By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
What’s that quote from Back to the Future? “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” With the latest episode of CW’s The Flash, Barry doesn’t seem to need roads anymore either. Well, as long as he has Vibe. Episode 10 of The Flash’s third season didn’t give viewers a “metahuman of the week” or another Savitar beat down, but it did give us a glimpse at the future, no pun intended.
The episode starts off with a Flash/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) team-up to stop a building fire - lightning-quick thinking from Barry (Grant Gustin) prevents the fire from engulfing the rest of the building and the use of their “speed tornado” puts it out completely. We also got a quick cameo from actor Greg Grunberg as Detective Patterson, a detective who wasn’t at all a big fan of Kid Flash.
The main baddie of the week was Jared Morillo A.K.A. Plunder (Stephen Huszar), who played an integral part in setting up future events sure to come later on in the season. Plunder isn’t your average eye-patch wearing thief, but quite a badass with some impressive weaponry including some useful Flash-seeking bullets and a Star Trek-esque shield generator that Flash and Kid Flash (Keiyan Lonsdale) were barely able to phase through. Speaking about phasing, did anyone else crack a huge smile when Barry phased through that concrete wall to avoid the Flash-seeking bullets?
The episode’s main plot was dealing with the ramifications of Barry’s future knowledge. He has seen four months into the future and witnessed the heartbreaking murder of the love of his life, Iris (Candice Patton), by none other than Savitar. Barry starts to deal with nightmares of the event and ends up taking his anger out on Wally by going off on the young hero and telling him that he isn’t quite ready to start taking on enemies. Luckily, Barry doesn’t hide Iris’ future death from the rest of Team Flash for too long. He informs both Iris and subsequently the rest of Team Flash, minus Joe (Jesse L. Martin), of the grim future that awaits. It will be interesting to see how Joe being kept in the dark will work out in the upcoming episodes.
Of course, Team Flash isn’t about to take Barry’s news as a fixed consequence in the grand plans of time, and thus work on a plan to change the future and save Iris from her death. Cisco and HR (Tom Cavanagh) come up with a plan to change the forthcoming tragedy by altering a future event. This leads to Barry and Cisco “vibing” to the future and relaying the major headlines from a news broadcast back to the team. It’s here that the viewers get some tasty nuggets of what is to come in the rest of season 3, including the impending return of Gorilla Grodd, Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) transformation back into Killer Frost, and the introduction of Music Miester (set to be portrayed by Glee alum, Darren Criss), in the upcoming Supergirl/Flash musical crossover.
The third act of the episode resolves the Plunder plotline with Barry and Wally teaming up again to stop the thief in a race around town. The team up scenes had some great action and awesome VFX to show off the two speedsters v. Plunder’s futuristic weapons. Eventually, it’s Wally who stops the villain resulting in a change of one of the headlines from the future news broadcast, specifically, from a Flash-lead arrest to one executed by Kid Flash and thus confirming the theory that the future can be changed.
The subplots of the episode were also quite interesting this week as they mainly had some connection to the future news broadcast. Caitlin is once again dealing with her fear of transforming back into Killer Frost and seeks Julian’s (Tom Felton) help in finding a way to get rid of her metahuman abilities. This also brought into play the introduction of Julian as a member of Team Flash. An introduction that (understandably) wasn’t easily accepted by the rest of the members, but ultimately approved after a pep talk from Caitlin. On the Earth-19 Harrison Well’s storyline front, HR (Tom Cavanagh) with some help from Cisco, finally opened up the Star Labs museum to the public for tours. A standout performance by Tom Cavanagh left a lasting impression on why he’s such an integral part of this cast.
-- The banter from Barry regarding the mannequin really has us hoping to see the Flash suit spring out of a ring so badly!
-- Hologram Cisco offered some great comic relief.
-- Subplot to watch out for over the next few episodes: Barry tells everyone but Joe about the future events he knows about. It was nice to see that he didn’t hide that information from Team Flash for too long, but it will be interesting to see what happens when everyone tip toes around Joe.
-- At the end of the episode, we got a glimpse at Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), we still have yet to see why she has a hologram picture of HR. Here’s hoping next week’s episode answers that question.
[P.S. the Gorilla Grodd watch starts now.]
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