‘Flash’ Finale: 7 Season 2 — and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ — Easter Eggs

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‘Flash’ Finale: 7 Season 2 — and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ — Easter Eggs.

In Tuesday’s season finale of The Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) decided to not to save his mother, Nora (Michelle Harrison), while Eddie (Rick Cosnett) chose to kill himself so that his villainous descendant Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) wouldn’t be born. I don’t think it’s a controversial statement to say that the two best live-action, non-humorous superhero TV shows ever appeared in the past year: “Daredevil” and “The Flash.” Though the starring heroes don’t have much in common other than a fondness for red, these series maintained a level of quality previously found only in the best superhero movies, like “The Dark Knight” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “The Flash” didn’t have much if any bad acting, and some performances were terrific—especially Tom Cavanagh as diabolical but not cartoony Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Jesse L.“Fast Enough,” was filled with tears, weddings and time-travel jargon (and maybe some peeks at some super-powered futures for our favorite characters?), but those last 10 minutes blew everything else out of the water.One of the newest members of Team Flash finally became a hero in his own right during The Flash’s freshman finale—but he did so by sacrificing his own life.

While there was plenty of action to keep viewers busy, the episode sneakily layered in plenty of teases for season two and the upcoming Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. Also, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen pulled off the difficult trick of being a goody-goody hero you don’t want to punch, in the tradition of Christopher Reeve. “Daredevil” did have some bad acting—mostly by Elden Henson, who made for an insufferable Foggy Nelson. That said, “Daredevil” had two of the recent best performances in any TV genre by Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio (as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk). Barry was wrestling with giving up his whole life with Joe and Iris, and meeting Caitlin and Cisco, by going back in time and saving his mom from getting murdered.

Earlier, Barry made the decision not to prevent his mother Nora’s (Michelle Harrison) death, because doing so would prevent him from becoming The Flash and would mean that all the good he’s done as the hero would be undone. Eddie’s sacrifice, his moment of true heroism, was an emotionally stirring moment—even though it was straight out of Looper. (And I don’t mind that it wasn’t entirely original, it was still deeply effective.) The conversations surrounding coincidence and destiny really set the tone for the episode, too, both for Eddie and Barry.

Daredevil is a boxer, lawyer, ninja, blind man, vigilante, and Catholic who feels every stab at his body and soul: Cox captured all of the above and more. She also has an insatiable appetite for heat, which she finds in the form of Firestorm (Robbie Amell), whom she is conveniently married to in the show. But D’Onofrio stole the series, creating a Kingpin (Fisk’s nickname in the comics) who’s a vulnerable, sophisticated man-monster with a desperate, doomed desire to be a better person. We’ve got the scoop from Flash boss Andrew Kreisberg: ANDREW KREISBERG: As always with these things, they’re literally the worst decisions you can make for yourself personally.

These rivalries featured well-developed foils who mirrored each other in ways that were compelling overall, though at times a little on the nose. “Daredevil” pounded the similarities between Fisk and Murdock (violent tendencies, dead fathers, messiah complexes) into our heads frequently and clumsily. Advantage: “The Flash” Superhero costumes usually look silly in live action: it takes a sharp design to pull off something that’s faithful to the comics but not utterly absurd. For the bulk of “Daredevil,” the costume issue was dodged as a young Matt Murdock fought mob guys and ninjas in a homemade black getup that was, even after sober reflection, badass.

When we named Eddie’s character and gave him the last name of Thawne, there was a whole subset of the audience that believed he was the Reverse Flash, which was intentional. When Harrison was about to kill Barry for not changing the past and letting him go back to the future, Eddie shot himself in the chest, saving the Flash but dooming Eddie and Iris’ future together. The winged helmet of Jay Garrick came through the wormhole, prompting Eobard to remark, “That’s my cue to leave,” suggesting that he knew who the helmet belonged to. Any CW show skews at least a little toward a teen audience, while being on Netflix allowed “Daredevil” to include borderline R-rated language and violence. “Daredevil” did some great things with the freedom—like the virtuosic episode two corridor fight—but it sometimes felt dark for the sake of being dark, as if grimness equaled quality.

