Last week I wrote about a few things I didn’t like about the second season of The Flash, well this week I’m focusing on why it was awesome. And there were a lot of reasons to love the second season. Almost too many to count which is what you want out of a TV show you invest hours worth of time in. At least, that’s what I want. You may like watching grass grow, how the hell should I know. Of course, if you are one of those people why are you reading this again? For those of you who are more like me read on to find out the five reasons I loved The Flash this season.
It can be hard for me to accept new people coming in and messing with my show’s finely-tuned chemistry. One wrong move and they could potentially screw it all up. The Flash hasn’t always been able to balance new characters with the ones they already have, but with Wally (played by Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jesse (played by Violett Beane) they’ve managed to make them feel as though they fill a hole we weren’t aware needed to be filled. Jesse allowed us to see a side of Wells we may never have seen otherwise. And Wally made the West family whole again in such a way we didn’t even know anything was missing until he showed up.
**I also ship Wally & Jesse like no one’s business**
In season three I want one episode with just these two. That’s right, just them. I don’t care what they do or what they say, I just want them doing what they do so well. And I want them doing it together because they are oh so very good together. Maybe Captain Cold from an alternate timeline (by this point the Flash/Arrow/Legends/Supergirl universe has so many damn alternate timelines no one can keep track anyways) kidnaps everyone but Joe & Wells and they are forced to team up Law & Order style. Now I realize this was all about what I want in season three, but I want it because the moments they spent time interacting in the same scenes were so damn good I need more. A lot more.
Where Arrow tries to be all broody and existential, The Flash likes to have fun. Okay, sure, occasionally the gang from Central City goes dark, but if you’re really honest with yourself you’ll admit those are the episodes that haven’t made it to your favorites list. One thing that The Flash embraces better than almost anyone is their use of campy villains. I mean come on, Grodd! King Shark! The Turtle! There is nothing remotely scary about any of these villains. In fact, they’re really kind of laughable. Not that that’s a bad thing because it’s not. Having villains with campy names is a not so subtle way of reminding us to have fun and to not take everything so seriously.
I don’t watch Arrow. I tried. The all the dark brooding was too much for me. By too much I mean I found it to be overwrought and annoying. Which means I don’t care about any shipper war. I don’t care about any fandom drama that may or may not be happening. Nor do I care about any drama that is happening behind the scenes of that show. What I do care about is Arrow’s loss is The Flash’s gain. Katie Cassidy looked like she was having so much fun playing with Team Flash and we loved watching her. Maybe it’s because her character wasn’t being used to prop anyone else up. Maybe it was because on The Flash there wasn’t an offscreen drama. But whatever it was or wasn’t it shone through onscreen in all the best ways. So much so I’m hoping she comes back in season three.
Yes, I ship WestAllen. I ship them. I ship them. I ship them. In season one they had a few small moments and one big moment that was ripped from us thanks to time travel and those annoying alternate timelines. I really hate those alternate timelines. But what I didn’t hate was WestAllen finally getting on the same page. I didn’t hate that at all. I also didn’t hate how Iris fit so seamlessly in with Team Flash. Iris was meant to be on Team flash just like Barry & Iris are meant to be together. I don’t know much, but I know that much. They’re best friends and yes, they’re family too, but they’re so much more together than they are apart. They are each other’s person in every sense of the word and I for one can’t wait to see them continue the journey together.