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It's hard to give the episode a complete grade when we've really only seen half of it, but at least in its first part, "The Last Temptation Of Barry Allen" is a high point of the season so far.
Grant Gustin's performance on The Flash is usually great. Tonight, however, he flexed even harder in an emotional and torturous episode that saw Barry Allen torn between life and death. This may be one of Gustin's best turns on the show yet.
A maddening crisis conscience in a dream sleep dominates this week's episode in grand and creepy fashion with real existential and honest emotions swirling around in- a great, great episode.
One of the best episodes of The Flash in years.
"The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 1" was a mixed bag for me. It hits when it moves forward and lagged a bit for me whenever we were stuck in Barry's mind, as these are tropes that I'm frankly over in the various series in the Arrowverse.
The episode is so clearly a piece of a larger story, and so much of it is exposition of the situation in which Barry finds himself, as well as the choice in front of him, that it feels unfinished. Because it is.
The brilliant writing in this episode expertly left us unsure about who won the tug-a-war battle until Iris showed up.
A showcase for Gustin, allowing him to dig into some of Barry's most human and imperfect thoughts and impulses as he comes to turn with his impending death.