The Big Way Cisco Is About To Change In The Flash


Team Flash has a ridiculously hard job to pull off when Season 3 continues next week, with a main goal of changing the future in order to save Iris from dying. With a difficult task like that, it's close to impossible for anyone to know if their efforts are worth it, but thankfully, The Flash has Cisco and his array of powers that can help out. And apparently the back half of Season 3 is where he'll really come into his own as a hero, thanks to a new character. According to executive producer Todd Helbing:

We're going to see Cisco really realize what he can do. Gypsy is a very formidable adversary. He never realized the extent of his powers, and because of seeing Gypsy, he's going to become more and more in tune with his powers and what he can do, whether it's crossing dimensions or opening breaches much faster and quicker. He's going to be building confidence, and that'll definitely play into the rest of the season of helping Barry and the team stop Savitar from killing Iris.

The Flash zips and zooms right through lines of comic book villains, but the show really has done justice to the story of Cisco adopting his superhero persona Vibe, laying the evolution out almost excruciatingly slow. (Which is a good thing, to me, as far as genuine development goes.) So here in the middle of the third season, it looks like he'll really get a hold on what is possible with his metahuman talents.

We won't be seeing Gypsy show up in the midseason premiere, unfortunately, but rather the episode right after, titled "Dead or Alive." Sleepy Hollow vet Jessica Camacho will portray Gypsy, real name Cindy Reynolds, who enters Central City from a completely different dimension, Earth-19. As you might recall, that's where H.R. hails from, and Gypsy is a bounty hunter aimed to capture H.R. for illegally crossing dimensions. Where does Cisco come in?

Team Flash learns that H.R.'s bounty will disappear if Gypsy is beaten in a fight to the death - because why not? - and Cisco steps in to face her. She's a more powerful viber than he is, but it's from seeing her that he is able to expand his own capabilities, and it shouldn't be a spoiler that she's either going to die or completely give up on capturing H.R., because Cisco is not going to die, especially not with Season 4 on the way. (Unless he does, and then comes back.)

One assumes that Cisco will continue doing the work of heroes, unlike his fellow S.T.A.R. Labs co-worker Caitlin, who has been known to give everyone the cold shoulder as Killer Frost. (I know that was awful.) If Todd Helbing told Entertainment Weekly that Cisco would be using these powers to help the team, though, then I will believe him. Now if we could just get this dude a proper suit. Oh, and maybe a microphone.

With a long-gone character returning soon, The Flash returns to The CW for "Borrowing Problems from the Future" on Tuesday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what else the small screen will offer up in the coming months.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.