Welcome back! I say that with maximum enthusiasm as I have anxiously and impatiently waited for this seasonal intermission to bypass. Normally I don’t recap occurrences from the previous episode, but this time it might be necessary. The main point you might need to recall is that Savitar murders Iris at some point in the future, so lets see what plot-twisting events the writers have created to keep our resident baddie (slang for a very attractive woman) cemented in the show.
In their new home, Barry awakens to the nightmarish scene of Iris’ death. They don’t discuss the details due to a fire that has started in Richmond Heights. Barry and Wally partner to extinguish the fire, but Wally clearly played a secondary role.
Caitlin sweet talks Cisco into making some improvements to her power dampening handcuffs, which keep draining and dying. HR enters the cortex with loads of pleasant cheer announcing that Star Labs Museum is prepared for a soft opening. Since Cisco refused to be a tour guide, HR simply created a hologram in his image to fulfill the role, but it continues to malfunction.
Please Join Team Flash/Plunder
Caitlin swings by CCPD and requests Julian’s help to rid her powers. He declines, and Caitlin is forced to quickly dash away because the handcuffs were draining of their limiting power.
Barry decided to unpack all of his and Iris’ belongings. Once again, she questions Barry about his three evenings of nightmares. As usual, a crime in progress postpones their discussion. Barry rushes to the scene to find Jared Morillo, more affectionately known as Plunder due to his pirate-like apparel and tactics, in the midst of a jewel heist. Barry recognizes him and loses focus, which gives Plunder the opportunity to shoot Barry with a futuristic stun gun and abscond. The crew does some quick brainstorming, and Wally is denied [another] request to partner with the Flash in taking on a metahuman. He is visibly discouraged and departs, so Joe cautions Barry that they cant hold Wally back much longer. Caitlin receives a text from Julian and dismisses herself to run an errand. Survivor’s guilt prompts Julian to reach back out to Caitlin, who offers him a role with the Star Labs Crew.
Is the Future Permanent?
Barry approaches HR to ask if he has ever written a novel about traveling to the future. This is Barry’s way of fishing to determine whether the future is permanent, or if it can be changed. A robbery alert disrupts their discussion, so Barry dashes to the scene. Plunder greets him with an array of rapid pulse shots, but Barry dodges and charges to land a savage uppercut. Plunder goes down, but the same shots that Barry dodged returned to pursue him like homing missiles, which he has to phase to escape. Thinking he can change the future, Barry hesitates to apprehend Plunder, but Plunder’s futuristic rifle engaged in an auto-aim feature, which Wally saves Barry from. A bystander catches it all on video, and Wally happily introduces himself as Kid Flash.
Opening Star Labs
Barry ruins Wally’s good cheer of his first successful metahuman defeat and is [outlandishly] irate with Wally’s heroics. Meanwhile, the crew prepares for the Star Labs Museum grand opening. The opening isn’t so grand. Only 2 patrons showed up, and the tour guide hologram malfunctioned. Julian arrives and says he made the decision to accept Caitlin’s offer to join Team Flash.
Barry finally decides to come clean about his nightmares. He takes Iris to the Time Vault to show her the article originally written by her but has since changed. He confesses his trip to the future and tells her about her impending death. Naturally, with tears streaming down her face, she asks when she is supposed to die. Barry reassures her that he will stop at nothing to save her, and they leave to inform the rest of the crew (minus Joe) that she is set to die in 4 months.
To Change or not to Change
HR uses dominoes to explain that the future (the last domino in the chain) is influenced by a chain of events happening in sequential order – or in this case one domino falling into the next. So theoretically, if they can displace a couple of the dominoes they can ultimately disrupt the natural course and alter the future. It seems like a good idea, but I have a bad feeling. We have seen too many times what happens when the timeline is altered.
Cisco wires a machine and vibes Barry [McFly] back to the future. HR generates the idea to write down the taglines from the news reports, which in essence should give them an idea of which events to change. As events from the future begin unfolding, Barry and Cisco relay what they see. Some of the more interesting headlines were “Killer Frost still at large, Joe West honored at City Hall, and Star Labs Museum closes” so heed the foreshadowing and expect us to address these at later date. More of the future sequence begins to play out, but this time as Savitar clutches Iris, HR is staged on a roof with a large gun. Barry and Cisco return to the present, begin to form a new plan with the crew, and Wally emerges to let them know that Plunder escaped captivity.
Barry recalls a future news story that occurred at Central City Museum, so they predict that as Plunder’s next location. He prepares for battle, and tells Wally to do the same. Barry also takes a moment to tell Wally why he was in full-blown hater mode the previous day.
It Has to be You
Wally arrives at the scene first and does his best Neo-from-the-Matrix impression to dodge a cluster of shots. He prepares for a jump punch, but is shot and stunned before he can land it. Barry emerges and tells Wally that Kid Flash HAS to stop Plunder because it will change the former news headline and prove that they can change the future. So, both the Flash and Kid Flash engage in a high speed pursuit of Plunder, who is fleeing on a motorcycle. Wally veers off the course and blindsides Plunder at an intersection further down the road. Multiple civilians see what happens and celebrate the heroic act by repeatedly chanting “Kid Flash”.
Back at Star Labs, the crew witnesses a changed news story where the headline reads “Plunder Caught by Kid Flash”. Ironically, Barry plundered Plunder and stole his rifle for Cisco to analyze. Also, Cisco developed a price incentive to drive traffic to Star Labs Museum.
Barry and Iris prepare to host a housewarming party for the Star Labs Crew. Julian arrives, and Barry instantly let him know that he is a welcomed part of the team. In a somewhat retrospective fashion, Julian and Cisco developed a solar necklace for Caitlin that will gather sunlight to suppress Killer Frost. Some housewarming gifts are exchanged and the episode appears to culminate on a positive note. All’s well that ends well, right? WRONG!!! The episode actually culminates with quick snippet of a darkly dressed woman dropping in from a portal with an implied intention to locate HR.
Who is the shadowy woman? Are her intentions pure? What will Team Flash do to continue to alter the future timeline? As always, there are many question that need answering. Be sure to tune in Tuesday nights at 8 on Atlanta’s CW!