I recently re-watched an episode of ‘The Flash’, Season 3 (‘Cause and Effect’) and it reminded me of just how much – and why – I love the show as a whole. Sure the series has its shaky moments, but overall it’s an amazing show and it’s got my heart. Here are just a few reasons why I love ‘The Flash’.
// Barry Allen //
Like the show that’s named for him, Barry can sometimes be a little problematic. He also got increasingly mopey and depressed as the show continued (though who can blame him?). But when everything’s said and done, Barry Allen is still an amazing superhero. One of the best, actually. His sweet soul, kindness, selflessness, and even his insecurities all combine to make a great, relatable, somewhat flawed hero that you have no trouble rooting for.
I’ll just leave you with an example: in ‘Cause and Effect’, Barry confronts Savitar (after finding out who the supervillain really is). “What if I kill myself?” he asks, his hand already starting to vibrate (a la Reverse-Flash). “If I die, you’ll never be created.” And while Savitar convinces Barry that killing himself wouldn’t do much in the end, the fact that Barry was so ready and willing to sacrifice himself in order to save Iris (and whoever else Savitar might kill)…it speaks volumes.
// So many other characters… //
I don’t love them all (Wally, Iris…) but so many of them are great. First of all, Tom Cavanagh is SPOT ON every single time, in every single incarnation of Wells he takes on. First there was Eobard Thawne who’s kinda creepy while also being a great mentor (how Cavanagh struck the balance is beyond me). Then there was Harry who was quiet and abrasive but ultimately likable (well, I like him – can’t say the same for everyone). I love how he betrayed them but ended up telling them all about it and working with the team. And, best of all, there’s H.R. SUCH A GREAT GUY. He loves coffee even more than I do, which is really saying something. He’s dorky and goofy and I want those drum sticks and he’s a legit hero. Not just in the end but throughout so much of Season 3.
Other characters: Cisco. Someone said that he has perhaps an even purer heart than Barry and I agree with that. He’s a good and true and loyal friend while also being rather funny. Caitlin is #goals. Her struggles with her Killer Frost side and the consistent compassion she displays at every turn are inspiring. Joe is also a good character, though he’s become a little lackluster and reactive (instead of proactive) – at least where I’m at in watching the show.
Also, Julian. Who might be my favorite character, which is weird because he’s only in one season and he doesn’t have a huge role in the show (besides being Doctor Alchemy which he wasn’t even really because Savitar was just using him). But I’ve got a soft spot for jerk characters who have a well-written character arc and end up being super awesome. Julian’s got some great, realistic struggles and I adore his relationship with Caitlin. Plus, there’s that British accent. 😉
(I’m probably the only person in the history of ever who’s a Tom Felton fan without having seen the Harry Potter movies.)
// The Villains //
I love me some good villains and ‘The Flash’, as with all the DC stuff I’ve watched, has some epic ones. I haven’t started Season 4 yet so I can’t say anything about the Thinker, but I’ve found the last three big bads fascinating (to say the least). Eobard Thawne AKA Reverse-Flash has to be the most chilling because of the way he’s fully infiltrated Harrison Wells’ life and legacy. All his interactions with Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco take on such an ominous tone after you find out what he’s up to. And I LOVE that episode in Season 2 when Barry goes back in time to get help from Thawne-as-Wells. Again, Tom Cavanagh does such a good job with making that Wells slimy and menacing without really appearing to be (at least at first).
Zoom was also an interesting villain. I didn’t like Hunter/Jay before I knew he was that season’s villain (totally didn’t ship him with Caitlin, so he irritated me even more when romanticalness happened) but once he was revealed to be Zoom, I found him a lot more interesting and likable. The fact that he’s dying adds a whole other dimension to the character as well. And then there’s Savitar who I find fascinating and even a little heart-breaking, though the whole thing is totally confusing and wouldn’t ever work IRL.
As for minor villains…Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) is the BEST. I don’t have any other favorites, that I can remember. But Snart is almost more of an anti-hero and he’s got depth and a moral code, basically everything I like in a good villain. The only reason I’d watch Legends of Tomorrow would be for him.
Oh, and there’s Killer Frost. But from what I’ve heard she’s mostly good again in Season 4. So…yeah.
// The Relationships…and the Ships //
I don’t ship too many of the fan-favorite ships in ‘The Flash’, but I do love many of the relationships. Cisco and Caitlin and Barry are a team and when they work together, that’s when they shine brightest. And there are soooo many other platonic relationships in the show that make me happy: Joe and Barry, Barry and his dad, Cisco and Dante, Harry and Jesse (to a point), Cisco and all the Wellses, even Leonard and Lisa Snart. The writers on ‘The Flash’ excel at writing those close, family/friend relationships that are so true and so emotional that even just a hug between two characters can make you tear up (Barry and Cisco, Barry and Joe…)
Now for the romantic ships. Y’all know (or should know, anyway) what my OTP for this show is and it’s NOT Barry and Iris. (More about them in a minute.) It is, of course, Snowbert. Caitlin and Julian. Their relationship has a less than auspicious beginning, what with Killer Frost kidnapping Julian from CCPD and their love story never runs super-smoothly (and ends far too quickly – a tragedy!). But they have so many sweet little moments together and they work so well together and support each other and Julian wants soooo hard to help Caitlin control her Killer Frost side. It’s a beautiful thing.
But I also ship Ronnie and Caitlin. Which can get confusing, but they’re also perfect together – just as perfect as Caitlin and Julian. (May I point out that Caitlin is actually Caitlin Raymond right now, not Caitlin Snow? Unless she chose to keep her maiden name when she married Ronnie.) Then there’s H.R. and Tracy, Cisco and Gypsy…and that’s pretty much it. I don’t ship any other couples (certainly not Snowbarry), except maybe a tiny bit Eddie/Iris and Barry/Patty. I definitely don’t ship Barry and Iris. “But how could you not?!” the fans cry. They just don’t suit each other, IMO. Plus, Iris is annoying in the extreme – Barry’s too good for her.
Despite my complaints, however, I still do love many of the relationships – romantic or otherwise – in ‘The Flash’. They’re one of my favorite parts of the show.
(There are some Barry/Iris moments I do like but none of them are actually romantic.)
(I also kinda ship Savitar and Killer Frost.)
// Time travel! //
Ever since I watched ‘Meet the Robinsons’, I’ve loved the concept of time travel. It’s so cool! (‘Back to the Future’ was another film that led to that opinion.) Now, granted (haha!), ‘The Flash’ shows the dangers of time travel, but I still enjoy seeing Barry do it, repercussions and all. My favorite instance of time travel in the show is probably “Out of Time” and “Rogue Time”. Cisco’s death and Barry telling Iris who he is and then it all getting reversed…it was an emotional punch that really worked. I also liked how, in Season 2, everyone in the crossover episode turned to ash before Barry time-travelled again (Avengers: Infinity War, anyone?).
As I mentioned before, there are downsides to time travel in the show. Like the Time Wraiths and Flashpoint (ugh) and Savitar. But overall, I enjoy how ‘The Flash’ handles time travel and I’m interested to see if that’s taken any further in Season 4 and beyond.
So. There you have it. Five reasons why I love and adore ‘The Flash’. Have you seen any episodes of this show? Do you enjoy it, too?