For a show in it’s third season, The Flash feels like a show which has managed to get through a hundred different storylines, guess it’s all that speed. But Barry Allen’s main heart break is still the loss of his parents and at the end of season two he finally gets to reverse time and get his family back. Inspired by the flashpoint comic of 2011, The Flash’s first episode has Barry Allen getting everything he wants…technically.
He lives with his two loving parents, has asked Iris out on a date and doesn’t have to worry about being a hero because there is a Kid Flash running around the place. Even if he’s the only one that remembers his old life he still covers for Joe and still has a curiosity and a need to save when Kid Flash comes up against The Rival. Grant Gustin’s earnest portrayal of a boy who just wants his family makes you root for Barry Allen even when you can tell he’s fucking shit up pretty badly.
But the simpleness of Barry’s new life slowly starts to unravel as he slowly forgets his life before, memories of the person he once was slowly drip away as he’s on a date with Iris. Flash 2 points out what Barry doesn’t want to admit to himself, that very soon he’ll forget everything else about his own life.
Back in the middle of flashpoint Barry still finds himself saving people and tries to save Kid Flash only to discover he’s Wally West and Iris is heading up team flash. Cisco is the richest man in America and Snow is an eye doctor for kids, Allen makes them come together to take on The Rival and quickly reveals his super powers.
The chemistry between our main cast is great and it’s lovely to see them vibe so well even when they don’t know each other. Even when the story isn’t the strongest it’s what makes The Flash works, Wally especially slots into the main cast perfectly.
So it hurts so much when in a showdown with The Rival, he ends up killing Wally and Barry makes the heartbreaking decision to let Flash 2 kill his mother and thus break the one thing he’s wanted pretty much all of his life. It seems like a pretty quick fix for what could have potentially been an interesting look at the alternate universe across all of CW DC universe. But the emotional impact it has on Barry feels like it’s been earned over the past two seasons and the cliffhanger allows for further exploration of Barry’s current relationships/