Years of mega-bleak “Daredevil” comics are why Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s current run—which has embraced swashbuckling fun—has been so refreshing. “The Flash” had a smart, seemingly effortless balance between family drama, Buffy-style monster-investigating, metahuman slugfests, and sci-fi adventure. While Rick won’t be a regular, Flash is the kind of show between hardcore sci-fi and time travel that I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Eddie Thawne. Not only was it the end of the season, and everyone from the crew to the cast has just been killing themselves to make this show as good as it could be, it was also incredibly emotional. This crimelord-artist pairing was believable, heartfelt, and unusual for the superhero genre, while the Barry-Iris-Eddie foofaraw was a bit of an eye-roller. But the episode just stops there, leaving us wondering whether Barry succeeds in closing the wormhole, or whether we’ll be in a completely alternate universe come season 2.

Advantage: “Daredevil” Matt Murdock’s father didn’t want to disappoint little Matt by taking a dive in a fight, so Battlin’ Jack Murdock won and was killed, orphaning Matt and giving him a lifetime of guilt. And what does this mean for all the hints we got of Caitlin and Cisco’s possible futures as Killer Frost and Vibe, or that glimpse of Jay Garrick‘s helmet?

Though he’s a villain, the look on Captain Cold’s face signals that he isn’t excited for his city to be destroyed and hints that he just might have a heroic streak in him. It doesn’t completely obliterate all of their memories of Eddie and everything, but it has the desired effect of “harm to Eddie means harm to Tom Cavanagh’s character.” Eddie has been struggling these last few weeks, hearing about the future and about how there is no place for him in the future. One of the great things about Flash—that was always designed to be that way, but has turned out far more emotional and better than we ever could’ve hoped for—was just how much people care for these characters and how much the characters care about each other. Interesting man.” The Flash has opened the door to introducing the idea of the multiverse, a mainstay of DC comics in which alternate Earths (each with slight variations of its heroes) exist in separate universes. To lose somebody like Eddie—who has never been anything but a good guy and is the one who sacrifices himself not just for our characters, but for the world—that’s going to have an impact and it’s not something that’s going to go away right away.

Like with a tragedy in any of our lives, every day you get further away from it, it gets a little bit easier, but it’s really about integrating it into your life moving forward. Eddie Thawne’s body is sucked into the wormhole, while the episode ends with Barry attempting to shut down the singularity in the way that he previously stopped a tornado — by running in the opposite direction. That could potentially be the way a whole slew of new villains are introduced next year — as it’s probably time for the show to put the particle accelerator accident behind it. For us, what made it even more heartbreaking is that Eddie didn’t kill himself because he didn’t have anything to live for, he killed himself because he had everything to live for.

Once people come back in season two, they’ll look back at some of these episodes in season one and go, “Oh wait a minute, I see where this came from.” Yeah. We’re really excited. [Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and myself and [executive producer] Geoff Johns and the writers, the cast, the crew, the directors — we are so proud of this season of television. I can’t imagine trying to top what they’ve already achieved, but if they stay as focused and as restrained as they did this time around, we’re in for another treat when Season 2 airs. I’m a little curious (perversely curious?) how relations between Ronnie and Caitlin will affect him, though I suppose that’s better left off the show. (I suppose they haven’t waited until marriage either, for that matter.) Ultimately, this was a terrific episode in a terrific season that managed to unshackle itself from unnecessary character drama just in time. Yeah, now that people have seen the finale, there were some things we’re letting happen faster than people are expecting and there are other things we’re slow playing.

You have a love triangle, which we’ve seen a million times in movies and television, but to get a glimpse of the future where you actually hear who the two are that are going to end up together, that puts an interesting wrinkle in that relationship. I read somewhere online, it said, “CW confirms Hawkgirl not in Flash season finale.” I said, “That’s so weird that the CW put out this thing about it.

I asked our line producer, “Look, I know this is last minute, but is there anyway we could stage her as part of the crowd?” We picked up that shot.

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