Previously on The Flash, “Abra Kadabra”
Only time will tell how significant the events in “The Once and Future Flash” are, but we know Barry didn’t achieve his main goal in traveling to the future: he still doesn’t know Savitar’s identity.
Once Barry has decided to go into the future, nothing will stop him – not even Killer Frost on the loose. With help from Wally, Barry lands in 2024 just in time to get his ass kicked by very free, and very powerful, Mirror Master and Top. Once he gets away, he heads to his and Iris’ loft. Now, it’s home to nothing but trash and sad memories.
Sensing a disturbance in the force, Cisco tracks Barry and agrees to take him to his future self. The loft isn’t the only thing that’s gone to shit since Iris’ death. Sad Future Barry is sad, and looks like all he does is listen to The Smiths all day and refuses haircuts. His attitude is channeling 2017 Oliver Queen, but his hair is channeling flashback Oliver. Basically, the wig is a hot mess. Sad Future Barry doesn’t know who Savitar is, and tells Barry he should go home and make as many
babies happy memories with Iris as he can.
Barry attempts to go back to his time (after checking one damn source), but for some reason his speed isn’t opening a portal. Oh, well. Might as well see how the rest of the city went to shit when it lost that glorious Black Girl Magic.
Barry meant it when he said there was no Flash without Iris West, and if there’s no Flash… well, there’s no Team Flash either. Julian does science stuff in the bowels of S.T.A.R. Labs and babysits Killer Frost, who mopes in a power-dampening cell. Though he’s still good with tech, Cisco cannot use his hands to vibe because he doesn’t have hands – thanks to Killer Frost. Wally went up against Savitar alone after Iris’ death and was left paralyzed in a vegetative state. That’s right: Savitar left Wally in a constant state of shook. H.R. owns Jitters, writes successful sci-fi romance novels, and gets laid a lot.
Joe is a wreck. Turns out, Barry didn’t keep the promise he made to Iris right before traveling to the future: with her gone, he didn’t take care of Joe; he pushed him, and everyone else, away.
Having seen enough to depress him for four lifetimes, Barry is ready to go, and Cisco finally admits he used a bit of tech to keep Barry from time-traveling. That’s right: Cisco stole Barry’s speed keys ’cause he’s lonely.
Instead of going home to get back to work ensuring this future never happens, Barry agrees to stay and motivates everyone — including Sad Future Barry — to work together to stop Top and Mirror Master for good. They’re not exactly the team they were before Barry arrived, but it’s better than the nothing they were. Barry is content with the knowledge that even if he doesn’t save Iris, he and his future team will be okay.
He goes home with some tech used by Tracy Brand, the physicist who helped Sad Future Barry trap Savitar after Iris’s death. Maybe if he connects with her in 2017, they can speed things up (yeah, I went there) and get her invention working before Savitar kills Iris.
But Wait; There’s More
Present day Killer Frost meets Savitar in the woods and he offers to help her. Once he steps out of his suit and reveals his identity, Killer Frost immediately agrees to work with him. I know it better not be Ronnie!
Sad Future Barry reveals that Barry made a bunch of time remnants in an effort to defeat Savitar and it didn’t work because Savitar killed “mostly all of them.”
Up to Speed
H.R. is out here living his best life in 2024 and I’m here for it.
Still no explanation as to why Killer Frost is evil when Caitlin wasn’t. I suspect this is so it will be somewhat believable when the mother of all pep talks turns her good again. Hopefully we’ll find out why she speaks in autotune.
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The Flash S3E19
"The Once and Future Flash"
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton