Paradox, the 48th episode of The Flash, was written by Aaron & Todd Helbing and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Barry learns of several changes to the restored timeline: Iris has not forgiven Joe for not telling her that her mother was alive, Cisco is angry with him for not altering the timeline to save his brother Dante from a drunk driver, and he has a new CSI partner, Julian Albert, who does not like or trust him. Barry decides to travel back again to fix the damage, but he is intercepted in 1998 by Jay Garrick. Jay tells Barry that the timeline never resets exactly and he has to learn to live with his mistakes. Meanwhile, Clariss has visions of “Flashpoint” and locates the person responsible, Alchemy, who restores Clariss’ powers and full “Flashpoint” memories. Barry tells the team about the timeline’s alterations before confronting Clariss at an abandoned warehouse. Alchemy is there as well, saying that he is “preparing this world” for a future event. Cisco arrives and helps Barry defeat Clariss, who is then incarcerated in Iron Heights. The team determines that Alchemy is creating other metahumans from “Flashpoint” whom they need to track down. Cisco and Barry become reconciled, as do Iris and Joe. Caitlin is secretly revealed to have gained cryokinetic powers. Barry and Iris officially start a romantic relationship, and Alchemy attacks Clariss in his cell.
A good episode, there’s interesting setups and storylines, the action is very good, and the Flashpoint storyline continues to show signs of great things to come for the series this year.
The Recruits, the 94th episode of Arrow, was written by Speed Weed…insert laugh here…and Beth Schwartz and directed by James Bamford.
Oliver recruits Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp for his team, but his training methods prove to be too much for some to handle. In flashbacks, Oliver continues his initiation into the Bratva.
A decent episode, not quite as strong as the season premiere episode BUT compared to how bad many of the season four episodes were, a decent episode of Arrow is much better than more than half of the fourth season episodes of Arrow to say the least.
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