‘The Flash’ Still Needs Direction

by Frank Martin

The structure of this season has been really bizarre for The Flash. Most seasons start off slow, eventually introducing a main villain before ramping up the pacing to a final climax. This season, however, has taken a different approach. The first half for the season was dedicated to a single villain and a crossover story arc. Then, the story built up towards a villain while also pursuing a separate storyline with Iris (Candice Patton). But the villain was seemingly defeated prematurely. Iris’s storyline is continuing — which this week’s episode was all about — while a new path is being paved involving Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) trying to revive the recently deceased Frost.

Overall, the structure feels a bit haphazard and all over the place. It’s almost as if the show had come up with a bunch of different ideas and couldn’t decide which to use so they decided to pursue them all at the same time. It’s a disappointing approach, mainly because Deathstorm was such a strong villain and the show should have focused on him. Instead, the plot began branching off in several different directions. Hopefully, this won’t be the end of the iconic villain and he will find a way back to up the ante in the season’s final episodes.

The funny thing about this season’s overall structure is that the individual episodes haven’t been all that bad in isolation. This week’s episode, which had the Flash (Grant Gustin) and XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy) trapped in the Still Force, was an entertaining look at a different aspect of the universe. But without a clear direction or overall threat for the heroes to focus on, the show feels lost at sea. Perhaps Deon (Christian Magby), the human representation of the Still Force, will emerge as a threat, but things are still completely unclear. The season isn’t over though, so there is still time for it to find its way. I just hope it corrects its course before it’s too late.

The Flash airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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