Flashpoint Kicks off Season 3 of The Flash
CW LAUNCHED SEASON 3 OF THE FLASH WITH A BANG AS VIEWERS WERE TREATED TO A “FLASHPOINT” STORYLINE, BARRY REUNITED WITH HIS PARENTS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF KID FLASH AND THE RETURN OF HIS NEMESIS THE REVERSE FLASH.
The season premiere took up where season 2 left off with Barry making a monumental decision to go back in time and save his mother once and for all. Having defeated the Reverse Flash and locked him up somewhere in an abandoned warehouse, Barry Allen is now living his dream of a happy home life with the parents he never grew up with. Hmmm, Barry Allen happy? Well, CW at least gave Barry some happiness before pulling the rug from under him later on as the consequences of his time travelling antics soon catch up with him. In this new timeline, Barry is just Barry, albeit he still has the Flash super-powers.
But there is a Flash. Enter Wally West in his Kid Flash costume. But he’s not the only Speedster in town as The Rival enters the CW universe.
The Rival first appeared in Flash Comics way back in 1949 and in the comics he was Dr Edward Clariss who recreated the powers of Jay Garick, calling it Velocity 9. But after a clash between The Rival and Kid Flash ends in tragedy, Barry realises that this perfect world he has created is anything but. Vowing to right yet another wrong, Barry is visited by The Flash of Earth 3, Jay Garrick. Garrick warns Barry of the consequences of time travel, that everytime he goes back in time to fix things something else will break. And so Barry must go back to Eobard Thawn and make good on the promise that his nemesis made to him at the beginning of the episode. “You will beg me to kill your mother Flash!” screamed the Reverse Flash. And so, realising the consequences of altering the timeline, Barry must go back in time again to that fateful night his mother was muredered. This time to stand and watch the Reverse Flash kill his mother once again, thereby restoring the timeline. Or so we thought. Barry comes back to find not everything is he left it. Joe and Iris don’t talk, Cisco’s brother Ramone was killed by a drink driver and a new member has joined Central City’s CSi unit. And he doesn’t like Barry. And so, Flashpoint ended in just one episode. But the ramifications of Barry’s tinkering with the timeline will reverberate throughout season 3. And so will The Rival and Dr Alchemy…