8:00am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 'The Flash' Reveals Savitar's Identity in Biggest Twist Yet
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. Note: Legends of Tomorrow did not air a new episode this week.
Penguin's rebirth | In Ben McKenzie's directorial debut, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) realized the time had come to lean into his "freak" reputation. After almost getting killed by what he thought was a loyal minion, he agreed to work with Ivy (Maggie Geha) and team up with her Indian Hill friends to make an army full of freaks to take on the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith). And seeing as how all the Indian Hill escapees come with some form of superpower, Penguin's new army, once fully formed, is going to be a formidable force indeed. It's taken Penguin way too long to come to terms with his own identity, but now that he sees himself for what he truly is, he can't be held back by his own expectations or limitations. And that's truly frightening.
Barbara Queen | As the new leader of Gotham's underworld, Babs' (Erin Richards) new moniker couldn't be anymore perfect as she transformed her last name from Kean to Queen. If she truly is the proto-Harley Quinn that many fans believe her to be, it's time to start the petition to make her next season's big bad.
Friend or foe? | While Bruce (David Mazouz) may be held captive by the Court of Owls in some snowy mountain prison, the "shaman" (Raymond J. Barry) — aka Ra's al Ghul, right? — holding him hostage seems to be interested in helping him become the hero we all know he's destined to be. He told Bruce he needs to get over the emotional trauma of watching his parents get murdered in front of him as a child in order to become the protector that Gotham needs. Since the Court of Owls wants to destroy Gotham using some mysterious weapon, is the shaman actually working against them, or should he not be trusted no matter how much he seems to want to help train Bruce? And if Bruce has been training to become the hero that Gotham needs with Alfred (Sean Pertwee), why is he resistant to the shaman's help?
Sanvers gets a win | While most of this week's hour was a thriller surrounding Alex's (Chyler Leigh) kidnapping by an old high school acquaintance who was able to guess Kara's (Melissa Benoist) secret identity, the episode did feature a big step forward for Alex and Maggie (Floriana Lima). While Maggie and Kara were forced to work together to save Alex, both learning new things about the other along the way, the life-or-death situation helped Maggie and Alex realize they were ready to take their relationship to the next level and they traded "I love you's." It can't be stressed enough how responsibly and wonderfully Supergirl is handling their relationship, which has never been more important, and this is definitely a good sign for things to come.
Savitar is ... | When it came to Savitar's identity, every sign throughout the season pointed to the villain being someone we already know on The Flash. As the season inched closer and closer to the speed god unmasking himself, the possibilities narrowed down to either future Barry (Grant Gustin) or future Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale), since they're both speedsters and loved by everyone on Team Flash, so their evil turn would have the biggest impact on every character. And lo and behold, when Barry finally realized who was under that terrifying metal armor and confronted Savitar at the end of this week's episode, his prediction was right: it was Barry Allen ... from the very, very distant future. This evil Barry sported a seriously gnarly burn scar on the right side of his face and a lack of empathy for his former self or past life, so clearly something else must happen in the future in addition to Iris' (Candice Patton) death to turn our hero into the most formidable villain Barry has ever faced.
But the Easter eggs about Savitar's true identity were there all along: all the times Savitar said he knew what was going to happen because he lived it already; how he called himself the "future Flash"; and revealing that Barry is the one who created Savitar. Having Barry face off against an evil, more powerful version of himself is the biggest twist yet of the series, and it's definitely an exciting one, setting itself apart from all the other speedster villain storylines. But there are still many plot holes that need to be answered before any judgments can be made about this season's arc: If Barry kills his future self, is he ending his own future? Has this all happened before to create Savitar in the first place, and Barry is just stuck in a time loop? What is Savitar's end goal if not to kill present Barry (since that would mean his own death)? Time-travel stories and past/future selves meeting are complicated, but if done right, this will make for a successful season overall.
Olicity takes a major step forward | All hope is not lost for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), romantically speaking. After Prometheus aka Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) locked the two exes-turned-friends in the Team Arrow bunker, massive blood loss and poisonous gas led Oliver to finally have an honest conversation with Felicity about how, despite what she thinks, he does trust her and her choices (including joining shadowy hacker organization Helix). He just didn't trust himself, especially in light of how Chase got him to admit he liked killing and his whole crusade was built on a lie. And Felicity revealed that after she lost Billy (Tyler Ritter), she got a tiny (tiny, tiny) taste of what Oliver went through on the island and in the years he's been back, and she now understands why he has a hard time trusting anyone. She understands why Oliver lied and hid his son William (Jack Moore). In flashbacks to somewhere in between seasons four and five, Felicity told Oliver they couldn't get back together and things wouldn't be different until she had his full trust and understood why he was the way he was. Now that she does, does this signal a hopeful future for the couple? But if Arrow does pair these two back together, it needs to be for good — no one is interested in watching a direct repeat of their roller coaster journey to putting a ring on it.
The prodigal son returns | It's a good thing that Felicity and Oliver finally had their talk about Oliver not telling her about his son William, because in the final moment of this week's Olicity-centric hour, Chase somehow managed to find William living under his new witness-protection identity. Who knows how far Adrian is willing to go for revenge for his father's murder – will he hurt William, an innocent kid, just because it's Oliver's son? And seeing as how even Oliver didn't know where William was relocated to, is there anywhere in the world safe enough for him to lead a normal life, or is he doomed to always pay for his father's mistakes?
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Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.