First off, I need to preface by saying I did not read the Flashpoint Story from the comics, which I’m told is a modern classic. Articles reviewing it say that it is the most monumental plot line in recent DC history, responsible for the DC’s New 52 and Rebirth. So fans are freaking out of the implications of Flash’s actions in the Arrowverse.
Having read the synopsis of Flashpoint I’m kicking myself for not investing more into the DC universe back when this was going on in 2011. Fortunately, Flashpoint Paradox is on Netflix which I’m told is an easy watch that’ll get me up to speed. This may be moot because Grant Gustin says the show is going to do it differently, but I’m sure the themes will remain.
“Flashpoint” the episode did a great job of not wasting time. The showrunners could’ve bounced Barry around his new universe (where Nora is alive) for a couple of episodes. Thank Odin they didn’t. There is no point in viewers investing time in a timeline that will be wiped out of existence as soon as Barry realized his mistake. Instead, they set Flashpoint up, executed it (and Nora) all in one episode. Now viewers can jump back to the timeline we all know and love with promises of a few surprises, including Supergirl.
The episode was well done and to the point and left with a great cliffhanger. What is next for this Universe? Instead of sticking to conventional story telling formats (See: Super Stories – Television), Greg Berlanti and Crew will have a near blank canvas to come up with new and awesome storylines and even heroes. Also I cannot wait for the next crossover!
If you’re looking for a reason to jump into the CW-Arrowverse the time is absolutely now. In fact, because the way Flash concluded, you could probably skip it and just know that the universe has been slightly altered. Or if you want to see Cisco be a douche and Barry take down another speedster (*yawn*) fire up the old Hulu account.
The episode wasn’t great in fact alone it was pretty mediocre. The episode was great because the implications of Barry’s actions created near infinite number of story possibilities. The show runners made a fresh slate, let’s hope they make the most of it.