Something’s been wrong ever since #Flash Season 3 began. From the minute it introduced its tame #Flashpoint, the show has been on a slow and steady decline. For some unknown reason, #DC TV just can’t find a way to bring us a good Season 3 for its shows. #Arrow and Flash both brought two stellar seasons before going off the rails in their third year. Of course, unlike Arrow, Flash is still in the early stages of its third run and still has time to save the show. In fact, the show’s seventh episode, "Killer Frost," proved exactly what was working and what needed to go.
Let’s start with the obvious: Danielle Panabaker’s Killer Frost. After three seasons, our favorite biochemist finally shows us her villainous roots. From her slow transformation (in terms of her voice and hair changing) to her clever plan regarding Alchemy, Cailtin Snow proved why she (more than Savitar and Dr. Alchemy) deserved to be the main villain this season. In Season 2’s "Welcome to Earth-2," I was pleased to note that the writers were taking liberties with her character, from her cool get-up to her cold words; they were seemingly paying homage to the comic book character. This continued this week, too, when Snow literally gave Barry the infamous "kiss of death." Not only did it prove how much she’d mastered her abilities, but it also showed what a formidable foe she could be if she ever did go over to the dark side.
The West Drama
Kanye ain’t the only one who’s always got family drama. Flash’s Wests seem to go from one problem to another in the blink of the eye. I didn’t mind this so much in the first season; it was engaging and showed where #BarryAllen was coming from. I wasn’t opposed to it last year when Iris found out about her brother and mother, but this season the whole thing has been downright intolerable.
For some deranged reason, the writers of Arrow want to write a soapy family drama. Since they write superhero shows, they just insert their ideas into ongoing storylines. Sadly this doesn’t always work. I previously mentioned that the Arrow writers loved Felicity and her family more than everybody else. A sort of similar (albeit less painful) thing is happening in Flash. Unlike the Smoaks, we care about the Wests, but not to the point where we’re willing to trade in shitty villains for the sake of Wally’s mood swings and emotional diarrhea. #WallyWest has been the worst written character on Flash this season, even more so than fellow speedster #JesseQuick, who despite appearing in fewer episodes than him, was a far more interesting character. Personally, I don’t think him getting any powers is going to make his character more likable. Fingers crossed he dies this season, or moves his scrawny ass to some other city.
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There’s something wrong with the #CW DC heroes. All of them love taking the blame for everything, so much so that I’d recommend them a trip to #Arkham just for a checkup. #OliverQueen loves taking blame so much that he’d be perfectly willing to take the blame for your aunt passing away, regardless if she had a stroke or was hit by a car while hunting for #Pokemon. Even #Supergirl turned Alex’s big coming out scene into a personal guilt trip.
Barry though, he NEEDS to suffer. Partly because he has as much regard for others as a frat boy has for rules and partly because he messed up a perfectly viable timeline just so Wally West could walk. He killed Cisco’s brother, infected Cailtin with “the cold,” and even replaced Diggle’s adorable daughter with a boy, just so Wally could piss standing up! I mean, you were in Star Labs sitting next to this tech giant who’s incredibly smart and happens to be a billionaire — are you seriously telling me Cisco couldn’t have made Wally #CyborgSuperman if he’d damn well asked? Instead, Barry decided to kill his parent’s for Iris’s bliss.
Thankfully, Killer Frost was there to unleash the collective wrath of the fans on him. Caitlin was right when she said, "What do you care, you got Iris, everyone else be damned." Barry needed to be called out for his selfish actions, because as much as I hate sad-Cisco, he deserves to be mad at our "hero" right now.
Tweedledum And Tweedledee (A.K.A. Savitar And Alchemy)
It seems as if Flash is suffering from the same disease Arrow had in its past two seasons. Despite having all the right material, it was just never able to effectively utilize it. In The Flash, Savitar is the perfect example of just that. Sure, the guy is as big and Megatron-ish as it gets, but he would have served much better somewhere in Season 6 or 8, long after the shadows of Zoom and Reverse Flash had been forgotten. After two successive seasons with much cooler speedsters, we really don't want to downgrade to someone that looks so fake. If the writers were hoping we'd be awed by Savitar dragging Barry through different dimensions, they failed miserably. All it did was make us marvel at how bad Flash's CGI was. It was also a terrific waste of a talented director like Kevin Smith. Meanwhile Savitar's devoted follower, Alchemy —now revealed to be Julian Dorn — is just a tame a villain as his "Dark Lord" (#HarryPotter, anyone?), Savitar. This reveal was so obvious that my 8-year-old nephew could have guessed it. So by ending the episode with "the big reveal," all #Flash did was make us wonder if we should be binge-watching this series instead. As of right now, I feel like using any of the Unforgivable Curses on the Flash team to get them to wake the hell up.
Will The Flash Regain Its Glory?
As Flash draws closer to its mid-season finale, all I can do is hope that the upcoming alien invasion gets rid of Alchemy, Wally and Savitar for us. Because, as Cisco and Caitlin both stated in this episode, sometimes things that get broken can never truly be fixed — just look at Arrow.
Check out the new two-minute "Invasion" crossover trailer below:
What do you think needs to happen in order to redeem Flash Season 3?