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Old 05-18-2017, 11:28 PM
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The Flash S&S #50

ϟTHE FLASH ϟ


Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along.

Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his STAR Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel.

Barry has always had the heart of a hero and now he has the legs to match, but he quickly learns that being a superhero is not as easy as it seems -- and he can’t do it alone. While Barry struggles to understand his new abilities, the people around him also have to adjust to a new reality. Joe West, Barry’s surrogate father, is coming to grips with the fact that the world of the extraordinary actually does exist. Joe thought he understood what it meant to chase criminals, but now he’s facing opponents who can do more than just rob a bank, they can control the weather. Though he knows this remarkable turn of events is Barry’s destiny, every time Barry faces danger, Joe is terrified for his surrogate son. While Joe worries about Barry, Barry worries about Joe’s daughter Iris, and how his new life as The Flash will change their relationship. Iris and Barry grew up together, and she has always believed in Barry’s conviction that unknown forces were at work the night his mother was killed. Barry has kept his romantic feelings for Iris hidden, and now feels he must protect her by keeping his new identity a secret as well. And Iris has a secret of her own -- she has been dating her father’s partner, Detective Eddie Thawne, who is such a good guy, even Barry finds it hard to hate him. Still, there is tension between Barry and Thawne, who is jealous of Iris’ newfound fascination with The Flash and is determined to unmask him. Barry realizes that keeping the secret of his new identity separates him from Iris, even as her growing obsession with uncovering the truth brings her ever closer to The Flash.

Barry has found another kind of surrogate family in the team at Harrison Wells’ S.T.A.R. Labs. Wells himself is quickly becoming a second father figure to Barry, who learned about morality and justice from Joe, and is now learning about science and technology from Wells. Wells’ ultimate agenda remains somewhat mysterious, but Barry is excited by the grander worldview that has been opened for him, and the friendship he’s building with S.T.A.R. lab team members Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon. For Caitlin, who lost her fiancé in the catastrophic explosion, working with Barry is providing a much- needed sense of purpose and a way to deal with her grief. Caitlin’s excitement at seeing Barry learn to use his new power is balanced by her growing concern for his safety – she and Cisco have both learned that accidents have devastating consequences. Cisco was a close friend of Caitlin’s fiancé and secretly blames himself for the tragedy. A mechanical genius who comes up with amazing gadgets that help Barry control his speed, Cisco is happy to suddenly have a new project –- and a new friend –- in Barry.

While he struggles to combine these two very different groups of people into a crime-fighting unit, Barry is still excited every day by his newfound powers. He is also shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using the new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

The series stars Grant Gustin (“Glee,” “Arrow”) as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton (“The Game”) as Iris West, Rick Cosnett (“The Vampire Diaries”) as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker (“Necessary Roughness,” “Justified”) as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes (“Once” on Broadway ) as Cisco Ramon, with Tom Cavanagh (“Ed,” “Eli Stone”) as Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”) as Detective West. THE FLASH is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Tomorrow People,” “Green Lantern”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone”), David Nutter (“Arrow,” “Game of Thrones”) and Sarah Schechter. The pilot was directed by David Nutter. This series is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.










ϟ CAST

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen

Candice Patton as Iris West

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow

Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon

Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells

Jesse L. Martin as Detective West

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Old 05-19-2017, 09:10 PM
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new theory alert

After Cisco leaves HR, he stares ominously at Savitar's claw (subtle FLASH foreshadowing)
what if he contacts Gypsy and gets her to vibe Savitars location using the claw and she opens a breach for him to make the switch (people were saying he only had 1 device & if he got Gypsy to stash Iris somewhere he wouldn't need more than 1 device to pretend to be her at that point). The countdown throughout 3x22 purposely has gaps in it that they will no doubt explain in the next episode.

spoiler pics indicate Gypsy is at the funeral/with the team when Barry goes to the SF so that is how she can reappear in CC (by helping HR sacrifice himself to save Iris).
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:42 PM
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Interesting theory, it definitely gives the idea of HR sacrificing himself more weight. He couldn't have done it by himself but with Gypsy. Much more believable. Thanks for sharing.
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I have to comment on something from the previous thread.... Olicity was used as an example of going against comic canon and succeeding. I'm curious how that's the case since Arrow's ratings have been a disaster since the Black Canary was killed off. Olicity might be Internet popular but the ratings tanking and constant unsettled comic fans complaining prove Olicity is not universally popular. In fact, Olicity is loathed by many. The ratings reflect how many abandoned the show. Ratings are so bad/quality so bad the series was recently shoved to Thursday nights on a later time slot. The series was never the same the second they went against comic canon and turned it into a soap opera instead of a Superhero show based on comics.

The Flash would NEVER make that dreadful mistake. The Flash has quality/good CW ratings because it will stick with Barry/Iris and other main comic canon elements. Berlanti has learned from Arrow and would never make an awful mistake twice.

Regarding Flash spoilers/speculation... I love the Gypsy theory! My money's on Jesse or Gypsy helping HR.

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I can't speak for others, but olicity is the main reason I will never give Arrow a chance. I have no interest in watching that disaster. The little I have seen on The Flash has been horrible enough.

