I thought this was an okay premiere. The hype about Flashpoint didn't really live up to the actual event. There weren't as many changes as I thought there would be, and the changes that did exist weren't really explained, like why Joe suddenly became a bad cop and father.
The episode also didn't feel like it earned Barry's decision to put things back by letting his mom get killed again. This new reality wasn't horrible. His parents were alive. He had scored a date with Iris. He was doing great at his job. Wally was saving the city as Kid Flash. Cisco was a billionaire. Caitlin was happy. Yes, Wally didn't have the team in place like Barry did but he was still doing a good job of protecting everyone. Seriously, Wally getting hurt was really what made Barry decide to put things back, and even then that felt like a cop-out. We weren't given a reason for why Wally wasn't speed-healing. He just wasn't, and so would probably die. It would have had a greater impact if Wally did actually die from getting stabbed, I think.
Okay, the night of Nora's murder has become extremely convoluted. You have original Flash and RF there fighting it out and RF killing Nora. You have season 1 Flash going back in time but not stopping her murder. Then you have season 2 Flash going back to stop RF. Then season 3 RF and Flash go there to make sure Nora is murdered. Let's hope this is the last time her murder is revisited.
There were some good parts of the episode. It was nice seeing Barry just loving his life and living with his parents and just being so completely happy. Wally as Kid Flash rocked, and I hope he becomes KF in the real timeline as well.
The fight against the Rival was great. They really went all out there. Loved the two tornadoes.
Hmm, very interesting ending. I'm not sure if that was Mirror Master writing on the mirror and he's just working for Alchemy, or if that was Alchemy himself writing. Either way, it was a creepy scene and it looks like he's going to make the guy into the Rival in this timeline.
As far as villains go though...While Zoom was more creepy, and more menacing, Reverse Flash is just more bada$$. Making Barry ask him to go back and kill his mother...that is just SO wrong, and oddly so right for that character.
I agree. Reverse Flash was so perfectly evil here. You could make the argument that he was on the right side, since he was trying to convince Barry to return the timeline to its original setting, but even that was self-serving. If this timeline became set, then it would probably completely change RF, maybe even wipe him from existence.
If they went back and restored the original timeline, then why the change in Joe and Iris's relationship? And if that's changed, God only knows what else has changed?
I'm not sure why the change, though I doubt it will be the only one. I bet there will be subtle changes to the entire show. It makes sense that messing with the timeline will result in changes, and there has to be consequences for Barry creating the Flashpoint. However, that's why I didn't like the show doing the Flashpoint thing anyways. We've spent two years getting to know these characters and seeing their relationships grow and now random things have been changed and that could potentially end up sucking quite a bit.
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