‘The Flash’ Doesn’t Know Where It’s Going
by Frank Martin
It’s hard to know exactly when a show loses momentum. Largely, it’s subjective and a feeling that comes from the viewer. It’s difficult to pinpoint because every show is different. Some go too over the top and become ridiculous. Others slow down so much that it just becomes uninteresting. The Flash, however, does something completely different: go in so many directions at once that it doesn’t really know where it wants to go at all. This season has largely been a mess compared to most. And by “mess,” I mean disorganized. Rather than a season of television, it has been organized more like an ongoing comic that jumps from story arc to story arc without really building to any sort of meaningful conclusion.
Besides the five episode crossover that the season started off last winter, The Flash created an amazing villain that didn’t go anywhere only to lead into another storyline with Iris (Candice Patton) that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere either. And now, the show has introduced a brand new speedster (Kausar Mohammed) that seems to be taking the season in yet another direction. The weird thing is that the plot thread doesn’t appear to be boring by itself. It’s actually quite interesting. The problem is the season is supposed to be wrapping up. It’s supposed to be building to a humongous finale. Instead, it seems to be starting something completely new with time running out.
I’m at a complete loss as to where the show wants to go from here. Especially when the main plot of this episode had nothing to do with any of that. It mainly revolved around a side character and a subplot that I’m not sure anyone has any real interest in. But if The Flash wants to continue captivating its audience, it needs to figure out exactly the story it wants to tell and focus on it rather than spreading itself too thin.
The Flash airs Wednesdays on The CW.