The Flash's third season has not had a great start. Despite adapting a popular comic book storyline (#Flashpoint) the show struggled to maintain the interests of viewers. Instead of bringing us a new threat, the show simply reused the story of its previous two seasons — or so it seemed, until the show's 10th Episode, "Borrowing Problems from the Future." The episode — despite not being very action oriented or cinematic — had a lot of things going for it, and was definitely a step forward in terms of storytelling.
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The Barry-Iris Relationship
I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again: The Flash has done a great job of being true to its comic book origin as far as the Barry-Iris relationship is concerned. CW's other DC heroes couldn't quite get this right, with both #Supergirl and #Arrow ditching their respective love interests in the premiere of their sophomore seasons. The Flash however has played this arc out masterfully, taking its time and not rushing the romance, which has led to their pairing seeming more organic.
This was clear when Barry choose to tell Iris about her impending death in the second half of the episode. Smart decisions like these are rarely seen by the TV slate of DC heroes, so when someone does something rational like this, it's always cause for celebration. In fact, Barry's decision to tell Iris goes to show just how different he and Oliver Queen are, something that is essential when dealing with an interconnected universe of superheroes.
A lot of viewers expected Barry to take the old #CW routine of hiding a secret and waiting for it to blow up in people's faces, but the show's decision to confront its problems head on goes to show how intelligently the writers are handling this story and the Barry-Iris relationship.
Side Note: How much money does Barry have exactly because apparently he owns the Hall of Justice, Star Labs and his new (really cool-looking) loft.
Jared Morillo a.k.a. Plunder was so uninteresting that we didn't even hear the usual two-minute background information the show usually provides when dealing with a villain of the week. Nonetheless, he managed to make Wally West less annoying.
Once again, kudos to the writers for not going for the "let's get the sidekick to disobey the hero and cause rifts" angle, which was a smart decision. Wally West has really been mistreated by the writers of the show, and so their decision to make him abide by #BarryAllen's orders, even when he didn't want to, made him seem more mature. The episode laid solid groundwork for the #KidFlash and #Flash pairing, and with a good working relationship from day one, let's hope that the show continues to do the Flash's justice.
On the downside, Caitlin decided that there were too few people in Star Labs now that Harry and Jesse were gone, so she decided to recruit Julian Albert into the team. Having the world's foremost expert on metahumans by your side is always a good idea, but as a fan I'm not excited to see another face roaming in the halls of Star Labs, especially one that can be mind controlled by your enemy and betray you whenever he wants. It's like putting a camera there for Savitar. Honestly, some times these nerds act foolighly.
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HR And Fransisco
One of the best things last season was the Harry and Cisco relationship. With Episode 10, the show took its first steps into establishing a similar relationship with HR and Cisco, something that is needed to keep the tone of the show light. HR's brilliant plans for STAR Labs Museum came to fruition by the end of episode and now we finally have a legitimate source of income for the occupants of the Lab.
I'm assuming that up till now Star Labs had been functioning either on Barry's trust fund or through the deceased Harrison Wells's money. And was it just me or, did HR's book Future Ain't What It Used To Be sounds pretty dope?
The Upcoming Attractions
The episode found a great way of keeping the viewers tuned in for the rest of the season by announcing the arrival of some pretty cool future threats, among them Grodd and Music Meister. Overall, the show's winter premiere did a good job of ensuring that fans know there's a lot to look forward to in the latter half of the season.
While this episode wasn't as jam packed as some of the other episodes of the series, Episode 10 manages to slow things down while somehow upping the cost and getting fans excited for the remainder of the season.
What did YOU think of The Flash's winter premiere?