TV Review: The Flash S3E10 Borrowing Problems from the Future
Barry is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain’s presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder, it will cement Iris’ fate. Confused about Barry’s hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin offers Julian a job.
The Flash returns dealing with the future and introducing Kid Flash to the public. The episode is a fun one continuing to tease the future and debating as to whether it can be changed.
It’s an interesting concept to introduce into the series as we’ve seen Barry change the timeline but we haven’t quite explored whether what we’ve seen to come can be changed. With this type of episode we also get some fun hinting as to what we can expect for future episode such as an attack by Gorilla Grodd at some point. There’s also the future of Caitlin and Julian and whether they’ll turn to evil or if that can be prevented as well.
The episode also deepens the relationship with Barry and Iris as he reveals to her the future that he’s seen. There’s something there that’s entertaining and deepens the relationship in many ways. But, it also puts Iris in the damsel in distress position which is a trope that needs to die a million times. I’d like to see a twist on that trope in some way instead of the saving her, but it’s simplified storytelling as far as that and sticks to a plot aspect that we’ve seen often.
Barry and Wally’s relationship too is explored and Barry stops being as much of a control freak when it comes to Wally. So, while we see the negative when it comes to having to save the girlfriend, there’s also some good story in that we at least get to see Wally step forward much more in this new timeline.
The interactions and debates from everyone is interesting as things get back to being a bit normal in some ways. You almost forget that this is a different timeline than previous seasons and the tone feels a bit more like the first season.
After a break, this episode gets us back into the groove of things and reminds us the fun of the series and how much it stands apart in tone, action, and outlook.
Overall Rating: 7.95