I suppose it had to come down to a race.
Title: “The Race of his Life”
Director: Antonio Negret
Writers: Todd Helbing, Aaron Helbing, David Kob
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe
Candice Patton as Iris West
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
Teddy Sears as Hunter Zolomon/ Zoom
Violett Beane as Jesse Wells
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West
Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Tony Todd as the Voice of Zoom
John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick
Team Flash imprison Barry after they decide he’s too emotional unstable to go after Zoom, and attempt to bring him to justice without the Flash’s help.
We learn the secret of the Man in the Mask.
Despite the episode ending with Zoom defeated and things looking pretty good The Flash does something dubious at the end in order to set up the next season.
The writers, increasingly, allow Barry to make effective use of his powers, and this week, whatever his emotional impairments, show a man who knows what his powers can do.
Barry is under stress, but he’s shown himself a reasonable man before. Surely the Team’s plan would have worked a lot better with Barry’s help.
Originality: 2/6 A masked villain who tells the hero to unleash his anger and join him, and says, “Noooooooooooooo!” when things turn against him? A rainy-day funeral? For all the potential of this episode, it really dipped into clichés and familiar models.
Story: 5/6 The episode made effective use of elements introduced throughout the last two years, and it was good to see Zoom get dragged off to Speed Force Hell, or wherever those things took him.. It was a bit of a disappointment that the big confrontation came down to, “Hey kid, y’wanna race?” and lasted about as long as a schoolyard challenge.
Emotional Response: 4/6 The reveal of the man in the mask was not surprising, but it was somewhat satisfying. Shipp can still appear in the show, and Jay Garrick’s comic-book legacy is secure. I just wish he had played an actual role in the finale.
In total, “The Race of his Life” receives 30/42
Although the number designating a particular Earth is a matter of convenience, the DCWB-verse’s Earth-2 and Earth-3, if one exchanges their number, fall close to their original comic-book versions.
I’m not crazy about the epilogue, but it might set up some interesting things in motion for the now four-show strong DCCW line-up next year.