Season Review: The Flash

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The third season of “The Flash” seemed to have flown by in a speed of light. The second show in the Arrowverse, the show has certainly grown into its own and the third season shows it.

The third season main story arc dealt with Barry Allen saving his mother and rewriting history into “Flashpoint.” Because of this, Team Flash has been charged from what we remember in second two. It also unleashed the speed god known as Savitar.  It was also the Iris/Barry love show. We’re just going to ignore that they were pretty much raised by the same dad. This story arc wasn’t everything it could have been because the whole “Flashpoint” only lasted one episode. Sure, it affected the entire Arrowverse but it was only in minimal things. I would have liked to see because it’s a pretty big deal in the DC Comic Universe (they made a movie of it.) There should have been more at stake because of it. Also, a crossover episode that was better than the ones we got. But because of “Flashpoint,” the show took the dark and twisty route and it was the best season so far. When it needed to make it seem like life or death, it felt like it. The music this season added to the overall suspense of the season. There were a few episodes like the two-part episode in Gorilla City and the musical episode that were like “ehhh, really?” It wasn’t because they were bad, but they didn’t fit in with the episodes before and after.

 

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Carlos Valdes As Cisco Ramon/Vibe

The subplots revolved around villains/heroes from “Flashpoint” coming into the new present world, as well as the development of Wally, Caitlin, and Cisco into their metahuman powers. Caitlin even finds romance this season and breaks the curse of falling in love with evil people that are the season’s villain. She ends up falling in love for the reformed minion of Savitar. The subplots didn’t outshine the main story arc and they did their part to advance other stories that would help with overall story down the road. The best story arc this season was Caitlin and her powers. It was a different take on self-discovery because she knows what the powers will do to her. It was different than Cisco’s who also was discovering what he could do. Both were afraid to tell anyone about their powers. But one accepted it faster while one tries to hide it. It was a very timely concept and done in a way.

 

They really didn’t introduce any new characters and had the smallest new cast in any of

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Tom Felton as Julian Albert

the Arrowverse shows. Because they didn’t add any new characters, you are more invested into them. They only one new main character and a couple minor character that really only appeared when it was for plot convenience. The best new character was Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy.  Tom’s character was different that what we usually saw. It appeared because of “Flashpoint” and really didn’t like Barry. But over the course of the season, they became friends. It wasn’t something that we normally saw due to most people like Barry and Barry doesn’t really interact with anyone besides Team Flash.  I hope that he’s still in the show for the fourth season, if there is a fourth season. The season finale left that up in the air.

 

The show has grown a lot since the first season and has become one of the best DC shows on The CW and television. It finally knows what it’s doing and found its place. The show has gotten progressively darker and while it still can pull off it’s a lighter side, it can properly balance it. Out of the Arrow “spinoff,” this show is second place. I’ll reveal the best “spinoff.” And yes, I know that “The Flash” isn’t really a spinoff but for this purpose, it is. I hope there is a season four because I want to see what they do with this show. Also, I hope they make the new DC comic storyline like “Flashpoint” into an event. I would really like to see more multiverse interactions.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Double the Earths in Season 2

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Now that I’ve had a chance to reflect, it’s now time to review the second season of the CW show “The Flash.” So let’s sit down and reflect on the happens. Contains Spoilers.

The second season dealt with the ramifications of what happened in the season one finale, which was that a portal(s) opened across central city that led to Earth 2, which was just like their earth but different. This led to being the focal point of the season plot as Jay Garrick is introduced as Barry’s counterpart as “The Flash.” Jay doesn’t have his speedforce due to Zoom, the big bad for the season, taking it in his quest in order to become the fastest person alive. We also get Earth 2 Harrison Wells back into the picture as a less evil but more sarcastic and refreshingly honest. Then it turns out that Jay is evil and blackmailing Harrison because he has his daughter (It’s like Taken but with speedster). Jay is actually Zoom, and he turns on Team Flash. The season also teases a major connection between Barry and Iris. It also introduces Wall West, who becomes a major character in this season.

Caitlin and Cisco really shine in this season as they have more character development than in the past.  They are given more time to shine, especially with the realization that Cisco is a metahuman. The same goes for Iris and Joe but it’s a little less since they have more character development than the other two.

The best part of this season was the Earth 2 counterparts of Laurel Lance (Black Siren), Caitlin (Killer Frost), Robbie (Deathstorm), and Cisco (Reverb). It was amazing to see them evil. Black Siren was my favorite. I like that they didn’t kill off Black Siren, it leave it open for Katie Cassidy to return (I hope for a Black Siren vs White Canary).

