Previously on The Flash, “Borrowing Problems From the Future”
Everyone wants to feel like their life mattered. That’s the desire that fuels Iris’ actions this week and what sent H.R. through the breach to another dimension when he knew it was a fatal crime on Earth-19.
When you’re a fugitive of justice, it’s probably not a good idea to self-publish your Earth-1 adventures into the multiverse. It’s how a vibe-powered bounty hunter might catch up to your ass. That’s exactly what happens when Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) arrives via a breach, intent on returning H.R. back to Earth-19 so he can face execution as punishment. Cisco’s decision to challenge Gypsy (Still can’t believe they went with that.) could have just been comedic relief (and it totally was), but when H.R. presses him as to why he’d risk his own life for him, Cisco’s offer sheds some much-needed light on their relationship. Unlike his prior relationships with the two other Wells, this Wells depends on Cisco more than Cisco depends on him. He feels obligated to protect him; plus, death is pretty harsh for his offense.
“Dead or Alive” also cemented Julian’s place in the group. He’s just as smart as Harry, yet way less subtle. Yes, that’s possible. It’s funny watching Julian learn to play nice with this team, and master the finer points of teamwork like, it’s best to instill hope in each other and not, “Hey, you’re totally going to die.”
The episode title also touched on Iris’ actions this week. Going after Central City’s new arms dealer and putting her life in danger stank of the recklessness that comes with knowing when you’re going to die. Except here, everyone is focused on trying to stop that from happening; hanging their hope on the possibility of changing the future. The last thing they want is to find out Iris doesn’t die in May because she gets herself killed in January. Thankfully, The Flash avoided that nonsense by having Iris want to feel like her life mattered. She’s not dead yet, but is she truly alive if she’s not really living till then? Her work is important to her and not just because she likes to write stories. She wants to make a difference and help people just like the rest of Team Flash. The difference is, she’s the only one with an approaching expiration date.
Enlisting Wally in her investigation after she told Barry she’d let it go still doesn’t sit right with me. Iris has made a big deal – several times – of being lied to, and so far this season she’s opted to tell lies and keep secrets from Wally, Joe, and now Barry. It isn’t always addressed, but it was this time when Joe learns Iris almost got shot while on the story. He’s furious, and Iris gets a lecture from Barry, which I guess is about as close to accountability as we’re going to get. Still, she, nor anyone else, doesn’t see fit to just tell Joe what they know about Savitar and Iris’ future.
But Wait; There’s More
Barry is getting faster, but not at a rate that will make a difference in May. You know who is getting faster faster? Wally. And Barry is convinced that means he’ll be the one to save Iris.
The Flash - S3E11
"Dead or Alive"
The Flash – S3E11 – “Dead or Alive” | Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton