How The Flash went from the best superhero show on TV to disaster

“The Flash” season 1 thrives by blending the villain of the week formula with an origin story for Grant Gustin’s Scarlet Speedster. An allegory of fruitful adulthood, season 1 wisely uses a particle accelerator explosion to give Barry Allen his powers to explain why his home, Central City , is suddenly swarming with transgressors of sublime law. It then balances these cartoon genre elements with serious subplots involving Barry’s tragic past, his loving friends and adoptive family, and mysterious sentiments. His secret is for Iris West. And yes, Iris is basically Barry’s adopted sister (!), but their burning romance somehow still works despite the underlying weirdness.

Most of that approach was successfully implemented in season 2, between the advent of the series’ multiverse – itself the source of new allies and threats – and his arrival. Iris’ son, Wally West as part of a larger father-son motif. It was season 3, where the show’s reliance on formulas began to become an issue, due to the show’s lax attempt to adapt the famously dark “Flashpoint” comic storyline (in where Barry creates a bleak alternate timeline while trying to rewrite his past). It seems like all it took to get started with the series’ alchemy elimination was an extra dose of potion.

To be fair, “The Flash” doesn’t just make a misguided attempt to resemble Season 3’s “Arrow” (re: grittier) with the now-famous Savitar storyline. After two seasons, its villain-of-the-week formula has repeated and failed to evolve with the rest of the show, resulting in once-weaker villains and week-by-week B plots. It calls for an overhaul and forced season 4 by bringing Clifford DeVoe, aka The Thinker, an adversary that, in a welcome twist, presents more psychological challenges than the Big Bads that preceded it. of the series.

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