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Riddled with plot holes, uneven character development, and failed attempts at poignancy, "The Race of His Life" nevertheless delivers a visually stunning finale that is chock full of zippy comic book fun.
Some questionable choices have been made this season, regarding both tone and storytelling, but by the end of tonight's episode, I was left with the sinking feeling that The Flash I loved has changed into something else entirely.
The episode was clearly an episode where the heroes, both equipped with super powers and not, were supposed to shine, and they did.
The Scarlet Speedster confronts Zoom one final time, when the two race to see who's really the fastest man alive. Or at least that's why Zoom says they're racing.
In what may be one of the strangest, most tone-deaf storylines of any episode this season the writers actually found a way to wave off what would otherwise be extremely creepy as merely cute.
The season finale, was at least an improvement, but still not the ideal way to wrap up Season 2. By that point it felt as though the writers had waited too long to reveal Zoom's master plan.
There's much more to consider going into Season 3 than "The Race of His Life" necessarily wrought during the hour itself, but the overall construction felt admirably solid, to effectively resolve so uneven a big bad as Zoom.
An unsatisfying end to a unsatisfying season. At least they were consistent.
The final race between Zoom and The Flash, though lacking in emotional depth, delivered visually.
Could I have gone for a little more action? All the way YES. But the finished product was superb so I ain't even mad.
As yet another reminder that this is no ordinary comic book story, it's Barry who failed - not The Flash. So once he learns to be careful what you wish for, it's only the hero who can get him out of it - not the super.
Just when you think things are settling down, Barry shoots back in time and saves his mom, which the time stream probably isn't going to like too much.
After watching a Season 2 finale plagued with plot holes and underdeveloped character motivations, I could never accuse The Flash of being unambitious or playing it safe.