SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Paradox,” the second episode of “The Flash” Season 3.
In “Paradox,” the latest episode of “The Flash” Season 3, Barry encountered a few more of Flashpoint’s repercussions and made a few confessions of his own. However, the biggest reveal of the night was not only Cisco’s ability to harness his vibes, but also Caitlin’s newfound metahuman powers.
As Barry stumbled through his new reality, he discovered several other changes sparked by his decision to go back in time to save his mother from certain death. He learned that Iris never forgave Joe for not telling her about her mother, while Cisco’s brother Dante had died in a drunk driving accident. What’s more, he had a whole new coworker that he didn’t remember: Tom Felton’s Julian Albert.
Though he was less-than-forthcoming at first, Barry eventually revealed what had happened to his team. After a pep talk from Iris, who urged them to remember their own mistakes in times of distress, they came to forgive him and things settled back down to (almost) normal. As he left, Barry commented that Caitlin was the only one who wasn’t impacted by Flashpoint — but Caitlin quickly disproved him by summoning her ice powers when he was gone. She held her hand before her with a sound of crackling ice and vapor rolled off her fingers. It seems, then, that she has a bit more Killer Frost in her in this timeline.
Caitlin wasn’t the only one showing off her new powers. Just as Barry suffered a near defeat at the Rival’s hands, Cisco showed up just in time to save the day. He was equipped with his goggles and new gauntlets, which let him control his shockwave blasts. He used these shockwave blasts to knock the Rival back, giving Barry enough time to knock him out.
Barry took the Rival to Iron Heights following the defeat, revealing that the institution now has cells tricked out with power-inhibiting technology like STAR Labs’ pipeline. It’s unclear if all metahuman rogues have been transferred to Iron Heights, but it seems as though this will be the case from hereon out.
As to the way the Rival got his powers back, that’s thanks to Alchemy — or, rather, Doctor Alchemy, as Cisco dubbed him. Little is known about Doctor Alchemy as yet, but he has the ability to restore metahuman powers, as in the Rival’s case. During the Rival and Flash’s confrontation, he revealed that he plans to prepare the world for a restoration, though it’s unclear what exactly that means at this time.
Barry’s new labmate was also less-than-accommodating, particularly considering Barry’s cluelessness. Julian was quick to tell Barry exactly why he dislikes him: he doesn’t trust him.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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