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TV Review: The Originals (S04 E08)

The history behind The Hollow is reveal, Alaric makes an appearance in New Orleans, and Davina returns.

A lot of interesting things happened in this episode, so so many. Best of the lot is, Hope finally got to use her awesome powers to save her daddy and I loved it.

Remember from last episode Elijah and Freya found out The Lockwoods of Mystic Falls were involved with safeguarding the bones of The Hollow. This episode, Alaric arrived on Klaus’ beckoning to deliver information in his disposal to the identities of family’s bearing other bones. As expected his journey into town didn’t go as smoothly as he’d have hoped.

After exposing Sofia as the new host f The Hollow, team A, which is comprised of Elijah and Marcel hurry to recover the first bone. Sofia attacks again, and even an interception by Hayley (who believes her blood is the key to defeating the enemy) doesn’t go as planned.

Davina in conjunction with the Harvest girls of last week intended to sacrifice Klaus, to fuel the energy needed for Hayley’s blood to destroy The Hollow. This plan doesn’t go so well with The Mikaelsons (Marcel included). Davina decided she can’t wait for her harvest girls to return with The Thorns that can kill an Original. She made Marcel unwillingly donate his venom using magic, and wanted to force it into Klaus’ bloodstream. The timely appearance of Hope caused us not to lose Klaus this episode.

Hope’s powers were awesome. Though for a few seconds, it was the highlight of the episode for me.

Before Davina got vanquished, she did tell the complete tale of The Hollow’s origin. Many years ago, before New Orleans came to be, two family of witches came together to unite their warring factions through marriage. During the nine months of the pregnancy, the witches of the community all imbued magic into the unborn child. After birthing, the child (girl) showed so much pleasure in killing that her community gave her the name, The Hollow. They had to put her down. The elders of the community imbued an axe with a fraction of their magic, and had her mother deal the final blow. Before that, the Hollow recited a spell to be activated upon her death. The spell caused every tribe present there to turn into wolves – thus starting the different werewolf bloodline. Hayley’s bloodline is special because she stems from the family of the Hollow’s mother, thus she and Hope can kill the enemy.

This history made sense. But it also means that all werewolves are all from witches bloodlines since their ancestors were originally witches. Witches rule this show.

Surprisingly, the last seconds of the episode had a surprise – The apparent death of Elijah. After Hayley made Elijah see reason to returning the dagger that could kill Marcel to him, he arrived the apartment only to be greeted by a stake full of those thorns, into his back. Courtesy, The Hollow.

Things are very much heated up now!

The Originals returns this Friday on The CW.

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E16)

Astonishing plot twists – that’s what AoS continues to deliver this season.

This episode picked up almost where the last did. Once inside the framework, Daisy tried to locate Lincoln and Jemma immediately she got to work at the Hydra-led Triskelion. She tried her best to stay away from Ward, who surprisingly is revealed to be on her side in this world – he’s a part of the resistance, and his main aim is protecting Daisy from the inhuman hating Hydra.

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Jemima finally arrives the framework, and has to crawl out of her grave. She wastes no time trying to convince Coulson about whom he really is. This action tips Hydra, semi-led by and evil Fitz after her.

As expected, the person in charge of this world is no other than – Aida – Fitz reports to her.

Things are off to a dramatic start on the final pod of AoS this season. Aida has tweaked the framework so no one leaves, and with how real this world where everyone’s greatest pain has been corrected, there’s no telling the consequence of remaining in it for too long.

AoS airs Tuesdays on ABC.

Rinzy Reviews: Grimm

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After six seasons, multiple deaths, sensitization of awesome transformations (voguing) into beautiful Wesens (monsters), NBC’s Grimm has come to an end. It’s been one hell of a ride; like the saying that wine tastes better with age, so this also as its seasons went by – particularly during its 5th season run when the stakes were raised very high – the period when Adaline and Juliet swapped sides in the battle for their humanities.

