TV Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 9, Episode 1

After so many seasons of The Flash on the CW, it’s become apparent that they are having trouble finding new material to mine and new growth for the character. In this world of crazy science fiction, there’s no shortage of wild ideas to grab on to. This season’s premiere is about a time loop, which the Arrowverse has most certainly done before. However, it was nice to see how this trope can be used to still provide a new perspective on these age-old characters fans have grown up with and have come to love.

In his fear of the future, Barry (Grant Gustin) has created a journal mapping out the life he and Iris (Candice Patton) will have into the future. This doesn’t sit well with Iris, who would prefer not to have every decision made for her before she makes it. As the Flash, Barry has to deal with a heist performed by Captain Boomerang (Richard Harmon). He manages to best Barry, but in the process, Barry inadvertently triggers a time loop. Eventually, the two of them figure out a way to overcome the loop and learn that the future is something that they have to make together in the process.

Besides the introduction of this season’s big bad villain in the episode’s final moments, this was a rather touching story for Barry and Iris. After so many years of tragedy and being afraid of threats along the horizon, it’s understandable why Barry would want a safety net like a futuristic journal. But it was equally hilarious for Iris to essentially give up and just get drunk in their apartment because nothing makes any difference anymore. It was how the two of them learn to reconcile both of their positions that shows just how strong their relationship is and that even after everything they’ve been through, there is still room for them to grow. It wasn’t a perfect episode, but it was a bit of a preview for how this season can still captivate fans.

The Flash airs Wednesdays on the CW.

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