DC Comics is the oldest comic book company with many iconic superheroes, including the fastest man alive, The Flash. So, what’s going on with our beloved Barry Allen?
DC Comics’ The Flash
So, DC Comics‘ The Flash is out of speed and here’s why…but first, the official series’ summary.
“Barry Allen, a forensic scientist with the Central City police force, is struck by lightning in a freak accident. When he wakes up after nine months, he discovers that he can achieve great speeds.” — GOOGLE
“Sometimes great possibilities are right in front of us but we don’t see them because we choose not to.” — Barry Allen
When Lightning Strikes
I must admit I joined the fun five years later, but that only had me binge-watch the show. I started in season one with average expectations, as I’m quite critical of anything on the screen.
I am not one of those who don’t accept changes in storylines to adapt it to the big or small screen. I kept an open mind and waited to see what would happen to each character.
A few things had characters going downhill.
A Power Couple, NOT
Let’s make one thing straight; the actress playing Iris West is an excellent performer. However, the role she must play has me despise her. She went from playing a detective’s girlfriend, then fiancée, to show jealousy when Barry has a love interest, to become his girlfriend, then wife.
The entire love story between Barry and Iris is one of the most annoying love story ever written. I couldn’t think of another couple that annoyed me most, and I despised Clark Kent and Lana Lang from Smallville.
It took me no time to get over Iris and wish the character would die. The problem was that when the prediction said she would, Flash went to a super “emo” phase on steroids.
DC Comics’ The Flash is out of speed and an annoying love interest is not helping.
Anything revolving around Iris either makes her condescending, making a false statement like “we are the Flash,” or she comes out as a dictator.
STAR Labs Recycles A LOT
Let’s face it, after six seasons, there’s not much more juice in that speed force. Each season revolves around one big villain and, of course, something involving Iris. Instead of one story adapting with each year and owning a pace that adds interactions with past characters, it’s a new villain and new account.
As a result, The Flash becomes a show that is predictable and unstable. The evolution of the characters is next to unrealistic. As seasons go by, character recycling seems to be in the future of the show.
As a side note, I’m starting to think Barry Allen is bipolar. He goes from extra positive to not wanting anyone to help. His constant heavy guilt when something goes wrong is quite reflective of someone victim of mental illness, but addressing it in the show seems to be too taboo.
So, I guess, that leaves The Flash with the overused repetitiveness of “it’s not your fault, Barry.”
DC Comics’ The Flash is out of speed and maybe needs a drastic change.
Crossovers And Over
The Flash is a spin-off from Arrow, and so crossovers are a common theme. It’s a positive aspect to believe it or not due to the relationship between Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. Two opposites yet a solid and good friendship emerged from it.
What I deplore is while Arrow seems to be a solid show with a more believable speculative science background, Flash loses it over the years. What started with an excellent speculative physic theory only grows out of control until it metamorphoses into a joke.
No amount of speed can destroy a black hole for once, and bringing others into this “speed time force” would age those in a nano-second for a second example. Those are only two subjects among so many I lost count.
For those of us who have a minimum of grasp in physics or speculative sciences can quickly lose interest. It’s showing the viewers that the writers either lost interest or wish to end the show.
Supervillains We Miss
Not all is terrible, rest assured! Characters such as Dr. Wells, Cisco, Dr. Snow, and Detective/Captain Joe West come to save the day. Those characters are crucial to the survival of the series. They are not only comedic relief but also the most relatable characters.
Some villains should be part of the show more, but due to the “one big villain per season,” rule, they seem to follow it doesn’t happen. Supervillains such as Captain Cold, who is more of an anti-hero, is a fan favorite but comes in less and less over the years.
The Trickster from back in the day to his son, not as a present but could be comedic relief or show more evil, nothing.
There are many missed opportunities. Why does the Arkham Asylum video game franchise or the Batmanverse in cartoon are so successful? Beloved villains are used more often and come back.
Flash has more than just Reverse-Flash or Zoom. But the show seems to think otherwise. It always has to be an “end of the world” situation, which brings back the Emo Barry Allen and Condescending Iris.
Speaking of which, she’s a reporter a bit like Lois Lane, but somehow becomes a tech genius, problem solver, and physicist. Go figure!
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: screwing up the timeline. So, it’s not enough that Flash messed up the timeline once.
He does it over and over again. In the comic books, Crisis on Infinite Earths happens before Flashpoint Paradox because it was the road leading to it. The show did it in reverse, which was an interesting choice, to say the least.
Flashpoint has nothing to do with the comic book, so don’t build up hope for it. The regular timeline mess up led me to often say, “That guy just doesn’t learn!”
Also, when playing with time travel, you open the door to the possibility of billions of mistakes. Anything that has to do with time and space is quite hard to correctly write. Star Trek does it but with ingenuity and carefully. Flash, not so much.
It’s easy to forget that one person should not be in the room or that your enemy might notice the change. Many questions arise from his many time travels. It also becomes his “go-to” move then “never again” move. Again, is he bipolar?
The Speed Force seems to be an entity that is alive, which I can understand. I’m one of those who believe space and time are alive but consciousness? That’s a line I must draw.
We are at this culminant point in The Flash series, where I’m wondering if famous characters should bid their farewell.
Iris is a nuisance and liability, but of course, she must stay. I don’t think the show would depart from her. The show started with so much potential, but Iris’ presence makes Barry unstable and unreliable as a solid superhero.
My thoughts are that the series is half and half. You can’t know if the next episode is good or bad. The team grows in number, but are they all necessary?
So, DC Comics’ The Flash is out of speed but I give it a 5.5/10. It’s not a 4.5 for that one scene where Justice League Flash meets Flash. That was quite precious and hilarious.