I’ll just go ahead and say it.
Ok, so, if you’re still here. let’s talk about the episode last night.
I said in my last recap, the Flash should stop using so much time travel. It’s starting to get weary.
I’ve done my best to try to figure this out, and it’s starting to make my brain hurt. Try to stay with me. Better, if you have any ideas about what is going on, share them! I want to hear it. I need to talk it out! I hope Greg Berlanti has a great overall plan, because right now, this is a tangled mess.
In this episode, we get to find out who Savitar is. And it is a Future!Barry, from some unknown timeline. But before we get to that, let’s talk a little about how much I enjoy time travel movies, books, and other forms of entertainment. I like it A LOT.
I’ve been into time travel books since my first Choose Your Own Adventure book. The Twilight Zone, The Time Tunnel, even Star Trek had time travel! So I’ve been familiar with concepts of time travel from a closed loop where everything you do, you’ve done, and you can’t undo anything. I’ve seen Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, where they simply SAY they’ll do something in the future, and so they do it later, and it gets done, so they can do things like escape their dad’s jail.
That being said, The Flash has forgotten simplicity with this reveal.
Let’s start off by saying, the episode wasn’t bad. They introduced someone who, potentially, could end up sticking around, as she seems to have some valid theories on the Speed Force, and it looks like HR is trying to get with her. So, hopefully, she is a character who has more longevity than the end of a season. That and she was the doctor who was able to trap Savitar in the Speed Force, which is an important bit to remember later. Last episode, Future!2024 Barry said this Doctor took 4 years after Iris’s death to invent the trap, and then he was able to put Savitar into the Speed Force.
So, once in the Speed Force, trapped there, he sat for…some length. Then he influenced Julian to become Dr. Alchemy via the Philosopher’s Stone, who created the powered villains formerly from Flashpoint and inadvertently give Wally his powers.
So, before Flashpoint, there was no Savitar. No Philosopher’s Stone, and no Wally West with speed. Wally was hit with the dark matter, just like Jessie Quick was. He was hoping he could somehow get speed powers, too. But, once Flashpoint happened, and he learned that he DID get powers from the dark matter explosion in that reality, and was the Flash, not Wally, he wanted ‘his’ powers badly.
So, due to Savitar influencing Julian, and others, mind-controlling them into doing his bidding (how exactly? Now that we know it’s Barry, how exactly did he make Julian do all of what he did?), Barry and the rest of them fight the villains, ad try to stop Alchemy. That leads to Wally getting his powers, under the control of Savitar. So no Alchemy, no Kid Flash, right?
Kid Flash, of course, is the one who delivers the missing piece of the Philosophers Stone that Caitlin had hidden from the rest of the team. He throws it into the Speed Force (why, I still don’t understand), and that is how Savitar gets out of the Speed Force. So, he gave Wally his powers, just so he could use him to get out of the Speed Force. Why?
So, the biggest problem I have, is how the timeline is supposed to fit all together. I mean, there’s the timeline where Harrison Wells didn’t get murdered by Eobard Thawn, he creates the STAR labs later, same explosion, Barry gets his powers later, and his mom and dad are alive and well. This one is immediately changed when Eobard kills Harrison, and takes over his life, killing his wife, and finishing STAR labs early, so he could help Flash get his powers, and get fast enough to send him home (which is still a strange plan). So the entire show is predicated on this NEW timeline, from day one.
So, in this timeline, we get the TV show, with all the shenanigans of the last two seasons. No Savitar. then, we get Flashpoint, which creates another new set of timelines for the show. Once back to his ‘normal’ timeline, he sees all the subtle changes (Caitlin gets her powers, Joe and Iris were fighting, Cisco lost his brother), and just accepts it will never go back to normal, after a conversation with Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth-3 who looks exactly like his dad, and is played by the Flash from the 90’s, John Wesley Shipp. And where is Jay now, I might ask you good reader? Jay is in Speed Force Prison. Because when Savitar escaped, he forced Wally into the Speed Force in his place. And Jay took his place, instead, so Wally could go back to Earth-1.
So, after Flashpoint, Alchemy exists. This, then, is the timeline where Barry becomes Savitar. Barry accidentally goes into the future, a few months, and sees Savitar kill Iris. This future is then further explored when Barry goes to 2024, where Iris is dead, and Emo Barry has given up on being the Flash after trapping Savitar in the Speed Force with the help of Dr. Tracy. So current Barry goes back to 2017, finds Tracy, not a Doctor yet, and HR recruits her to help make the speed trap NOW.
So, this then, MUST be a new timeline, as Dr. Tracy in the future stops Savitar, but now she is already involved.
In the showdown in the warehouse, Savitar knows word for word what is going to be said, and tells Killer Frost to repeat it. She knows it’s Future!Barry, and he has been pushing her to kill Tracy Not a Doctor Yet, but he also knows she fails, be cause he knows the warehouse scene word for word, which is only after Killer Frost fails to kill her! So, he must know that no matter how he pushed her, she was destined to fail.
And that the future 2024 Barry, who didn’t know who Savitar was, and who had the help of Dr. Tracy, and where Cisco lost his hands, has never been the ‘real’ future for Barry. iris being killed, never happens, because that entire reality is wrong, including Savitar being trapped int he Speed Force.
And my eyes just went cross-eyed.
Because Barry cannot be Savitar and know every word from the warehouse scene, AND be 2024 Emo Barry. So how did Current!Barry travel to the wrong 2024? Shouldn’t he have been able to meet the Barry that DID find out his identity, and DID (I am guessing by the end of the season) defeat Savitar? Or is that no longer a thing? And if the 2024 Emo Barry saw Iris die, by the hand of Savitar, the future Current!Barry saw when he accidentally went into the future isn’t a reality that exists. Because if Iris dies, then 2024 Emo Barry exists, but doesn’t know Savitar’s identity. If Iris lives, then 2024 Emo Barry doesn’t exist, and the future Current!Barry went to originally on accident wasn’t ever real to begin with – and there go my eyes again.
And what about Legends of Tomorrow? I mean, last season, Captain Cold died destroying the Oculus, which is the device the Time Masters used to keep the timeline un-fractured. They’re different than the Time Wraiths that chase Barry and other speedsters down when the muck about with the timelines. It’s a whole other story to go into detail, but suffice it to say, they destroyed the device that kept time on a single path…whatever that meant. Will this ever effect Barry? Will the writers even remember that the Legends even exist?
So, Savitar is Barry from a timeline where, by the looks, he is scarred up, and has black hair. So, speedsters have the ability to heal, most of the time. How can Barry be scarred up? Perhaps his armor does more than just help him go faster without blowing up in a giant ball of static electricity. Maybe it gives him his speed, instead of just protecting him from excessive speed (but it does that too). This would explain why he is trying to change the timelines. He is trying to avoid some type of event, where he ends up losing his powers. His entire intention has been to cause Barry to….realize the power of love, and that without those around him he is a loser, destined to become Savitar? Is 2024 Emo Barry the real SAvitar, just from further in his own future?
And who built the suit?
So many unanswered questions. Some don’t even make sense.
What do you think?