Without a doubt, The Flash is one of the biggest #TV shows on the planet right now. In a mere two years it has broken ratings records for The CW and has thoroughly earned its right to be called the network's "biggest hit ever." After two critically acclaimed seasons, the series set its sights on one of the most famous comic book arcs for its third — Flashpoint. But despite giving an original and powerful retelling, "Flashpoint" was not considered The Flash's strongest hour.
However, despite a rough start, the series managed to completely turn the tide and deliver some amazing episodes, taking us down new routes and thrilling us in ways we didn't expect. The Flash used Flashpoint as a basis to set up its third season, and even though it wasn't the version we knew, it was still a damn good outing. And it has set up an endless amount of stories for the remainder of the year, proving that Season 3 might just be The Flash's finest one yet.
It Has Finally Moved On From Flashpoint
When the world heard that The Flash would be tackling Flashpoint, anticipation for Season 3 hit an all-time high. After all, the Flashpoint arc turned out to be one of the most epic and popular storylines in DC Comics history, expectations for the show's adaptation were high. However, The Flash decided to reduce the scale of the events — focusing on how it affected Barry's world as opposed to the entire world.
And although it produced a stellar Season Premiere, some were upset by how quickly the arc was tied up. Furthermore, having it affect the main timeline also didn't sit well with some fans — mainly because there was an unusually grim tone as many of the characters were in far worse situations. In many people's eyes, the show had lost its heart.
However, it followed those episodes up with some incredible ones, featuring the returns of Earth-2 Harrison Wells and Jesse Quick as well as finally introducing us to Mirror Master and the main timeline's Killer Frost. And let's not forget about the brilliant addition of #HarryPotter alumni Tom Felton as Julian Albert who shocked us all when we found out he really was Doctor Alchemy, and the emergence of the God of Speed Savitar.
Additionally, Flashpoint just might be responsible for both Alchemy and Savitar's existence — and as we saw in the Mid-Season Finale, Savitar's existence is a very bad thing for the future. So whether or not you were a fan of The Flash's take on Flashpoint, it's undeniable that it has impacted the core of the show, setting up a new storyline that will be the primary focus from now on.
Barry did what he always wanted to do when he saved his mother and father, and now he is living the consequences of that decision as he desperately tries to undo the damage. Something that has haunted him for the past two seasons will no longer haunt him. Barry is finally ready to move on from the past and focus on the future, while The Flash is finally ready to move on from Flashpoint and do the same. And what a bright future it has.
Barry And Iris Are Finally Together
When a series begins, it usually doesn't take long for you to spot its future couple. You know what I mean — the two characters who really like each other and, over the course of the series you fund yourself endlessly rooting for them to get together. Gotham had Bruce and Selina, #Arrow had Oliver and Laurel and The Flash has Barry Allen and Iris West. From Barry's unrequited love to Iris' realization, these two were on a collision course towards a relationship, and I have to commend both Grant Gustin and Candice Patton for doing an amazing job at telling this story so convincingly.
As cute as it was to watch these two come together, their separation prevented a long-list of storylines from actually happening. But now that they are finally together, there is a whole world of fresh adventures to explore. And as the recently released Season 3 trailer revealed, we don't have to wait much longer to see Barry and Iris' relationship strengthen as Barry does whatever it takes to keep her safe from Savitar.
Make no mistake about it — Iris West-Allen is a destiny that not even Savitar can stop. But seeing Barry go to unimaginable lengths to protect his one true love from the Speed God's wrath is going to make for some incredible WestAllen moments. And I can not wait to see him do so. WestAllen is happening — sorry Savitar.
If you're a fan of The Flash, check these out:
- 5 Huge Questions We Have After Watching The Flash Season 3 Winter Finale
- The Flash Will Defeat Savitar In The Future, But Is This How He "Vanishes In Crisis" In 2024?
- We're Getting A Lot More Of Jay Garrick In The Flash Season 3B And That Is Definitely A Good Thing
The Musical Crossover With Supergirl
We can't talk about what's coming up in the back half of Season 3 without talking about the musical episode. When any episode of any TV show produces a musical episode, the world watches to see how it pulls it off. We all remember the iconic musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as subtly brilliant offering from Greys Anatomy. So with a long line of successful musical episodes, there is definitely a lot of anticipation for The Flash's upcoming two-part musical crossover with #Supergirl.
However, when you throw in the fact that fans have been calling for musical episodes of both shows since they began, and the fact that both Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist had prominent roles on hit musical dramedy Glee, you can see why we're really excited about seeing our favorite #superheroes belting out some tunes.
Moreover, not only have Gustin and Benoist got amazing voices, the entire supporting casts of both The Flash and Supergirl is overflowing with musical talent. So expect to see some dazzling performances from the casts of both shows.
Check out Supergirl herself belting her heart out on Glee:
As we wanted to see this for so long — and let's forget the fact that Joss Whedon might be directing — it's understandable that the thought of this musical crossover is something that gives us all goosebumps. With both shows producing stellar seasons — and crossovers — I have no doubt that the musical adventure just might be their best outing yet!
The Gorilla City Two-Parter
The use of CGI on TV is something that always ends up causing a lot of debate. And you can understand why — as TV shows aren't granted as big a budget as films, it is hard to produce the same level of CGI creations. However, that was something that certainly didn't bother the producers of The Flash when they did the impossible and brought Gorilla Grodd to life. With incredible special effects reminiscent of a King Kong film, the ultra-intelligent ape came to life in the most convincing of ways.
The fact that Grodd is making a comeback is exciting enough, but the fact that we are going to be taking a trip to Gorilla City is just too much excitement to handle. As we found out before the season even premiered, the back half of the season will feature a special two-part episode which takes place in Gorilla City — where Grodd was sent when we last him in Season 2.
Two parters aren't seen as often on TV these days, but looking back at the show's last two-parter — the Earth-2 episodes — I have no doubt that this will be something special. Furthermore, it's always nice to take a break from the main storyline once in a while, and the fact that The Flash is going to be doing that by reintroducing Grodd makes me excited for what else is in store for the remainder of Season 3. He is Grodd, and he is back!
So, despite a divisive start, The Flash is definitely back on track as it continues to do what it does best — entertain us. With a wide variety of compelling storylines still to come — as well as the intense payoff from the Flashpoint and Savitar arcs — Season 3 has only scratched the surface so far, and will no doubt amaze us when the series returns.
Having been a major fan of this incredible show, I cannot wait to see where Barry and Team Flash take us in the new year. Three years in, and The Flash is still the cream of the superhero crop.
Do you think The Flash Season 3 could be the best one yet? Let us know in the comments below!