'The Flash' Season 6 Episode 14 reaches an emotional high as Barry Allen watches his mother die again
In the show, the writers found a way to bring out the emotional side of Barry by giving 'The Speed Force' the form of his mother
Currently, 'The Flash' is busiest than it has ever been. From the Black Hole attackers to Eva McCulloch, Reverse-Flash, there are villains (old and new) pouring in from everywhere, Iris West (Candice Patton) is still trapped in the Mirror World and now the Speed Force just died a miserable death. In the latest episode, aptly titled 'The Death of The Speed Force', Barry had to witness his mother (in the form of the Speed Force) dying again. And we all know that Barry is one of the most emotional heroes of the Arrowverse, who is the quickest to blame himself when something goes wrong.
The Flash is best when he cries, and Grant Gustin delivers the most powerful and emotional performances in these scenes.
The Speed Force has always been a rather nebulous concept in the comics. In the show, the writers found a way to bring out the emotional side of Barry by giving the Speed Force the form of his mother. Just before the Crisis struck, Barry got infected by Bloodwork, who manipulated him into believing that he had a choice between dying as prophesied or living the life he always wanted with Iris. The Speed Force in the form of Nora Allen tries to persuade him to choose the noble act of sacrifice, but Barry gets swayed. Yet, he is brought back to his senses, just before the crisis.
The Speed Force has been a conscience and a guide to Barry, but unfortunately, that might not be the case anymore. In the latest episode, we learn about the irreparable damage that the Crisis had left behind. Spectre, in the form of Oliver Queen ( Stephen Amell), had given his power to Barry, and this had corrupted the Speed Force. Apparently, it has been dying for months. Initially Wally/ Kid Flash is furious that Barry never spoke to him about it and storms off on him. However, Joe West gives him one of his best pep talks yet, and so Wally melts towards Barry (who wouldn't, after seeing Barry cry?).
At the end of the episode, Barry decides on one thing- they need a new Speed Force.
'The Flash' airs on CW Tuesdays at 9pm.