The Flash: Flash Back (Season 2, Episode 17)
It’s like you guys think I have ESP or something. I can’t just magically sense where things are.” – Cisco
We found out in Season 1 that The Flash was able to travel through time but this is the first episode devoted to Barry intentionally doing just that.
This episode saw Barry make some kind of progress with his constant quest to get faster. He decided to travel back in time to ask the original Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne how to solve the speed equation. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned with a speed-wraith following Barry, and Wells figuring out that Barry was from the future.
In a show where the main character’s superpower is speed there is a finite number of problems that can be thrown at him because the solution always seems to be to run really fast. To their credit, the show has done a fantastic job of varying the types of problems that Barry faces but with the recent focus on beating Zoom is anybody else sick of hearing Barry talking about his need to get faster?
Time travel is generally considered to be the hardest thing to tackle within the sci-fi genre: there are too may rules that nobody can agree on except that it has never been done properly. So, it wasn’t exactly a shock that this story was riddled with holes.
Barry breaks one of the fundamental rules of time travel straight away when he lets his past self see and even talk to him. Wells figures out that he’s from the future, then Cisco and Caitlin find out that he’s from the future and to top it all off, he brings a wraith into the past with him. Forget the ripple effect, Barry causes tidal waves and yet the only consequence in the future is that Hartley Rathaway is a nice guy.
Moving past the time travel element of the show, there were some really enjoyable moments within this episode. We got to see Eddie again and it reminded me what a nice character he was and also how simple Barry’s life used to be: remember when he actually did his CSI job and would spend the majority of his time angsting over Iris?
Barry was successful in his journey to find out how to increase his speed so things are gearing up for what should be a spectacular season finale next month.
What did you think of this episode? Do you think that they handled time travel well? Were you a fan of the Pied Piper redemption arc? Let me know in the comments.