A Superhero who thinks with his heart can be dangerous to not only his health, but also all of those he loves and the general public.
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“The Flash” Returns October 4th. Are You Prepared?
Although having a human side is a nice trait for a Superhero, when they allow it to get the better of them, their decisions can become clouded. They lead with their emotions, which is never a good thing.
This is precisely what we saw unfold during Season 2 of “The Flash.”
Barry/Flash (Grant Guston) was on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Bouncing back and forth between guilt, self-doubt, a lack of trust, fear, love and forgiveness. All topped off with a large dose of the consequences of fate/destiny, betrayal and family bonds hanging over his head.
Life for our Superhero was far from glamorous and at times we thought he might very well throw in the towel.
Fortunately for the people of Central City, Barry/Flash has an amazing support system in Team Flash, who is always by his side, even when he tries to push them away. A support system he desperately needed going up against the ever-evil Zoom who would stop at nothing to prove he was the fastest speedster, not just in his world, but every world in the universe.
As if it wasn’t enough for Barry/Flash to be battling his aching inner soul, he had to contend with a constant barrage of metas from a parallel world sent by Zoom to destroy his biggest competition. Metas that were as hateful as Zoom and some with powers that pushed Team Flash out of their comfort zone to figure out how to take them down.
Toying with parallel worlds and time travel added a new dimension to “The Flash” that took not only Flash and his Team down the rabbit hole, but all of us viewers. An adventure I for one can say I enjoyed, especially getting to see Team Flash’s doppelgängers. Caitlyn’s Killer Frost was particularly fun because the Caitlyn we’ve all come to love is very straight-laced and proper, while Killer Frost was most definitely her polar opposite. (No pun intended.) While Cisco’s Reverb was everything one could imagine his alter ego to be.
In addition, the discovery that Barry’s Mother is still alive on Earth 2 and his doppelgänger is actually married to Iris really played on the already emotionally fragile Barry. Nothing like kicking a superhero when they’re down.
The key thing to note, as with any parallel world or time travel, one must be very cautious as to not alter even the slightest thing on the time line. Such an alteration could change the course of history, and have a disastrous result.
In the world of “The Flash,” these escapades can also summon those pesky Time Wraiths who don’t like anyone dancing in between the past, present and future and like heat seeking missiles will track you down and eliminate you.
One would think these dementor-looking creatures would be enough to deter anyone from time jumping, but not for Zoom and Flash who by the end of Season 2 were so determined to eliminate each other they threw all caution to the wind.
Fortunately for Flash, these creepy-looking time travel police were more annoyed with Zoom and play a huge part in his defeat of him, but it’s Flash’s actions after he eliminates Zoom that will disrupt the timeline.
Barry/Flash should feel vindicated and ready to move forward, but the loss of his Father at the hands of Zoom and still consumed by his inability to save his Mother when he had the opportunity, push him to make a very selfish decision.
Telling Iris he needs time, Barry/Flash disappears, but what he does next is what sets into motion things he may or may not be able to undo.
Choosing to go back in time and save his Mother, Barry rips a hole in the timeline creating a new reality and existence. One in which there are 2 Flashes, but are 2 Flash’s really better than one?
Probably not, especially when one forgets he’s the Flash and all the memories that go with him.
In the end, even with all the lessons Barry/Flash has learned, he still lets his emotions get the best of him and makes a decision that is sure to have serious repercussions.
The loss of all his memories would mean the Barry who is The Flash would no longer be. The irony here is these are the very memories that got him in this mess to begin with.
A true paradox is upon him. Has Barry/Flash reached a point of no return? Or will he be able to get back to world he belongs in without messing up the new one he is in?
Few other things to ponder based on the Season 3 Trailer:
• If Barry’s Mother is alive, so is his Dad. Barry may be quite content to have his old world reassembled, but at what cost?
• In this new reality, no one from Barry’s old life knows who he is, so whom will he turn to when things begin to fall apart? Which we know is bound to happen.
• Reverse Flash is back, so does that mean history will repeat itself in this new reality?
• Wally is now Kid Flash, but how is he connected to Barry if Barry’s parents are now alive? Plus, how did he become Kid Flash?
• And finally, there will not only be new villains to toy with Barry/Flash and Central City, but 2 crossover episodes, one of which will be a musical with the cast from Supergirl.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a little superhero action, no matter what universe it is delivered from.
Tune in to the Season 3 premier of “The Flash” on Tuesday October 4th at 8PM on the CW to see how everything plays out.
About Mariann E. Danko: A single Mom just trying to make it through every day without losing her mind. Fortunately I have a passion for writing, which is why I decided to share my thoughts and somewhat off-beat parenting tactics with all who are willing to read them. You can check them out at https://wakingthewalker.wordpress.com/ or my writers page at www.facebook.com/MariannE.DankoWriter or follow me on twitter @Danko818