In terms of the Gypsy theory. It makes sense. Has to be her or Jesse, and we know that Gypsy is in the finale and she wouldn't have so many issues with HR sacrificing himself because she was sent essentially to take him to his death.
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I have to comment on something from the previous thread.... Olicity was used as an example of going against comic canon and succeeding. I'm curious how that's the case since Arrow's ratings have been a disaster since the Black Canary was killed off. Olicity might be Internet popular but the ratings tanking and constant unsettled comic fans complaining prove Olicity is not universally popular. In fact, Olicity is loathed by many. The ratings reflect how many abandoned the show. Ratings are so bad/quality so bad the series was recently shoved to Thursday nights on a later time slot. The series was never the same the second they went against comic canon and turned it into a soap opera instead of a Superhero show based on comics.

The Flash would NEVER make that dreadful mistake. The Flash has quality/good CW ratings because it will stick with Barry/Iris and other main comic canon elements. Berlanti has learned from Arrow and would never make an awful mistake twice.
And now I must reply to this post and clarify a few points. Arrow's ratings, while having gone down, have hardly been a "disaster," and any decline the show experienced had little to do with Olicity or Laurel's death. Arrow's problems began long before Laurel's death, and stemmed from the writers' failure to adapt Laurel into the story properly as well the lack of a compelling villain storyline after Deathstroke in season 2. The Ra's al Ghul and Damien Darhk storylines were mishandled and stretched the limits of credibility for the show. And it's worth noting that back in season 2 of Arrow, fans were practically clamoring for Laurel's death as her character had been very poorly adapted and was not given an actual story arc, and even worse had been made an annoying and disliked character who often did foolish or illogical things. This had far more to do with the writers not properly adapting Laurel from the page to the screen, and making Sara Lance the more likable Black Canary and Felicity Smoak the more likable love interest. But killing off Laurel was the only recourse the show had left since her character had little to do other than be a sidekick or teammate and was never really given a compelling story arc of her own. Also, Olicity is hardly "loathed" by the majority, as it is the second most popular CW couple after Jughead and Betty on Riverdale... which by the way, is another non-canon couple and the most popular couple on that show, just in case you needed another example of "going against comic canon and succeeding."

Now, as for The Flash, it has never stuck with "main comic canon elements." Iris West on the show has very little in common with the character from the comics. The Team Flash dynamic at STAR Labs was never part of The Flash comic(STAR Labs was actually based in Metropolis), and Barry being partnered with Caitlin, Cisco, and Harrison Wells is also not part of comic canon. The only canonical elements from the comics are the ones the show uses the least. Barry's partnership with Wally West as Kid Flash was a big part of the comics, but Wally has been mostly a side character or recurring character on the show and has often been absent for the majority of episodes. And Barry and Iris did not grow up together in the comics with Barry as an adopted sibling. It's also true that Iris did in fact die in the comics, only to later be revealed has having been a woman from the future. Not much about the show has followed comic book canon.

And you're incorrect when you say that "Berlanti would never make the same mistake twice" because he already made it with Iris. Just as with Laurel Lance on Arrow, Iris West was poorly adapted to the show, has little or no story arc of her own, and does not have much in the way of compelling or interesting character progression. Her main role has been mostly "token girlfriend" or "damsel in distress," but her relevance to the show has been very limited. Iris spent the majority of season one completely separate from Barry's storyline at STAR Labs while she was with Eddie Thawne. Iris' role as newspaper reporter is never a factor on the show and she is rarely if ever seen at her job, and her going from coffee house barista to newspaper reporter halfway through season one is highly unrealistic. Iris has little to no relevance at STAR Labs(something she herself noted in the Invasion crossover) as she has no scientific or medical training and contributes very little other than simplistic dialogue that could have been given to anyone. And her relationship with Barry is based mostly on off-screen backstory the audience never gets to see instead of being developed slowly and gradually as the story progresses. Barry doesn't fall in love with Iris, he's just in love with her because the writers say he is from the first episode, and that's not really very interesting. That's basically the same mistake Berlanti made with Oliver and Laurel on Arrow, establishing their entire relationship as pre-Lian Yu backstory rather than something the audience got to see progress naturally, like Olicity.

Now, the ones to blame for this are the writers for copying the format of the original Flash TV show from 1990 where STAR Labs was the main storyline and Barry and Christina McGee were the main couple, and where Iris West imply did not fit in. The writers of the new series attempted to insert Iris into this format without properly thinking through exactly what her role would be or how she would fit in. They assumed that just being Iris West would be enough, but it isn't. Three seasons into the series and Iris still serves little or no purpose to the show's narrative, has no story arc of her own, and does not fit into the dynamic of Team Flash. It's also worth noting the TV critics have lambasted the show for its steady decline in quality, with its convoluted continuity resulting from way too much time travel, its tired repetition of the "evil speedster" storyline, complete with surprise plot twist, and how the show continues to stretch credibility with Barry constantly making bad, stupid decisions that negatively affect everyone around him, making him seem totally irresponsible. The majority of fans and critics still say that the show's first season is still the best one, and that season focused on the trio of Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco, who are the true heart and soul of the show, while Iris was mostly out of the loop. And don't go thinking that Iris West is some universally loved character. There are just as many fans who are tired of the WestAllen drama(or lack thereof) and would prefer The Flash to be The Flash and not "The WestAllen Show." Berlanti may choose to stick with Barry/Iris for "obligation's" sake over storytelling and narrative necessity, but considering how far the show has dipped in quality over the last two seasons since doing so, I doubt the show will ever be as good as it once was in season one, nor will it ever achieve the greatness it could've had.
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