In case you blinked and missed it, a full trailer for The Flash Season 3 dropped at Comic-Con! At over two minutes, there’s a lot to chew on in this preview, so let’s dive right in, shall we?
To start off, we see the immediate ramifications of Barry Allen’s big decision last season. In case you forgot, Barry traveled through time to beat the living snot out of his arch nemesis, Reverse Flash, thwarting the murder of Nora Allen. In the process, however, much like in the comics’ “Flashpoint” event, Barry changed much more than he planned for…
There’s plenty of good change in this new timeline, to be sure. We see a nice moment with Henry and Nora, Barry’s still-alive parents. They walk out of their house with smiles on their faces, greeting their son with their own classic affectionate catchphrases; for Henry, it’s “Hey slugger!” and for Nora, it’s “There’s my beautiful boy!”
We then zip right over to Barry meeting the new timeline’s Iris West, and knocking it out of the park romantically. Pardon the pun, but it seems like things are going to zoom really quickly through the initial relationship phases for them, now that they are free from the shackles of being adopted siblings.
The problem with all of this is that it seems a bit too perfect. In my opinion, so much of what makes Barry the Flash is his many life tragedies, so in a way I’m rooting for him to lose the people he loves again so he can be the hero we all want him to be! It’s a tough catch-22 those crafty showrunners over at the CW have cooked up.
Now I’ll rapid fire through some negative ramifications of the Flashpoint timeline:
- Joe doesn’t know Barry and seems to dislike him.
- Cisco is the richest man in America and an egotistical prick.
- A baddie called Dr. Alchemy is in town, ready to wreak havoc.
- Another speedster?!
A standout moment was Reverse Flash, locked away in a cage and taunting Barry for his universe-altering journey through time. Old Eobard Thawne even gets to name the event, saying, “What should we call this brave new world that you’ve whipped up for us? I was thinking, ‘Flashpoint.’”
Overall, I have no doubts that this Flashpoint will be temporary. There’s no way that the CW would abandon two rather strong seasons of character development only to throw it out the window. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t enjoy the ride!
And who doesn’t love Keiynan Lonsdale suited up and gone full-speedster as Kid Flash?
Jordan is a freelance film/TV writer and critic. He is also the creator and co-host of an original, all-Star Wars podcast, “Tosche Station”. Check it out on iTunes!