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Flashpoint 

The Reverse-Flash taunts The Flash and warns of repercussions if Barry continues to forget his old life. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide whether to live as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash.

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Jesse Warn

Writers:

Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Keiynan Lonsdale ... Wally West / Kid Flash
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harry Wells (credit only)
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Matt Letscher ... Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash
Alex Désert ... Captain Julio Mendez
Michelle Harrison ... Nora Allen
Todd Lasance ... Edward Clariss / The Rival
John Wesley Shipp ... Dr. Henry Allen
Keri Adams Keri Adams ... Bethany Snow
Michele de Broel ... Barricade Cop (as Michele De Broel)
Lillian Doucet-Roche ... Attractive Woman
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Storyline

We pick up on Barry three months after he changed the timeline. He has trapped Reverse Flash in a cage, his parents are alive, but love interest Iris West does not know who he is. Neither do his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. With these changes come new enemies, new speedsters and a whole world in Flashpoint.

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Trivia

Edward Clariss (The Rival) was actually the first Reverse Flash back in 1949 and was a foe of the original Flash, Jay Garrick. See more »

Goofs

Barry performs many of his Flash tricks without his Flash costume/uniform but does not wear through his shoes or clothes the way he did in the beginning of Season 1. See more »

Quotes

Eobard Thawne: And here, I was starting to think you'd forgotten all about me.
Barry Allen: But I am forgetting. What's happening to me?
Eobard Thawne: I was wondering when you'd notice.
Barry Allen: It's like I'll be thinking of a moment from my past and then it vanishes. I can't get it back. Why?
Eobard Thawne: Flashpoint. It's a side effect. See, I told you before. You don't know what you're doing. This new reality you've created is starting to overwrite the reality that you and I know. So your original life - your friends, your family - pretty soon, all of that ...
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References Twister (1996) See more »

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Fever
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Performed by Marius Lauber
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Some Things Happen Because We Make it Happen
4 October 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Boy does it feel good to be back reviewing The Flash. I haven't watched much TV since the CW shows and Game of Thrones ended, but I couldn't be more thrilled about getting back into the swing of things. Sure, all the CW shows have at least one new thing going for it this year, but The Flash is the show everyone has been talking about since the all-time great cliffhanger at the end of season 2.

It's pretty surreal that Flash is already on season 3, but the surreal doesn't end there. Barry has found himself stuck between enjoying his rebirth into a life with both his parents and a life without the friends who made him who he really was at the end of last year. It's a difficult dilemma, and one that none of us can say we can relate to in any way, but it made for some dang good television.

As we saw with the trailers, he is living a happy life with his parents and taking a bit of time off from being The Flash we know and love. This comes to head when he begins to lose some of his memories of his previous life in the other timeline, something the Reverse Flash warned him about. I really enjoyed Matt Letscher's presence here, even if it was mostly kept to a secret cell where Barry was keeping him. I understand Letscher has signed on to be one of the members of the Legion of Doom on Legends of Tomorrow, but I would love to see another lengthy arc between him and Barry. Here's hoping we at least get sporadic appearances the rest of the season.

Flashpoint also gave us some twisted looks at Joe, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Wally. All of which have a different life, but we still got the same old charm with their performances. Wally is the Flash, Iris works with the Flash and doesn't know Barry, Caitlin isn't a scientist, and Joe is a bum. Cisco will likely be the one most talked about, considering he had his own "Ramon Industries", which took the place of S.T.A.R. Labs. Which reminds me how intrigued I am to learn of Tom Cavanagh's role this season. I think we all suspect it will be playing the real Harrison Wells, but who knows.

It's worth mentioning a few other tidbits. I thought Blake Neely's score was particularly effective as was the subplot with the villain, Rival. No, we don't have any idea of his motivations or what the heck he was doing against Wally's Kid-Flash, but the slight tease at the end with Alchemy written on a MIRROR was enough to get the hairs on my arm rise.

As much as Barry enjoyed flirting (but really stalking) with Iris for the first time, seeing Cisco run a company, Wally have powers, and living with his parents, I am glad that the Flashpoint timeline is over. The idea is very intriguing as a premise, but I'm far more interested in the repercussions from Flashpoint than I am of spending too much of the season stuck in the timeline. This was a great one- off episode with plenty of ramifications down the line. This season has me really excited.

+Flashpoint ramifications

+Fun changes with characters

+Reverse Flash presence

+Alchemy/Mirror Master/Rival tease

9.3/10


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