Season 3, Episode 1, “Flashpoint”, Aired Oct. 4, 2016
“Flashpoint” had everything the show needed to kick off the new season in an epic way. You know the whole team nailed it when your emotions are all over the place. I seriously can’t decide what I loved most about this episode. There was so much awesome in it! I’m going to try to narrow it down to my 7 favorite moments.
1. The Flashbacks
In this case, they weren’t exactly flashbacks. They were Barry’s memories flashing before him one more time before vanishing from his mind for good. Regardless, I enjoyed the little jaunts down Memory Lane. Most of them were fun to see again.
2. Barry asking Iris out
We’ve seen Barry stumble over his words around women before. Remember, he has “stuff to science the stuff out of”. The best part of that exchange for me was how absolutely adorable Iris was. This version of Iris was fun and light, unencumbered by the darkness of the former timeline. No wondering Barry was a blubbering idiot around her.
3. Seeing Barry with his parents
Barry got to live the enchanted life for awhile. And while it was only a few months for him, it was long enough for his parents to entertain the idea of Barry getting his own place. Of course, they were just thinking of his privacy.
As short-lived as the experience was, Barry still got to feel the all-encompassing love his parents had for him. Even though he had to sacrifice his perceived happiness for the greater good, he will be able to hold onto that affirmation forever.
4. Cisco, Cisco, Cisco
Cisco Ramone went from super brainy lab geek to brilliant billionaire. The great thing about Flashpoint Cisco is that he held on to a degree of his quirkiness.
I loved when he referred to Barry as Stringbean, and I also loved when he softened up to Barry at the recollection of a story about his brother Dante. Barry used the story to remind Cisco that he’s really a good guy who cares about helping people. As a last ditch effort to get everyone to work together, Barry rounded up the old team. Well, actually he just kidnapped Caitlin and dragged her to the former Star Labs. He, of course, did this in a matter of seconds and then proceeded to try to explain to everyone who he was and from where he came.
Obviously, Cisco doesn’t like the idea of not being able to take a helicopter to work. His freakishly rich lifestyle must, however, allow him to indulge his movie habit. He wouldn’t be Cisco without referencing at least one movie or television show in an episode. This episode? Twister – “the movie, not the game”.
5. The visual effects
This show has always rocked in the special effects department, and “Flashpoint” was no exception. Here are a couple examples of this episode’s awesomeness:
6. The Reverse Flash
I know it’s wrong, and in the other timeline, I totally hated Reverse Flash, but I thoroughly enjoyed this guy in this episode. Props to Matt Letsher!
Ol’ Eobard got a big kick out of the fact that the more Barry used his speed in the new timeline, the faster his memories of the former timeline dissipated. Way to get joy from another’s sorrow.
Eobard got a little too much joy out of knowing what Barry would ultimately have to do in order to save the life and the relationships he cherishes.
And when his prediction came to fruition, Thawne rubbed salt in the wounds by forcing Barry to actually say the words.
It was an epic exchange between the two speedsters, and a brilliant performance by both actors.
7. The ending
Wow! The ending. Barry believed naively that if he reset the former timeline and allowed his mother to be murdered that everything in the old timeline would go back to exactly the way it was. And of course, Thawne let him believe that. So, when he walked into Joe’s house, he expected to see the whole family only to find that Iris and Joe are at odds.
What I loved most about that ending is the potential it offers for the rest of the season. If Iris isn’t still Joe’s little girl, then what else has changed? The irony is that Barry thought his mother’s death would fix everything, so he let Reverse Flash kill her again. Now she’s dead again, but Barry’s timeline is still screwed up. The poor guy just can’t win. Now he has to find Iris … again, and rebuild that relationship … again.
I can’t wait to see what other changes await us. And I can’t wait to learn more about Alchemy!
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