The Crisis is over, and we live in a very different universe. Our heroes are trying to figure out where they fit in this new world.
At the end of the crossover, we got a glimpse of what the new world, the only Earth, looks like. There are no more doppelgangers, and as Arrow showed, some people we lost are back. But as Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is compiling, old enemies are back, and there are also deadlier new ones.
But none of that is the most exciting thing that’s happening in The Flash right now but does sound like it will be a lot of fun. Everyone is dealing with this new reality differently. Barry (Grant Gustin) was so convinced that Oliver had left a mission for him he threw all of his energy into it only to realize that the message was not about an imminent threat, it was to remember to keep your loved ones safe.
I love that the writers brought John (David Ramsey) on in the first episode after Arrow ended. The Flash started on Arrow, and it seems only fitting that it seamlessly ties together at the end. Oliver left Barry his first mask, and Diggle was the one to bring it to him. When the real meaning was revealed, it was touching and a perfect lasting tribute that will be in Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) apartment, so Oliver will always be remembered.
Cisco is also finding his way, but does he have to leave to do it? I loved his rant about the new villains at the beginning of the episode. It was classic Cisco, and I don’t know what I will do without him. Hopefully, he’s gone for one week. That’s all I’m willing to part with him.
Iris may be the only one that’s not trying to find herself in this new world, though she also doesn’t know where she fits. She’s so focused on not only building her publication, but she’s also sucked into finding a perilous enemy. I’m all for Iris finding the truth and helping people, but there is a Team Flash for a reason, they take down powerful enemies together. You don’t go in without backup when you don’t know what you are going to find. Iris and Barry can sometimes have some severe denial, but will her attitude next week be because of the refusal to figure out where she fits in this new world or because of the mirror?