The season finale was amazing but a little weird. It kind of pointless in a sense but it worked. The cliffhanger where Barry says his mother also made me think of where the hell they were thinking of going with that, especially when Iris and Barry kissed before that and Iris told Barry she would wait for him. Oh, Jay was the Earth 3 flash and Barry is a ophan now. Barry won btw.

Overall, I highly enjoyed season two. It was well written and all of it helped and led to the story. The big bad this season wasn’t a big bad but more as a small bad. The finale cliffhanger was executed well. It setting up nicely for the season three, which is rumored to be the flash point storyline.

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In a Flash: Cliffhangers, Wormholes, and Marriage.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “In A Flash!” It’s the end of the first season and boy it did end on a HUGE note.

This finale was an okay season finale. Unlikely it’s sister show “Arrow,” the finale wasn’t rushed. In the same token, it dragged until the last moments. They really should have joined last week’s episode with this weeks because that would have more than likely been better. The episodes focus was on whether or not Barry was going to go back in time to save his mother because that would drastically change the present. I don’t understand how Barry would need pretty much 30 minutes to make the decision but I’ll move on before I go on a rant.

Barry goes through the wormhole and sees the events of his mother’s death. Barry decides to not be selfish and ruin the timeline, like that was ever not an option, and shows his mothers who he became before she dies. Then he fights Eobard before Eobard is defeated. But it wasn’t Barry that defeated Eobard.

Oh, Caitlin and Ronnie got married. It was short and sweet and not really sure if it was legal….moving on.

The saddest moment of the episode, besides Barry watching his mother die, is when Eddie sacrifices himself to stop Eobard. Eddie and him coping with Iris’s “destiny” to marry Barry was kind of the subplot of the entire episode. After some inspiring words from Dr. Stein, he comes to terms with it and his own personal destiny, which he realize was to take down Eobard. Eddie was honestly one of my favorite characters from the show. I hope that he doesn’t really die but rather come backs….with powers.

Speaking of which, it was revealed that Cisco is a metahuman. I know right–not really a shocker but still a shocker. I’m glad for this because he deserves powers. But it also adds the question, does Caitlin have powers? (Note: Yes, I’m aware of the fact that Cisco and Caitlin are heroes in the comics. But this isn’t the comics. If it was, then Team Flash would be less helpless).

Overall, the finale 10-20 minutes of the episode is what saved it from being a horrible finale. From the moment Barry jumped out of the wormhole and punched through the machine to the cliffhanger ending, that was best part.

In a Flash: Monkey See, Grodd do

GroddlivesWelcome to this week’s edition of “In A Flash.” On this episode week’s episode of “The Flash,” everything went bananas–literally.

Let’s cut to the chase and talk about Biris. Iris finally knows the truth and technically joins Team Flash. She pissed off, which she should be but she seems to get over it. This made my souls glow with excitement because I, like the rest of the universe, want Biris to happen. But as the episode goes on, we slightly lose our glow as they fight a little. Iris calls Barry out for lying, Barry calls Iris out for lying about having feelings for him. It was a hard episode, somewhat, for Biris fans…until the end.

The episode introduced one of the most popular villains in The Flash comic books Grodd. Grodd is a huge ass gorilla that was created by Harrison er….Eobard Thawne and General Eiling. He possesses psychic abilities and is a highly intelligent being. Thawne releases him on the city as a distraction for Team Flash while he is boring this episode and has small talk with Eddie. The only really important thing about the Thawne’s conversation is that Eobard lets Eddie know about Iris marrying Barry and that he got some sort of key that will take him home. Anyways, Cisco, Joe, and Barry go after Grodd with the highly intelligent Gorilla using his powers to lay out Barry and kidnap Joe, who is terrified of Gorillas.

Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Barry come up with a way to stop Grodd’s psychic powers from taking out Barry. They come up with a head band and plan for Barry to attack it from behind. At this point, they should just stop making plans because it never ends well.  Long story short, Gorilla beat super speed and throws Barry into the path of a bus. Iris saves Barry, which allowed Barry to throw Grodd into a bus and lay him out (don’t worry, Grodd is fine!)

In the last moments, Iris reveals that she may have feelings for Barry but doesn’t want to do anything about them until they find Eddie. Too bad that Iris will be die before that happens, calling it now.

Overall, it was an okay episode. I like how dark it got but it didn’t really add much to the overall plot like the last two episodes had. This episode probably would have been better if it aired before Eobard official turn. Oh, BTW. Let’s talk about how the preview for next week’s episode totally ruined this week’s episode of “Arrow.”  They showed Oliver as Arrow, when he is still apart of the League. Way to go, CW, Way.to.go.

 

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