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Barry and the team work rigorously to get him faster, but to no avail. Caitlin tells him that Zoom, Eobard and him are essentially moving their legs at the same speed, but for some reason they are still faster. Caitlin suggests that maybe the reason he hasn't been able to get as fast as them is because he just can't. During their family dinner, Barry gets an idea to from Wally who says he learns a lot from old journal entries of icons in the automotive industry. Barry decides to travel back through time (to the events of "The Sound and the Fury") in order to gain Speed Force knowledge from Dr. Harrison Wells / Eobard Thawne. Harry tells Barry that things never work out well when he meddles with time, but he goes through with it anyways. He prepares to leave with Cisco and Caitlin's help. They tell him everything that he shouldn't do when he arrives there and to come back at the same moment he left. While running through the speed force a ghoulish speedster catches him off guard. He successfully gets there and uses a tranquilizing agent to sedate his past self before bringing in the Pied Piper who he easily subdues. Barry infiltrates the team and begins asking Eobard how he can get faster. However, the entity is revealed to be a Time Wraith who followed Barry to the past and Eobard deduces Barry's deception. He knocks Barry out before relenting any info. Barry is able to barter his way out of a deadly situation with Eobard, but faces another complication after his present self reveals his misplacement. He tells the team he is from the future without revealing Eobard's secret. Eobard hands over the formula for increased speed (which Barry could achieve through tachyon enhancement), and the team rallies to send future Barry back to his present, along with the Wraith. He tells Cisco and Caitlin that they will have a year to figure out to beat the Wraith and is counting on them to stop it when he arrives back in his time. Past Barry helps Future Barry by fending off the Wraith long enough for him to open a breach. Back to the future, Barry is attacked by the Wraith which begins to siphon off his life energy, before Hartley Rathaway defeats it with his sonic fusion devices. He reveals himself to now be an ally, after the events of the time intrusion. He then apologizes to Harry and tells him that Jessie with eventually come around. Meanwhile, while in the past, Barry obtains a special message for Iris, from Eddie. With his new found confidence, he looks at Jay's helmet, saying that he is coming for him.
The CGI was strong in this one, but it doesn't mean it wasn't awesome to watch. Like always it was action packed to the very end and the adversary in this one was unique compared to all the ones we've seen so far on the show.
Time Wraith: An entity that chases speedsters who come through the speed force and who don't know what they are doing. Eobard has stated that they do not stop until they kill who they are after. This Time Wraith however looked pretty familiar, just look at the mask and what is left of the facial features.
Team Flash (Present)- They've been working real hard to get better to move faster, so it was kind of a pretty big blow to hear from them they maybe he just couldn't. Realizing that the only way he could go faster was to go back an time and talk to his former mentor and arch enemy, they thought it was a bad idea, but also thought that it could help the. Plus, look who joined the Team or at least is an ally to the now!
Team Flash (Past)- Barry almost had them fooled for a second, but when they found out he was from the future, it was freaking hilarious.Never did we think that we would ever see Eobard add to the hilarity as the scene played out. It was nice to see Team Flash from the Flash and how far they've come since then.
West-Allen Household- Things are pretty normal back at the house now. The Wests are finally together as a family without all the drama while Barry and Wally seem to actually be getting along. Wally even helped Barry sort of get an idea of how he could learn how to get faster. Wally still thinks his foster brother is weird though. Oh man if you only knew.
Barry and Barry- Future Barry knocks out Past Barry and tries to be him so that he can get some answers. Although their initial meeting wasn't so pleasant, he must have been amazed to see how awesome he's turn out to be. Past Barry got a boost of confidence and helped Future Barry with the Time Wraith.
Barry and Iris- Iris still hasn't moved on from Eddie, so Barry getting that video to her was heartwarming. He still spared time in his perilous mission to get her some form of closure so that she could move on. If that's not love we don't know what is.
Barry and Eobard- No matter how hard each of them tries to get rid the other, it just always ends up that they need one another. This time around they played by Barry's rules, with Eobard being surprised that he wasn't more scared of him. He was also pretty pissed learning that his planned failed since Barry was still alive in the future.This is definitely the weirdest bromance ever.