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L -R: Adaline, Renard, Rosie, Monroe, Nick, Juliet, Hank and Wu.

So, the 6th and final season tidied a lot of story-lines that had been on for seasons – Nick’s heritage as a Grimm: the stick of unknown origin with unimaginable repair/healing powers he and Monroe discovered during the fifth season’s run. So great is the stick’s ability to heal that it caused a lot of the magic of Juliet’s transformation into Hexenbeast Eve to come undone. This new version is more like the Juliet we knew in the earlier seasons of Grimm, kind, caring, compassionate, but with the powers of a Hexenbeast; causing some sort of haphazard love triangle between her, Nick, and Adaline.

About the most stable couple in the Grimm universe – Monroe and Rosie – the final season was more than rosie for them. Rosie’s expecting triplet which is good news, but the amount of children coming at the same time scares Monroe… Haha! A proper family drama.

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Monroe and Rosie.

Diana has been at the center of a lot of happenings, especially with her freaky god-level powers. A statement from Nick’s mom, Kelly something in season 3, in the wrong hands Diana could be a weapon, while in the right hands she could be used to affect destiny. Diana’s powers are over the top, and as a child her age who scares all the adults she has great potentials that tied greatly into the ultimate big bad of the season/series.

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Diana

Throughout the season I felt Renard was the personification of the wrong hand Kelly warned about, as every time Diana was with him (shared custody) something off always occurred. As a father he loves his daughter but choices made most times never reveal the best of intentions until it’s too late.

Hank and Wu are the perfect definition of side kicks. I liked the fact that Hank remained human till the end. The only problem I had with Wu’s character this season was the lack of proper utilization of his Wesen nature.

Now, to address the big bad of the season: a great evil, a monster that lives in the world behind the mirror – Zerstorer – This is Grimm’s version if the monster popularly known as the devil. I want to believe this has always been the producer’s dream, because of how much the final wrap makes sense story-wise. Okay! The final wrap:

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Zerstorer.

Eve finds a way to pass through to the world behind the mirror using Hexenbeast’s blood magic. Nick soon follows behind using the magic of the stick, though the stick couldn’t pass through with him. It doesn’t take long for both to meet and figure out that the magical world is one where Wesens exists permanently in their beast form. Eve begins to transform involuntarily, and has to hide it from the human community they meet that finally directs them to where Zerstorer lives.

When they first arrived, Nick used the magic of the gun to kill Blutboads that attacked them, one escaped and announced their presence to Zestorer who wasted no time showing them the extent of his powers. Meanwhile, the squad brings Renard up to speed on all that’s been happening, and he in turn shares his Russian source who reveals a prophecy that States the devil is to take a bride he’s to make a thousand babies with. She believes Diana is this bride promised to the devil, and his target all this while. This revelation raises the stakes fully roping Renard into the battle against this monster that wants his daughter.

Diana helps bring back Eve and Nick. Obviously, Zerstorer hitched a ride back, and wore human flesh to better fit in. Eve’s return causes her to lose her Hexenbeast power – which is quite annoying, because I liked Hexenbeast-Juliet.

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Juliet’s Hexenbeast transformation.

The final showdown takes everyone into the forest as they prepare for am all powerful ancient entity that has his eyes on not just Diana but Nick’s stick of destiny. Hank and Wu don’t make it into the series finale episode… blame it on being at the wrong place.

The series finals tries its best to raise the stakes and then undo itself at the final moments to avoid living through history with a bad memory and also to end like every fairy-tale – A Happy Ending.

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Everyone Nick knows died in the finale except his son and because of this he pushes the rest button and in the new timeline that followed he, the squad, his mother and Aunt Marie (both newly revived for the finale) band together to defeat the great evil.

Diana who was having some sort of epiphany around Zestorer, to the point of siding with him against her father, returns to normal once he’s defeated; this confused me a bit.

