On The Flash things have not gone smoothly lately for Barry Allen. After a few months of bliss in Flashpoint, an alternate timeline Barry created where his parents are alive, he tried to set everything back to the way it was. Instead, he made irreversible changes to the timeline. Cisco’s brother Dante is now dead, Caitlin lives on the verge of turning into her evil alter-ego Killer Frost, and Wally is a speedster who wants to jump right into battle, much to the displeasure of everyone else. Adding to the confusion is a new Harrison (H.R.) Wells who doesn’t have the genius IQ of his other incarnations and mostly only succeeds at annoying everyone. Toss in a terrifying new bad guy called Savitar, and Barry is no longer the happy-go-lucky guy he once was.
Adding to Barry’s troubles is an accidental trip he took to the future, a big faux pas for speedsters. He saw Savitar murder Iris, and now has to try to figure out a way to prevent her death. The problem is, he doesn’t know what lead to that terrible event. So he has no idea which choices will save Iris, and which choices will lead to her death.
The synopsis for the midseason premiere released by The CW details one of the ways that Barry deals with this indecision, as he sees someone who was there in the future and has to figure out what to do. The full synopsis can be read here:
BARRY FIGHTS FOR IRIS — Barry (Grant Gustin) is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris (Candice Patton) is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder (guest star Stephen Huszar) shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain’s presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder, it will cement Iris’ fate. Confused about Barry’s hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) offers Julian (Tom Felton) a job. Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Grainne Godfree & David Kob (#310). Original airdate 1/24/2017.
Considering how Barry feels about Plunder, it’s probable that Wally’s decision will be a source of tension between the two. Especially considering that Barry’s probably not leaning towards telling Iris, or her brother, about what he saw – though we know he at least tells Iris based on the trailer. It might not even seem that out of character to their friends, considering how much opposition Wally has been facing as he becomes Kid Flash.
As for Caitlin offering Julian a job, that could be a pretty interesting story as well. As Killer Frost, she did kidnap him. He seems to understand that she was not herself at the time, but whether there are subconscious fears or concerns on his part remains to be seen. Especially considering the possibility that she could revert back to Killer Frost at any time.
It sounds like The Flash is speeding in a new direction as the gang at S.T.A.R. Labs deal with Savitar’s prophecy, as well as any other villains and metahumans who appear.
The Flash returns with ‘Borrowing Problems from the Future’ Tuesday January 24 at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW
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