After a good nights sleep, I feel I’ve reached a point where I’ve been able to gain some well-needed perspective about the season two finale of The Flash. Actually, that’s a lie, I haven’t gained anything even remotely relating to perspective. I get that the writers are wanting to explore the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. But you see, I didn’t read the comics and frankly I don’t really care what happened in them.
Relax, comic book fans, I’m not saying the writers should ignore comic book history and just do what they want. I’m just one of those who feel that the comics should be an outline rather than the bible. Television is a different media and what works on paper may not work so well on screen. There are different factors in play.
Not to mention if you’re like me and you don’t know the comic history trying to understand why Barry would so carelessly wipe away everyone who had meant anything to him is a lesson in futility. And this isn’t even about Iris, although I am hella pissed over that little undoing too. No, this is about all of them, but most especially Barry’s relationship with Joe West.
From the very beginning, one of the things The Flash has done better than anything was to establish the familiar bond between Barry and Joe. A bond that was so close it eclipsed anything we were expected to believe existed between Barry and his actual dad, Henry. If Joe had died I would have understood the trip back in time to change history. It would have made sense. But with Henry, who cares?
And you can say all you want, “but in the comics Henry was very important” and I wouldn’t care. On the show, they failed to establish any real connection they wanted me to believe Barry & Henry had. So instead of this being an act of one who was destroyed by his father’s death it came off like a selfish act of someone who gave no thought to the people who have stuck their necks out for him on more than one occasion. Team Flash lives with their necks on the proverbial chopping block for Barry.
Hell, a recent addition to Team Flash, Wally went from being jealous of Barry’s relationship with Joe to being the one who set him free because he had so much faith in him. And how does Barry repay his respect, by possibly erasing any chance Wally has of meeting Joe and Iris. So, yeah, Barry may have gotten his mother back and apparently even his father (although that remains to be seen considering according to John Wesley Shipp’s interview with TV Line the door on Henry Allen is closed), but he’s cost Wally his own dad. Way to go, Barry Allen.
Now while I realize that the writers have no intention of writing off any member of Team Flash at this present time, I will find it insulting as hell if we come back in the fall only to find that Team Flash is still together like nothing ever happened. You got yourself into this hole and now I want to see you dig yourself out of it.
The Flash returns for a third season this fall on The CW