(Warning: This article contains spoiler for The Flash S03E10)
The Flash has finally returned from his winter break and the mid-season premiere came back with quite a bit of promise and a change in formula.
A lot of people who follow The Flash have been saying that this Season just hasn’t really done much interesting and the complained isn’t unfounded. The show has been following a clever but repetitive formula for the last two Seasons.
A mysterious Speedster villain (exception Dr. Alchemy) appears that challenges Barry and just straight up beat’s his ass. We get hints and ideas of who the mysterious villain is, leading to internet discussion the identity of the villain which leads to the show getting free publicity from fans who are furiously debating – off and online who the villain might be, there is also the aspect that the discussion of who the villain could be can be really entertaining and enjoyable, we start to associate the interesting brain exercise we had online or with friends to the show. Giving the show maybe a bit more credit than it deserves in the writing department. The mystery is what keeps people watching but after having done it twice with a Speedster and with the second time kinda being disappointing, the show needed to prove this Season that it can work without the mysterious villain formula. That it can hold up without the mysterious villain aspect.
Which to be fair is such a good formula Arrow did it in its first Season (The Dark Archer) and is doing it in Season 5 with Prometheus. But now after Alchemy being quite non-threatening. The Rival who should have been important but was turned into a punchline by the writers and Savitar being immediately reduced by the internet to a Transformer meme destroying the idea of this threatening Speedgod for many – the show needed to give us something different and it did.
The idea of the team trying to stop the future from happening is great and it being tied to Barry’s decision to Flashpoint-ing the timeline is creating a fascinating narrative for the rest of the Season. How well they execute the premise is still to be seen and we will go into that at the end of the review.
The Meta-Cure Could Backfire – BADLY!
Julian has finally joined the team on an official basis. We knew it was coming but they added an intriguing plot threat to him. He is supposed to create a cure for Caitlin which very well might mean that he will create a cure for the Meta-Gene in general. Everyone who has ever read the X-Men comics or watched the X-Men cartoon knows a cure for a new species can only lead to bad things. Now a cure is great for people like Caitlin who can’t get a handle on their power but we only the need the Flash or very likely Kid Flash screwing up, which they have set up with him wanting to prove himself and we get some guy in a Government suit announcing that the cure needs to be mandatory. Now they could either go the way Julian fails in creating a cure or they just ignore they have created a loaded weapon against every metahuman hero but I can’t see the writers missing the opportunity for the conflict that will be created if the public or the Government hears about a Meta-human cure. Now a cure is great for people like Caitlin who can’t get a handle on their power but we only need the Flash or very likely Kid Flash screwing up and we get some guy in a government suit announcing that the cure needs to be mandatory.
The writers could either go with Julian failing in creating a cure or they just ignore they have created a loaded weapon against every metahuman hero but I can’t see the writers missing the opportunity for the conflict that will be created if the public or the government hears about a Meta-human cure.
Setting Up The Season & GORILLA GRODD!
Cisco’s future vibe has given us an idea of how the rest of the Season looks like. We heard about the Music Meister (Meister is German for Master btw) who got a book deal. Those who don’t know, the Music Meister is what his name indicates – a master of music. He will be the main villain of the two episode Musical crossover that will start March 20th in Supergirl and conclude March 21th in The Flash. They also revealed he will be played by Darren Criss a Glee alumni just like Grant Gustin (Flash) and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl).
We also got the hint of Killer Frost being back, Joe getting some recognition, the Star Labs Museum from H.R failing and most importantly – the news that a gorilla attack will take place and unless it’s Harambe we can be pretty sure we are looking forward to another Gorilla Grodd episode, he might even have a small army this time, after all last we saw him he entered Gorilla City on Earth-2.
(I apologize for the use of a dead gorilla and a dead meme in a punchline.)
What Would You Do If You Knew Your Death Date?
I mentioned it above but want to dive deeper into it, finally, after Barry and Iris are together – being what Laurel and Oliver should have been on Arrow we have Iris’s death over the shows head.
Now do I believe there is a chance she actually dies? No, not really, they learned from Laurel. But the premise is really good. The idea of knowing your death date isn’t anything insane, everyone who had to fight with a dangerous form of cancer experienced the feeling of having the death reaper on your shoulder with a given time limit and chance to beat the odds.
While Iris has taken the news well so far, it’s only a matter of time till the shock wears off and the fear and horror of dying kicks in. Depending on how they write this, specifically how they write her will decide if this will be one of the most impactful storylines on the Flash so far or a disappointing car crash that will give Arrow fans flashbacks to the time they wanted to make a dramatic statement about addiction through Laurel and horribly failed at it.
But if they manage to write Iris as an intelligent person going through the five stages of grief it could be great and I will attempt to give you guys an idea of what I mean and how they should execute those states in my eyes
- Denial & Isolation: I would say she has already entered that state right away, she doesn’t want to talk about it and surely to a certain degree will isolate herself in the next episode.
- Anger: This one is dangerous because anger can already make or break the portray. She should show some anger towards Barry but her main anger should be towards some form of higher power, maybe the Speedforce that keeps messing with them. She has a right to be angry because all this wasn’t supposed to happen and it only did because Eobard Thawne wanted revenge on Barry and killed Barry’s parents which weren’t supposed to be but can’t be fixed. If they just turn it into the obvious “Barry screwed me” it will go past a lot of the audience just for the fact that most people will just get defensive for Barry because this isn’t Cisco. Iris isn’t as popular to the viewership as Cisco who can be angry at Barry and get away with it a lot more.Also with Iris being a journalist, she should be smarter than to go with the most obvious target and the man she loves.
- Bargaining: The What-If will go through her mind and it would be powerful if they dedicated an entire episode to Iris imagining some what if scenarios of a future in which she doesn’t die and in which she dies while also trying to feverishly work against her fate.
- Depression: Quite self-explanatory, with her death coming closer she will slowly slip into depression and will need Barry to pull her out.
- Acceptance: Whatever the plan against Savitar will turn out to be, Iris should be at a point where she accepts the fate in a heroic fashion, maybe have her prepare for her death and go towards the death the way we would expect someone from team Flash to do it. She doesn’t have to die but showing she was prepared to die with a smile to stop Savitar or achieve something bigger could be a great development.
So this was my review of The Flash Season 3 Episode 10 and my expectation, thoughts, and hopes for the rest of the Season. Do you agree or disagree?
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