‘The Flash’: Season 3 Premiere “Flashpoint” Spoiler Review

The Flash returns with a solid premiere that that stands on its own from its comic book predecessor.

Heart. Humor. Heroics.

Flashpoint wastes no time as the episode kicks off with Kid Flash chasing down The Rival. The visual effects are definitely improving in this show. I can’t imagine what it’s like to put together these visual effects under a television schedule but visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian crushes it.

Barry and Iris together are charming. Their chemistry was stronger this episode than it ever has been before. It’s clear no matter what timeline they are in, the two are destined to be together. I’m glad she said yes when he asked her out on a date. I’m sick of the whole will they won’t they dynamic they’ve had for the last two seasons. It’s frustrating and it doesn’t make for compelling television.

Like all premieres on The CW, things start off happy but the clock is ticking for the characters. It’s never long before the rug’s pulled out sending the characters into disarray. What was ironic about it for this premiere was that it was time itself that was causing Barry’s side effects after he created Flashpoint. I’m glad to see Matt Letscher back in the mix as Eobard Thawne. He is fantastic and it’s great that the writers found a creative way for him to return.

ENTER CISCO. Carlos Valdes proves he can do anything. This guy is seriously a fucking legend. I could use some of the arrogant billionaire playboy Cisco in every episode.

Barry covering for Joe was also a nice touch. The reversal of their dynamic was refreshing and I couldn’t help but get a John McClain vibe from Joe when Barry took him to work.

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The showdown between Flash and The Rival was a little weak. It wasn’t bad, however. For a premiere episode I expected something a little more exciting. The two tornados coming together was pretty good. Definitely a call back to the shows pilot episode. But what made the scene was when Candice Patton crushed it as Iris as she helped Barry find his inner strength to defeat The Rival. She’s hit or miss for me in the show but she’s definitely evolving and improving as an actress.

Barry having to ask Reverse Flash to kill his mother so they could return to their timeline was tragic but necessary. I hope the writers can find more creative ways to work Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison) back into the story. The scenes between Barry and his mother are some of the best in the show. It was hard to watch her take a knife to the chest again. Also, the editing that came after when Barry and Reverse Flash returned to the original timelines was awesome.

What made this episode stand out was that it had the heart that season two was lacking. The connection between Barry and his mother and his desire to save her drove season one to exceptional heights. Without that, season two fell a bit flat. But that emotion was back front and center in this episode as Barry had to lose not only his mother again, but his father as well.

The premiere is a solid episode that stands on its own from its comic book predecessor. While Flashpoint itself doesn’t last long, its repercussions will ring throughout the season. Starting with Iris being estranged from Joe and an ominous tease for Dr. Alchemy’s introduction, the premiere ended piquing just enough of the interest it needed to generate in order to get people excited for the next episode.

8.0 – GOOD

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‘Arrow’: Marc Guggenheim Talks Olivers Legacy in Season 5

It’s just one more day until the premiere of Arrow’s fifth season. EW spoke with executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim about whats ahead for Oliver and co. as Prometheus is set to drive Oliver back to killing.

It’s just one more day until the premiere of Arrow’s fifth season. EW spoke with executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim about whats ahead for Oliver and co. as Prometheus is set to drive Oliver back to killing.

We’re dramatizing Oliver’s desire to evolve, but this concept of legacy keeps threatening to pull him back to the early days,” says EP Marc Guggenheim, teasing that there will be callbacks to season 1 as Oliver faces off against a mysterious new villain, Prometheus, whom he “bears a measure of responsibility for the creation of.

Hopefully season five restores the show to the greatness that was season one and two. While we know the flashbacks are set in Russia this season, Oliver has to make his way back to the island by the finale to sync up with the show’s pilot episode.

We also still have yet to see island Oliver set Slades original mask on a pike so theres a possibility the two could duel once more on Lian Yu.

To read the full interview with Marc, head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

Arrow season 5 premieres tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

arrow-season-5-posterSOURCE: EW

Reverse Flash Warns Barry in Season 3 Premiere Clip

Flashpoint is just about here! We get our first feel for season three in the new clip as Reverse Flash warns Barry that if they remain within this timeline, time itself will be the end of them both.

Flashpoint is just about here! We get our first feel for season the in the new clip as Reverse Flash warns Barry that if they remain within this timeline, time itself will be the end of them both.

I’m excited to see how they handle their version of Flashpoint. Obviously it won’t be anything like the comics or the animated feature. But that’s what make it even more worth doing. This gives everyone involved an opportunity to step out and bring their creativity to the table while paying homage to the source material. Hopefully Flashpoint will help the show get back to being as good as it was in season one.

The Flash season 3 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO HAVE EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED? — Barry (Grant Gustin) is living his dream life – his parents are alive, he’s asked Iris West (Candice Patton) on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash (guest star Matt Letscher) taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Brooke Roberts.

‘Arrow’: Diggles New Helmet Revealed in Latest CW Promo

Diggle’s got a brand new helmet and its still just as goofy. Since his character was first given a helmet in season 3, there has been an outcry for a replacement that doesn’t look horrible. The new helmet which was revealed in a promotional video for The CW’s fall lineup looks something like Magneto meets Megaman.

Diggle’s got a brand new helmet and its still just as goofy. Since his character was first given a helmet in season 4, there has been an outcry for a replacement that doesn’t look horrible. The new helmet which was revealed in a promotional video for The CW’s fall lineup looks something like Magneto meets Megaman.

The new helmet, designed by Cisco at Star Labs, features a red visor to help conceal Diggles identity on the mean streets of Star City. While it is an improvement, its not enough to make a difference. I guess we will have to be satisfied that it isn’t lopsided like his previous helmet.

Arrow season 5 premieres Wed. Oct 8th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Susanna Thompson Returns to ‘Arrow’

Entertainment Weekly just reported that Susanna Thompson will be reprising her role as Moira Queen for Arrow’s upcoming 100th episode! How she will be returning is still unknown but it would be safe to say it will be in the shows flashbacks.

Entertainment Weekly just reported that Susanna Thompson will be reprising her role as Moira Queen for Arrow’s upcoming 100th episode! How she will be returning is still unknown but it would be safe to say it will be in the shows flashbacks.

Susanna Thompson originally left the show when Moira Queen was killed off towards the end of season 2 by Deathstroke(Manu Bennett), who will also be returning this season. If the flashbacks take place in Star(ling) City during the shows 100th episode, it’s likely we’ll also get to see the return of Tommy Merlyn(Colin O’Donnell) and Laurel Lance(Katie Cassidy). As weary as I am to get back into the show, all this news definitely has my attention. Season 5 is shaping up to be pretty exciting!

Arrow season 5 premieres Wed. Oct 8th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

SOURCE: ET

The Dominators Set As Villains For CW’s Crossover Event

This year The CW’s mega-crossover event will feature The Dominators as the main villains set to take on the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The four-episode event will be the networks biggest crossover event in history.

This year The CW’s mega-crossover event will feature The Dominators as the main villains set to take on the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The four-episode event will be the network’s biggest crossover event in history.

In an interview with THR, Marc Guggenengheim said:

“We’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called The Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes. We’re using cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”

It sounds promising but time will tell whether or not the producers were able to achieve film-quality effects on a television budget.

For those unfamiliar with The Dominators, they are an alien race who are interested in the genetic potential of the human race. Specifically, the metagene, which is the fictional gene that changes one from a human to a metahuman.

The Flash season three premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Arrow season five premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., Supergirl season two premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. and Legends of Tomorrow season two premieres Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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Image via DC Comics

SOURCE: THR