s rare that the exact final moment of an episode is its best moment, but this week’s episode of The Flash managed to pull it off. It’s not a terribly bad move on its own. There could potentially be a situation where the episode is amazing throughout and then just ends on its highest note. But that’s not what happened here. The episode was slow, bringing the plot nearly to a crawl without any real sense of danger other than randomly attacking some campers. More information was revealed about the threat in Central City, but practically nothing was learned about what has been going on with Iris (Candice Patton) in Coast City.

At the end of last episode it was revealed that Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) long-dead husband, Ronnie (Robbie Amell), had returned in the form of the mysterious black fire. The plot for this episode revolved largely on whether they should save Ronnie or allow him to die. This conundrum circled around Caitlin, but the dilemma didn’t match the type of characterization Frost (also Panabaker) had undergone in the previous episode.

The main reason why it’s a bad idea to end an episode on its best note is because it turns the entire experience into one big cliffhanger. This came when the newly-saved Ronnie reveals he’s not Ronnie at all but an evil being of some sort named Deathstorm. This was the moment that The Flash had been building towards and kicked the season into gear. Also, another interesting development was when the meta Iris had been helping caused her to vanish. The act certainly spiced things up, but that was pretty much the only thing that happened in that plot line. Unfortunately, there’s not too many episodes left. So whatever is to happen with Deathstorm — as well as Iris’s mysterious time ailment — needs to be pulse pounding up until the finale.

The Flash airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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