So, I’m a fan of The Flash. I was a fan of Arrow when it came out, and with this addition, I was hooked. Not only was I a fan of the Flash from when I was a child, as a comic book reader, but when they introduced Grant Gustin in Arrow, and gave him a kind of back-door pilot (intended to be, originally, but that’s another story), I was ready for this to break all the rules of Arrow. Arrow had a firm “no powers” rule in the first season. Even characters who would normally have powers, didn’t. China White, Bronze Tiger, both should have had superpowers. Instead, just highly skilled. Which worked perfectly for early Arrow. It needed that limitation. I expected Flash to remove that limit.
I was blown away. If you have been watching every week, like I have, you will know that this show has taken any limit, and just thrown it out the window. Time travel was just one small part of season one’s craziness. We also had the introduction of Grodd, the super intelligent, giant, telepathic, mind-controlling ape, among other classic Rogues like Captain Cold, and Heat Wave. It just got bigger, and crazier from there.
But this season, we get Savitar, and the death of Iris. More time travel, of course. Like this episode, where Barry just casually goes into the future to get some information he thinks he can get from himself. Yes, he goes into the future to ask himself for an answer he doesn’t have in the past, hoping to change the future where this information would come from, and ultimately, wiping this world out. Sort of. Timey-Wimey, and all. Time travel shows make my brain hurt when they don’t follow any of their own rules.
For Flash, there should be one big rule. It should be in neon letters, shining brightly in the writers room so they don’t forget. This one rule would help the show tremendously, and bring some form of control back to an out of control power. That rule should be no more time travel. Not into the future, nor the past. Not Barry, not Wally, not Jesse Quick, and not the villains. Especially not the villains!
So, this episode dealt with Barry trying to stop Savitar from killing Iris in the next episode or two. He decides he can get the information he needs by going to 8 years in the future. Why 8 years? Because, in the room built by the future villain Reverse Flash (Eobard Thawne), had a future newspaper with the Flash disappearing into a red sky. Barry decides, that is the time he is going to go to, so he can ask himself how to stop Savitar, and ask him the identity of Savitar. Only, he can’t get to the future, without the help of Kid Flash, Wally West.
Now, as a young boy, the Flash was an adult, so I had a hard time relating. But Kid Flash, of course, was aimed directly at me! A little hero worship, a little surrogate fantasy, and I was Kid Flash! And as I got older, amazingly, they got rid of Barry, and Wally became The Flash. I loved it, and loved how his maturation matched my own! Of course, he was introduced in the 60’s as a teenager, and I was in my 20’s in 1990, but hey, it’s comic book time!
So, I like Kid Flash. This particular version is ok, just a little too mopey for me. I know, it’s on the CW, and it’s kind of necessary to have mopey people. And since Iris and Barry are happy (until she dies), then they had to have someone be mopey. So I get it. But he’s made some really dumb decisions. I wouldn’t call them “rash” because rash can be excused. Maybe I just think it’s lazy writing for someone to do stuff, like open the doorway to the speed force and throw in the missing piece so Savitar can be released. That kind of stupid decisions.
So, Barry asks Wally to push him, because Kid Flash is faster than Barry. So Wally pushes Barry into the future, where Barry finds himself exactly where he thought he wanted to be – 8 years in the future. He makes some dumb decisions, he finds out everyone’s fate, and discovers, LO AND BEHOLD, no one knows Savitar’s identity. He made the trip for nothing. But, he sticks around to get future!Barry back on track (he was all mopey because Iris died), reforms Team Flash, and then goes back to the past.
So, he doesn’t need help to go to the past, just the future. Which really…makes no sense. Because we all time travel into the future, one day for every day. Ha ha, I know. But going backwards in time, that should be much, much more difficult, and take much more energy. But he does it all the time, almost casually. (Remember the rule? Yeah, they really need to remember the rule.) But the future, he needs help. Hoooo-kay. Let’s just remember, the show is, most of the time, FUN! So, some things can be forgiven.
Anyhow, Barry fixes the future he intends to erase by changing the past, then heads back to the past to save Iris. When he has been told over and over, he cannot do. So, of course he will.
He gets back to the past, gives everyone a big hug because he’s been gone for days, and to them it’s only been a second. Which makes no sense, as when he goes into the past, it doesn’t instantly change everything. ANYHOW.
The show ends with the big reveal of who Savitar is – only we don’t get to see it. Killer Frost does, and she’s like “woah”. And, future Killer Frost even said when Barry finds out it’ll blow his mind.
Which makes no sense, because future!Barry didn’t know who Savitar was, so why would Killer Frost think Barry would find out who he was?
So that’s the Flash. I still love the show, it’s still off the rails crazy, and they revel in their comic book origins. I’ll be back next week, that’s for sure. Will you?