Flash S3E2 Paradox Review
Directed By: Ralph Hemecker
Staring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin
Synopsis: Barry discovers that the effects from Flashpoint are greater than he thought. In the meantime, he meets his new co-worker who has an immediate disdain for him.
Time Travel Never Ends Well
The title of this episode was perfect, Paradox, is exactly what Barry created. By changing time twice Barry created a time paradox where Iris and Joe don’t talk to each other, Cisco’s brother Dante died, he has new co-workers and apparently Caitlyn has powers. This timeline is not as different as the one where Barry’s parents are still alive but it’s still weird and Barry had a hard time figuring things out. As always with this show Barry needs to stop changing time and he needed to tell the truth. He spent most of the episode trying to correct the wrongs, which failed and only when he admitted what he did to the team, did things start to get back to normal.
This episode really hit an emotional button and showed why the relationships that the characters developed are the best things about the show, because when Cisco, Joe, and Iris weren’t “right” the show was not nearly as good. It was also great to see Jay Garrick be that father figure and mentor to stop Barry from messing things up more. I expect the relationship between Barry and Jay to grow and for him to become a more regular character on the show. It’s interesting that something seemed to change with everyone except Wally which I assume is a red herring and I hope he gets speed force powers sometime this season.
Who Is the main Villain
Because of this time paradox Barry created we have some new potential villains that weren’t in our original timeline. It’s not clear if Doctor Alchemy was apart of our original timeline or if he can jump through timelines, but we did get to see his power source, the “Philosophers Stone” which I expect will explain how he knows whats happened in different timelines. He was able to implant memories into Edward Clariss somehow helping become the Rival in this timeline and who knows what else he has done.
There is also Barry new CSI co-worker Julian Albert who is a nerdy, mysterious character who seems to really hate Barry, which typically leads to some sort of heel turn and potential villainous transformation. At the end of the episode he threatens Barry and seems to be on a mission to prove something. Then there is Edward Clariss who got beat by team Flash but is still alive and is angry and dangerous.
Lastly at the end of the episode we see a mysterious figure take Clariss and we also see that Caitlyn has Killer Frost powers but not sure if she will turn evil or if the show will make her a hero of some sort. This first two episodes have opened a lot of questions and it should be real interesting to see who manifest as the main villain this season.
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