It has been a long winter for fans of The CW's Arrowverse. Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, have been on an excruciatingly prolonged hiatus after debuting the four-series crossover, Invasion!, then wrapping up the first half of their respective seasons. The television event was a big success and reinvigorated audiences, earning The CW its highest ratings in six years.
Fortunately the wait is almost over, as all four shows are primed for a comeback in the coming week. Perhaps, the most popular show of the bunch, The Flash, has had an eventful start to its third season. There is a new threat to the Flash in Savitar and the speedster will need the help of others to take the villain down.
Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) has emerged as the number one candidate to take on the mantle of the Flash's sidekick as Kid Flash. West found a backdoor method to becoming a speedster this season and has been more than eager to join Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) on the battlefield. According to a billboard that was recently spotted in Vancouver which reads, “Welcome to Central City, Home of The Flash and Kid Flash,” West will soon be getting his wish. Take a look:
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If you look carefully at the billboard, the "and Kid Flash" has actually been added on to the front of the sign. The giveaway is the two pieces of duct tape sloppily holding the additional signage in place. This would indicate that while The Flash has already earned Central City's respect, West is still searching for his own validation from both Allen and the city itself.
The midseason premiere episode will also mark the debut of DC Comics' villain, Plunder, played by Stephen Huszar. In the comics the deadly assassin came from an alternate reality and has ties to super villain, Mirror Master, who has already made an appearance earlier in the season. It's yet to be seen how the character will tie into the television show's plot line, but it seems that there are more than enough opportunities for an exciting hour.
The CW has already released a sneak peak of the episode that shows a growing rift between Barry and Wally. Allen has been acting the part of the over-protective older brother, attempting to stymie West's attempts at fighting crime as Kid Flash. Those tensions might start to come to a boiling point in the near future, beginning with the upcoming midseason premiere, “Borrowing Problems from the Future.”
If you would like an even further glimpse at what's ahead for Team Flash. The CW has made the synopsis of the 12th episode of the season available for "Untouchable":
THE TOUCH OF DEATH – Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work together to bring down Clive Yorkin (guest star Matthew Kevin Anderson), a criminal meta-human who is methodically killing people by causing them to decompose at an accelerated rate. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) becomes his next target but it’s Iris (Candice Patton) who is caught in the crossfire. The Flash mentors Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) and begins to elevate the newer speedster’s training to another level. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Brooke Roberts & Judalina Neira.
Clive Yorkin is a new meta in the world of The Flash, and his power is sure to give both Barry and Wally some trouble. But with Kid Flash improving on his abilities - perhaps in hopes of helping Barry change Savitar's prophecy - Clive likely won't last long.
The Flash returns with ‘Borrowing Problems from the Future’ on Tuesday, January 24th at 8pm on The CW.