The Ridiculous Way The Flash Is Bringing King Shark Back

Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 21 of The Flash Season 3, "Cause and Effect."

Only a couple episodes are left in The Flash Season 3, and Team Flash should really be firing on all cylinders with as little silliness as possible to try and stop Savitar from killing Iris. Unfortunately, they were preoccupied with Barry's sudden amnesia for most of "Cause and Effect," but at least H.R. and Tracy took breaks from their flirting to work on the speed force bazooka that could be used to trap Savitar back in the Speed Force. The only catch about the bazooka is that it requires an incredible power source to work at all, and that power source happens to be housed right next to one of Barry's oddest villains: King Shark.

It was hard to tell just where King Shark and the power source were located in the tag of the episode. When last we saw King Shark, he was being hauled off to ARGUS by Lyla Michaels. Given that the power source seemed to come from Dominator (a.k.a., those crazy aliens from the crossover) technology, the odds are pretty good that both bad guy and power source are or were at ARGUS together.

If they're still at ARGUS, I have to question Lyla's methods of containment if she's keeping the giant murderous man-shark right next to alien tech with more power than a sun, but it's possible that King Shark escaped and took the tech with him. It still wouldn't say much about Lyla and ARGUS, but stranger things have happened. We are talking about a man-shark here. A lot of logic kind of has to go out the window when a man-shark is involved.

At least King Shark's role in the penultimate episode of Season 3 explains why Barry feels the need to bring Captain Cold into the fold. I assume he realized that King Shark is such a ridiculous over-the-top villain that he needs a ridiculous over-the-top villain to help take him down. There's no saying where or when Barry will find Captain Cold, so he could still be more inclined toward crime and puns than doing good deeds. Whatever happens, we can bet that it will be pretty bizarre.

I won't lie: I love King Shark. On my list of utterly ridiculous Flash villains, he's my favorite, mostly because I like to imagine the meeting of the writers where somebody pitched a giant man-shark as a villain, and everybody else thought it was an awesome idea. I will happily suspend my disbelief next week if it means watching the Flash and Captain Cold team up to steal a piece of alien technology from King Shark. I do hope that Lyla won't appear, if only because she's in a pretty dark post-Amanda Waller place over on Arrow and some shark shenanigans wouldn't really fit with her continuity.

Tune in to The Flash next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW to catch King Shark back in action, and don't forget to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. Our TV season finale schedule can give you all you need to know about your shows ending.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.