Sorry about the delay, but I was busy and then my laptop broke… Anyway, without further ado, here we go!
Let me start by saying that this was an amazing first season! I really loved it. Nearly every episode was perfect (besides one or two), it got better with every new one – and I am so excited for season 2. But let’s talk about the finale!
As always: Spoilers below!
In the last episode Barry (with the help of Firestorm and Oliver Queen) captured Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, and put him into the meta-prison. So when the finale starts he’s obviously still there and Barry wants to talk to him because, of course, he has tons of questions for him; the most important being why Thawne killed his mother. The Reverse Flash’s answer is simple: he hates Barry Allen. But he also offers him a chance to go back in time to save his mother. Barry’s first reaction is to ignore the offer, but as we all know, he’ll consider it. So he asks the people close to him for advice. Those people include, of course, his father, Joe, and Iris. Apart from his father, they all tell him that he helped other people so many times that it’s okay for him to think about himself for a change. His father, on the other hand, tells him that the risks are too big, that it’s not worth it, because Barry might lose everything he has, including the person he became over the years. So Barry is facing a real dilemma.
But then he chooses to accept the offer. Problem is, just like any plan coming from a villain, there’s also a catch (no suprise there). The Reverse Flash will get back to his time while Barry is running back into the past, and Barry only has 1 minute and 52 seconds to save his mother and go back to the present. And of course if something goes wrong, our Flash will die. I mean, who likes it safe anyway? There’s no fun if the stakes aren’t high.
But Barry is not the only one that struggles. Eddie has something to deal with as well since the RF showed him the future and told him that not only won’t he get the girl, but he’ll never be succesful or anything special, and will certainly never be a hero like he always wanted to be. He ends his relationship with Iris because of that, and begins to doubt himself in general. Thanks to Professor Stein (for those who are not so great at remembering names, that’s the other half of Firestorm), though, he changes his mind and saves his realtionship with Iris (“Screw the future”) – which was really cute.
And what is a season finale without a wedding? Caitlin and Ronnie are finally married like they had planned before everything happened. Not only was it a really cute scene but it was also very important because Caitlin’s words that everything is perfect like it is will help Barry later, who decides to save his mom and set Eobard free – but, of course, things don’t quite go as planned. He does go back in time – and there’s about a million Easter Eggs as he runs back and sees his timeline – and finds himself in his old house, with himself, the Reverse Flash, and his mother. He is about to go in and save her when the other Barry shakes his head at him to tell him not to; and that’s where Caitlin’s words gain importance. Because Barry realizes that she’s right, everything is perfect as it is. He lost his mother, yes, but he gained so much as well: Joe, for example, who’s like a father to him, and Iris, and so many other things.
So he doesn’t stop Eobard from killing his mother, but he stays with her as she dies. She doesn’t die alone, and she got to see her son all grown up. There were a lot of tears in that scene, and I don’t just mean on screen.
Barry then goes back to the present and punshes Eobard in the face. They fight, and things don’t look too good for Barry – and that’s when Eddie decides that the future doesn’t define him and that he actually can be a hero and change things, and he shoots himself. With him dead, Eobard never existed, and none of this ever happened. Let me cut in here to say that although it was a shock, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Ever since the Reverse Flash revealed himself to be Eobard Thawne, I wondered wheter Eddie would end up sacrificing himself to stop him.
Back to the plot, because now shit’s going down, because there’s a huge black hole starting from S.T.A.R. labs because of the time travel (it’s complicated to explain how exactly that happened, for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet… So just go watch it!), sucking in Eddie and S.T.A.R. labs, and everyone runs outstide just to watch as it’s over Central City, starting to devour everything. Barry runs up to try and stop it – and that’s the last thing we see this season.
Top 5 (WTF) Moments:
1. Well, for starters, the ending?! The black hole over Central City?! How will I survive until fall? I want to know what’s going to happen! Now!
2. Eddie dies to save the day. That was just heartbreaking. Poor Iris (and the rest of course). I really liked Eddie!
3. “Legends of Tomorrow” (among others) Easter Eggs – when the Reverse Flash mentioned Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl in the end and the short shot we see of the team while Barry is running through past, present and future.
4. Future Barry tells Present Barry not save his mom. That was a really intense few seconds and as we all know it would have changed everything if he had saved her. But seeing Barry cry (again) and telling his mom that he and his father are good was nonetheless painfull to watch.
5. The other Easter Eggs, most importantly (for me) Killer Frost and Barry in prison?! The speedforce is a mystical place and I really want to see more of Killer Frost (not Barry in prison, though!)
In the end, it was an absolutely excellent episode. This entire season was amazing. It started off a little slow and cheesy but it got better with every single episode until the finale. It had everything I wanted: smiles, laughs, tears, some running, some plot twists, some WTFs. What more could I ask for?
Which is why the first season finale of The Flash gets an outstanding from me.