As a parting gift, we’re shown a grown Kelly and Diana, twenty years into the future – hunting Wesens with their mom and Dad(s). This closure, though not paramount, was necessary for fans who love to speculate about how Nick and co’s future turned out to be.

In all, Grimm had been an entertaining ride, it was fun watching magic in a new dimension. It will be missed. Here’s to hoping the cast move on to better projects. Cheers! And, goodbye Grimm!

TV Recap: Into The Badlands (S02 E02)

It’s about time Sunny got free!

The episode starts with the best thing about this show – the martial artistry. Sunny and his Baije (his new friend) trickishly and conveniently fight their way out of Bordo mines.

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M.K. is still getting closer towards learning to control his gift. The Master introduces him to his greatest enemy – his dark self – and tries to prepare him yo be independent of it. I must say, presently, M.K. happens to be the most powerful being in this world… and that’s a great feat especially since he’s being trained by someone called The Master. M.K. did battle his alter-ego inside his head, and lost. The warning The Master gave to him still rings in my head – she said, whatever force M.K. was using was the one in control of his power and not him; encouraging him to take charge.
Quinn is still as terrifying as how we remember him. He seems to have a liking for Sunny’s wife, Veil, and her son whom he christines Henry. Quinn has this underground activity going on at their hideout, and its proving to be a very grand one. He’s raising some sort of an army for acts yet to be known. Though he displays some elements of higher brow craziness, Quinn is quite likeable in this episode.

Meanwhile, Quinn’s wife, Lydia, makes a return in this episode. She found herself among men and women who abhor violence to the core, even at the point of death; the kind of people who scold you for killing someone who would have killed them; it’s no surprise when she leaves them.no questions asked. But, with her son, Jaden, not fully appreciating her return because it immediately signals her resolve to interfering with his ruling as the new Baron, she’s left conflicted.

Have I mentioned that Widow is hot! She makes an appearance during the last four minutes of the episode, as she deliberates with a newly returned Waldo over how the other Barons will be handled now that Ryder is calling a meeting, probably to incite them against her.

The final reveal of the episode is a bigbig deal. Sunny discovers there is a far stretch of wall preventing people from gaining easy access into the Badlands.

I must say, Into the Bad land’s sophomore season shows so much promise at this stage that I can bet it will be a bigger success than its first season.

Into the Badlands airs Sundays on AMC.

Goodbye, The Vampire Diaries.

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I had to bring myself to a place of sanity and emotional indifference before typing this. This is a review for The Vampire Diaries season finale (TVD S08 E 16); whatever providential power there be knows my heart is as heavy as it can be.

Let’s get started, we have a lot to cover.

The episode picked up from where the last one ended. Bonnie’s in a dream-like transient between dead and alive; there she sees Elena lying on a well decorated bed. Elena soon awakes, her happiness soon turns sour when she recognizes her friend wasn’t yet old and from Kai’s spell could only be here if she was dead. Stefan’s CPR on her physical seemed to work as Enzo appears and drags Elena back to life. Damon and Stefan return home to find Elena resurrected; only that isn’t Elena… Katherine! The evil doppelganger still loves to toy with the boys psych especially Damon’s, what better way to do that if not by playing cross-dressing? It didn’t take Damon long to figure it realize it but then she had already achieved her purpose of taking the joy out of the moment.

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Katherine as a resurrected Elena

What did Katherine want?

Simple. She just wanted to see the whole of Mystic Falls burn with everyone in it. Katherine confessed to have been the one pulling the Devil’s string because of how awesome she was, that was the reason he was so invested in claiming the Salvatores soul for himself. As Katherine put it, “he wanted you because I did.” A line of Katherine I loved was when the Salvatore boys inquired the where-about of Elena’s body and she replied “that’s for me to know, and for you to dot dot dot.” 

