WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FROM THE FLASH & ARROW!The penultimate episode of The Flash‘s second season left us with that awful torn feeling inside. On one half, we were amazed by how awesome the episode was and on the other, we were in shock from that unbelievable ending. One thing is for sure, it has most definitely left us with an unshakable feeling of uncertainty. However, during the episode, there were also some amazing moments. And that, at least, is something we can be certain of. Let’s take a look at 6 of the most important things we learned from The Flash‘s penultimate Season 2 episode “Invincible”.1. Black Siren NEEDS to Recur Throughout Season 3
Black Siren: Katie Cassidy Slays on the Flash
Katie Cassidy kicked ass as Black Siren. When it was first announced that she was going to appear on The Flash, we knew she was going to be awesome but she took this platform and completely blew us all away (including Barry). The feedback from her appeareance has been overwhelmingly positive with #BlackSiren, #LaurelOnTheFlash and #KatieCassidyOnTheFlash all becoming trending topics on twitter. After the ridiculous creative decision to kill her sacred character Black Canary off on Arrow (for which you can sign the petition to revive her here), she finally found a place that treated her with the respect she deserved. Now that we know Black Siren didn’t die or get sent back to Earth-2 and is trapped in S.T.A.R Labs, it’s very likely that we will see her again in Season 3 of The Flash. Whether she stays villainous or eventually turns heroic like her Earth-1 counterpart, she would be a welcome addition to the series. Even though Arrow really needs to rectify it’s mistake, it’s clear that Katie Cassidy has found a new (at least recurring) home on The Flash. This isn’t the end for her…The Siren will Wail again!
Canary Cry?: Earth-2 Laurel’s Siren Wail
2. Henry Allen Was a Class Act
Incomparable: John Wesley Shipp
I am so sad right now. Every single time John Wesley Shipp appeared as Henry Allen, I couldn’t help but smile. The man is not only an incredible actor but he brings a warmth and light to the show that helped to ground it. With all the metahumans and superpowers, it should be easy to forget that our main cast our humans…but it isn’t. And that includes the guest cast as well. Shipp played the role of Henry Allen so incredibly well, channeling everything he had into each appearance, managing to move us even in his shortest appearances. The man is a legend and I will miss him greatly. I genuinely hope that Barry travels through time and saves his father because Henry Allen was the embodiment of what made The Flash have such wide appeal: Family. And he proved that once again in this episode. From talking sense into Barry to that beautiful speech to Barry at the end (I cried!), Shipp’s Henry Allen was the perfect father to Barry and we need him to be saved. Thank You for stealing the show Mr. Shipp…but now we need you to come back…like right now. Barry needs you to come back, Dr. McGee needs you to come back and we need you to come back. An incredible, phenomenal performance from a class act!
I think I’m going to binge-watch the 1990s The Flash now.
3. Could “Team Flash” Be Expanding?
New Team Member?: Amanda Pays as Dr.McGee
I love seeing Amanda Pays reprise her role as Dr. Christina McGee from the 1990 iteration of The Flash in the current series. She is a joy to watch. Despite her recurrences, it was “Invincible” that really introduced her to us as a real character. In fact, it seemed the creative team were setting up a possible reunion romance between her and fellow The Flash (1990) alumni John Wesley Shipp – which we still need to happen! With Mercury Labs being destroyed and Dr. McGee knowing about Barry’s true identity, S.T.A.R Labs’ involvement with metahumans and Earth-2, it seems she may indeed become a new member of Team Flash. Furthermore, with Barry’s resetting of the timeline a few weeks back, the team also seems to have a new ally in Hartley Rathaway. I would love to see both Amanda Pays and Andy Mientus on Team Flash in Season 3 – it would certainly add a new dynamic and keep the show fresh. Either way, it seems Team Flash is going to keep growing!
4. Kid-Flash is Coming!
Kid-Flash: Wally West
We knew this would happen eventually. Ever since Wally West was introduced to the series as Iris’ brother and Joe’s son, comic book fans new what the lost young man was destined to become. With his need for speed attitude as well as being hit by the wave of dark matter two weeks ago, it seemed as though seeds were being planted for Wally’s speedy awakening. And while we know big things are also destined for Jesse Quick (especially because she got hit with the wave of dark matter too), this episode focused mainly on Wally’s desire to use his second chance at life to help people. That included even saving the Flash from Black Siren. But it wasn’t until Zoom appeared in the West living room and Barry sped after him that the motions were finally set in place. With Wally now knowing the truth about his honarary brother, it seems that the Kid-Flash story has officially begun.
5. Fate Finds A Way
West-Allen: Barry and Iris
Ever since we saw the future newspaper byline was written by Iris West-Allen, we knew that these two were meant to be. However, with Eddie’s passing and Iris becoming more of a supporting character for the first half of Season 2, many thought that we wouldn’t see it. Barry’s chemistry and relationship with Patty also threw us off the trail of a possible West-Allen romance. But let’s face it, Barry has great chemistry with everyone: Iris, Patty, Caitlin, Felicity etc. However, after two full seasons, it looks like things are all pointing towards Barry and Iris finally becoming more than friends. Unlike Arrow‘s unusual deviation, it seems that The Flash will indeed remain loyal to the comic books. With Barry and Iris finally agreeing to “give this a shot”, it looks like fate has found a way.
6. The Season Finale is Going to Be INTENSE!
Poised: The Flash and Zoom Prepare to Race
With the shocking ending to the penultimate episode, the amazing performances that got us here and The Flash‘s track record with season finales, it looks like next week’s Season 2 Finale “The Race of His Life” is going to be one hell of an ending to an incredible arc. With Zoom having absorbed the Flash’s speed and Barry now being one with the Speed Force, all will be on the line in the race between two speedsters as we all will truly find out once and for all: Who is the Fastest Man Alive?”Invincible” was a fantastic episode and has left us with so many mixed emotions. A truly exceptional, moving, heart-breaking and all-round epic episode…how on Earth (1 or 2) could The Flash top that?! I have a feeling we’re going to find out!Did you enjoy “Invincible”? Are you excited for the Season Finale next week? Be sure to let us know in the comments!