THE FLASH Review: Borrowing Problems from the Future

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As Tony Stark once said, “Oh it’s good to be back!”. The mid-season premiere of THE FLASH has the show’s return refreshed and reenergized as “Borrowing Problems from the Future” tackles Barry’s (Grant Gustin) predicament about Iris (Candace Patton) and Savitar while the team expands. The dynamic between characters is changing for the better and with Wally as Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) now hitting the streets, Barry is gonna need all the help he can get.

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Barry is having nightmares about his brief trip to the future where he witnessed Savitar kill Iris. Feeling helpless this gets in the way of training Wally which is not good, as Plunder (Stephen Huszar) is wreaking havoc. Due to his trip to the future Barry is reluctant to jail him, fearing that the future he witnessed may come to pass. Meanwhile, Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) inhibitor bracelets are running out of juice. Worried about Killer Frost reemerging, she seeks Julian’s (Tom Felton) help in getting a cure for the problem. Meanwhile, H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is having trouble with opening S.T.A.R. Labs to the public.

Barry does not learn anything from his past mistakes. Instead of coming clean about what he saw to the team, he decides to keep everything bottled up which, as he puts it, has him acting like a dick. He’s been told time and time again that the future is not set and yet acts like it is. Same with the past as he is told it’s set in stone time and time again. The way he treated Wally halfway through the episode was unacceptable. However, after finally telling her, Iris tells Barry they can’t prevent this possible outcome alone. H.R. explains how events leading to this outcome could work, and with this Cisco (Carlos Valdes) vibes Barry to the future to see the news headlines. It’s cool how this is done as the news headlines now give the team and therefore the show, a week to week goal to accomplish. This is especially cool since the date Iris dies is when, in theory, the finale of the season would occur. Barry always works best when the team is there to help him, so now that everyone is focused on not only Iris’ future, but Caitlin’s and S.T.A.R. Labs’ futures as well, we have a clear goal for the back half of this season. And a promise on the return of Gorilla Grodd is, to me, exciting. The Music Meister headline sets the stage for The Flash’s two-part musical crossover with Supergirl as well. What’s interesting is that now in the future H.R. is on a rooftop wielding a rifle (what?!).

 The Flash -- "Borrowing Problems from the Future" -- Image FLA310a_0002b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Huszar as Plunder -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Wally’s eagerness to be in the streets with Barry was infectious. Even when Barry was beating him down he still wanted to be out there saving the city. Even at the end of the episode it was cool to see him interact with school children as they take a tour of S.T.A.R. Labs. When Wally was doubting himself, Barry reassured him that he is in fact a hero, and one I can’t wait to see grow through the rest of the season as Central City welcomes him with open arms.

The Flash -- "Borrowing Problems from the Future" -- Image FLA310b_0271b.jpg -- Pictured: Tom Felton as Julian Albert -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

H.R. is struggling to open S.T.A.R. Labs to the public, and Cisco is still being a jerk to him as well. As H.R.’s opening fails, Cisco finally grows a heart and tells him to have patience. However, Cisco is the one to help him with the hologram of himself, and set up a successful opening with a discounted rate with a local elementary school. H.R. is really starting to come into his own with people coming to him for advice and him finally easing his way into the team. It seems as if he’s gonna have a good dynamic with Cisco going forward in solving the problems the team runs into. Which is good now that the team has a new addition as well.

The writers are turning Julian into a character who’s here to stay. I think adding Julian to the team is great as he knows metahumans inside and out. And it’s good to see Tom Felton play a good guy for once. Yes, Julian is still prickly to put it politely. He definitely needs people to get through his guilt of being under Savitar’s control. Plus, it looks like he’ll be helping Caitlin keep Killer Frost at bay. I gotta say, I like that Team Flash is mostly at the lab to help Barry whereas the other shows in this universe have the team out in the streets. It dawned on me how nice of a change that is as the team keeps expanding. With Julian, however, I hope he’s the last addition for a while. I have a feeling that Cisco will eventually join Barry and Wally in the streets as Vibe and that Julian will be fulfilling his role at S.T.A.R. Labs when he’s not there, but yeah out of all the shows Team Flash is gelling nicely which has me excited to see this new dynamic from week to week.

The Flash -- "Borrowing Problems from the Future" -- Image FLA310b_0034b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Lindsay Maxwell as Olga and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Why was H.R. on the roof with a gun at the scene of Iris’ death? Why is H.R. a fugitive, as we see in the preview for next week’s episode? When will Gorilla Grodd and the Music Meister emerge? Stay tuned true believers as we’re in for one hell of a ride for the rest of the season. The Flash is back and has been missed. Please keep being this good for the rest of the season.TB-TV-Grade-A

Season 3, Episode 10 (S03E10)
The Flash airs Wednesday at 8PM on The CW

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  1. Two part musical episode is a bit of a misnomer. The bulk will be on Flash. It technically begins on Supergirl. I’m sure it’s not even necessary for non-viewers to tune in as was the case with the fake four show crossover. They covered the relevant part in the intro to Flash.

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