The Flash Review: The Wrath of Savitar (Season 3 Episode 15)

While training with Barry (Grant Gustin), Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts to have visions of Savitar, which he hides from the team. And a dangerous secret threatens Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) happiness.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 15, “The Wrath of Savitar,” certainly lived up to its name. Savitar made his official return to the world at the expense of Wally and the rest of Team Flash. He’s obviously proven himself to be a formidable physical force before, but ‘Wrath of Savitar’ showed just how much damage he could accomplish through mere words.

This was a particularly intense and emotionally heavy episode as the team broke apart in various ways. They’re not broken for good, but the trust between them all has taken a huge hit.

Indeed, trust was a big theme this week: between Barry hiding the big reason that he proposed to Iris to Caitlin secretly hiding a piece of the Philosopher’s Stone to Julian’s feeling used physically and emotionally, the trust between everyone has been shaken to its core. Several of the performances were great this week as well, highlighting the emotional impact. Candice Patton was able to switch between heartfelt joy and understandable anger and sadness at Barry’s deception.

Tom Felton also did an excellent job at showing the pain in Julian’s character at being used, first by Barry and then seemingly by Caitlin. It was the first moment in a while that made you feel for his character.

The real standout, though, was Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally. He really got to flex his acting muscles this week since Wally had so many emotions to cover. Lonsdale has become a central fixture of The Flash this season and this was another example of how he’s come since his introduction in Season 2.

Wally’s recklessness has been an aspect that the show has built up since before he became a speedster, but the payoff to his desire to become faster, possibly even better than Barry himself, had some dire consequences. Not only did Wally allow himself to be goaded into setting Savitar free, he’s now become trapped in the Speed Force for the rest of eternity. This is a pretty bad fate to begin with, but I have a feeling it will be much worse for poor Wally.

We’ve been provided with some hints before about the identity of Savitar, but I think this episode dropped some hints, both major and subtle, as to who the villainous speedster really is.

One thing that I noticed about Savitar in this episode was the mix between the usual CG the show used and what looked to be a practical suit in some of the close ups or fight scenes with Barry. It was a little jarring just because every time we’ve seen him, he’s always been presented with digital imagery.

Those transitions just felt a little off, but I suppose after the heavy use of CG in the Gorilla Grodd two-parter, not to mention the fact that Savitar is now in the real world, The Flash needed something a little more practical to pull off.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 15, “The Wrath of Savitar,” effectively brought an end to Act Two of the season, kicking the season into high gear as Barry and his friends were dealt a huge loss with Wally’s disappearance and the emergence of Savitar. The episode had a lot of emotion that paid off very well. It was a strong instalment of the show and an indicator of how bad things will get for Team Flash in the weeks to come.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW!

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