The Flash: 3×11 Review – Exploring Legacies and the Future in “Dead or Alive”

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A multiverse-hopping meta bounty hunter just arrived in Central City. Her target? HR Wells. His crime? Multiverse hopping. While that might sound like the premise of a bad sci-fi action movie, it was a very real experience for Team Flash. This week’s episode focused a lot on the future, too, as well as the idea of what we leave behind when we’re gone. AKA, a legacy. So let’s kick it off with a little recap.

Madcap Recap

  1. All the ladies love Kid Flash. He’s the lead singer of the band new superhero on the block!
  2. All things considered, HR is kind of an illegal immigrant. I guess that makes Gypsy the border patrol.
  3. Barry’s getting slow in his old age, and Julian isn’t going to let him forget it because math. Vague, bullsh*t math.
  4. Gypsy probably mutters “Gotta collect ’em all” in her sleep. She’ll be a Pokemon crime-stopping master one day.
  5. HR has been writing self-insert superhero fanfiction. I think he just became a lot more relatable to some Flash
  6. Iris ain’t afraid of no predestined future. She’s got her life to risk for journalism!
  7. Cisco didn’t challenge Gypsy to a death match so he could protect HR. No, no, he did it just because he wanted to flirt with her more. Pretty sure.
  8. No one tells Joe anything anymore. It’s like they want him to eventually find out what’s in Iris’ future and totally freak out.
  9. Cisco and Gypsy went on a little vacation during their magic vibe duel. They visited Earth-2, National City, and Mustafar, uh, I mean, wherever that lava place was. And when Cisco won, he didn’t kill her. How romantic!
  10. Wally is about to become America’s Next Top Flash!

 

Flash 3x11 Review

The Flash — “Dead or Alive” — Image FLA311b_0377b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Candice Patton as Iris West and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Iris’ Legacy

Emboldened by the idea that she can’t die for at least a couple of months, Iris decides to jump headfirst into tracking down an arms dealer and getting Wally to bust him. Her talk of creating a brother-sister crime fighting duo was cool, and Wally was on board—until Iris decided to stride up to a man with a gun and basically taunt him into shooting her.

I thought it was really interesting to watch Iris take action in the face of certain doom. That action was not smart, but her motivation in wanting to leave a legacy is something that a lot of people relate to. And her scene with Barry was very touching; he’s a good brother boyfriend. Sorry, I don’t think that’ll ever not be weird.

As a side note, that scene between Iris and Joe was hilarious. His face when he thought she was pregnant was priceless!

Flash 3x11 Review

The Flash — “Dead or Alive” — Image FLA311b_0410b2.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

HR’s Legacy

This week’s episode was the one in which everyone found out about HR’s self-insert fanfiction. I mean, his “Adventures in the Multiverse.” Sending his book back to Earth-19 chapter by chapter was not smart. Seems like everyone is acting a bit stupid when faced with the idea that they won’t ever amount to anything. Like Iris, HR wants to have something he can be proud of. Something that won’t make him seem worthless, or like a fraud.

His time with Team Flash has proven to be the kind of inspiration he was searching for, even if he’s embellishing things. It’s giving him a fresh start and a purpose; a sense of fulfillment. Iris and HR have that in common. However, his place on Team Flash is still a bit wobbly. He’s the goofball Wells, and we already have a goofball in Cisco. And although Cisco had a nice scene with HR, his motivation to step in and save HR from Gypsy felt a little weak. The show hasn’t established a strong enough relationship between Cisco and HR to make it truly believable.

Flash 3x11 Review

The Flash — “Dead or Alive” — Image FLA311a_0443b.jpg — Pictured: Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gypsy and Cisco

So, Gypsy wasn’t the strongest “villain of the week.” But then, she wasn’t exactly a villain. She and Cisco got pretty flirty throughout the episode, which was cute, but I never got the sense that there was much chemistry between them. It also bothered me that she gave HR a customary “get your shit in order” time before taking him back to Earth-19. He’s a criminal! Why would she give him any time? She’d put him in a holding cell at the very least.

As for the big fight between Cisco and Gypsy, it never felt like the stakes were high at all. It wasn’t a duel to the death. It was a colorful romp through several Earths before Cisco took advantage of her weak spot and basically said, “Gotcha! I win!” There was no suspense to it. The best part was seeing Cisco come into his own more; that he had a chance to prove to his team that he can handle himself in a fight. He’s a real superhero now.

Flash 3x11 Review

The Flash — “Dead or Alive” — Image FLA311a_0247b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Jessica Camacho as Gypsy — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — Ã?© 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Wally and the Future

It seems The Flash is trying to mix up their formula by putting Wally in Barry’s place, at least while they’re trying to prevent Iris’ death. Wally’s speed is increasing at a much faster rate than Barry’s. Is it because Wally is younger than Barry? More fitted to the speedster life because of his need for speed, even before he became a meta? Who knows. But Wally has plenty of incentive to get faster and save Iris, and I’ll bet Barry is hoping that Wally playing that role will be just different enough to change the future.

But the future is a tricky thing, as I’ve said before, and there are so many variables that can come into play. Because of that, it’s hard to predict where the show will go. But I’ll try anyway!

Flash 3x11 Review

The Flash — “Dead or Alive” — Image FLA311b_0308b.jpg — Pictured: Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Predictions

Messing with future events will continue to puzzle Team Flash. We’ll probably see a lot more villains of the week before Savitar makes his grand return. Caitlin is not done yet with her struggle against Killer Frost. She’ll have to find a more permanent solution, or an episode will come where she’ll have to ‘free the beast.’ Joe is going to find out about Iris’ deadly future, and he might try to force Iris into some kind of ‘safe house’ situation about yelling his head off at Barry. Wally will get faster, but Barry will likely push him too hard and they’ll get into a big fight about it. As for Savitar himself, he’ll probably get taken out the way most other big bands do: by underestimating the power of a good team.

Overall, this episode was okay; a good filler installment. Here’s hoping the rest of the season is great.

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Alisha Bjorklund