I’m trying to figure out how I feel about this episode’s big reveal. I’ve watched this week’s THE FLASH about three times and I still can’t make sense of it. The entire episode was spent trying to recruit and save Tracy Brand (Anne Dudek), a character we’ll explore later, but really the two stars of this episode are Julian (Tom Felton needs to be a series regular at this point) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Love has always motivated these characters and their choices and episode twenty was no exception.
So, with Barry bringing everyone up to speed on Tracy, they begin to seek her out. They find her at Central City University as a grad student with not a moment to spare as she’s lost faith in herself and Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is after her. For the entire episode mind you, as she’s now aligned herself with Savitar (and she has a costume now). Tracy is another quirky character who is super smart. I genuinely welcome more scientists to Central City as The Flash has always been just as much about science as well as speed and punching. But, Tracy was making some decisions that had me seriously annoyed. Common sense would have anyone else stay with the people trying to protect you from being killed, but for various (dumb) reasons she kept running off. And someone needs to tell H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) to stop hitting on every girl that Team Flash encounters.
Julian and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) were at each other’s throats this episode over Caitlin/Killer Frost. The team is so desperate to get her back, that not a single one of them knows how to go about it. The two boys argue first about the necklace and whose fault it is that she’s Killer Frost. Then they argue about Cisco not using his powers during a fight as he keeps freezing up when confronted by Killer Frost (no pun intended). Cisco has almost gotten people killed twice this episode by not vibing during fights especially as Barry (Grant Gustin) needed his help. Quick side note: how dope is it to see Caitlin ice surfing like Iceman from X-Men? Please don’t take legal action, Marvel. Julian has a big heart underneath his dick-ish exterior. Cisco is afraid that he might kill Caitlin if she’s attacking anyone on the team including Julian and he has to swoop in and save them. Julian, however, tells Cisco that he knows he can control his powers as his come from love. This was one of the most powerful moments in the show thus far. Tom Felton has been putting in work ever since we found out he was Doctor Alchemy and this episode was no exception. Julian as a character continues to grow week after week and I’m floored by how well the writers handle it in new and exciting ways.
Joe’s relationship with Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet) takes the next step this week and Joe is understandingly reluctant to go there with her. One thing that this episode made clear twice with two different storylines is that love is what drives the entire team to wake up each day and give it all they got. Joe realizes this once he tries to break off his relationship with Cecile only for her to be captured by Killer Frost. This storyline has another great turn by Jesse L. Martin. I remember him from Law & Order as he killed it on that show and this is no exception. One thing that makes it easier about Cecile knowing about Team Flash is that she is district attorney. With her, on their side, it now makes things easier on legal side to get things done.
And now with the big reveal that Barry is in fact Savitar. In the comics, Future Flash is a character and is, in fact, an anti-hero. Still, the writers decided to take the theme of Barry being a villain literally. I’ve written about this at length throughout the season, but I didn’t think it would manifest itself quite like this. One of the questions I had after the reveal is how since Barry traveled to the future just last episode. And I forgot about one crucial thing. This whole season has been predicated on Flashpoint. This has to be Barry from the Flashpoint timeline as Barry “corrected” the mistake he made. I really can’t think of any other way this could’ve happened.
This was one of the densest episodes of the show so far with so much happening that there was no stinger. I kept having to remind myself throughout the episode that Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) was in Earth-3 for the majority of the episode visiting Jesse now that the two are committed to each other. The quality of the Arrowverse has been in flux to me throughout this season with Supergirl now being the Mon-El show, Arrow would take an essay for me to say just how damaged it’s become and Legends of Tomorrow being what is, I took comfort in the fact that The Flash has been running circles around everyone this season (again no pun intended). I’m still conflicted over Future Barry.
Is Future Barry from the Flashpoint timeline? How exactly can Barry fight himself? Can the team come up with a formula to cure Caitlin with the blood Julian acquired? Or will Killer Frost be the Big Bad for Season Four? Stay tuned true believers!!!
Season 3, Episode 20 (S03E20)
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8PM on The CW
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