Plot Lines of The Flash: Season 3, Episode 16 “Into the Speed Force”

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.

Writers

Brooke Roberts and Judalina Neira

A Plot: Into the Speed Force

Barry went into the Speed Force and unlike last time, the Speed Force was not so sympathetic to his plight. This was an incredible episode from start to finish. I had high hopes for it since I loved last season’s Speed Force episode, “The Runaway Dinosaur” and I was not disappointed. I love that the Speed Force has become its own separate character that responds to whatever is happening in Barry’s world. In this case, it gave Barry back his power when he came to grips with his mother’s death but reacted negatively to Barry creating Flashpoint. I like the concept that the writers are building here. Despite being a force of nature such as gravity, I kind of see the Speed Force as being benevolent and ultimately on Barry’s side. Tonight’s episode seemed like it was punishing Barry for his past transgressions, but I see it more as trying to teach Barry a lesson about taking responsibility¬†for all the wrongs he’s caused. In this way, the Speed Force is not unlike a parent administering tough love to a child. Forcing Jay Garrick to stay in the Speed Force as a prisoner was a way to remind Barry that he can’t just do whatever he likes and get away without consequences. Everything about this worked for me and it was incredibly executed.

B Plot: Finding Savitar

Despite the past failures of Barry and Wally, Jesse still took it upon herself to go after Savitar. Unlike the other speedsters, Jesse actually managed to come away relatively unscathed and with a little extra knowledge on how to defeat the so-called God of Speed. Despite the fact that this episode ended with Jesse going to Earth-3 to take Jay’s place, I’m sure she’ll be back by the season finale. I think the writers are having all the speedsters take on Savitar individually as a way to build up to the final showdown. Despite the lesson that the Speed Force attempted to teach Barry in the main story, I don’t think he can take on Savitar alone. I think it will take all three of them to win this one. There’s a reason the writers chose this season and story to introduce us to three speedsters and I think we’re seeing it unfold as Savitar continues to best everyone.

C Plot: Will They or Won’t They?

It looks like Barry managed to mend things with Iris simply by being Barry. I was surprised that these two seemed to patch things up so quickly only to have Barry drop the “we need some time apart” bomb on Iris. Honestly, I’m not sure what’s going on here or why this is even part of the story. Right now it feels like filler in a story that isn’t asking for filler. Usually everything on this series has a point so hopefully, this pays off in the end. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.

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