Next Week’s ‘Flash’ Enters A World Of Nightmares

by Erik Amaya

The Flash introduced a new mystery last night even as the shock waves of the Mirrorverse invasion continue to be felt. And while it’s clear the new threat was something even Abra Kadabra (David Dastmalchian) couldn’t predict, it is something Team Flash will need to anticipate soon. Unfortunately for them, a preview of next week’s episode indicates they will have trouble sleeping as a nightmare-inducing meta comes to Central City to do, well, whatever it is nightmare-inducing meta villains do.

Meanwhile, we’re glad to see the trauma of the Mirrorverse story reverberate with Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton). Because of the show’s lighter tone, the pair often brush off the life-or-death struggles they face, so giving them a space to actually process things is a great idea; particularly if it gives Iris her own story going forward.

But we absolutely have to question her choice to promote Allegra (Kayla Compton) to staff writer at the Citizen. Granted, its such a small team that hierarchies are kind of silly.

We’re also glad to see Barry defeat Kadabra — er, Phillipe — without his powers. After so many episodes of his heart being seen as a liability, it was good to see it be his most able weapon again. Sure, it would never work on the Reverse-Flash, but some of Barry’s foes are legitimately misunderstood people who just need to be heard. It’s interesting that the show chose Kadabra for this role, though. And though it seems this was his final bid for redemption, the time travel nature of the character means Barry will see him again.

And speaking of glad tidings, it is nice to see Frost (Danielle Panabaker) finally become a separate entity from Caitlin (also Panabaker). It’ll mean more complex shots for the production crew to pull off, but it’ll be interesting to see them as twins for awhile.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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