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Arrow Season 5 returned to the show's roots for its best episodes in years. Meanwhile, The Flash went from amazing to mediocre in Season 3.

There are many reasons why The Flash Season 3 wasn't as special as the first two — for example, recycled storylines, overdone arcs and yet another speedster villain. However, the time travel aspect of the series really bogged down the quality. While the elements of time travel were highlights of Seasons 1 and 2, the third season got a bit carried away.

Fortunately, at San Diego Comic-Con, the show's producers revealed that time travel will play a much smaller role in the fourth season. This is a great move by the creative team for many reasons. Let's take a look at why:

'The Flash' Can Explore New Concepts

'The Flash' [Credit: The CW]
'The Flash' [Credit: The CW]

Most fans of agree that Season 1 is the strongest yet. The storyline was original and engaging, and kept viewers on our toes as we watched these characters evolve. When we discovered that Harrison Wells was really Eobard Thawne in disguise, we were astonished and eager to know more.

In the following two seasons, The Flash gave us the same twist, but in a different and less interesting way, making the show feel stale at times. And the time travel element is similar. In Season 1, time travel was used in a very intriguing way, but never overstayed its welcome. Furthermore, whenever Barry traveled to the past, it was always a highlight.

But in Season 3, the showrunners decided to prematurely introduce Flashpoint, the ultimate Flash time travel story. Not only was that a risky decision, they decided to rush over it in a mere two episodes. The aftereffects of Flashpoint overshadowed the rest of the season and didn't allow for many other storylines, thus making the season over-complicated yet mundane.

The Show Will Be Less Convoluted

'The Flash' [Credit: The CW]
'The Flash' [Credit: The CW]

Barry changed the past but then restored it, except that the present was slightly different than what it used to be. It allowed the showrunners to introduce new characters (such as Julian) and storylines (Cisco's brother's death), but as a result, the third season had an incoherent plot. I hate to say it, but there were just some things that barely make any sense, and the Savitar arc was a gigantic headache.

The time travel plot device needs to be used to enhance the story, but Season 3 proved that too much of a good thing isn't a good thing. By not relying on the time travel gimmick, the producers will now be able to develop a stronger storyline with fewer things going on at once. Also, it helps that they don't have to worry about filling every plot hole either — because time travel is tricky!

Time travel is an essential part of The Flash character. However, by taking a break from it, The Flash can spend more time developing and exploring new ideas and developing our favorite characters. Let's hope Season 4 takes the show into a bright new future.

Do you agree The Flash is better off taking a break from time travel for awhile? Discuss below!


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