When Barry is trapped in Zoom's lair, even though he is the flash is it tough to imagine him being able to get out on his own. That says something in itself, and whenever Zoom returns the feeling of escape slips right away again. That guy with the mask who was trying to help them out gave me a really ominous vibe, an almost concerning amount, but it was an extremely nice touch to add to the frightening essence of Zoom. (Btw, I think it's gotta be Diggle's brother from Earth 2 under that mask, well maybe not, but I don't have time to go into that now) All hope seemed lost at a certain point, which is what made this episode shine. It was an intense race against time, and rarely fell flat for me in the episode.
First off, let's talk about what I liked about this movie. I think they perfectly captured the nostalgic feel from the originals all while starting a new adventure for our generation to enjoy. Daisy Ridley perfectly plays Rey, who was easily the best character and almost single handily carries the film herself. While a lot of people gripe about her easy pick up of the force, I bought it because she seemed like a character who from the beginning had it all figured out. Sure some parts were a stretch, (like when she uses the force to free her from being held by the first order) but I could easily see her obtaining the force early on, so I won't complain about that. The action scenes were sweet and I definitely was never bored in the film, so thats good.
Now time to talk about the things I didn't like, and this list is longer then I would like it to be. Fin and Poe acted like best friends when they saw each other for the 2nd time, when in reality they barely know each other at all. This was a forced relationship in my opinion, I would've liked it better if Finn had to prove himself for the rest of the trilogy seeming that he was a storm trooper, but oh well. From the second Han Solo came on screen, I just got the feeling he was going to die, maybe the force warned me, but I just think they made that one way too obvious, and when it finally happened, it wasn't shocking at all really, I felt bad for Chewie more then I did Han dying. Kylo Ren, one of my biggest concerns of this movie. Listen I get it, following up a villain like Darth Vader is near impossible, but at first glance you think their trying to do just that, but then we realize that this sith is just a scared boy, which I am OK with I guess, but have it one way or the other Abrams. I was hoping he was going to die so we could usher in a more terrifying sith but I guess I'll give this dude a chance. I didn't think the sith was nearly as threatening as they were in the last movies and I hope they bring that fear back in the next two installments.
Also, this movie felt just like a new hope, which I'm sure comparisons are flooding the internet, but this is honestly my main problem with this movie. It was safe and took no risks, and while that's not a bad move per say, it left me wanting more from the movie. All the elements in this movie weren't thought of on their own, I just wanted to see the writers come up with something new to blow us all away, even if it utterly fails(like the prequels) then at least we can give you some props for trying. The plot stretched too far one too many times, and the force is starting to be used as a way out of tight corners, and I wasn't a fan of that.
While I was never bored in the movie, there was never one distinct moment where this movie sets itself apart from the original trilogy. My main disappointment is they have a whole galaxy to work with, and they barely visit other planets and can't think of any new material for the movie. I liked that the death star was the entire planet this time, but it would've been nice for it have to survived instead of being destroyed the exact same way. Hopefully the 8th movie will have a totally original storyline, more lightsaber battles, less illogical inconsistencies, and believable character attachments so that everyone can love this series again.
+Rey, that actress is my new crush, in my opinion she saved the movie.
+Han solo and Chewie, those two were just awesome
+Space scenes, i was always bored by space scenes in the originals, but not this time.
+I like how the light side has a pull too, we've never seen that up to this point.
+Poe in that one scene, he took out so many of them, that was sick.
-Kylo, I hated him, he wasn't scary, and his character was confusing and made little to no sense.
-Not enough light saber battling, like at all.
-Finn and Poe, even though Poe was sick when he was in it, I didn't like how forced their relationship was.
-Plasma was in like 2 scenes. Lame. Especially when that dumb teenager took all the sith scenes.
-Plot holes, the force seemed like a cop out, too much in common with the originals, and not enough originality to separate itself.
Overall this season had its ups and downs, but is still a show that I will be looking forward to watching. For next season, come up with a better villain then Damian Dahrk, I already don't like the feeling of this villain, maybe a nice backstory from the island would be nice. My personal request would be Oliver is gone for a while and they have to deal with HIVE for a bit then BOOM, the joker and harley quinn make an appearance. I mean c'mon, how crazy would that be. Maybe some more island backstory on the two of them, but they need a villain with more presence in the show, Ra's intentions seemed far fetched and slightly forced.
Either way sadly it was the worst season yet, but hopefully the writers can learn from their mistakes and make season 4 a perfect combination of what they did right from all 3 seasons. If they ditch the backstory as a whole I will be disappointed because it is what puts arrow in its own category from the flash. And oh yea Ray at the end... I mean I know he's gonna survive but Jesus... Good luck Ray.
This episode also takes a huge risk by it transforms the whole series, even though I think it will go back by the end of the season. I can't even imagine how they are going to come back from this, but it is a gutsy call that i can respect, and until they honestly screw it up I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
I enjoy how the stakes feel extremely high in this episode, a theme that was extremely prevalent for the last part of season 2. This season has had a tough time recovering that exact theme and it is good to see that they finally stepped this season up in terms of excitement. And those fight scenes were really well done, easily the best all season it all just flowed so naturally. I'm excited to see how this season is going to play out and have high hopes for these last few episodes.
Overall, one of the more intense episodes of the season. Fights were intense and actually believable, good to see the city is doing OK without Oliver and Roy(how actually?) but it seems like they have a handle on the city and adding Ray to the whole mix can only make it more exciting.I hope they continue to correctly transform Oliver, just a few more scenes here and there with him seemingly becoming a villain, because that is something the audience will take a bit to be convinced on.
All in all it was a great episode in the season and will be tough to be beat, I think we are all going to stick around for a bit more. Some comments I had about the episode: It was cool that Oliver was training Barry, I think they should at least mention that he is still keeping that up on the side. Barry needs to learn and even though he has a lot of strong figures surrounding him(kind of), Oliver can teach him the most valuable things that he needs to learn in this life before it hits him off guard and he is unprepared for it all to unfold. I also thought it was cool how we originally thought that Barry wasn't going to be effected by the brain clearing rage, then when it started to creep up on him it truly blew up in his face and will definitely have a ton of backlash in the later episodes of the season. The crossover was some great timing since Barry needed some bigtime help, and now he has even more on his plate so Oliver's intervening couldn't have gone any better.
Either way it was always nice to know the Arrow is watching over Barry and had his back the whole episode, I would've just liked to see them work as a team a bit more, but who doesn't like a good hero fight especially when they explain themselves well.That fight was the highlight of the episode, I honestly was guessing in my seat during the whole fight who was going to get that last strike in, and when Oliver triumphed with technique at the end I was satisfied with the fight and ready for it to end. like i stated before in my opinion Oliver had it handled, Joe and the lying DR just showed up at a nice timing. So, no, I don't think that fight was a tie, Oliver had the advantage there at the end, the Arrow just inched it out and I wish Diggle would've spoken up to Cisco, I like the new group but they need to understand they are not as safe and stable as they think they are and who better to tell them then Diggle? Ah well, next time, but for now it was an extremely entertaining episode with just the right amount of emotional tugs to leave you wanting more. I think the writers know damn well what they are doing here.