This article contains spoilers for episode 1 of season 3 of The Flash.
The season 3 premiere of The Flash aired tonight, having been heavily anticipated by fans ever since the season 2 finale had teased the beginning of Flashpoint. The episode was appropriately titled as such, but unfortunately it doesn’t appear that this event will have a season-long run. It is a bit of a bummer that we won’t see more of this new universe develop, but some things that took place help to set up the rest of the season.
It was fantastic to see the Rival (who then unmasked himself as Edward Clariss) take on both Wally and Barry together. Having Joe shoot him down once Barry had his back turned also probably threw off many fans. While we took into consideration that any villains could’ve belonged to Kid Flash’s rogues, we didn’t factor in that Flashpoint would be over in one episode. But even though we didn’t get a more developed speedster villain before he was killed, we did hear Dr. Alchemy call to a now-alive Edward Clariss in bed at the end of the episode. Whether or not he is still a speedster remains to be seen, but perhaps Alchemy is recruiting him.
In the Flashpoint universe, Iris was the only person who believed Barry’s story about altering the timeline. She felt the connection to him right away and even helped him say goodbye to his parents before he got Reverse Flash to help him change the universe back to normal…by killing his mother over again. Unfortunately, Iris is not with Joe and Wally when Barry returns “home”. Andrew Kreisburg recently stated that Flashpoint would be resolved but would have some lasting effects on the seemingly normal timeline, so this is obviously an example. In the promo for next week’s episode we see Barry has tracked her down but we don’t know whether or not she will come back home to her father and brother, which would add an interesting subplot to the season.
While we didn’t see Dr. Alchemy, we know he will be a recurring villain so it’s only a matter of time before Flash meets him. Assuming he is as much (if not more) of a threat than the past two seasons’ villains, Barry’s going to need help in order to take him down. So perhaps we could see the return of Kid Flash, after what happened to him in his universe. We also know that Jay Garrick will showing up in some capacity, so it would be awesome to see the three of them fight alongside each other.
This may not have been the Flashpoint we were expecting, it still seems like this season could be just as interesting and shocking.
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