The Flash Season 6 Review: 7 Ups & 1 Down From 'Liberation'

The Flash trades in its costumes for a character-driven affair in one of the season's best episodes.

The Flash Season 6 Barry Allen Iris West-Allen
The CW

Contains spoilers from The Flash season 6, episode 17.

It's been the question on everyone's minds since The Flash returned from its post-Crisis hiatus. It's the question that has plagued fans of DC TV's number one couple since the year practically began. And it's a question that was finally answered in this week's installment.

That question: When will Barry Allen figure out that the Iris West-Allen looking him in the face since the week after Crisis hasn't been his lightning rod?

In the aftermath of its promising return last week, The Flash's latest episode placed the spotlight on the Arrowverse's most elite couple (in a way) as Barry finally confronted the faux Iris standing before him, calling her out for the poor imitation that she was.

All in all, 'Liberation' was another exceptional offering from what has been a strong season; but what sets it apart is the fact that it ultimately drove the narrative forward, helping it out of the ground it's been stuck in for slightly longer than it needed to be. And it was elevated further by some absolutely divine performances from Grant Gustin and Candice Patton.

First, the negative...


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