What Are The Writers Doing With Barry This Season? | CW’s The Flash

By Jeremy Carden

Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of CW’s The Flash series. However, Season 4 has gotten a lot of complaints from fans. Season 3 had a knack for stirring up the fanbase because of how long it took for them to reveal to identity of Savitar.

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Season 4 has been a bag of trail mix for most viewers, and that is the nicest way that I could describe this season. From Iris leading Team Flash and using the phrase “WE are The Flash” to their being too many cooks in the kitchen (referring to the number of metas on Team Flash that it seems ridiculous that they couldn’t easily overcome any meta-of-the-week threat that comes their way in a matter of minutes), I have seen a new complaint every Tuesday that a new episodes airs.

The sad part about this routine is that most of the complaints this season are valid. For this post, I want to focus on one character rather than most of the problems littered throughout this season.

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Barry Allen is the victim of my latest “rant” when it comes to The Flash!

True, a lot of fans will often complain about Barry’s speed being highly inconsistent or how he should be beyond any speedster at this point after being trapped in the Speed Force between Seasons 3 and 4.

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However, I am not here to talk about The Flash and his powers. I want to focus on Barry Allen the person.

If you ask me, I am not even sure if the writers even know what to do with Barry this season. In a lot of ways, he seems to be more of an obstacle than a help to Team Flash.

Yes, I have been hard on Iris West-Allen from the start of this season. However, I cannot sit here and not act like Barry hasn’t been causing trouble within the team.

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I think that it was made clear even during the opening episodes of this season that there would be a parallel between the relationships of Barry/Iris and The Thinker/Mechanic.

Each episode we see Devoe and Barry acting very cold, calculating and distant to those around them. However, we see the difference in their lifestyles because Barry has a support system comprised of friends and family that are not afraid to tell him that he is wrong (which has been quite a lot this season). Devoe has his wife to be that support for him, but he does not choose to listen to her even when she is 100% correct about something.

To be honest, I think we saw this side of Barry back in Season 3 after seeing the possible future of Iris being killed by Savitar. Not that I would want anyone to go through this punishment, but I suggest going back and watching a few episodes during the second half of that season.

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There were plenty of times when Barry was a complete asshole (especially to Wally) because his main objective was keeping Iris safe at all cost; even at the expense of his team.

To be honest, he really reminded me of Rip Hunter from Legends of Tomorrow. His mission stands above everything and everyone else. It doesn’t matter who he must throw under the bus to achieve his goal. Heck, Rip almost got Jefferson killed near the end of Legends Season 1 when they were on their way back to the Vanishing Point with Vandal Savage in the holding cell.

What really annoys me about Barry is the fact that the writers have really been driving home the point that he would make a terrible team leader.

Is this being done just to support their reasoning for making Iris the leader in his absence?

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Honestly, we saw that Barry was not the greatest teacher for speedsters back in Season 3. He wasn’t talking his time when teaching Jesse in the early episodes of that season, and he was rushing Wally because he wanted him to be the one to save Iris from Savitar.

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Remember when he froze at the control panel when Iris was trapped under a piece of debris while trying to put out a fire after gaining Barry’s speed? Another example of him being an incompetent teacher to other speedsters.

In Season 4, I feel like he is dumbed down just for the sake of the story. Yes, the comic book version of Barry is very intelligent and can think incredibly fast. I understand that the CW version of Barry is not at that level yet. I am not even sure if he will ever reach that level of skill on the show because any problem that Central City faces would only need Barry and not Team Flash.

However, that does not mean that the writers need to diminish his intelligence so much that he is next to useless.

In previous seasons, we have seen Barry made decisions based on his emotions alone. This has led to some very big mistakes that have cost Barry, Team Flash and the city (sometimes even more than just Central City) a lot. Flashpoint is obviously the biggest consequence of his choices, but there are more that are scattered throughout this series.

