Welcome back from the hiatus, Flash fans! We certainly ended the front part of the season on a down note, didn’t we? Now the team is back from their holiday vacation, and so are we! Barry (Grant Gustin) is having nightmares about his trip to the future, and Iris (Candice Patton) is upset that he won’t let her in on why. H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) is pushing forward with his S.T.A.R. Labs Museum, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) reaches out for help, and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is itching to get in on the action. Here’s my Top 5 for The Flash episode 3.10, “Borrowing Problems from the Future”:
#5: Back to the Future!
Once Barry finally tells Iris about his trip to the future, the team rallies together to try and avert the events of May 23, 2017. (Gee, that’s the same date as the scheduled season finale; I wonder if that’s a coincidence? ;)) Barry remembers seeing something on a new ticker, so they use Cisco’s souped-up Vibe machine to virtually go back (forward? time-travel lingo is hard) to the future and see what stories are on the news ticker. Then the plan is to use their knowledge of those events to somehow alter the course of events for the evening. Barry and Cisco sport H.R. perched on a rooftop with a rifle this time, suggesting that the future has already been altered just by virtue of Barry telling the team about it.
#4: Killer Frost is Lurking
Barry and Iris aren’t the only ones with problems. Caitlin is struggling to contain the powers of Killer Frost. She even recruits Julian Albert (Tom Felton) to try and help find a way to permanently remove her abilities. This, of course, given his recent turn as Doctor Alchemy (under Savitar’s influence), does not go over well with the team. However, the situation is truly desperate. The power of the bracelets Cisco made is not enough; only quickly plugging them in to charge after her visit to Julian keeps her from going full Frosty.
Beyond that, one of the headlines Barry and Cisco read during their peek into the future is “Killer Frost Still at Large.” Something tells me that, despite their best efforts, the team is not going to be able to keep Caitlin’s demons bottled up the whole season.
#3: The S.T.A.R. Labs Museum
Despite Cisco’s fervent hopes, H.R. has refused to give up on the idea of turning S.T.A.R. Labs into a public museum, and it creates a lot of friction between them. It doesn’t help that H.R.’s choice for virtual tour guide is a hilariously bad hologram of Cisco. When literally no one shows up for the grand opening, it looks like the idea is going to die. One of the future headlines, however, is “S.T.A.R. Labs Museum Closes,” so Cisco rolls up his sleeves, fixes the glitches, and gets the museum on its feet. It seems as though he and H.R. might finally be burying the hatchet (just in time for Cisco to protect him from an inter-dimensional bounty hunter next episode, it seems from the preview).
#2: Kid Flash is Off and Running
Barry keeps Wally at arm’s length for most of the episode, unwilling to put him at risk and insisting he needs more training. As one might expect given his youth and inexperience, Wally is too quick to rush in, not taking the time to evaluate situations and pick his best strategy. Ironically, it’s Joe (Jesse L. Martin) who argues most forcefully to Barry that he needs to trust Wally more. But Barry, already afraid for Iris, doesn’t seem to want to put yet another West at risk. Once again, however, his fears of the future force the issue, and Barry ends up giving Wally the spotlight as the one to capture Plunder (Stephen Huszar). Something tells me Central City is going to love their new speedster.
#1: One Domino Down
By letting Wally get the capture, Barry has already managed to change one of the headlines from the future. It wasn’t an easy win, either. Plunder is packing some serious tech. It almost makes you think he might be getting his advanced weaponry from someone else…
Some of these others won’t be so easy to alter, however. Will they be able to prevent the return of Gorilla Grodd (something tells me no)? How do they keep Joe from being honored at City Hall (and why would they try)? Can they keep Killer Frost contained? Can they keep the new museum operating? We’ve got quite the preview of the remaining season on that little dry-erase board, but here’s the $64,000 question: how long before someone forgets to hide it or cover it up when Joe comes in the room?
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