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November 28, 2017 at 09:00 PM EST

The Flash

TV Show
run date
Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton
The CW
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

While Eobard waits for Kara’s cells to become adequately saturated with red sun radiation for the surgery, Kara gets some one-on-one time with her Earth-X doppelganger, who describes herself as “Aryan perfection” in one of the episode’s silliest moments. Their conversation presents Kara, who has been struggling with her humanity in season 3, with a look at who she risks becoming by ignoring her humanity. The show lets this remain subtext; if you’ve been following Supergirl this season, you understand what this encounter means for her character.

Felicity and Iris use the computer in the Time Vault to disable S.T.A.R. Labs’ power, which shuts off the red sunlight lamp that’s weakening Kara. In the confusion, they wake up Kara and try to escape, but Metallo captures and returns them to Oliver-X and Eobard, whose motives for teaming up with the Earth-X Nazis feel very half baked. Eobard threatens to kill Felicity with his Vibrating Hand of Death unless she decrypts the system and turns the power back on. Kara begs Felicity to give him the code because, unlike Kara-X, she doesn’t want anyone to die for her, so Felicity gives in.

Back on Earth-X, Oliver impersonates the Führer in order to infiltrate the base, where he discovers that the Earth-Xers have built their own Waverider, which they plan on using to take over multiple Earths. To keep up the ruse, Oliver orders Quentin-X to send the Waverider through the portal, but Quentin-X smells something fishy and tests Oliver by handing him a gun and inviting him to execute Felicity’s Earth-X doppelganger, who was imprisoned for being Jewish. Oliver turns the gun on Quentin-X, but it’s empty. The jig is up — and the fighting begins! Oliver makes easy work of these guards and shuts down the metahuman dampeners, allowing his friends to launch their attack on the gateway room.

As Green Arrow, White Canary, Citizen Cold, Alex, and Firestorm take on the forces guarding the gateway, Flash and The Ray take on the weapon General Schott sent to destroy the facility: Red Tornado. Let’s be honest, the CGI work for the Flash and The Ray vs. Red Tornado sequence isn’t the best, but who cares? You gotta applaud the show for even attempting to pull this sequence off.

Back in the main battle, Jax and Stein stupidly decide that they need to separate so Jax can hot-wire the power cell while Stein turns on the gateway. Naturally, this only ends in tragedy. As Jax finds himself pinned down by gunfire, Stein gets shot as he runs toward the lever, and the episode ends as Stein bleeds out on the ground and as I scream into the night because I can’t bear the thought of Victor Garber being killed off.

All in all, I thought “Part 3” was a strong follow-up to last night’s episodes, and it sets the stage for an epic and emotional finale. The episode’s theme — the strong have a duty to protect and help the weak, not to trample them — and setting were powerful and rather timely given the current state of our country. However, I appreciated the fact that writer Todd Helbing’s script wasn’t overtly didactic in this respect, which was definitely a concern coming into this episode. These shows aren’t known for their subtlety.

Wall of Weird: 

  • Harry and Cisco bickering, as they were in the pipeline, never gets old.
  • “Fun tidbit, I fought your cousin in the future. He is fast. I’m faster” — Eobard, to Kara
  • Eobard also told Felicity that no one’s ever heard of her in the future.
  • “Lead the way, McClane” — Felicity, to Iris as they crawl through S.T.A.R. Labs’ vents
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