“Look, I know that time travel has consequences.”
At this point, Barry Allen shows us that he simply doesn’t care. In just the second episode of the latest season, the Scarlet Speedster has managed to screw with the timeline TWICE and yet attempts to do so a THIRD time.
As we all know, Barry returns from “Flashpoint” back to what seems to be the original timeline at the end of the season premiere. However, as this week’s episode progresses, viewers quickly learn that Barry has created yet ANOTHER timeline when he allowed the Reverse-Flash to kill his mother again. But what’s different?
- Iris and Joe are not on speaking terms due to Joe hiding the fact that her mother was still alive.
- Cisco Ramon at odds with Barry as the wouldn’t travel back in time to save his brother Dante.
- Draco Malfoy is now Barry’s colleague at the GCPD!
- New Super-villain: Alchemy
- Old Villain: The Rival returns!
- Killer? Frost
- Fun Fact: Barry erased the timeline of where he and Iris kissed.
It’s actually not all that drastic… Almost. The father-daughter dynamic between Iris and Joe shown throughout the Flash is rather sweet but still a minor aspect. So suddenly turning that relationship hostile doesn’t have a very large impact on the show, but Barry probably see things differently. Don’t worry! The make up later on. And not to mention how Tom Felton debuts this episode playing Barry’s detested partner at the GCPD, Julian Dorn. It seems we now have a new geeky scientist (courtesy of this new timeline)! The episode doesn’t show much of Julian, except the fact that he has an extreme dislike for Barry, convinced that he has some hidden evil underneath that whole “good boy” guise. All we know so far is that he’s a consultant on Metahuman affairs to the GCPD, with a background in science similar to Barry’s. While I’m not entirely sure how Harry Potter fans reacted to Felton’s new role, it’s definitely going to be interesting as fans see what the tension between Julian and Barry becomes. Perhaps another addition to Team Flash?
Now here’s something that changes the whole Vibe of the show (pun unintended). In this new timeline, Cisco Ramon isn’t a sassy billionaire or the humorous nerd we know. He’s dealing with a crippling depression from the death of his brother, Dante and seems to blame Barry for the whole ordeal. Or, at least for refusing to travel back in time to save him. Given how Dante’s a minor character, this might seem like a minor issue, but the whole impact it has on Cisco really puts a dampener on the mood. The humor component of the show is gone without him. There’s no Cisco to dub our heroes and villains some clever name, or someone to make us laugh in the gravest of situations. Trust me, you will feel the difference immediately when you watch the episode. But one positive part is how Cisco has developed gloves that let him control his newly discovered powers, even saving Barry’s ass when the occasion arises. I think season three will definitely have some Flash and Vibe team-ups on the field!
Moving on to our new villains, The Rival (Edward Clariss) is back despite this being a different timeline. Somehow, a new player who calls himself Alchemy was able to restore Edward’s memories from the previous timeline and bring him back onto the board as the Rival. Unfortunately, Wally West is no longer KidFlash and doesn’t know of his alternate timeline life. This Alchemy character is quite intriguing, using the Rival as a mere pawn and showing himself to be quite a formidable opponent. We don’t know much yet, but some fans are already forming theories that under Alchemy’s mask is Julian. They’re both introduced at the same time and clearly have a grudge against Barry, but it’s still a little early to tell for me.
Once Barry realizes all these changes and starts acting weird around everyone, Iris finally starts demanding an answer for his behavior. He responds with running back into the speed force, attempting to change the course of time once more. But he’s abruptly pulled out by the Flash of Earth-3 (his father’s doppelgänger, the real Jay Garrick). He warns Barry that no matter what he does, it will never be returned to how everything was before. Jay warns Barry not to mess with time and to take responsibility for his actions. He agrees and stays in the original timeline, explaining everything to a bewildered Team Flash.
That’s pretty much it for this episode… except for Caitlin Snow. Sweet, kind-hearted Caitlin who has never strayed to the dark side, despite losing her fiancé twice, and discovering that Jay was actually Zoom. She’s been through a lot and still is there for Team Flash- always a constant dependable factor. Barry even remarks to her at the end of the episode how she seems to be the only person in the timeline who’s life hasn’t changed. But we see ice crystals gathering at her fingertips a moment later… Caitlin seems to be developing powers like her Earth-2 counterpart: Killer Frost. While I can’t imagine her being anything other than good, I and many others are undoubtedly excited to see what she does with her icy powers.
And now back to the previously mentioned trailer “Magenta” (mild spoilers ahead for those who like to go in blind). Comic fans know the name Jesse Quick as the daughter of superheroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle: a family of speedsters. The CW show fans know Jesse as the smart and young daughter of Dr. Harrison Wells. They both have one thing in common: super speed. Yup, the latest trailer just revealed Jesse to be a speedster. Maybe she and love interest, Wally West will both fight alongside Flash in costume.
Overall, ‘Paradox’ has revealed so many new facts and changes that will prep us for what seems to be a thrilling season! Fans are hyped to see where the Flash goes next with its new characters and plots. Remember to tune in to the CW every Tuesday night!