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The Flash Season 3 Premiere Advance Review: “Flashpoint”

Advance review of the Flash Season 3 premiere, titled “Flashpoint”

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There are only a few days left until the Season 3 premiere of The Flash, titled “Flashpoint,” and those familiar with DC Comics history as well as the Flash Season 2 finale know what that title entails: Barry Allen has gone back in time and prevented the Reverse-Flash from killing his mom, creating a new reality in the process.

S020X-O04-FLA-110-13Much of that “new reality” has been revealed in trailers: Wally West is Kid Flash, though he hates that name, and he has a possibly surprising partner in crimefighting. The Rival (Todd Lasance), a speedster dressed in black, is determined to make it so that no others can outmatch his speed. The other world’s Cisco is a billionaire. And Barry Allen’s beloved parents, Nora and Henry, are both still alive, happy, and wanting him to move out of the house already.

FLA301b_0057bBarry Allen has almost everything he wants in this new world… except for one thing: Iris, who doesn’t really know him well in this altered reality, yet seems drawn to him in the same way he is to her. This season premiere might be one of the best uses of Candice Patton’s Iris in the series, giving her ample and deserved screen time as an important part of Barry Allen’s life (or lives). In a world of unreality, Iris seems to offer Barry a dose of reality, and I like that The Flash recognizes that Iris (and Candice) are an integral part of this story.

FLA301b_0144bMatt Letscher’s Reverse-Flash is around and tormenting Barry with the changes he has wreaked. Much has been written about the notion that even though he always has the noblest of intentions, Barry has in some ways been the villain of this story, and Eobard is more than happy to tell him that. Letscher is menacing as Eobard Thawne, and I’m still impressed by how much he reminds me of Tom Cavanagh’s take on the character in Season One. (Harrison Wells of any universe sadly seems to be absent in the premiere. Boo! Hiss!) The best villains, to me, are the ones who think they are doing the right thing; Eobard Thawne, in his own twisted way, seems to be that, and Letscher is one of the MVP’s of this first hour.

FlashpointWhat else is there to say? Joe West in the Flashpoint world is a shell of the Joe we know; also, there is a surprise guest appearance that I don’t think has been spoiled yet. I hope it is not spoiled because it had me grinning from ear to ear. And, yes, Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally is Kid Flash and the costume looks really cool – though his frequent blurring is a little distracting. If the mask doesn’t hide his face enough, then maybe he needs a better mask.

Having lost a parent myself at age 19, I would give anything to be able to change history to see my dad again. But, as Barry Allen may learn, you need to be careful what you wish for. In addition to being a good episode of a superhero drama series, “Flashpoint” also has a lot of heart that is also present in every episode of the show. A lot of that is due to Mr. Grant Gustin himself, who plays Barry with a vulnerability and heart that really does make him perfect for this take on the role. I will warn, though: This episode made me, a man in his thirties, teary-eyed, as The Flash sometimes does, so prepare the tissues.

FlashpointIs the finale perfect? It’s pretty darn good. There are mechanics of time travel in the Arrowverse that I will never totally understand; for example, I don’t understand how Barry Allen still has his speed powers if what happened to his mother never occurred, unless the same accident happened in the Flashpoint universe. (I’m thinking not, since the STAR Labs building, now owned by Ramon Industries, looks pristine) But if we can turn our brains off and not think about it too much, again, it’s a really good hour of TV. I’m curious what will happen next, but then again, it’s not like I wouldn’t be watching The Flash — one of my favorite shows on TV — anyway. Still, there’s a reason this is The CW’s #1 show — it’s really well done, with good actors, great effects, writing, directing… it’s a fine package.

The Flash “Flashpoint” airs October 4 on The CW. See some preview images below, and check out our interview with the show’s Executive Producers here!

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The Flash -- "Flashpoint" -- Image: FLA301a_0006b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen and Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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  1. Chase

    September 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I’m assuming the time travel rules are the same as those explained in Legends of Tomorrow. For some reason, changes to the timeline don’t become permanent immediately. The more drastic the changes, the longer they take to “set.”

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Jon Cor Is Chillblaine In The Flash Season 7

Jon Cor has landed the role of the villain Chillblaine in The Flash Season 7.

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Today brings news from TV Line that Jon Cor (Shadowhunters) has been cast in the recurring role of Chillblaine in The Flash Season 7. A character who first appeared in Flash Annual #5 way back in 1992, Chillblaine at one point had possession of Captain Cold’s chill gun as given to him by the Golden Glider. Here’s how the TV show take on the character will play out, with a description also from TV Line:

Scientist Mark Stevens is a charismatic bad boy obsessed with cryogenic technology. But when he’s not breaking into corporate safes, he’s busy breaking hearts with his irresistible charm and roguish style. Armed with his own cold weapons, he’ll become a new thorn in the side of Team Flash as the DC Comics villain Chillblaine.

TV Line notes that there is currently no word of Peyton List reprising her role as Golden Glider. (Maybe Crisis on Infinite Earths can cause a recast to the other Peyton List? We’re kidding.)

The Flash Season 7 is currently scheduled to premiere February 23 on The CW.

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Flash Season 7: First Five Episode Titles Revealed

Titles for the first five episodes of The Flash Season 7 have been revealed.

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The titles for the first five episodes of The Flash Season 7 have made their way on to the Internet, and while they’re always subject to change prior to an official press release from The CW, these titles could be hints as to what is coming in our future.

The seventh season of The Flash is currently scheduled to premiere February 23, 2021 on The CW; most of the first episode of the season, “All’s Well That Ends Wells,” was shot prior to this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. It has been speculated by some like Pagey that the third episode back, “Mother,” is the conclusion of the Mirror Master storyline.

Here’s the current schedule, as always subject to change:

Episode #7.1: “All’s Well That Ends Wells” (2/23/21)
Episode #7.2: “The Speed of Thought” (3/2/21)
Episode #7.3: “Mother” (3/9/21)
Episode #7.4: “Central City Strong” (3/16/21)
Episode #7.5: “Fear Me” (3/23/21)

Follow @FlashTVNews on Twitter for more Flash Season 7 updates and if you’re in the mood for more episode titles, take a look at what may be coming for the show’s Tuesday night companion, Superman & Lois!

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Report: The Flash Temporarily Pauses Production

Deadline is reporting that The Flash has temporarily paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test.

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Deadline is reporting that The Flash production in Vancouver has temporarily paused after someone working on the series has tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s what they had to say about what has happened:

“The asymptomatic diagnosis was confirmed through the rigorous testing protocols implemented by The Flash studio Warner Bros. TV for all of its production employees. Out of an abundance of caution, production on The Flash has been temporarily suspended and contact tracing has been initiated. According to sources, the studio is currently evaluating adjustments to the production schedule in order to resume filming without the affected employee and potential close contacts, who are self-isolating.”

The Deadline piece also noted that The Flash isn’t the only show to shut down production for this reason. Each series that has returned to production has implemented strong safety protocols which involve their casts and crews frequently testing. It is our hope that this team member remains asymptomatic and that everyone stays safe and healthy on The Flash and every other production that has resumed.

The Flash Season 7 is scheduled to premiere February 23 on The CW.

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