So The Flash is back, and “Flashpoint”, its first episode for Season 3, is everything and more that I hoped for it to be. I don’t know how much homage it pays to its source material, whether the comics or the animated movie, but I do love the direction the TV series is actually taking. I simply can’t wait to see how the whole series unravels. As much as I love Netflix’s way of releasing everything at once so you can binge-watch the entire thing, I always believed that shows like The Flash needs to be taken in slowly, one episode at a time, so that viewers can talk among themselves about what happened and speculate as much as they want to. And already, after seeing just the first episode, it does look like the series is going back to what makes it popular – the science behind the action. What’s even better is that the show does not wait for its audience to take it in and digest what just happened, which I think is better done after you’ve seen the episode.
Now you can already tell that I more than enjoyed the season premiere, so let me get to the nitty gritty. If you are just about to see the episode and needs a refresher, go here first so you can prep yourself before jumping in to the latest episode. If you’re all caught up, then read on. A word of caution though, I am not about to hold out any information about the episode, or the episodes before it (from previous seasons) so consider this a “SPOILERS AHEAD”-warning.
Alright, if you’re still with me, then that means you either have seen Flashpoint, or you’re just allured by my awesomeness. Either way, let’s get to the Flash-business!
Flashpoint begins three months later after The Flash came back from the past when he stopped the Reverse Flash from killing his mother. In doing so, the lives of the people he cares about have changed. Both his mom and dad are “alive and well”, Cisco is now a billionaire, Caitlin is a pediatric ophthalmologist, Iris is still a journalist, Joe is now an often tardy detective, and Wally is the guy who refuses to be called Kid Flash. Harrison Wells is nowhere to be seen, although maybe I just missed him being mentioned or something. Barry now lives a happy life with his parents both cradling him, and is probably just spending most of the day stalking Iris. Kid Flash has taken over his duties as the Flash so he’s basically living the dream life he had always wanted. The thing is, he is starting to forget the memories he’s had with all these people every time he uses his powers (or so Reverse Flash theorized), and it just makes sense. You change the past, time will eventually strike back.
“Tell me about you. Mom and Dad?”
“Yeah, alive and well”
However, what Barry also did is lock up the Reverse Flash. He did not only save his mother from being killed, he also took Reverse Flash when he went back to the present. Are you still with me? And boy oh boy, Eobard Thawne’s words simply jump out of his mouth and into my spine– “One day soon, Barry, you’ll be begging me to kill her again…”. Clearly, Eobard knows a LOT more than what Barry knows is about to happen, and for the life of me, I just couldn’t imagine the kind of schooling Barry will have to go through this season. I almost clapped when Eobard mentioned, with fear and certainty, that they have a common enemy — time. I think I must have said it in more than half of the articles I’ve written the kind of predicament one can come across messing with time, so you can tell how stoked I am on what’s going to happen. The sad thing about it, is that Barry, a seemingly inexperienced guy when it comes to jumping in and out of different times, is clueless. In fact, he thinks that he can solve many things by changing what has happened in the past.
“One day soon, Barry, you’ll be begging me to kill her again…”
So towards the end, when put in a corner of a difficult situation, such as Kid Flash not recovering as fast as he should and in the danger of losing his life, Barry thought that he again has to go back to the point where he saves his mother, and allow Reverse Flash to kill her again, so everything can go back to normal. But you know, it is anything but. Quite frankly, we can tell Barry still doesn’t know what he’s doing. If he had learned a lick or two from what he has experienced in the past, it would have taken him more than one episode before deciding whether to go back and undo what he undid for the nth time around. At this point, Barry is as perplexed as we all are. What indeed have you done Barry?
I haven’t really discussed the most obvious villain on this episode (The Rival) as I felt that it was just put in to fill in the action requirements of the episode. In fact, I think that this will be the theme of the whole series, throwing in metahumans just to provide the action chops. What I’m more interested in is “TIME” being the villain. How many times has Barry been in and out of the past in hopes to get out of a difficult situation in the present? How many more of those is he willing to do again? How many will it take before he realizes the implications and consequences of his actions? It’s just inevitable as the Reverse Flash would put it: Time will strike back. That is enough dilemma for me to endure a whole season, and I would be eternally grateful to the producers if they indeed head toward that direction. As of episode one, it sure looks that way.
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