Barry, out of all the dumb things you’ve done in your life, running back in time to save your mom probably takes the grand prize.
Last night’s THE FLASH showed us that the repercussions of Barry’s impulsive, stupid decision are far greater than any of us could have possibly imagined. The consequences weren’t just Joe and Iris not talking – which, by the way, got fixed in record time, which was disappointing. I was kind of hoping a little more would come from that – but his actions affected everyone in his life, including Team Arrow, that had absolutely nothing to do with this.
Damn it, Barry. You freaking erased Baby Sara from existence, you idiot. Out of all the stupid things you’ve done, I can’t even begin to express how ridiculously mad I am about that. Sure, we got a replacement Baby John, but that doesn’t even remotely make it okay, because you erased a child from the timeline.
The entire Team Flash was affected, but I have to say that one of the things I really, really enjoyed was how they formatted this episode, with Barry telling Felicity the whole story, intercalating with scenes from the actual consequences from Flashpoint. That was such a cool way of storytelling and it just turned Felicity into us as an audience. Barry used her as a confidant, but she reacted exactly like most of us did and that was just so clever. I was already overjoyed that we would get to see Felicity and Barry again being their dorky, adorable selves together, but this really just made everything better.
So as we learn from Barry’s confession to Felicity, his little trip to the past really screwed everything up. Joe and Iris apparently don’t talk because she never forgave him for not telling her that her mom was alive, but that got resolved so quickly, that we can just skip it. Now Cisco was a shadow of that amazing guy we all know and love. His brother Dante died in a car crash and the reason why Cisco is so mad at Barry is because the speedster absolutely refused to go back in time to save Dante, which just makes Barry a total hypocrite. Granted, he has no knowledge of this timeline, but still.
So Cisco won’t talk to him and is having a really hard time accepting his brother’s death. The more Barry finds out about all the changes he’s caused, the more desperate he becomes. One of the major changes is that he has a partner at work now - a guy who apparently hates his guts and is also a Slytherin. Malfoy – aka Julian Albert – is in charge of metahuman cases and he and Barry just really don’t get along. The introduction of Tom Felton’s character was flawless and Malfoy is sassy and funny and sarcastic and he is basically the audience when it comes to our feelings towards Barry. Also, I would just like to take a moment to thank whoever was responsible for letting Tom Felton keep his British accent, because that just makes me even more curious about his character. Where did he come from? Was he already working at CCPD this whole time? Why move from England to Central City?
So. Many. Questions. And I have a feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve read theories about how Malfoy is actually Alchemy, but I’m not sure I’m onboard with that. It would be too easy, wouldn’t it? Introduce new guy and introduce new villain, and it turns out they’re one and the same. Boring.
So Barry gets so desperate that he does the one thing he should never do again - he tries to go back in time to fix things. AGAIN.
Thank God for Jay Garrick, who plucks him out of his race through time and has a sit down with him, like he is a 10-year-old, who desperately needs to be grounded. That scene was just so brilliant and illuminating for Barry and I just want to go on record and say that I love this Jay Garrick. The line, “Are you going to take a do over every time you make a mistake?”, had me actually cheering in my living room. Because that’s exactly what Barry needs to hear and understand. His actions have consequences. Just because he’s got powers, it doesn’t mean that he can do whatever the hell he wants and to hell with the consequences. That was by far one of my favorite moments of the episode, because it was so necessary. The fact that Barry was acting like a victim was really pissing me off and to have his father’s doppelganger, of all people, to sit him down and give him a well deserved lecture was amazing in my book.
Now let’s talk powers. Cisco’s powers seem to have evolved a lot and I am so excited to see more of superhero Cisco. When he and Barry finally talked and made up, I was so relieved. Watching a depressed Cisco was… well… depressing. But the reveal of Caitlin’s powers at the end was one of the coolest moments of the night. I had been so, so sad last season when they killed Killer Frost off, and it’s just fantastic that they’re bringing her back. That also begs the question – is she going to become evil, like Earth-2 Killer Frost? Or will she use her powers for good? And it looked like she was hiding it from people, so who knows her secret? Has she told anyone? Has she told Cisco at least? I am so excited for Danielle Panabaker because she killed it as Caitlin’s evil doppelganger, but her storyline for Caitlin last year was weak at best. It’s so exciting that they’re beefing up her character now and turning her into a metahuman.
Last, but most definitely not least, what’s with this show and super villains in full black and scary voices? Alchemy has already presented himself as a formidable foe and incredibly powerful. I am curious about where he came from and what exactly his powers are, that he can turn people into speedsters. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
Despite Barry’s stupidity nearly making me want to stop watching this show, last night’s episode sucked me right back in. I need more already. Also, can we please have Felicity over more often? Please?
A new episode of THE FLASH airs next Tuesday, October 17, at 8/7C on The CW.