Previously on The Flash, “The Present”
“A man often meets his destiny on the very road he takes to avoid it.” – HR Wells
HR’s point is that the future is fixed and there’s nothing you can do to change it. Not exactly what Barry wants to hear considering he knows Savitar will kill Iris in four months (just in time for the season finale!). Visions of her death haunt Barry’s dreams and causes him to lash out at Wally when Kid Flash captures Plunder, a villain Barry knows he apprehended thanks to the news report he saw the night Iris dies. If Plunder isn’t in custody, that means the future can be changed and Iris can be saved. This is why you shouldn’t keep secrets, Barry. Wally didn’t know!
News of her impending death goes over about as you’d expect, but Iris convinces Barry to tell the rest of the team. If they’re going to change the future, they’ll need help. Once everyone (minus Joe) is filled in, Cisco vibes Barry to the future so they can study the news report for events they can prevent.
- Killer Frost is at large.
- Joe West honored at City Hall.
- Music Miester gets six-figure book deal.
- Luigi’s opens after murder.
- City still recovering following gorilla attack.
- S.T.A.R. Labs Museum closes.
That last bit is particularly sad since they just celebrated their grand opening – even though no one showed up. Now they have a to-do list and a bit of hope: In the new version of the future, HR is on a rooftop pointing a rifle at Iris. Things can be changed.
They begin with the main news story. Plunder is caught again after escaping custody, but this time Barry allows Wally to flex his speedster muscles and bring Plunder in and take the credit. This also cements Kid Flash’s place as Central City’s newest hero.
But Wait; There’s More
A woman comes through a breach with a holographic image of HR. It doesn’t appear she’s traveled all that way to take him out for coffee.
- Joe West being honored at City Hall might not be a good thing. What if it’s posthumously? More on that in a bit.
- Since they’re now aiming to reverse the headlines, Cisco goes out of his way to make the museum’s grand re-opening a success. This is great because Cisco being such an asshole to HR is not a good look.
- They’ve found a natural way to bring Julian into the fold. Him knowing their secrets wasn’t enough. Caitlin reaching out because she needs help reversing her powers despite having the bracelets (more on that in a bit, too) makes sense. However, it was more compelling when she pointed out to the team that what they do and what they’ve seen takes a toll. They have each other; Julian doesn’t have anyone.
- Candice Patton and Grant Gustin acted their entire asses off this week.
- Looks like HR is holding Plunder’s plundered rifle in the future.
- I know secrets are necessary plot devices and I also get that they’re par for the course when dealing with secret identities. But we really need better reasons for keeping these massive secrets, especially when it comes to Iris. Such a big deal was made of everyone gaslighting her in season one – and rightfully so – that it makes no sense that she continues to insist upon keeping things from Wally and now Joe. This is going to be particularly annoying if Joe being kept out of the loop causes him to die or be seriously harmed.
- Speaking of secret keeping… Caitlin, boo. Stop inviting people into the secret superhero club without first telling the secret superheroes! Anyone remember #NotAllMen Firestorm and how that worked out?
- They established early in the episode that Caitlin’s bracelets were on the fritz when they needed to be charged, yet she asked Cisco to “fix them” and insisted that she needs Julian’s help as well. Did they ever explain why the bracelets needed fixing?
Finally, um, who the hell would eat at Luigi’s now?
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The Flash S3E10
"Borrowing Problems From the Future"
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton