Well, it’s October, and in three days time, Barry Allen will again be zooming from point A to point B in flash-tacular fashion as he ushers in a new season of CW’s The Flash.
Call. Me. Stoked.
This being the only DC TV I dig despite Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, I could not contain how much I like and disliked how the previous season ended. I was so close to quitting Season 2 with only just a few episodes left into the season because I just couldn’t bear how nonchalant the characters of the series, the Flash himself included, thought things through with every episode. It was as if they’re just picking a restaurant for dinner, and wasn’t thinking about life or death. This considering the brilliant mess that happened on Season 1, which in my opinion should’ve taught all of them a lesson or two. But no.
“Should I go back in time and change this and that?”
“Should I re-open that portal where bad things come from?”
“Should I just do this again and risk the future of my city, and the very lives of its inhabitants including, and definitely not limited to, my loved ones?”
Man, if I were in a contest that is to be won by tallying the most number of eye-rolls in a minute, I would have beaten the Flash. But you know, I stuck with it because clearly, I don’t want to miss a curve ball it could be throwing to its audience at any given time. Enter Season Finale. Seriously, I didn’t see it coming. It was the mother of all bad decisions, so much that it is so wrong, it’s so right. The bad decision-making that came before were nothing compared to this. They’re decisions out of sheer stupidity. This one in the finale was driven by desperation, hopelessness, and utter selfishness, and I can’t wait to see it go wrong in all directions! I don’t need to tell you this, but if you haven’t seen season two, or even season one, it’s time to turn away now, because you’re no Flash. You can’t undo what’s done.
And oh, there are major spoilers ahead, so there’s that too.
Alright, so if you’re still with me, then you’ve done an incredible job at tolerating my despicable love for words, so let me give you some more in hopes of reminding us all what happened in previous seasons now that the new season is about to begin. Keyword is “remember“. Why? Because there will be a lot of “forgetting” in the new season, and I do hope that the producers have taken into consideration that fans of the show love to talk about what happened after every episode, enough to let them figure out for themselves what the characters are supposed to remember from the past. So here we go.
Remember Season One?
More than an origin story for the Flash, the whole series is about Barry Allen doing his darnedest best to use his powers to return to the past and save his mother, who was killed by the Reverse Flash when he was still a child. As the series builds up a stronger, faster and eventually a more powerful Flash, when the finale comes, he decides to do the right thing: To let go of her mom and accept a life without a mother. It was all the more heart-breaking knowing that you have the power to change the past, but choosing not to. So all well and good? Yes? No? Moving right along.
Remember Season Two?
Season Two altogether was a great test for the Flash, in that he failed so much in becoming a superhero that he’s meant to be. So he did the right thing not saving his mother, but he carried that all throughout the series, and it got to a point that I think he has lost sense in thinking logically about the things that are going on. As much as season two is about defeating Zoom, it is also about dealing with the choices that he made in the past, and the losses he has affected himself and his loved ones. Sure, he has defeated Zoom in the end, but clearly, his indecisiveness in many of the events that happened showed no signs of redemption for himself. Add to that the fact that he wasn’t able to save his father from death, it drove him desperate and hopeless in the end, so much that he decided to go back to the past and say, “What the hell? I’m gonna be selfish now, and I’m gonna save them both, or whatever…” He went on to save his mother, and the rest is Season Three.
Now, what should we expect from Season Three?
To me, it shouldn’t be less than a complete and utter mess. Our hero has got to learn, and this time around, I want it to hit him hard. Not because I hate his guts for making the decision to change literally everything, but you know, I wanted him to see through the responsibility of being able to do things such as changing the past. Didn’t I tell you I love time travel stories, and the consequences of doing and undoing things from any timelines? Isn’t the right thing to do when thinking about changing the past or future is to not to? And despite that fact, is it wrong to actually cheer him on when he did, because then it could potentially go wrong in massive proportions? This already is the best thing on earth right now, if you ask me. Again, I am rooting for it to go so wrong, because I so desperately want to finally see him rise when all of this comes to an end, and I want for him to gloriously redeem himself.
So apart from my impossible expectations, we can also expect the much talked about Flashpoint, which I know nothing about because when I was a kid, I chose to read Funny Comics and Niknok instead of picking up DC Comics and the like. I know that I already despise the fact that we are going to be re-introduced to another versions of the characters we’ve already been introduced to in the past, and I’m ready to deal with it, but I do hope that the series would feel a little less episodic by not throwing in any more meta-humans that were affected by the particle accelerator explosion, if it happened on this new alternate timeline. What’s really interesting to me is that according to a few articles I’ve read, Eobard Thawne has had a hand in influencing Barry Allen in Season Two to go back in time and do what he did. Time travel factor aside, it already seems to be an intricate web being weaved by the producers. I hope it plays out all well, as it would seem that that was indeed the whole premise of Flashpoint in the comics.
As you can tell, I’m not too excited, hence this article, but I do think that I’m glad I never quit on The Flash, because otherwise, it would have been my out from DC. If my disdain for the DC Cinematic Universe wasn’t apparent enough after BvS and Suicide Squad, let me just say that I am in fact glad that Grant Gustin isn’t playing the movie version of The Flash. He doesn’t deserve to be associated to mediocrity. Now Season 3 of TV’s The Flash has an enormous amount of potential to be great, and judging by the trailers we’ve seen so far seen, it’s definitely not going to be a disappointment.
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