The Donovans (or The Maxwells, whichever) have had an important story-line this season after seasons of neglect. Vicki who returned last episode couldn’t stop ringing the bell not just because Katherine told her to do so at an interval of 5 minutes to prolong the heroes miseries, but because she was frustrated of the empty tortures of Hell; the place of fiery fire was so frustrating that she didn’t care about burning everyone and everything so she could be liberated into non-existence by Hell’s fire, not even her brother Matty-blue eyes or her father whom she clearly missed after 15 years could talk her out of it. They had a teary reunion but that was all to it – a reunion.

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The Donovans reunite

Being the Queen of Hell meant Katherine could keep returning to earth even as Damon continually killed her, thanks to Matt Donovan opening the door between Earth and Hell when he rang the bell earlier in the season. The effect of her short presence was felt almost immediately; it’s Katherine we’re talking about here, nothing less was expected. When Damon accused her motive of being out of jealousy (which we all know), because he and Stefan would choose Elena over her any day anytime, she replies almost instantaneously, that Elena would still choose Stefan over him any day anytime, and not just Elena, she also, and any other random woman who hasn’t had history with the Salvatores, simply because Stefan was the better man. Even after all these time Katherine still knows the exact thing to say to get under Damon’s skin. Though Damon takes his insecurity easier this time, he kills her again.

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Katherine taunts Damon

Caroline who just got married few hours ago was made to leave her husband when Sheriff Donovan declares a gas leak and immediate evacuation of Mystic Falls. Alaric causes her to choose between her children and the love of her life, “I don’t need to remind you what it feels like to stay without a mother,” he said. Stefan makes it easier for Caroline, by convincing her he can’t leave without Damon his brother who can’t leave because Elena’s body’s was spelled to the boiler room of the Salvatore mansion by Kai (for Katherine).

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Elena lifeless body in the boiler room

Bonnie figures out how to save the day. The Salvatores love for each other might be the heart of the series and Elena the bind that holds all together, but it is Bonnie who been its strength over its reign for 8 seasons; without her magic they’d have bee =n screwed long time ago. She’s always the one to come up with a plan, to make the difficult choice and most selfless sacrifice, this time was no different. She had a plan to defeat Katherine and take down Hell permanently by re-channeling its flames back into it, with Katherine inside when it happens. This’ where the episode gets tricky, as Bonnie confessed to Stefan.

Stefan, over the course of the series has been a constant hero of the series. His character arc has been the most consistent and he’s always stayed true to his role as hero – except when on Ripper duties. Remember the theory of the cure, how the it works? Good. Stefan used that mythology to the fullest ,and made the ultimate sacrifice, this time, not so that his brother could find redemption, but so that he could get to share his new found light with his one true love. I am sure I’m not the only one who’s thought their brotherly love to be somewhat gay, but well.

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Damon and Stefan

Damon failed to realize his brother wouldn’t move about as a human without vervain in his system. After failing to properly compel Stefan to give up the thought of being the martyr to hold Katherine in Hell, Stefan who had removed the cure from his blood injected it into Damon and turned his brother human, correcting the greatest mistake of his long life, turning his brother into a Vampire. Now vainly-human, it’s only a matter of time before his long life starts to catch up to him, so Stefan sacrifices himself to commit suicide with Katherine inside Hell’s fire. After he narrates all these to Elena, he walks out of the door and sees Lexi waiting for him to drive off to their implied peace.

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Lexi in Stefan’s peace land

Bonnie showed the most of her magic which has been latent all season in one of the most visually stunning sequence since the beginning of the series. After Vicki launched Hell’s fire, Bonnie, with the help of the Witches of the Bennett bloodline redirect the flames back into Hell. I shouted for joy when I saw Grams (it’s always a delight seeing her), and when I saw Lucy and some other recognizable faces of Bennetts over TVD’s 8 seasons I couldn’t help but hail the Producers resolve to give us a befitting series finale.

