After what felt like a lifetime over the festive period and the majority of January, The Flash finally returned to The CW this week as we felt the aftershock of Barry (Grant Gustin) thrusting himself into the future and witnessing Savitar murdering his one true love, Iris (Candice Patton).
Plagued by nightmares of an inevitable future losing Iris, the return of the show saw Barry riddled by the knowledge of another person so close to him awaiting a terrible fate and much of the episode saw him looking to somehow alter the fate of the timeline and avoid this upcoming event. With Barry at first looking to deal with it alone, it soon became apparent that it wasn’t only the fate of Iris that would be hanging in the balance, but Team Flash as a whole.
Upon the introduction of villain Plunder causing havoc and robbing banks, it soon became apparent that Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is now a fully-fledged hero in his Kid Flash guise, albeit after a period of trepidation on Barry’s part in light of future events involving the villain at large. The partnership is clearly going to be key going forward and it’s really great to see Wally now sharing some of the limelight after much time on the sidelines.
And Wally wasn’t the only one this week with the spotlight shone on them; in fact, the majority of Team Flash had some furthering of their own roles in one way or another. This is something the show has always been exceptional at plotting out and certainly this return episode paved the way for future endeavours.
Wells now feels like he is going to be so much more than just the comedic juice sent in to zest things up, especially with his ‘hero’ chat with Cisco, and Catelyn’s ongoing struggles with hiding away her Killer Frost alter-ego have already become more interesting with Tom Felton’s Julian tasked with aiding her and joining the team full-time. Each arc has substance and with the relationships built up to such a strong level within the show it makes every one of these side plots engaging and worthy of embracing.
The road to Savitar and the eventual showdown is clearly one that is going to be littered with some great episodes and it was undoubtedly a great tease when we saw some of the news headlines emanating from the future that Barry and Cisco encountered. A return for Gorilla Grodd is on the cards, Killer Frost at large and the chance of Joe being in the limelight at CCPD; it all sounds very tantalising.
On the subject of Joe, he seems to be the only character who is being quietly kept aside from the troubles that the future may bring – an early prediction from us says that he may well sacrifice himself when Savitar does come to claim Iris’ life…
The Flash airs on The CW on Tuesdays.