“P.O.W” Review of S7 E16 of THE FLASH

Godspeed is back, or at least Godspeed’s clones are back. They may be fighting each other for now, but they have already proven to be more than a match for Team Flash. We may have some hope in this episode with the appearance of John Diggle, who is showing up in several Arrowverse programs. But, how that all plays out is yet to be seen. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

NOTE: This review is posting before THE FLASH is seen in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet, STOP HERE and come back after viewing. You’ll be glad you did!

This episode is in part a cautionary tale about going it alone.  There are some prices to be paid, and the battle(s) look dangerously close to being lost. Ultraviolet may be lost, after she went alone after Black Hole. Kristen Kramer was ready to go it alone to trap Adam, but manages to survive with good advice and help from Joe West. As for the various plot threads of the show…Here’s where we are:

  • John Diggle helps the team go after Godspeed clones, and eventually joins the hunt for the original Godspeed, August Heart.
  • August hasn’t become Godspeed yet, and that’s the key to the whole battle. At least, that’s what some of the clones believe. Some of those clones want to kill August before he can become Godspeed. No paradoxes there, right?
  • In the end, August is found – but his memory is all but wiped out. More on that in the next couple of episodes.
  • Kramer and Joe West find Adam, learning that he is a meta who “cannot die”. He says something about Kristen Kramer having died in that original ambush that killed her crew – but what that means is something we don’t learn just yet. 
  • Adam has been captured, but there’s a lot more to this story that we haven’t learned yet.
  • Ultraviolet tries to get Allegra to help her go after Black Hole, but went alone when Allegra stayed behind to help Team Flash against Godspeed. In the end, it appears that Ultraviolet has been killed. Allegra arrives too late, to see her cousin literally dissolve in her arms.
  • Diggle heads out at the end of the episode, to finally face up to the moment we saw a long time ago. That’s the moment he discovered what we all believe is a Green Lantern ring. Nothing absolutely confirmed – but we are getting close.

Now, that gets us ready for some BIG developments. What’s coming up is a two-part season finale. And for that, Barry will not be the only speedster around. Barry had tried to visit 2049 to check on his daughter Nora, but was stopped by a group of Godspeeds that had hidden themselves in the Speed Force.

After being knocked out of the Speed Force by those clones, Barry meets Deon Owens, avatar of the Still Force. Deon can’t help Barry right now – he’s too busy helping Iris!

Iris is somehow moving in and out of the timeline, and Deon is using all his powers to save both her and the timeline itself. This probably foreshadows what Iris will be soon able to do as the season winds up.

As for those BIG developments? Well, there are actually two…more speedsters. Nora appears in the present to tell Barry everything will be okay, and then introduces Barry to…

His son, Bart! Yes, in the Arrowverse Bart is Barry and Iris’ son (in the comics Bart is the grandson). With that revelation, one that clearly leaves Barry in shock, the episode comes to an end. 

NOTES:

  • John Diggle’s appearance here was welcome, even though it was an obvious move toward a spin off. The plot line didn’t need to bring him in, but I’m still more than fine in getting to see him here. 
  • SO glad to see Nora’s return, and I’m looking forward to whatever they do with Bart. From that first brief encounter, it looks like they are going all-out with the personality we’ve seen in the comics for Bart. That’s more than good news.
  • Coming up next week is the first of a two-part season finale, promising the return of the good Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp). I’m already geeked out and ready to see what comes next.

SUMMARY:

  • This was a good episode, even with straining just a bit to include a whole lot of various story threads. It does look like there are serious efforts to tie them all together for the finale, and with the return of Nora and the introduction of Bart, this should be a good season finale coming up. As for this episode, I’ll give it an 8/10. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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