Just when he thought he had taken care of his mistakes, it turns out Barry had made things worse after trying to reset the timeline once again. To sum things up, Iris (Candice Patton) wasn’t talking to Joe, Cisco and Barry had some kind of falling out, and Barry found out someone else was working with him in the crime lab. The only one who didn’t seem to be affected was Caitlin Snow, but that didn’t end up being true as she’s been hiding something from the entire group. The buck doesn’t stop there. It looks like Barry’s actions have had an effect on Team Flash as well. Before Barry decided to play with time, John Diggle was the father to a beautiful baby girl. After a quick scan of Team Arrow’s database, Diggle is now the proud father of a son. So the question is, how far has this ripple in time reached?
Meanwhile, it looks like Dr. Alchemy is shaking things up by giving meta-humans their powers as a result of Flashpoint. Cue the return of Edward Clariss, a.k.a. The Rival. When he shows up, he let’s Barry in on the plan. They end up battling each other up and down streets, buildings, and Barry eventually knocks him so far off the television screen, he’s no where to be found. During the fight, Iris shows Barry footage that captured him and The Rival talking to each other proving that the two know each other. This forces Barry to confess to everything he’s done. Cisco takes the news the hardest out of all of them. He criticizes Barry for going back in time to save his mother but for not saving Dante, Cisco’s brother. Barry conveys his sorrow, but after talking to Jay Garrick, has learned he can never play with the timeline again or must be ready to face the consequences of doing so.
It looks like The Flash is really moving in all the right directions. One of the most notable points is Iris West. Two episodes into the third season, and she’s been the most improved character by far. One could argue that she’s been the weakest player since the first season. However, she’s really stepped into the role of Barry’s anchor; a role she’s well known for playing in the comic books. The porch scene was one of the best. “In my mind, wherever you go, you’ll always be Barry and I’ll always be Iris. And we always find each other.” From last season where she helped pull Barry back from the Speedforce, to tonight’s episode, Iris has only gotten better, and, hopefully, the trend will continue. There’s a good chance we’ll see her anchor Barry once more at some point this season.
With the title “Paradox,” it looks like this will be it as far as that story arc is concerned. At least for now. Obviously, audiences will continue to see the effects of what Barry did throughout the episode, but the major plot points have played out. Just like they discussed in the episode, it’s time to move forward. Speaking of moving forward, it should be noted how quickly the team dealt with the issue at hand. Barry had just confessed to playing with their lifelines and in a matter of minutes, they all seemed to be over it. In a way, they probably didn’t have a chance (which they didn’t). There are two things to take from this. First, it’s nice that this isn’t something they’ll be pouting about the entire season. On the other hand, this is something that people would be really mad about in real life. Then again, they didn’t really know about it. Okay, this is getting complicated. The point is that this is drama that would have been deemed unnecessary, and the writers did the right thing by having the characters just deal with it and move on.
The Flash airs every Tuesday on The CW at 8 PM. Check out a preview from the next episode of The Flash titled, “Magenta.”