“Enemy at the Gates” Review of S7 E15 of THE FLASH

We are getting ready for the home stretch of Season 7 of THE FLASH. Godspeed, er, make that Godspeeds are in Central City again, and there’s no talking these clones down. SO much is going on here that sets the tone for the remainder of the season. And, for those who have wanted more action and less redemption for bad guys, THIS is your episode. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

There are several story threads running through this episode. Let’s get to the one that starts the episode first. Nora/XS appears to Barry in a dream, to assure him that everything will be alright. Barry takes this as a sign that Iris is pregnant. Regular pregnancy tests won’t work due to his metagene contributing to the baby, so we see some funny scenes throughout the episode as Barry tries to conduct specialized tests in secret. In the end, the tests are negative, in spite of Iris (missing this episode) at home and sick. Those who have looked ahead to previews of upcoming shows will know how this turns out. But, for now we leave Barry disappointed and wondering what will happen.

The big action thread surrounds the appearance of not one, not two, but SIX Godspeed clones. They are coordinating their attacks to trap Barry, and it almost works. Chester is able to help Team Flash gain a temporary advantage as he deciphers their strange speech and has Gideon pump up “voice” samples to max volume. It disorients them, but only for a while. The clones are ready to kill all of Team Flash, but Barry leads them away. They start to steal Barry’s speed (that’s their ultimate mission), but are surprised themselves by SIX MORE Godspeeds! This new group actually fights the other clones, and they cancel each other out. But, that’s not without some really good action/fight scenes. This episode supplies the kind of knock-down brawls that many fans have been clamoring for this season. It’s a win of sorts for Team Flash, but only because there is a rivalry within the Godspeed clone community. It sets up Godspeed to be a truly formidable opponent, as Barry had no way to beat them on his own – and even Team Flash was no match.

Chillblaine and Frost were the center of another thread. Mark gains Frost’s trust for a while, and they fight side-by-side against the Godspeeds. But, in the end Mark splits once again, destroying Frost’s trust. I have a feeling we will still see some more of this storyline, but there are several directions in which it could go after this episode.

Caitlin, Allegra, Cecile and Ultraviolet made up another important thread, as Caitlin performs surgery to free Ultraviolet from the control of the Black Hole organization. The surgery was performed even as the Godspeeds attacked, but in the end it was successful. We may have a new addition to Team Flash, but we will have to wait and see.

Finally, in the…

EPILOGUE : Joe and Kramer are staking out a location where the man who betrayed and killed Kramer’s unit is hiding. This episode ends with the car exploding – and with only the unconfirmed hope that both Joe and Kramer escape. We’ll see that next episode.

NOTES:

  • Loved the fight scenes this episode. While I have been on board for the redemption stories earlier in the season, this was the right direction as we move toward the final arc of the season. This establishes the true danger of Godspeed(s), and puts all of Team Flash back on their heels as they try to figure out a game plan. That makes for some good dramatic tension, and I’m glad to see it here.
  • Seeing Nora/XS, even in a dream sequence, was great. Her character in earlier seasons was great, and I’m looking forward to her return – even if there will likely be changes in her story due to all the timey-wimey stuff that regularly happens in THE FLASH.

SUMMARY:

This was a great start to the final arc of the season. Lots of action, and a great setup for the Big Bad of the arc. I’ll give this episode a 9/10. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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