I will be the first to admit, I’m not a big fan of The Flash. It is my least favorite (apart from Supergirl, which I haven’t watched) of the Berlanti-Verse. However, I do watch it so that I can keep up with the canon in the ‘verse, since I love Arrow and actually enjoy Legends of Tomorrow.
Fans of the show will remember how in last season’s finale, Barry’s father was killed and it pushed him over the edge to actually going back and stopping his mom’s murder this time, and in doing so, obviously, unraveling basically the past 15 years in Central City and re-writing them. Tonight, he is living his life as it would’ve been without his mother’s murder.
Right off the bat, it’s clear what all is different. We’ve got Joe the alcoholic, Barry lives with his parents, the Reverse-Flash is locked up in a warehouse, and Barry’s been stalking Iris to finally try and ask her out since they didn’t grow up together and aren’t best friends in this world. Oh, and – spoiler alert – Wally is the Flash. (Side note, I love the nod there to the original.) Barry gets warned that when he forgets his old life, things will go to shit.
“Your speed- the more you use it, the faster you lose your memories.”
He calls it “Flashpoint” and Barry’s going through it, that’s for sure.
First off, Barry’s terrible in this reality. It becomes super obvious to everyone very soon that Barry knows stuff he shouldn’t know. How obvious can you get, Barry? Come on.
Second though, this episode was hilarious! One of my favorite things is Cisco the Billionaire. To be fair, though, Cisco is the one thing about this show I always loved. There was a lot of funny and a LOT of it was Cisco.
- his trophy girlfriend is a foot taller than him
- “My money needs me.”
- “Uh uh, I don’t know you, String-bean”
- “You just kidnapped this woman” “I- I didn’t… okay yeah, but we need her!” as well as the following, “Excuse me… have I been kidnapped?” ‘Unclear?”
- And Barry’s “I can tell from the ‘i don’t believe you’ looks that you don’t believe me”
- “Oh my God, it’s like Twister in there- the movie, not the game”
But really, how corny was, “You really are the fastest man alive” ??? Sooooo corny.
All in all, this was a really overly simple, ‘what’s the most predictable way we can fix this?’ episode. That said, it’s still very emotional because Barry is such an emotional guy and it IS such a horrible situation that he’s found himself in. It’s terrible and painful and just entirely horrible.
I just feel like Barry rolled over far too easily. “Oh no, Wally got hurt, I have to let him re-murder my mom.” I expected it to be a lot more difficult than it was to get Barry to agree to changing things.
BUT! We do have a warning that something is different and DUN DUN DUN! We’ll find out next time what’s up with Iris, I guess!
(Honestly, though, Barry, you’ve GOT to stop time-traveling. Come on!)