TV ReviewsThe Flash (6×11) Love Is a Battlefield Review

Ariba BhuvadFebruary 12, 202070/100
Sudz Sutherland
Kelly Wheeler, Jeff Hersh
Running Time
43 minutes
Tuesdays 8pm
The CW
Overall Score
Rating Summary
The Flash gives us a purely filler Valentine's Day episode that fails to live up to post-Crisis expectations.

For our review of the last episode of The Flash, click here.

Synopsis: Barry and Iris plan a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day but their evening is interrupted by an old foe; Frost gets into the holiday spirit and attempts to help Allegra reconnect with an old love. (IMDb)

Okay, okay, this reviewer might just be on board with wherever Iris’ story is heading, especially with this potential Mirror Master storyline. But apart from that, it’s not entirely clear if this episode was all that great. As always, it feels like the series is trying to fulfill their “filler episode” quota, and this time around, the focus was Valentine’s Day.

We didn’t pick up from where we left off with Iris going into the mirror, and it wasn’t addressed until the very final moments of the episode. But there’s definitely something up with Iris considering her shift in mood. She’s making breakfast, demanding independence, and willing to shut Barry out. There’s nothing wrong with an independent woman but it’s the way she’s going about it that seems off. Placing herself in the middle of dangerous situations, attacking big guys in a bar, and just disregarding anything Barry has to say. After talking with Joe and after a confrontation with Iris, Barry comes to an understanding that Iris has grown during the Crisis debacle. She thought Barry was going to die and had to move on and figure out what life could be without him. At least that’s what we think.

The truth of the matter is, this isn’t our Iris. As is seen in the post-episode scene, while Barry and Iris are embracing after their usual apologies, we see Iris look into the mirror. A closer zoom-in shows that our Iris is trapped in the mirror and the “evil” Iris is the one with Barry. Now, that was interesting. And that’s about it as far as interesting goes for the episode. Most of it revolves around the return of Amunet and her fight with ex-boyfriend Goldface. I guess it’s an appropriate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? The feud between them is over a plant that blooms every 25 years, but to stop them, Iris tells Barry to destroy it. The fumes from the burning flower stops the fighting, and then, it’s over?

So that was a blah episode. But at least we have the whole “evil” Iris thing to look forward to!

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