When Season 2 concluded, The Flash finally defeated the menace, Zoom, that was terrorizing Star City as well as his life. During an epic battle with Zoom in the Season 2 season finale The Race of His Life, Barry thought he had everything under control until Zoom once again turned the tables.
After Zoom takes Barry’s father from him, Barry finds that his double life might be taking more of him than he can handle. To finally put an end to his string of horrible losses, Barry takes things into his own hands and corrects the wrongs in his life. Barry decides that all his sadness is traced back to the fateful night that Reverse Flash killed his mother. With that in mind Barry heads back in time to save his mother once and for all, maybe giving him a chance at happiness.
Episode one of season three is titled “Flashpoint”, so fans of the Flash that might have read the story arch Flashpoint in the comics might have an idea of what is in store for our favorite speedster. As to be expected you can’t go back in time and change one thing without there being a ripple effect to the rest of the timeline.
After saving his mother’s life in the past Barry finds that the Star City he returns to with Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, is a whole new city. Barry first puts Thawne in a cell that dampens his speed so he cannot escape and try and destroy his family again. As Barry starts exploring this new world where his parents are alive and well, he finds that some other huge parts of his life have changed greatly. Cisco is no longer an employee of Star Labs, instead, he owns it and renamed it Ramon Industries as a billionaire tech mogul. He has a confident attitude and might have an ego that sucks the air out of the room. Caitlin is now a pediatric ophthalmologist and has no ties to Cisco or Barry in any way. She is a soft spoken and quirky version of her former self. His previous foster father, Joe West, is no longer the upstanding detective of Star City. Instead, we learn that Joe is distant from his kids and struggles to keep his job at the police department. Iris is still a reporter for the city during the day, but off the clock, she helps her brother, Wally, fight crime as the new Flash of Star City.
Barry enjoys the fact that he no longer has to run head first into trouble to protect the city. He is now more focused on his family and finally taking a chance on love and pursues Iris West. All seems to be going well for once in Barry’s life but we all know it can’t be that easy. As Barry continues to use his speed he starts to lose his memories he has with friends from the now alternative timeline. Unsure of what is going on, Barry turns to his enemy, Thawne, for answers.
Season 3 Ep 1: Flashpoint is a great start to a new season for the Flash. During the struggles of the last season, it was good to see a new forceful Barry Allen. Grant Gustin has captured the personality of Barry Allen perfectly in my opinion. During Flashpoint we see Gustin portray the internal struggle of someone who knows more that they are letting on but also wants to fit in with the rest of the world. Candice Patton who plays Iris West has a more forceful attitude and confidence that was very entertaining to watch throughout the episode. I would love to see more of that Iris West in the upcoming episodes of the season. By far my favorite part of this episode was the new Cisco Ramon, played by Carlos Valdes. He took everything we loved about Cisco and did the complete opposite which was very entertaining to watch. The cast of the Flash has been able to pull people in and never lets them go. Each episode has a great rhythm and balance that makes them enjoyable to watch. At the end of every episode, they leave you with just enough to make you keep guessing what’s next.
Season 3 is off with a bang! The performances across the board blew me away and kept me entertained from beginning to end. This first episode has set the stage for a truly entertaining season and people will be missing out if they don’t join the Flash train for this season! I hope this is not the last we see of the Flashpoint universe and will bring in more crossover with the different shows like Arrow, Gotham, and DC Legends of Tomorrow.