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The Bennett Witches

After his death, Stefan found Elena (the technicality of this is messed up), and he narrates to her how he died – saving Damon so that she could meet him the new person he had become; the new him which was the same as the pre-vampire him. I believe Stefan knew of Bonnie’s plan to wake Elena up, this must have facilitated his resolve to give Damon the cure and sacrifice himself in the process, selflessly, without a care for his own happiness with Caroline.

 

Caroline and Damon say their goodbyes to Stefan at his grave site. On leaving they meet Elena at the exit and everyone reunites in tears of joy. Damon and Elena have the hug and share their kiss of passion. The trio whose friendship lived over the course of the 8 seasons talk a little about their lives, and Stefan’s message to Caroline.

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Stefan’s grave

Matt got rewarded for his duties as Sheriff with a bench to his honor, and he is considering running for Mayor of Mystic Falls which is a big step for a character that started out as a busboy at the infamous Mystic Grills.

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Vicki and Tyler find peace.

Bonnie finally decides to live her life to the fullest, honoring Enzo by travelling all around the world. Caroline and Alaric set up a school for gifted children, even Klaus makes an appearance in writing by donating $3,000,000 for the upkeep of the school. A lot of old characters make appearances here, Jeremy, Sheriff Liz, Jo, Klaroline, etc.

 

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Damon and Elena get married at last, sealing Delena as the endgame

Damon and Elena got to live a long life with all the shenanigans of life, and died with each finding peace. In the case of Elena peace meant been reunited with her deceased family members – Aunt Jenna, her Mom, Dad, and Uncle John. For Damon it meant being reunited with Stefan, with Damon reciting the last sentence of the series, “Hello brother.” 

 

Over the years TVD has been a great companion to me, with intriguing story-lines and a cast of mostly unknown actors who excelled at their characters they kept me spell bound for the 6 years since I started following it in 2011. I had always dreaded what my life would be like without TVD, and that’s where I am now. I know the pain will go away, but I can’t help but wonder how fast. Most people think pain comes only from persons lost, but I say it comes from the loss of loved ones, and a loved one can be anything, even a TV show. Hearty cheers to TVD, for a life well spent, for keeping me and millions around the world happy and entertained episode after episode, week after week, season after seasons. I wish the cast and crew success in future endeavors. RIP TVD, TVD Forever!

 

 

 

 

 

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TV Review: TVD S08 E11

Unhappy Bonnie Bennett!

God! A very sad episode. Can Bonnie ever be happy?

At this point, I don’t think so: TVD has vowed to make Bonnie the saddest character in all of TV land: whenever it appears she’s close to happiness, something terrible comes along to rip it away, leaving her reeling in pain as she’s still expected to sacrifice everything for her friends. (Do you remember all her many sacrifices over the years, most notably the ones of season 4 and 5 finales.)

Though it makes for a compelling story, it’s very sad: Bon-bon is one of the most loved characters on The Vampire Diaries, she deserves some happiness.

TVD’s eighth and final season has really upped its game in story-telling since it resumed the second half of the season; episode eleven continued on the stride of this roller-coaster of awesomeness.

Cade, the devil, is in town, and everyone’s beginning to feel his heat. He set Stefan free, and put him on an assignment. He later revealed to Damon that he gave his brother the same options as he did him – Kill one hundred guilty strangers, or kill the woman your brother loves. Unlike Damon who’s humanity caused him to choose sanely, Stefan instantly opts to kill Elena, who’s body is timely in the possession of Bonnie and Enzo in a far away land, because according to him, Elena has always been coming between them, and killing her will cause Damon to finally give up on him.

Matt as usual is always complaining about the effect the choices the supernaturals make, affects the humans. (I suspect before the series finale, Matt will be involuntarily turned to a Vampire, and he’ll refuse to complete the transition process. Talk about dying for your belief. Ha ha!)

Now, this is where things get interesting.

Stefan arrived the house Bonnie bought with her Dad’s money, and rips Enzo’s heart from the back, in one of TVD’s most heartbreaking scene in all its eight years.

