TV Show Review: The Flash, Season 3

Details: Airs on the CW. Twenty-three episodes this season where each episode is about an hour long, including commercials. Stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker.

I love science fiction. Especially trippy, Doctor Who-esque science fiction and this is what makes The Flash so good. As the series has progressed, each season has gone further and further down the sci-fi rabbit hole. Accordingly, this season is the best season yet.

Last season, Barry went back in time and prevented his mother’s murder and saved her, changing the timeline and everything that we’ve known up until now. Now Barry has to deal with the consequences of his actions and of the creation of the alternate timeline, named “Flashpoint.”

There’s a lot of time travel stuff going on this season, leading to the primary conflict with this season’s big bad, Savitar. Savitar is the self-proclaimed god of speed and someone Barry apparently defeated in the future. We eventually learn more about Savitar, including who he is, and the implications for Barry. It’s all fun, time travel oriented stuff. However, the narrative problems with past episodes is here. The solution to most problems is for Barry to run faster. Yet despite his super speed, Barry is often too slow to dodge attacks… even thought he’s fast enough to catch bullets.

There was also that musical episode this season where they took actors from Supergirl and The Flash with musical ability and made the sing and dance. That was a great, fourth wall breaking experience. Hope to see more of that in the future.

The action and special effects, while not as good as in a big budget movie, were great for a television show. It’s obvious at times that the plot is limited to what they can achieve with the special effects.

Overall, it’s a good season with a lot of twists and good use of special effects. The Flash is a fun show that I definitely recommend. Just don’t expect anything too science fiction-y. It is the CW after all and they’ve built a reputation for teen dramas.

Score: 7/10


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