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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Review of The Flash 3.10- Borrowing Problems From the Future

The team welcomes a new member, Barry has a revelation for (most of) the team, Caitlin is worried, and signposts appear to be set out...

I'm glad Barry told the team about what he saw.  This is the type of thing that shouldn't be kept to yourself.  For most of the Flashpoint changes, Barry at least had the fact that the team asked him not to tell them anything, but he didn't this time.  And because what he saw in the future affected more than just him, he didn't really have the right to keep it to himself.  My only worry is that trying the future is an almost fruitless endeavor.  Yes, they do know certain things that happened, but there is no context, which means that there is no way of knowing what exactly leads to Savitar killing Iris.  Can changing the news save Iris?  Maybe, but I suspect that there is a lot more to it than that.

For example, Barry was ready to let Plunder go in order to change the future.  The problem is that making a change like that could have unintended side effects.  After all, how do we know that the capture being talked about in the news broadcast was the one tonight?  What if he escapes again and tries for the museum again and is caught by the Flash that time?  While unlikely, it does illustrate that what Barry is trying to do is incredibly complex because he is operating with only partial information.  Without context, the individual events are virtually meaningless.  We know that the was a news story about Killer Frost.  What if that doesn't refer to our Caitlin but a Killer Frost from another universe?  Again, unlikely, but possible.  Alternatively, what if Barry accidentally jumped to a completely different earth?  Once again, it is unlikely, but the possibility does exist.  The team really does need to use the utmost caution when trying to prevent a future event, otherwise they might end up causing the event they are trying to prevent.

I'm not entirely sure not telling Joe is a good idea.  I get that he might go and do something precipitous, but when he finds out that they didn't tell him what Barry saw, he is not going to be happy.  And I find it very interesting that both he and Iris have completely changed their tune about Wally being Kid Flash.  Don't get me wrong, I am glad they did, but it was fairly sudden.  Yes, I know that a month passed between the last episode and this one, so that probably accounts for it, but for theme, it was a bit jarring.

Welcoming Julian to the group was a good idea.  It will allow them the opportunity to keep an eye on him and will also give them access to his knowledge and skills, particularly since they've lost Wells.  He's already proven himself helpful where Caitlin is concerned, so I am curious to see where this will go.

Opening up STAR Labs as a museum is not the smartest idea in the world.  I am just worried that it could allow for too many people to get inside and potentially give Barry and Wally issues when it comes to keeping their identities a secret.  I get that they need money, but I do wonder if there is a better way.

Until next week!