Barry and Eddie- He was literally seeing a ghost. It sucks that he went back in time to see the very person he couldn't save a year ago and that he couldn't do anything about his impending death. At least he was able to get a very important video from him to get to Iris.
Barry and Harry- The guy has had a pretty rough last couple of weeks with having to move to a completely different earth along with his daughter, who ended up running away. He and Barry didn't see eye to eye with him going back in time to talk to Eobard, and he went anyways. He then had a heart to heart with him,saying that he did everything right as Jessie's father and that all she needed was time.
Barry and Hartley- Their scenes together were pretty short, but we're almost 80% sure these two became an item when Barry altered the timeline. At first we thought he was just telling Barry and the team that he was having dinner with his parents. After watching it again he was actually telling Barry not to forget about dinner with his parents. Well this is awkward.
Barry and the Time Wraith- Down below and in the videos embedded on the page we talk in depth about this character and it's connection to Barry. There is definitely more to it than just being a Time Wraith. Look at this nifty little picture and see if you can see what we see. You see. This is teasing at something very trippy, terrifying, yet awesome.
Cisco, Caitlin and Hartley- They went from hating each other, to being friends in the end. It's pretty amazing what one little moment can do to change everything. This time Hartley protected them from being killed by what they called a Dementor so that is probably what paved their new found friendship in the somewhat altered timeline. Barry Allen, bringing supervillains over to the good side.
12 Monkeys Reference- Cisco told Barry not to screw up or he would end up in a 12 Monkeys sort of time loop.
Harry Potter Reference- Team Flash called the Time Wraith a Dementor and hearing Hartley say Holy Harry Potter was amazing.
Star Trek Reference- Wrath of Kahn is apparently one of Cisco's favorite movies that he and Barry have watched countless times.
Rick Astley- We got Rickrolled along with Hartley. We never thought that would happen.
What's To Come/Theories:
So this episode introduced the Time Wraith and that opens up a whole new can of WTF is going on for us. It does get our brains thinking of it's significance though. We had talked about the Time Wraith being Death or something having to do with it. It's obviously in the speed force and like Eobard says, it goes after speedsters who have no idea what they are doing. If you look at the thing, it looks like a speedsters itself, but when you look very close, he seems pretty familiar. What if the Barry that started this whole series out, the one from the future, has become the Time Wraith, or maybe even death itself. In the comics Barry takes up the mantle as the Black Racer and has even gone back in time as the roguish Blue Flash. That is probably way down the line, but still they could be planted the seeds now. We can see the Time Wraith draining the life force out of Barry when he touch him. What if he was doing this to restore itself so it could return to the right time. I mean that's the theme of the show. Everybody just wants to go home. We have another lengthy break before the show comes back, but that's okay with us. It gives us more time to be able to take in all that has happened the past two weeks. We come back with the episode titled 'Versus Zoom' and it looks like Barry finally has Zoom where he wants him. We will finally see the aftermath of Barry going to and coming back from Supergirl's world.We may finally get to see the ass kicking we've been waiting for. We will also get a back story to how he came to be and who he really is. We also see Zoom's eyes go black, telling Barry that he can not stop the darkness. Uh oh. Hopefully everyone associated with Team Flash makes it out alive this time around. Some exciting stuff is about to happen as we draw closer to the end of the season. Better believe that even if they Zoom he will probably show up again down the line, for sure.
This episode was amazing and was actually a lot more intense than we anticipated. Not only did we get to see Barry time travel again, but we also got to see him turn Eobard into his bitch. How boss is that. We got to see Eddie again and it finally gave Iris the closure she need. Then we have a new addition to Team Flash and a fully confident and fearless Barry Allen. The show continues to impress by doing something very different this episode. Our bodies are ready for the next Flash vs Zoom showdown. We give this 10 Time Wraiths out of 10! What did you think about the episode? Leave it in the comments below0 we'd love to read them!