The Flash “Invincible” Review (Season 2 Episode 22)

The Flash gave us the penultimate episode of its second season this week, and it was a fairly enjoyable episode, even if it did ultimately feel like it was stalling before the big finale. “Invincible” had plenty of fun moments to be sure, but the conflicts this week didn’t feel as grand as they maybe could have, and the final twist left me feeling a bit hollow.

Let’s start at the end with the death of Henry Allen. Disregarding my current theory that the man in the mask is the Earth-2 version of Henry, also known as the real Jay Garrick, this moment fell flat for a couple of reasons. First, in the episode itself, it really did come out of nowhere. Henry’s fatherly moments with Barry were no more poignant than they usually are, and he was generally a character that was just sort of there.

Which gets to the bigger problem that, on the whole, Henry hasn’t been a part of this season. He bounced pretty much the second he was let out of jail in the premiere to live in a log cabin and has only really returned in the past few weeks. It sucks for Barry, who expressed some frustration with his relationship with his father tonight, but we don’t have as much of a reason to be affected; his strong first season work is too far behind at this point.

Aside from that, though, this episode offered a good bit of fun with the idea of the “metapocalypse,” with Barry and friends left to deal with Zoom’s Earth-2 army of metahumans. Admittedly, this didn’t amount to much beyond a few unnamed assailants with powers, but it did what it needed to show the threat to the city. It also showcased how powerful and confident Barry is after his visit to the Speed Force.

More importantly, Katie Cassidy returned to the Arrowverse as Laurel Lance’s Earth-2 counterpart, Black Siren. Like everyone else, Cassidy seemed to have a lot of fun playing an evil version of her character, and she made for a fun baddie who could easily show up again down the road. Plus, Team Flash’s distance from the character kept the show from needing to deal with any emotional fallout her appearance might have caused the residents of Star City, letting the show focus on the fun and action.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!