The Flash, Episode 2.17, “Flash Back”
Joey: “Don’t go back in time, Barry. It could be disastrous for everyone alive today.”
“If I don’t get faster, then everyone’s lives will suck anyhow, so, you know, no big deal.”
“Fine. But if you have to go back, whatever you do, don’t do <insert action here>.”
One time travel montage later…
“Cool, I’m back. I’m gonna go do <insert action from above here>.”
Corrina: Barry sucks as a hero. He can’t even knock himself out properly though I guess that was Caitlin’s fault.
Highlight of the episode: Cisco Rick Rollin’ Pied Piper. Though I usually find Cisco the highlight of any episode.
Lisa: Cisco is the only character I haven’t yelled at yet. I love me some Cisco. Also, can we talk about how much I love me some Curtis in Arrow this week? More Curtis and way less (none would be good) Mama Smoak!
Will: Barry immediately started intentionally changing the past! Such a terrible hero. But apparently a great actor since he actually tricked Thawne into giving him the “formula.” I loved Cisco of course, “It’s like you guys think I have ESP or something!”
Joey: And we still don’t see how Barry ended up in National City on Monday night. Unless… time AND network travel?
Corrina: Eh, he was trying out the circle machine on his chest. Or maybe my theory about the Barry in Supergirl being another Barry from an Earth where he’s smart and doesn’t take stupid risks just because he doesn’t have a better idea.
Joey: I like that idea better. Earth-52 Barry is smart (but not smart enough not to throw lightning at an electrical villain) and thoughtful enough to get ice cream for others (but not above stealing said ice cream). Still, it would have been nice if the crossover had fit into The Flash‘s continuity.
We know that Barry’s actions in the past had ramifications on his altered present. For one, Hartley is one of the good guys. What else might have changed in the year since future Barry showed up and made a mess of things? Let’s wildly speculate!
Will: Well, showing the love of your life a video of her now dead boyfriend will make her run straight into your arms right? And Barry told Cisco that Hartley knew where Ronnie was–I have to imagine how things played out with Ronnie may have changed as well, but can’t imagine they will screw with the new Firestorm. Maybe the Thawne we saw a few episodes ago is actually a Thawne who came back because he knew Barry came back and lied to him about the success of his plans! My head is spinning just from typing that out so it’s probably convoluted enough to be true.
Corrina: With so much timey-whimey stuff, not to mention the appearance of the Dementor, it’s just about time for the Doctor to show up and give lectures about fixed points in time. Nora Allen’s death, of course, is a fixed point in time. That is her function.
Joey: We still have yet to see how the night of Nora’s death played out. Season one Barry went back to save his mother and was waved off by some future, white-emblemed version of himself. Some future Barry knows that saving Nora’s life is bad news. We’ve seen the ramifications of time travel set up this season on The Flash, Arrow (with the whole Ollie’s son storyline from the mid-season crossover), and obviously on Legends. Is this season really being used to potentially set up a “Flashpoint” season three?
Corrina: I don’t know. They didn’t change too much this season. I figure they’ll keep this essentially the same while playing with other universes. Also, I’m worried about Joe. Killing him would cause maximum angst to Iris, Wally, and Barry, and take away a mentor figure, so Barry has to stand more on his own. Hence, worried about Joe.
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