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In less than three weeks, Barry Allen (Gustin) and Team Flash return for another amazing season of The CW’s hit superhero series, The Flash. Here are a few things that we want to see in the show’s sophomore season.
- Barry Allen saves the day! Again!
The Flash saves Central City and the entire population from that pesky, possibly world-ending singularity that we saw at the end of last season. How he does it, is the question that remains. Will he get an assist from Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) or our favorite rogue, Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller)? We saw both characters briefly while the world was literally coming apart around them. Will Barry save them all and somehow end up running so fast that he ends up going back in time again? So many questions.
2. Barry and his three dads
Besides the action, humor, and cinematic level visual effects, one of the things that make The Flash such a solid show has been the character and relationship building. Yes, there are the romantic relationships and friendships, but at times it seems that Barry’s relationships with his father figures (Henry, Joe, and Eobard/Harrison) are most important to who he is as a character and his evolution into the Flash.
I know what you’re thinking … Eobard?? Yes, he was the big bad of season one and tried to kill Barry numerous times and he actually succeeded in killing Cisco in another timeline. He traveled back in time to destroy his future nemesis (Barry/The Flash) and got stuck in the past. On one hand, he hates who Barry will become, but despite his worse intentions, he starts to actually care about Barry as a person. Yes, he has his ulterior motives for mentoring Barry and helping him learn the extent of his abilities as a speedster. On the other hand, though, he becomes Barry’s mentor. Honestly, even after he murdered Cisco, I could not bring myself to hate this character. He is definitely the bad guy, but there’s an interesting personality here and he genuinely cares about Barry (ulterior motives aside). He takes great pride in Barry’s triumphs. Eddie’s death erases the baddie’s existence, but I’m hoping that somehow, some way Tom Cavanagh returns for this new season. Whether he comes back as Eobard, Harrison, or another persona I don’t care. He just needs to come back.
Barry’s relationship with Henry is all love and sorrow. Henry wants only what’s best for his son even if that means Henry spending the rest of his days in jail for a crime that he didn’t commit. Joe isn’t afraid to call Barry on his crap, and has been the dad Barry needed since Henry went to jail. Joe’s also the captain of the ship called “WestAllen.” He, like Henry, wants the best for Barry. No ulterior motives or reservations. Here’s hoping for more from these three relationships in season two. Which of the three represent your favorite father-son bond for Barry?
3. Team Flash/Team Arrow crossovers
As Cisco would say. I need Team Flash and Team Arrow to cross the streams as frequently as possible. Whether that means Felicity stopping in to brainstorm with Caitlin, or Cisco heading back to Starling City and “fanboying” all over Laurel/Black Canary, or The Flash and Arrow teaming up to take down a Metahuman or going into “Fight Club” mode. Maybe Iris’ job as a crime reporter takes her to Starling city for an episode. Or Joe and Quentin could head out on a double date and commiserate over the trials of fatherhood in a Metahuman world. Whatever it is, I want to see it. Don’t get me started on the shows’ upcoming spinoff.
4. Those WestAllen moments
Iris just lost Eddie and I can appreciate that. Maybe now isn’t the time for romantic WestAllen. We’ve got a lot of show left though, so I’ll be happy with more groundwork being laid into bringing Iris further into Team Flash. She proved herself to be a valuable team player not long after FINALLY learning Barry’s secret. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who’s so over the “damsel in distress/in the dark” trope. Seeing more of Barry and Iris’ friendship and slow burn romance is an absolute must. Eobard’s newspaper from the future proved that Iris eventually becomes Iris West-Allen. With all the time-wimey doings and game-changing deaths, is that future still assured? If only Barry could speed his way to the future and let us know for sure. What do you guys think?
Cisco’s never-ending love and knowledge of all things pop culture. Also, his keen ability to come up with just the right nickname for every Metahuman that he meets. See the video below for some of the best one-liners and nicknames he came up with in season one. Can’t wait to meet the new metahumans he christens in season two. What are your favorite one-liners from S.T.A.R. labs’ resident pop culture guru?
The Flash returns to The CW Tuesday, October 26th.