Synopsis: Barry is brought out of the Speed Force to help fight an armored villain, but he isn’t the same person.
The funniest thing about this episode is that we are seeing the same story line from Supergirl in the season premiere of The Flash.
Iris West is in the throws of grief and she has channeled that grief into doing what Barry had asked her to do…run…and she interpreted that to being the new Caitlin at Star Labs. In order for her to be this way, she has accepted the fact that Barry will never be coming back.
No one else believes that.
Not Joe, not Wally, and most definitely no Cisco.
So, when a flying Samurai comes to town looking for Barry, Cisco (with the help of the Bartending Caitlin and all the Brainiacs in this universe) get Barry back from the Speed Force.
However, this is not the Barry we know and love.
Something is off and it seems like he will not be able to help the city he loves so dearly.
Except, there is something that can bring him back and that is Iris.
Iris sacrifices herself to get her Barry back.
And the plan worked.
Barry defeated the Samurai and we find out that it was a robot. This robot is part of a bigger plan and the one who created this plan is a brainiac himself.
I think the bigger story line is that of Caitlin. She is hiding a lot from her friends. She is still changing when her anger is up and she has made a deal with someone that may become an issue later on.
I know they said that this year would be much more lighter in tone and you can see a bit of that in this episode. I just do not want to writers to avoid great stories in order to appease the fans.
Next: Mixed Signals – Barry deals with the ramifications of abandoning Iris while facing a meta who can control technology.
I want to say something about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I saw the first episode and it was cute and fun, but the storytelling is lacking. There was a show back in the day that dealt with time traveling and ensuring that history unfolded as we know it. The show was named Voyagers. There were no superheroes, just a fun duo having adventures. When you compare Voyagers to Legends, you can see that something is lacking in Legends and that is the awe and fun factor.
While it was fun to see the legends work at menial jobs and struggling with that life. We always wonder whether Bruce Wayne could handle a life without infinite wealth…and superman just being a newspaper reporter…that is fascinating.
But, the rest of the story was below par.