Tuesday, February 3, 2015

FLASH NEWS: Time Travel = Groundhogs Day?

FLASH NEWS: Time Travel = Groundhogs Day?

We all know time travel is set to premiere in an upcoming episode...but how? and what does it mean?

“There’s an episode coming up where there is inadvertent connection to the Speed Force that results in probably our funniest hour as well as our darkest hour as the dangers of time travel come to light,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells EW. “It’s a mashup between Back to the Future and Terminator—the good version of time travel and the bad version of time travel.”

The episode will also be influenced by the 1993 flick Groundhog’s Day, in which Bill Murray’s harried weatherman relives the same day over again until he gets his priorities straight. “It’s a complete accident the first time [he time travels],” star Grant Gustin says. “It’s really confusing because now we’re playing with timelines and we’re having to shoot things a couple different ways. It’s like a Groundhog’s Day-type element. It’s really funny and really exciting.”

Initially, Barry doesn’t understand what’s happening and he’s the only one aware of the time travel situation. “He’s not handling it incredibly well. It’s freaking him out a little bit,” Gustin says. The others will eventually figure it out, which leads to some comedy when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) has to explain what’s going on to Joe (Jesse L. Martin) in terms of time travel films.

But once Barry figures it out, he’ll decidedly use time travel to his advantage. “He realizes, ‘Holy shit, this an opportunity to change things with my family’s past,’” Gustin says. “He doesn’t know yet to maybe not do that, but that’s where Barry’s at when he realizes what he’s just learned that he can do, that he can maybe save his mom.”

With that being said, it’s been suspected since the pilot episode that Barry may have been present the night his mother was murdered by the Reverse Flash—especially considering young Barry was suddenly and mysteriously whisked away from the house. Did Barry protect his younger self from the wrath of the Reverse Flash? “That’s a good theory,” Gustin says coyly.

***PEOPLE SHOULD NOTE:Theoretically...if we are going by Flashpoint standards...then this IS the new universe...and flashpoint already has happened 

Flashpoint began with Barry STOPING Eobard from killing his mom...but he was NOT there the first time.

Flashpoint ENDED with older (kinda) Barry merging with younger self and STOPPING him from saving his mom. Therefore they both RF and Flash would have been at the scene of the crime, and Nora would have died...like the show portrays.

Barry has to STOP himself from saving his mother...which seems to be what the pilot ALREADY showed us
So technically this would be the universe created after flashpoint. On top of that the issue with flashpoint is it is to big to just effect on show, like you said...effect Arrow as well...but there are plenty of people who only watch one of the two shows.

But Kreisberg cautions that Barry tampering with the past “has massive repercussions for the show,” he says. “After that episode, things are never going to be the same on The Flash.”

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