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TV Review: The Flash 3.10 “Borrowing Problems From The Future”
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The Flash
Season 3 Episode 10: “Borrowing Problems from the Future”
Directed by Millicent Shelton
Written by Grainne Godfree & David Kob
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 8:00pm

Last time on The Flash, we saw a bit of Julian’s (Tom Felton) history, which basically explained the Alchemy/Savitar situation with something called the Philosopher’s Stone. Earth-3’s Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) was supportive (almost like a dad), with wise words and a suggestion to get rid of the Philosophers Stone (oh yeah-fixed Julian and “fixed” Savitar), of throwing it in the speed force. Barry (Grant Gustin) accidentally ran 5 months into the future and watched Iris (Candice Patton) die at the hands of Savitar. Barry gave Iris an awesome apartment for Christmas.

Spoilers below.

The Flash 3.10 “Borrowing Problems from the Future”: Barry dreams of Iris’s death at the hands of Savitar again, waking real Iris with his screams. He is called to a fire. A detective is trapped in there. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is already there. They save him – “Two of them,” wonders the detective. Barry is his mentor.

HR (Tom Cavanagh) rolls in on a segeway (of course he does). He turned S.T.A.R. Labs into a museum, and made Cisco into a funny hologram. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) does not think it’s that funny. The museum’s opening night ends up being a bust. And Cisco is mean to HR.

The detective (Greg Gunberg) is razzing on Kid Flash, as Wally comes to visit Joe.

Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) goes to Julian for help getting rid of her powers. He shuts her down, but quickly changes his mind. She reminds him of what he did.

Robbery in progress by someone he’s seen before in the future (I know), and he hits him with a weird gun. Barry wants to know about HR’s time travel novel and what he thinks. “I think a man often meets his destiny on the very road he takes to avoid it.” HR is profound in between is caffeinated speed talking. Later on he meets the same guy. He doesn’t want to capture him for fear it would lead to Iris’s death. Kid Flash captures Plunder instead and Barry is pissed. But I thought that was good, because it wasn’t Barry.

Barry tells Iris about the future and why he keeps having nightmares. She’s crying. I am impressed by the very accurate reaction, often not found in superhero shows. “How long?” He promises to save her. They tell everyone except Joe, and decide to vibe to figure this out. “Hang on McFly. You’re about to vibe me back to the future,” Cisco takes them to May 23rd, 2017 (finale date?).

“Joe West honored at City Hall”
“Killer Frost Still at Large”
“S.T.A.R. Labs Museum Closes”

And of course, The Flash was the one who captured Plunder. They watch Iris die. Barry can’t take seeing this again. There is something different.

Plunder escapes and Wally and Barry head out. But Wally has to be the one to capture him so the future headlines can change.

Cisco made the museum a success because he’s a sweetheart and I love him.

They had a housewarnming party. HR brought a turtle (of course he did). “I asked myself to say a few words.” I LOVE this Wells! Julian comes and is invited to join the team. Will he and Caitlin become a new item?

We see the end scene and some girl has a hologram of HR. Huh?

The Flash is doing a really good job at developing both Julian and HR. Tom Felton is a great addition. He plays conflicted darkness very well. And Tom Cavanagh is just perfect. Is this a dream job for him or what? He’s played 3 different versions of himself on the same show (with those bonus Wells’ applications from many Earths).

The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8:00pm on The CW.

Synopsis:

The Flash
Borrowing Problems from the Future (Ep# 310)
BARRY FIGHTS FOR IRIS — Barry (Grant Gustin) is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris (Candice Patton) is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder (guest star Stephen Huszar) 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 (Keiynan Lonsdale) decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) offers Julian (Tom Felton) a job. Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Grainne Godfree & David Kob (#310). Original airdate 1/24/2017.

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