Both good and bad things.
I didn't mind the plot with the snow family, but I felt that it would have worked better as the secondary plot and have the time travel plot be the main plot. Though I suppose both got a decent amount of time. the ice fight was pretty cool
The promotion of this episode was all over the place
Cisco missing again?
The fight was brutal. I was both impressed by it's rawness (all the awards to Grant and Candice) and very sad over some of the things that were said. I didn't really like how it played out in the episode (talk about leaving? really? ) and didn't feel enough screen time was spent on resolving all of it, but I'm so glad they did resolve it. I wouldn't have liked having that on the back of my mind all week.
I was expecting more from the make up after how intense the fight was, but like someone mentioned I really like how both of them owned up to their mistakes.
As for the fight itself, I was with Iris on the Barry just taking Nora to the future (in general as well as without talking to her). As part of team flash I suppose I could see it, but as a father that was a terrible thing to do to your daughter. I didn't even know I felt strongly about this till I listened the flashpodcast that brought up how he was basically ruining the rest of Nora's live. To paraphrase: what he did was basically tell Nora she has to pay for the rest of her life by living with the knowledge that her father dislikes her now without ever being able to resolve the issue As a father that is a pretty garbage thing to do to your daughter, especially when you're known for giving villains second chances or at least showing compassion.
Joe's advice earlier in the season to Barry about parenting was (something like) let her know that even if she makes mistakes you'll always love her. And in that aspect Barry's action, or rather more his demeanor throughout it all, was a spectacular fail, even if I do understand how hurt he is
But I didn't agree with Iris on the way she handled the Thawne aspect of that fight. I get that emotions were running high, but I felt she could have handled that issue with more sensitivity.
I really take issue with the writers going the Iris doesn't understand route on this. No, no no. Iris and Joe are the only people on the show who knew Barry before his mom died, they could see firsthand the effects on him. They themselves were affected by it since it changed their live as well. There was an entire episode about how Iris wished that Barry didn't have to live with the darkness Barry's mother being killed brought. Iris was there having lunch with Barry every day for a year and doing everything in her power to make him smile again when they were kids. Obviously she can't understand what it's actually like, but if anyone in this group should get how much this affects Barry, it should be Iris. And then Joe. I'm going to have to chalk it up to the emotions of fighting, because otherwise I'll get mad
Despite that, I still would have liked Iris to remind Barry that he himself worked with Thawne after he knew Thawne killed his mother. He was going to let Thawne return to Thawne’s time in return for being taught to timetravel to save his mother. Aka, even though they had caught him, he and the team were going to let this guy loose on the future knowing what he was capable of just so Barry could learn how to save his mom. So if anyone could understand that the need to save your parent sometimes overpowers common sense it should be him (though I guess Nora still hasn't told him that's the real reason she time traveled).
They also worked with Thawne twice after that. Not to excuse Nora, but I feel like if Iris had brought that up and the conversation went that direction instead of the whole - you would think differently if it had been your mother- direction I would have felt better about it. Or just handled a little softer
I also didn't like Thawne giving love advice to Iris, lol
I did like how cute Barry and Iris were when they made up. Barry joking and Iris saying something like, oh we're joking already? And may I echo some of the other comments: Finally a kiss!
As for the time travel consequences. I think the team isn't worried about Nora causing things to change because:
1-They're thinking about the fixed point theory (if it's not a fixed point certain things can be changed without affecting other things)
2- they actually want the timeline to change. That was pretty much the team decision when it was revealed that Barry disappeared for 25 years. The conclusion of the team was we can change that headline. In episode 12 Iris was reluctant to name her newspaper central city citizen because it was a clear lead to the article. When they heard that the newspaper had been founded 2 years earlier (2019 instead of 2021) they were like yay the timeline is changing. lol. I guess for them it is the future and not the past.
I wonder what they're trying to do with Thawne. He seems genuine, but I also don't trust him. I wonder if they're implying with this storyline that the negative speed force changes you, and thus changed him.
Sorry this is a bit of a jumble, but my thought are jumbly tonight