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TV Review: The Flash 3.22 “Infantino Street”
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The Flash
Season 3 Episode 22: “Infantino Street”
Directed by Michael Allowitz
Written by Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Grainne Godfree
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:00pm

Last week on The Flash, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) came up with a flawed (but from the heart) plan to prevent Barry (Grant Gustin) from making new memories, so that Savitar-the-Barry-remnant wouldn’t know what it was. It was too successful. Barry and Savitar got complete amnesia. Both myself and Iris (Candice Patton) were happy to see this lighthearted Barry without all the darkness and pain, falling in love with her all over again. Unfortunately, Barry was also crucial to a court case, resulting in a firebug walking. Said firebug attacked, but Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) had no powers because Savitar never awakened them, and Barry couldn’t control his. Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) showed up to help Cisco and Julian (Tom Felton) fix the mess. They got to the Caitlin underneath. HR and Tracy (Tom Cavanagh, Anne Dudek) started falling in love. She finished the “speed force bazooka” but it needs a lot of energy… energy that is guarded by King Shark.

Spoilers below.

The Flash 3.22 “Infantino Street” review: It opens with “24 hours until Iris West dies.” Um… spoiler alert, much? Super sad music plays while everyone is solemn. I cannot take the tears in Joe’s (Jesse L. Martin) eyes, thinking about his baby girl dying. Iris send Barry for caviar, and leaves him a video message. Later, Cisco calls with some news. A.R.G.U.S. has the energy source. They go to Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson).

Cisco: “Is it spying if we’re friends?” I say no, but Lyla seems to disagree. A.R.G.U.S. has the Dominators technology. Lyla says they can’t have it, that he has to find another way. She doesn’t trust him (she’s not wrong). Barry wants to steal it. He goes to Siberia, 1892 and gets a Master Thief – Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) – yay!!!!

Snart: “True love. That’s your pitch?” He agrees but it has to be his rules. “There are only four rules you have to remember: Make the plan, execute the plan, expect the plan to go off the rails, throw away the plan.” Right out of the Prison Break rule book. With them set to go, Iris and Barry say goodbye. Wally and Joe sneak her to Earth-2, to Harry. Joe and Iris have such a cryfest moment where he sings to her and dances with her. I cried like a giant baby during this scene. Martin is soooo good at evoking emotion from his audience.

Killer Frost wonders if Remnant Barry isn’t going soft (because she really is).

In the A.R.G.U.S. basement, after using a transmographer to make Barry into Lyla, Barry walks by all of these prisoners. “This must be where Waller kept her Suicide Squad.” They get to the door. The lock is impossible to break, so Snart does it in 37 seconds. He hesitates then, because…

King Shark is where the plan goes off the rails. Barry is ready to kill him, but Snart saves him from that fate. He makes King Shark fall asleep and then they recreate Jaws. He gets the tech and then escapes as the door closes, leaving Snart in there. Will he walk away?

No way. Barry is a hero, and saves him. They say goodbye to each other, but not before Snart give him a speech and ends with the last words of his life, “There are no strings on me.” I’m crying again. Damn it Flash!

Savitar tricks HR into telling him where Iris is. He is devastated. Cisco tries to cheer him up.

Barry and Cisco part ways. “Go save Caitlin. I’ll save Iris.” The prophesied battle begins, and Caitlin knocks Cisco down, but we don’t get to see what’s next.

It is midnight on Infantino Street. We hear the newscast. Barry shows up. Savitar comes with Caitlin. Joe is on the roof. The script begins… but Barry hits Savitar with the bazooka, and it seems to be working until it doesn’t. Savitar kills Iris, and Barry cries over her broken body.

The video plays, “I Iris, take you Barry…”

The end.

This penultimate episode of The Flash, had everything you could ever want in an episode. I cried, I laughed, I squealed (Well… I love Wentworth Miller). Patton is a good actress, but I’m usually not drawn to her the way I am to the other characters (probably because I always love the bad ones or the evil sides – looking at you Frost). But her video wedding vows to Barry made me die.

This show is just magical perfection. The cast is top notch. I can’t say enough about it. If you are not watching, you better start watching, because you’re missing out on an experience.

Some thoughts:

– Where is Julian?

– I do think I know how they will get out of Iris dying. Maybe the transmographer? What do you all think?

– I felt what HR was feeling at the end there – just hopeless and helpless and guilty. Cavanagh is just one of the most perfect actors out there.

– Cisco, please save Caitlin and your hands.

– I’m sorry and don’t kill me, but Barry leaving Snart to his fate affected me more than Iris.

The season finale of The Flash airs next Tuesday at 8:00pm ET on The CW.

The CW’s synopsis:

The Flash
Infantino Street (Ep# 322)
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS; WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CAPTAIN COLD — With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris (Candice Patton), Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) for help. Michael Allowitz directed the episode with story by Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Grainne Godfree (#322). Original airdate 5/16/2017.

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