The Flash S03E02 Recap

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SOME SPOILERS AHEAD.

This should have been the first episode. It serves as such a good season opener. “Flashpoint’ should have been last season’s finale or a two hour special during the summer or something. Anything besides this season’s premiere. Now it feels like the season’s begun. Now it feels like we’re going somewhere. Last week was a pointless filler episode that did hardly anything and was underwhelming. This episode was much, much better.

the-rivalI wish we got to learn more about the new timeline’s Edward Clariss; see his normal day to day life and who he was as a person prior to his acquisition of speed powers, so that we understand fully why he wanted the powers to begin with and qualify his statement that he always “felt like something was missing.” None of anything he did or said in his first encounter with Barry meant anything without that kind of context to frame it. He was just saying things and he was a bad guy just because.

It’s not clear if he will show up again, but even if he was just a villain of the week – for two weeks straight – that kind of character development would still be appreciated. And if he does show up again and is a larger presence this season, then hopefully his character is fleshed out more.

A team up between The Flash and Vibe is something I did not know I wanted until it happened. Yes! More please! Fingers crossed that we actually do get a bit of that this season and whatever it is that Cisco has to work on (tech or his emotional healing), the show doesn’t take too long to get to the point where they team up on a regular basis.

killer-frostAnd maybe someday Caitlin gets in on the action too? I figured we would see her go Killer Frost when they were discussing Dr. Alchemy’s ability to give people powers. I suspected that that would be how she acquired them, but it simply being because Barry altered the timeline works too.

I assume that’s how Wally will become a speedster. We saw you looking at him Barry!

I want Caitlin to become Killer Frost but I don’t want her to become a villain. Can she remain a good guy please?

And of course telling everyone the truth about the altered timeline was exactly what Barry needed to do in order to “fix it.” Why it took him so long to come to that realisation is beyond me. As was his refusal to tell Team Flash anything. Even more so when he told Felicity so easily. I don’t understand why he didn’t want to tell them.

Forcing everyone to have dinner together is not fixing it Barry. That’s meddling.

He really doesn’t learn and I wish the writers would stop writing him that way. Obviously going back in time, yet again, was not the way to fix things, Barry. Every time he uses time travel to fix something it goes terribly wrong. He was supposed to have learned that lesson last week. He say he’s learned, but he really hasn’t. If he had, then he wouldn’t be making the same mistakes over and over again.

Random Thoughts:

  1. Felicity: “Oh my God, it really can affect us.” We’re all just as surprised as you are.
  2. What did Barry do to earn Julian’s ire?
  3. JUST TELL THEM BARRY!
  4. Is this it for real now? Did he finally get his kiss with Iris? Is this going to be erased too?
  5. Can we stop with the “our love transcends timelines” cheese fest?

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on The CW.

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