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Flash Season 3 has taken the character and the world of the show in a new direction. ComiConverse contributor Yul Espinoza has a full review.
I wish I could say I am loving the 3rd season of The Flash. The show, however, has started to feel like too much, too fast, too soon. This season, Barry Allen (aka the Flash) is grieving from the death of his father, Henry Allen, at the hands of Zoom. Iris West, who went through something similar in season two after the loss of her boyfriend, Eddie Thawne, tries to comfort Barry and professing her love for him. Barry, in his anguish, decides to travel back to the past to change his personal history, rescuing his mother. This creates a Flashpoint in time; an alternate timeline. Eobard Thawne (aka the Reverse Flash) also created an alternate timeline by killing Barry’s mother.
Flashpoint was originally a miniseries created and written by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert that was was supposed to reboot the DC universe, thus creating the New 52 or an existing 52 dimensions. With the television version of Flashpoint both of Barry’s parents are alive and well, an alternate timeline with new problems plaguing Central City has been created and, the city’s protector is Wallace West, (aka Kid Flash). With his sister Iris, they battle metahumans in this alternate world. Their main nemesis is a rival speedster know appropriately as “the Rival.” Barry has spent months in this new alternate timeline.
Over time, it is discovered that Joe West, Iris’ and Wally’s father, has a drinking problem and is a hindrance to the police department. Captain Julio Mendez is now in charge of the Central City Police Department (CCPD). The only other addition is a villain who was introduced last season as Dr. Alchemy. Barry, who created this Flashpoint, has kept Eobard Thawne imprisoned in this new timeline but as months pass, memories start to surface in Barry’s mind replacing the previous ones. Eventually Barry has to reveal himself to Iris, Wallace and Joe. During a team fight against the Rival, Wallace gets seriously hurt. In realizing the damage he has done, Barry with the the help of Eobard Thawne resets the fractured timeline only to have more people negatively impacted. Caitlin Snow is slowly becoming Killer Frost, Cisco Ramón loses his brother to a drunk driver, and Joe and Iris are feuding. The one addition to the cast, Julian Albert (played by Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame), who is in charge of metahuman investigation for the CSI department of the CCPD has a great dislike and distrust for Barry because he disappears at odd moments.
The executive producers of CW DC television deserve some credit. Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg have kept the entertainment factor of the show high. I don’t know if they feel the need to raise the stakes because of ever increasing competition with Disney-Marvel Studios but it sometimes feels that they are including too many plot and character threads too quickly. So far while I’m enjoying part of the storyline, it feels rushed. The additions of numerous villains such as the Top, Mirror Master, Savitar, the Rival, Captain Cold and Dr. Alchemy along with the costume for Kid Flash, have been welcome expansions to the world of The Flash. John Wesley Shipp, who played the original Flash, and portrayed Barry’s father, is now in the role of Jay Garrick. In all these roles he is absolutely magnificent. I would love to see more of him as well as of Captain Julio Mendez.
The Jesse “Quick” Thawne and Killer Frost story line has progressed nicely, although I wish the could have created a costume that was more similar to the comic. The changing of the multidimensional Harrison Wells was also amusing. My problem, is this entire storyline. Why not wait until next season or the season after to raise the stakes? The introduction of the Rogues is essential for the growth of Barry’s character and the world of The Flash. Also, the grief-stricken aspect of Barry is wearing thin. The fun that permeated the first two seasons of the show is slowly disappearing as it takes a darker path more similar to it’s companion show, Arrow. The Supergirl/Flash team-up from last season was so much fun that I was looking forward to more episodes with a similar tone. I don’t need the campiness but the executive producers are losing the focus of where The Flash fits into their growing stable of DC television properties. The lighthearted hero with a colorful cast of metahuman adversaries and close-knit group of friends of, was replaced by an Arrow-esque version of the character whose guilt and go-it-alone tendencies create a darker tone. The show is at its best when it embraces its place as finely crafted escapist entertainment.
I’m hoping future episodes start to show more of that lightheartedness that Supergirl, Arrow (so surprised by that), and Legends of Tomorrow (very flawed) are displaying. That lighter type of storytelling not only fits naturally with the tone of the Flash as a hero, but also is a version of the show that we have seen be successful for two seasons.
Yul Espinoza is a contributor to ComiConverse. Follow us twitter: @ComiConverse