To discover Savitar’s identity and save Iris West (Candice Patton), Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin) travelled to 2024. Upon his arrival, The Flash finds a future bleak and void of hope.

Remembering what we saw in “The Once and Future Flash” is one of infinite possible futures, the former members of Team Flash Barry encounters in the future are the darkest variations of the characters we have seen thus far.

The future Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), profoundly impacted by their showdown with Savitar, convinced the Barry of the past to “put some hope” back in their lives “and take down the bad guys” just like the good old days.

The 2017 Flash and the 2024 Flash take on Sam Scudder / Mirror Master (Grey Damon) and Rosalind Dillon / Top (Ashley Rickards) before Barry returns to the present.

Meanwhile, back in 2017, the search for Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) continued unabated. Even though Barry doesn’t get discover Savitar’s identity, he was able to obtain from his future self a vital piece of information which might help him save Iris.

Cavanagh, Damon and Gustin on set of the episode “The Once and Future Flash”

Directed by Tom Cavanagh, “The Once and Future Flash” is the nineteenth episode of the current season. It is evident from his directorial work, Cavanagh is just as accomplished in the big chair as he is with performing for the cameras.

“The Once and Future Flash” is not the only production Cavanagh has directed. Between 2003 and 2004, the actor directed three episodes of “Ed.” In “Ed,” Cavanagh played the title role.

Even though “Ed” is a situation comedy is set at a high-profile New York City firm, the job directing a production is pretty much the same regardless of the genre. The episodes Cavanagh directed for “Ed” is the exact opposite of what is seen in the latest episode of “The Flash.” “The Once and Future Flash” is one of the darkest episodes seen in the series thus far.

The episode is brilliantly crafted. Having Savitar step out of his protective suit without showing his face to the audience was genius. Even though the big reveal is yet to come, “The Once and Future Flash” closed with Savitar unmasking himself to Killer Frost.

“The Once and Future Flash”
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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.


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