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Bonnie is devastated. She knowingly injected Stefan with the cure she just recovered from Elena’s body (which was supposed to be used in defeating Cade.)

Stefan immediately fell to the floor, and Bonnie ran to cry by Enzo’s lifeless, desiccated body. She lets out a psychic scream.
This psychic scream connects in story-telling to what was said at the start of the season, that Witches and Sirens operate on frequencies that are almost same: that’s why the Siren’s tuning-fork was able to affect Bonnie when struck.

Now:
– I think, Stefan’s blood might be drained to get hold of the cure, if Cade is to be defeated. Unless there is a weapon existing that we do not know of yet.

– This might be it for Bonnie. After this, I do not think she can take anymore. The psychic scream also fits the explanation that was given as the origin of Cade’s power. Could Bonnie and Cade go head to head with the same magic variation?

– As a human, how is Stefan supposed to complete his deal with Cade, and how is Caroline supposed to live a happy life with him, if he survives the ripple effects of his recent actions?

And finally, who is worse? Damon for killing Tyler, or Stefan, for killing Enzo. Comment below.

Rinzy’s rating: I give it a 4/5

Who is the Black Flash?

Who is the Black Flash? –  That’s the question on lots of people’s lips, especially as the Arrrowverse (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) introduced the character  in the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (S02E10)
Many people remember the last ten minutes of The Flash second season finale with the defeat of Zoom by the Time-wraiths (those black demon-like entities that ripped and sucked him into the speed force.) That was the birth of the Black-Flash. Yes, Zoom became the Black-Flash.

 

The Black-Flash according to DC’s comic lore, is the grim-reaper of Speedsters in the multiverse, the living personification of death for those whose powers is as a direct consequence of the speed-force. That means, when Speedsters’ time are up, he comes for them.

The Black Flash has been reported to be seen before the death of some Speedsters in the comics. It is not clear whether The Black Flash exists because the speedster characters are simply too fast for traditional Death to capture, or as some sort of bizarre side effect to their connection to the Speed Force.

 

The Black-Flash made his first appearance in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow first, before it can appear in any other place in the multiverse, and the reason made total sense.

This season, the Legends have been dealing with the Legion of Doom at its ground state of formation. Members, Malcolm Merlyn / The Dark Archer (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), have been a thorn in the Legends skins, causing time-aberrations everywhere.

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In the latest episode (S02E10), Damien Darhk, and Malcom Merlyn set a trap when they couldn’t take Eobard’s secrecy anymore, and force him to tell his truth. That’s when he confessed that the Black-Flash is after him.

Do you remember, The Flash (So1E23) when Eddie Thawne killed himself to erase Eobard out of existence as a means of defeating him? Good. Now, this version of Reverse Flash (created through Flashpoint) has to keep running else, Eddie’s death will catch up to him in time through the Black Flash. This is the reason he’s after the Spear of Destiny – he wants to rewrite his destiny to get the deadly Black Flash off his back.

 

From the comics, some of the Black Flash’s powers include:

  • Speed Force Entity: As the aspect of death for speedsters, the Black Flash draws power from the extra-dimensional energy-field called the Speed Force.
  • Superhuman Speed: The Black Flash can move at vast superhuman speeds, easily keeping up with speedsters, and surpassing the speed of light.
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Superhuman Agility
  • Fatal Touch: The Black Flash can kill a person with only one touch.
  • Chronokinesis: The Black Flash possesses the ability to stop time at will, as well as use his speed to travel throughout time
  • Dimensional Travel: The Black Flash can easily travel to and from the Speed Force at will.
  • Immortality: As an aspect of death, the Black Flash cannot die by any ordinary means.
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With these impressive abilities, I really want to see what the Black Flash brings to the Arrowverse.

PS: I just can’t seem to shake off this feeling that Wally West will die as a consequence of his new found speed.