While deciphering Krolotean intel, Nightwing along with Robin & Beast Boy discover that the alien species plan was to use humans as guinea pigs for an experiment. As they try to figure out why and for what reason, a time traveler pops in and surprises the trio. The traveler announces himself as Bart Allen and adopts the name Impulse (after an off-handed comment made by Beast Boy). Just like his comic counterpart, Bart hails from the future and is the grandson of Barry Allen, the Flash.
As Barry and his wife Iris celebrate Joan & Jay Garrick’s 70th anniversary, Bart crashes the party and introduces himself to everyone’s shock. Upon hearing Bart’s enthusiastic confession, Wally West comes out of hiding and tries to help with the confusion Bart is causing. Suddenly a crazed villain enters the picture threatening Flash’s life. As Barry suits up and races into action, Impulse & Wally follow suit. Who is this villain and why does he want Barry so bad? Is Impulse who he says he is?
The 2nd season’s plot continues to be shrouded in mystery as two shadowy figures look on controlling the villain Neutron from afar as he demands the end to Flash’s life. Barry, Wally and Bart try everything to stop this monster who is completely leveling downtown Central City with his cascading wave of radiation. With the help of both kid speedsters, they stopped Neutron, though only momentarily. With Neutron’s contamination suit destroyed his blast radius has been unstable and growing with every pulsation. Flash opts for a “Hail Mary” and gives one last idea a shot. The problem is Bart knows what Flash wants to do, and if he does go through with it, it will end his life.
This was a great episode featuring all the ‘Scarlett Speedsters’ of past, present, and future in action. It was also great to a see a varied take on the infamous death of Barry Allen that changed the comic world as we knew it forever.
Bart does what he sent himself from the future to do and that was to eliminate Neutron and save his grandfather’s life. By infusing this orb Bart had with him into Neutron, it neutralized the villain bringing his reign of terror to a halt. With Bart’s time machine only to make one trip, he is stuck in our timeline. Unbeknownst to the rest of the team, that was exactly his intentions and aside from saving his grandfather, there is much work to be done in this era of time.
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