REVIEW: The Flash, S3 Ep22 – Infantino Street

Last week’s episode gave us somewhat of a break from the seriousness of this season’s plot by providing a story where Barry gets amnesia. Now “Infantino Street” brings us back into the grim plot, immediately reminding us that Iris doesn’t have much time before Savitar kills her. Before we can reach the inevitable Team Flash has one last plan up their collective sleeves, and that is to steal a power source from A.R.G.U.S. in order to power their newly created speed force weapon to trap Savitar. Because of increased security and anti-metahuman measures at A.R.G.U.S., Barry is forced to retrieve Captain Cold in an effort to steal the power source, which turns out the be guarded by none other than King Shark.

Captain Cold returns

The first half of “Infantino Street” focuses heavily on the heist at A.R.G.U.S. and is pretty entertaining for the most part. It’s always great seeing Wentworth Miller make a return and ham it up as Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, and this time we see him during his good guy phase after he had already spent some time with the Legends. As far as heists go, there really wasn’t much to it in this episode. With the help of Snart the heist seemed like a piece of cake, with the exception of what occurred towards the end. King Shark was a fun addition to the episode, and Snart’s Jaws reference about not showing the shark much due to budgetary constraints was clever.

Even after the heist goes awry by the end, Barry and Snart still make it out on top when Lyla decides to just give the power source to Barry, making everything that happened before almost minute. Although, the heist did remind audiences of one piece of tech which allowed Barry to change his appearance into that of Lyla’s in order to sneak into A.R.G.U.S. This may or may not have some significance in relation to the episode’s conclusion, which I’ll get into in a bit.

With Barry and Snart off stealing from A.R.G.U.S., Iris is taken to Earth 2 along with Joe and Wally. This seems like a good idea, as long as Barry isn’t told her location thus avoiding Savitar from remembering the details himself. Unfortunately, this plan goes wrong not due to Barry knowing her location, but to Savitar learning it from HR accidentally. Savitar kidnaps Iris from Earth 2 in a scene that is suspiciously missing Jesse Quick. As a result HR feels guilty about accidentally letting the truth slip to Savitar. By the conclusion of the episode, the speed force weapon fails and Savitar murders Iris in front of Barry and Joe, while Cisco fights Caitlin in another location. The episode concludes with a very somber tone, which mirrors the tone of the episode’s opening.

With Iris now dead, Barry will have to finally take down… wait a second, is Iris actually dead? I have two theories as to what happened in those last few moments, as I’m sure others have already pointed out. The first theory, which would make sense, but is probably not what happened, involves Jesse Quick. Earlier in the episode we were reminded of the face-altering tech brought over from HR’s Earth. An interesting plan that would totally work, would be to have Jesse use this tech and take Iris’ place. This would explain why Jesse was suspiciously missing in the final Earth 2 scene. Jesse would also have the ability to allow Savitar’s stab to phase through her, preventing any actual damage.

Well, that didn’t work

The second theory, which is a bit more likely, involves HR. It’s possible that after HR felt guilty over accidentally telling Savitar where Iris was, he decided to use the face altering tech and switch himself out with Iris, ultimately sacrificing himself. There are a few seconds where Savitar was dodging Barry’s attacks when HR could have switched out Iris with himself, and this conclusion is also hinted at when HR makes a seemingly final goodbye to Cisco before staring at the piece of Savitar’s suit they have in S.T.A.R. Labs. If HR were to die, this would also continue The Flash‘s trend of always having a different version of Harrison Wells in every season. All that being said, HR is seen in the trailer for next week’s episode sitting atop a nearby roof, weapon in hand, as Barry saw when he first vibed into the future to see Iris’ death. So, maybe not.

Whatever the outcome is, its highly doubtful that Iris bit the dust in “Infantino Street.” Hopefully I’m not just being optimistic here, but I really don’t think the writers would kill her off, at least not in such an undignified manner. There is a twist, and it has something to do with that face-altering tech, otherwise why remind the audience of its existence? Or maybe I’m wrong. We’ll find out next week in The Flash‘s season three finale. Check out The CW’s official trailer for “Finish Line” in the comments and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Infantino Street” in the comments.