Enough blog posts have been written about the Flash’s problematic handling of the secret in regards to Iris (and only Iris at this point) to fill a book. I’m not going to write another one – at least, that won’t be the focus of this article. Instead, I want to focus on how Flash handles the secret, how it has utilized this trope differently than other shows and backed themselves into a corner in doing so, and who has the right to decide whether to either keep the secret or to disclose it.
“Oh. You’re watching this episode again? Eh…I’ll be in the other room.” – My husband, a casual Flash fan, pretty much summing up the quality of this episode.
When it comes to the shared universe of Arrow and The Flash, the fandom is somewhat divided. Some people love the idea of multiple crossovers. Others want everyone to stay on their respective shows.
I’m a little more in the middle. I’ve only seen a handful of Arrow episodes, so I probably get less out of the crossovers than fans of both shows do. That said, I love the idea of crossing characters over – when there’s a good reason. When it makes sense. When it’s an Event.
This episode was less an event than a prolonged treading of water, an unnecessary hour of mostly filler. I wouldn’t call it the worst episode of the show to date (although I haven’t entirely decided it isn’t), but it was a baffling waste of a crossover. So let’s get this recap underway.