The Flash Return, Was It Worth The Wait?

This article will contain spoilers for the season premiere of The Flash.

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The Flash Return, Was It Worth The Wait?

Last night we got the season premiere of the Flash. I have a friend who is a huge fan of the Flash in both the comics and the TV show. He didn't get to see the episode when it aired and asked me my non-spoiler opinion before he watched it on DVR. He was hesitant to watch it because he's burnt out on the going back in time to save his mom, not save her, save her thing they've got going on. When he said that, I realized I had been feeling the same way. It felt like Flashpoint had already been done previously when he went back in time to stop himself from saving her the first time. So why do it again?

Now I really like this series. But I like it when it's having fun and the team is working together. That said, Flashpoint was disappointment. The episode was awkward in the beginning and telegraphed the ending. We new after Barry Allen spoke with Eobard Thawne exactly how it was going to end. That Wally West would be in danger from being the Flash and that he would have to let Thawne kill his mother. It was a painful version of It's A Wonderful Life… so blatant that Thawne even calls it that.

We get introduced to slightly different versions of the character we know but we don't seem them long enough to care about them, especially since it was obvious we wouldn't get to know them for long. Even the villain that we've been seeing in the clips, The Rival, turned out to be easily defeated… though I get the feeling we'll see more of him.

One of the good things in the episode was seeing Alex Désert playing Captain Julio Mendez, an actor and character from the 90's Flash series. Also, bringing Matt Letscher in again to play Thawne / Reverse-Flash sets up him being part of the bad guys for Legends of Tomorrow

With that wrapping up in one episode, we move on to the fallout and the introduction of Doctor Alchemy as the season's big bad (or one of). But we know the world is altered… again… and Barry has undone his kiss with Iris. Which may mean we are head for ANOTHER season of him pining after the girl.

Overall, for all the build up for Flashpoint, the episode fell flat for me. And I'm not sure how excited I am at seeing all of the changes made. But in one of the two clips below, we see Jay Garrick confronting Barry about all the do-overs he's done and the ramifications. The show feels like it's too in love with the time travel and alternate reality stuff and has lost it's way. We'll have to see if they can get back on course over the new season.

https://youtu.be/JMJzEwuAr58

https://youtu.be/zwuFofimoWw

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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