The Flash Season 3 was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Opinions are my own.
When the Flash premiered on The CW a few years ago it quickly became there top show. With a great cast, fun villians of the week, and a central plot line to keep you guessing people flocked in droves to watch it. It was more light-hearted than Arrow, so kids enjoyed the humor. The Barry/Iris love story, kept the female demographic happy, and the action and villians kept the comic hardcore fans happy.
Now we fast forward a few years to season 3 of the Flash. New characters have been introduced, old characters have changed but Barry Allen is still the Flash and still the heart and soul of the show. And it's Grant Gustin's fantastic portrayal of this tragic hero that keeps everything glued together
Season 3 starts off with a television condensed version of Flashpoint, a major story line that changed and effected not only the Flash but multiple comic characters as well. It's also been done in a DC animated Film, Flashpoint Paradox which I highly recommend. Anyway Flashpoint happens when Barry goes back and stops Reverse Flash from killing his mother when he was a child. This leads to Barry growing up with both parents but causes a major ripple in the timeline. Barry is forced to once again go back and change things back to where they were, sadly by watching his mom die yet again the way it was intended.
Because of this we get a few changes, such as the introduction of Julian Albert, a coworker at Central City PD who hates Barry, and the fact the Cisco's brother is now dead. We also have a new big bad villian to deal with in the form of Savatar, a powerful speedster in armor that appears to be a powerful speed God created from the remnants of Flashpoint.
Barry will have help this season as Wally West is now Kid Flash, and Jessie Wells is now the Earth 2 Flash. Jay Garrick is also back to assist. With the help of the new Harrison Wells from Earth 9, or HR as he likes to be called. The team must work together to stop Savatar who reveals that he will kill Iris in front of Barry. Barry actually time skips early on and watches this happen. That event sets the stage for the focal point of the season. Saving Iris and defeating Savatar.
Don't worry, we still have the villian of the week. New foes like Alchemy, Music Master,and Magenta, as well as old foes like Gorilla Grod, and King Shark. The Grod one is particualry good this season as it's a multi part where Barry must travel to Gorilla City only to return home to battle Grods Gorilla army in Central City. Oh yea let's not forget the musical episode with Supergirl.
We also have our crossover episode with Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and now Supergirl as well. This time Barry is the focal point as he must lead the other heroes to do battle against an alien invasion that threatens all of earth. That was easily, not only one of the best crossovers in tv history, but one that will be hard to top.
All of that plus Catlin becoming Killer Frost, and Cisco learning more about his vibe powers put this season right in line with the others, proving that, even though I like The Green Arrow more, Flash is definitely the more "fun" show for families to watch. Throw in the big twist and reveal of Savatars secret identity and you have a heck of a binge watching adventure in front of you.
Warner Brothers has loaded up this season 3 DVD release with enough for those of you who already watched it yo keep you busy for hours. Features include:
The Flash: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
A Flash in Time: Time Travel in the Flash Universe
Villain School: The Flash Rogues
Allied: The Invasion Complex (The Flash)
Rise of Gorilla City
The Flash: I’m Your Super Friend
The Flash: Hitting the Fast Note
Harmony in a Flash
Synchronicity in a Flash
A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith
So sit back and enjoy season 3 of The Flash, it hasn't slowed down yet.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars