The Flash returns, as Barry Allen comes to terms with the alternate timeline his actions have created.
Directed by Jesse Warn
Written by Brooke Roberts, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West / Kid Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
John Wesley Shipp as Dr. Henry Allen
Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen
Matt Letscher as Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash
Todd Lasance as The Rival
Alex Désert as Captain Julio Mendez
Tobin Bell as the voice of Doctor Alchemy
Barry happily exists in a new timeline where his parents remain alive, Wally West is the Flash, Cisco Ramon is wealthy, and Eobard Thawne has been restrained.
However, Iris remains a relative stranger to Barry, who just wants her to know who he is. Far worse, another evil speedster plagues the city, Joe’s life has fallen apart, and Thawne warns of dire consequences if the new timeline remains intact.
Whatever my issues with the basic premise of this episode, Thawne actually seems quite menacing, and they’ve opened up a number of possibilities for changing the series reality without throwing aside everything we’ve watched in the previous two years.
Here’s hoping Kid Flash becomes a part of the Team.
It isn’t easy coming to terms with the plot-logic of time-travel. Was the new timeline really so bad? Cisco may be a dick, but he finally has the wealth he should, by rights, have earned in the original timeline. Barry’s parents are alive. Wally got to be a hero, even if he died in the process. And the world doesn’t appear to have waves of evil metahumans. Does any given timeline have to happen, other than in service of the series? It’s not like the comic book Flashpoint, where the death of Barry’s mother prevents a war that saves millions (billions?) of lives.
On a more positive, if ominous note, things haven’t worked out quite yet for Barry Allen….
Originality: 2/6 The show borrows from the comic’s long history of time-travel shenanigans, and pits the Flash (once more) against villainous speedsters.
It’s also that episode where an SF/Fantasy hero has to set the timeline right, at great personal cost.
Acting: 4/6 The acting is uneven, though Carlos Valdes shines as Rich Jerk Ramon.
Emotional Response: 4/6 Time Travel’s effect on death holds here: we cannot feel too much for anything likely to be undone. Even Barry’s decision to let Thawne go back in time feels weaker than it should. Perhaps we should have seen more of him with Nora beforehand?
Production: 5/6 Vancouver’s Central City looks solid as ever.
Overall: 5/6 While I don’t plan to watch every CWDCU show or episode, I am looking forward to the inevitable four-series crossover.
In total, “Flashpoint” receives 29/42
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