October 3 – 10
“The Man Who Saved Central City” | The Flash
This was an especially great week for TV — exquisite moments were everywhere. Whether it was the magical ball on Once Upon A Time, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough’s breathtaking contemporary piece dedicated to the late Steve Irwin on Dancing With the Stars, Captain Holt declaring he’d do anything for the 99 on Brooklyn Nine Nine, or the FitzSimmons reunion on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — naturally it’s made my choice very difficult.
It was touching to watch Iris look to Eddie’s memorial back at the office, hear Joe give Barry fatherly advice, watch Barry and Caitlin comfort one another, but if there’s one scene I feel the need to discuss in all its glory, it’s Henry Allen’s homecoming on The Flash. It’s surely no surprise to most readers on here that I’m an easy crier, but I mean c’mon, I couldn’t have been the only one swimming in tears during this scene? Stunning montages are one thing, but when a scene this anticipated ends up being so beautiful, you can’t help but tear up. What an excellent choice to have X Ambassadors’ “Renegades” playing as everyone elatedly embraced Henry and Cisco finally got a police badge from Joe. And then there’s Dr. Stein’s simple yet profound speech that remarkably connected everyone in the room as it reminded viewers of just how far this group has come, and beyond that, we can once again be certain that together, they’ll conquer anything. And although Henry makes the choice not to stay, it’s the fact that they’ve all decided to move forward that’s incredible. Each of them has altruistically decided to save lives and this was one of those sweet and cheesy TV moments that reminds viewers who are willing to be encouraged that with the right army by your side, nothing is impossible. And we could all use this reminder every now and then.
Grant Gustin does a wonderful job of constantly delivering a full range of emotions and he conveyed Barry’s heartbreak in such an exceptional matter it made everything that much more saddening. From the moment he hugged his dad outside of the prison, to the unparalleled bliss he showcased as his life finally felt complete again, Gustin had already done some beautiful work. However, the way he played Barry’s perplexity and acceptance of his dad’s decision made the separation as heartrending as it was. Barry knows he’s got family with the Wests and his friends at Star Labs, but his dad’s presence would’ve made it better. And the perpetual selflessness he exhibits continues to be the sincerest aspect of the series. Barry Allen has so much love to give and he doesn’t even know what to do with it all.
It was great to see him come full circle this week from the decision to be alone in order to protect those he cares for to finally accepting that he can’t do it all on his own, The Flash does heartfelt moments astoundingly, and all since I found myself so moved throughout the “The Man Who Saved Central City”, it made my choice slightly easier.
Honorable Mention: The reunion between Fitz and Simmons on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was even more stunning than I’d imagined it to be. The pure joy in Fitz’ expression as he held Simmons was gorgeous in every way it could’ve been. And as if that weren’t sweet enough, seeing how much Bobbi and Hunter both believed in the two was a splendid touch.