By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
A Plot: The Flash Reborn
The bulk of this episode was spent bringing Barry back into the fold and unwrapping whatever the Speed Force did to his mind. It was a good decision by the writers not to focus too hard on the villain-of-the-week for this episode. Samurai presented a nice tease for what is to come this season and introducing The Thinker at the end was a nice way to let us all know that this week’s bad guy wasn’t merely a throwaway, but this was all about Team Flash and Barry.
The best thing about this episode was how it answered none of our questions about Barry’s time in the Speed Force. There was a possibility that too many things could have been glossed over here. Barry was brought back a little too conveniently but that was it. The writers resisted the urge to answer any questions about his incoherent rambling or the symbols he kept drawing on any surface he could find. Even Cisco’s symbol translation software failed to give anything other than a tease for what is to come. This gives me a great deal of hope that an amazing answer lays ahead. The Speed Force is one of my favorite parts of this series. From the moment Barry first went into it in the season two episode “The Runaway Dinosaur” (still my favorite episode of the series), the writers have been slowly unraveling the mysteries behind this seemingly sentient universal force. I’m intrigued by the idea that more answers will come at some point this season.
B Plot: The Team Without the Flash
Before the return of Barry, we got to see a glimpse of what life has been like without the Flash. When season three ended with Barry going into the Speed Force, I expected to get a few episodes focusing on the team before his inevitable return. I thought the writers would focus a little more on Wally, who was The Flash for twenty years in the comics and had arguably the best stories, but that didn’t happen. We also didn’t get to see a team that learned how to function all that well without their founding speedster. It’s not that I expected everyone to move on with their lives without Barry; everyone was dealing with the loss exactly how I expected. I just would have liked to explore where everyone’s head was a little more. Hopefully, in the next few episodes, we’ll get to find out how everyone dealt with a life without The Flash.
C Plot: Killer Frost is Still Here
One of the more intriguing moments of this episode was the surprising return of Killer Frost. We don’t know much about what Caitlin has been doing the past six months other than working in a bar. She was apparently working for someone named Amunet. In the comics, Amunet Black ran a black market network of criminals. She was also married at one time to Hunter Zoloman. We don’t know exactly what Caitlin was doing for her. I’m guessing if she was doing Killer Frost things then the guy in the bar, Norvock, would have known better than to try and strongarm her. It’s possible Amunet’s story will crossover with The Thinker’s. We’ll just have to wait and see.
My only hope with this arc is that Killer Frost’s story is resolved. I’ve liked it so far and Danielle Panabaker has done a tremendous job playing two exceedingly different characters, but I’m ready to come to the end of story. Hopefully, that happens sooner rather than later.
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