The Flash: Season 6 Finale

The Flash: Season 6 Finale
Warning: this review contains full spoilers for The Flash: Season 6, Episode 19! If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 6, Episode 18.
2020 is a never-ending source of disappointment, hence why The Flash is ending its sixth season three episodes sooner than planned. It wouldn’t really be fair to judge “Success Is Assured” in terms of its ability to act as a proper climax to Season 6. It was never intended to serve that purpose. But as luck would have it, this episode makes for a surprisingly decent end cap to a surprisingly decent season. It may not give fans the closure they want, but it still brings The Flash to a good stopping point while leaving room for plenty more turmoil between Team Flash and Eva McCulloch in Season 7.One of the more impressive accomplishments in this episode is the way in which it manages to integrate nearly every major Season 6 character without feeling overly bloated and unwieldy. That includes Joseph Carver, minor recurring villains like Doctor Light and Ultraviolet and even everyone’s favorite backstabbing socialite cat thief, Sue Dearbon. Granted, the Caitlin subplot still feels as superfluous now as it has the past couple weeks, but that’s basically become her lot in the Arrowverse. Someday this series will figure out what to do with her again.

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At this point, the series has done a solid job of tying together Season 6’s various loose threads and ensuring all roads lead back to Eva. That’s what helps “Success Is Assured” maintain its sense of focus. Barry really has two goals at this point – rescuing Iris and protecting Joseph Carver from his vengeful wife. And as he quickly discovers, accomplishing one goal may require sacrificing the other. This episode gives Barry his moment of temptation – save his wife or stop the villain? That dilemma is handled well without overdoing the drama of Barry’s choice. Barry can’t help but feel conflicted over Carver’s offer in the moment, but there’s never really any question of whether he’ll make the selfish choice.

It’s actually surprising how well this latest Barry/Iris conflict is working considering how often the series has hinged on one trying to prevent the other’s seemingly inevitable death. It helps that this latest instance is less about the question of whether Iris will die than how warped shell be by her time in the mirror dimension. As if to emphasize that point , this episode ends with a neat stinger scene where iris seemingly becomes the next Mirror Master herself. That’s actually one of the better season-ending cliffhangers the series has given us, even if it wasn’t intended as such.

This episode is also great about maintaining a steady level of tension throughout. It really plays into the fear of knowing Mirror Master could literally be lurking around every corner. The deck is all the more stacked against Barry now that his Speed Force tank is running against empty. That combination of a powerful villain and under-powered hero is paying off, though I do hope we’ll get at least one battle between Eva and a fully-charged Flash before this particular storyline wraps.

As scary as she can be, Eva is hardly unsympathetic in this episode. If anything, it really hammers home what a sleazy jerk Carver is and how tragic it is that Barry has to sacrifice so much to defend such a loser. Not that it makes Barry’s failure in the climax any less depressing. There’s actually a novelty in seeing a season end on such a down note. While most previous seasons have ended on a down note, emotionally, at least that comes after Barry has defeated the big baddie. Not so this year.With so many characters in play this week, it’s nice to see plenty of room made for more banter between Ralph and Sue. If hardly the most important character introduced in Season 6, Sue is nonetheless my favorite. This episode is yet another showcase for the strong chemistry between Hartley Sawyer and Natalie Dreyfuss. And with Sue’s story taking a dark turn of its own, the stage is set for a lot more of that dynamic in Season 7.

“Success Is Assured” does sag a bit towards the end, with the big hero vs. villain showdown at McCulloch Technologies not doing much to impress. The harsh lighting and the pointlessly flashy camera work do nothing to spice up what’s ultimately a pretty bland shootout/metahuman rumble. But ultimately, that battle is mostly window dressing alongside the much more crucial and dramatically interesting confrontation between Eva and Barry. It’s a shame this season has to end early, but there’s no reason this series can’t make use of this hero/villain rivalry for a long time to come.

Verdict

There’s no ideal way to handle the situation The Flash finds itself in right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a premature end to Season 6. Thankfully, “Success Is Assured” winds up serving as a surprisingly enjoyable and cohesive cap to the season. It hardly ties up all the show’s many loose ends, but it does leave the ongoing conflict between Team Flash and Eva McCulloch in a strong place, especially with that final cliffhanger casting a shadow over Season 7. It’s hard to say how the series will move forward from here, but at least this finale is able to prevent a satisfying season from ending on a bad note.

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