'The Flash' Season 6 Episode 14: Barry Allen and Wally West strike an emotional bond amid ongoing chaos
Through the course of the episode, they realize that the Crisis has left behind some irreparable damage, as the spectre had infused power into Barry, which corrupted the Speed Force
'The Flash' has a lot going on right now. 'The Black Hole' arc is far from wrapped up, Iris's adventures with Eva McCulloch continue in the Mirror World, Reverse Flash is back in Nash Wells's body and now the Speed Force is dead. The latest episode titled 'Death Of The Speed Force' saw the return of Wally West, amongst a whole lot of other things.
It's always a pleasure to see Kid Flash, even if he's a little more different from the one we remember. For starters, he can create multiple versions of himself and pull a lotus flower out of lightening. His training with Buddhists have made him somewhat zen and rather wise, perhaps more so than anyone on the show at the moment.
However, this time there's a reason why he is back. There's something worryingly wrong with the Speed Force, and Barry's mini-crash into the wall is enough to confirm his belief. Wally has learnt to project his consciousness into the Speed Force and communicate with it. He insists that the voice has been quiet for the past few months. Barry doesn't want to believe that something is up, but Wally still has doubts.
Through the course of the episode, they realise that the Crisis has left behind some irreparable damage, as the spectre had infused power into Barry, which corrupted the Speed Force. Initially, Wally loses all his zen and is furious with Barry for not coming to him sooner. Joe gives him one of his pep talks and made him realize that Barry Allen is no stranger to beating himself up. And so, Wally and Barry have a heartwarming brotherly moment, and Wally forgives him. However, Wally reminds him of the mentor that Barry has been and this just gives him enough confidence to get back on his feet again.
Wally says, "We can't punish ourselves for the mistakes we've made. That's a closed door. But we can take responsibility for our actions, no matter how great the obstacle to overcome is." Barry wonders who taught him that and Wally answers that he did. Wally and Barry's brotherly moment formed the heartbeat of the episode and struck the emotional chord in the middle of all the chaos and confusion. He's the only one who seems to notice that Iris is not herself.
Honestly, it would have been a relief had Wally stayed on for a little longer.
'The Flash' airs on CW Tuesdays at 9 pm.