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One of the biggest things about Barry that has annoyed me this season is that he has a serious lack of patience for anyone who decides to not go with the plan that he comes up with. This is very relevant to his partnership with Ralph this season.

Yes, I will admit that he was not the nicest hero to ever join Team Flash. The episode with him making nonstop jokes to substitute for his fear was very annoying. For some reason Barry has been written to have a very short fuse this season. Especially when it comes to anyone challenging his authority.

It really rubbed me the wrong way to see Barry like this. In the most recent episode, he is trying to mend the cracks in Cisco’s relationship with Gypsy. Was I the only one that thought about Boy Meets World during this episode?

For anyone born in the 90s, you should know this show well just as the younger generation grew up with Girl Meets World.

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Cory Matthews had a knack for sticking his nose in places that it did not belong. He would always try to help put his best friend Shawn back together with his girlfriend Angela whenever they were having relationship troubles.

Yes, it was annoying to see how Cory acted. However, his motives were to help his friends for the sake of helping his friends.

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In Barry’s case, he was only pushing Cisco and Gypsy back together because the team was holding on by a thread. Basically, Barry wanted the relationship to heal as soon as possible just so Cisco could get his head in the game because The Thinker is still out there as a major threat.

How much would you want to bet that if Barry was going through a rough patch with Iris that he would be mopping around like someone shot his puppy? You know he would not want to be pushed back into the lab or his home to talk with Iris in the same fashion that he literally pushed Gypsy from Jitters to S.T.A.R. Labs!

It makes my head spin to see how the writers are making Barry act like such a jerk this season!

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Again, I see that they are trying to demonstrate how Devoe and Barry can act like they are the same person. Both are driven when it comes to accomplishing a goal, and that can make them isolate those around them. What separates them is that Barry (sometimes) listens to the people around him when they call him out for his nonsense.

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Some of my favorites scenes this season were when Ralph would challenge Barry because he had some legitimate points. I remember when he called out Barry for being so fast, but still allowing their target to escape because he was too worried about bystanders getting caught in the crossfire. However, the episode wrote it so Ralph was wrong and realized where Barry was coming from.

The one fight these two had that I really couldn’t stand was Barry refusing to listen to Ralph about how they should improvise in order to stop The Thinker.

If you ask me, thinking outside of the box seems to be the most effective way of countering Devoe because he claims to have thought about every possible outcome that Barry and the others could think of.

Barry did it once and it worked! Remember when Barry was trapped in Devoe’s pocket dimension? He was inside of that cage that no meta abilities could escape from. Did he escape? Not really…

To trick Devoe into thinking he had escaped, The Flash vibrated his body at such a high speed that it appeared as if he was invisible. This made Devoe deactivate the cage and Barry ran out of there!

How did he accomplish this? By thinking outside of the box! If it worked at such a critical moment for him, why was he so against it when it comes to Ralph?

I could continue this post, but I think this is a good stopping point. What do you think about Season 4 Barry Allen? Do you feel the same way I feel about his character?

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Keep in mind that I did not even mention the Speed Force language that he was writing everywhere in Episode 1. It seemed like the story forgot about that plot point as quickly as Barry did by the end of the episode!

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Though we did see “Coffee shop girl” writing similar symbols in her journal…

I hope that the writers can turn things around by the end of this season and improve on the writing in Season 5.

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Why Doesn’t Team Flash Kill The Thinker? | CW’s The Flash

By Jeremy Carden

This post is related to one of the most emotional episodes of Season 4. “Lose Yourself” certainly was an episode that had me feeling all types of emotions. Sadly, I was more annoyed than depressed over Ralph’s death at the hands of Devoe.

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Alright, I know that different superheroes have their own rules about killing villains.

However, there has to be a point where the consideration of crossing that line needs to be addressed for the sake of the greater good.

No joke, I did enjoy that particular episode of The Flash. I believe it was one of this season’s better episodes. It was cool to see Joe and Iris get victories in their fights. I didn’t even mind Iris too much in that episode.

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Heck, I think this is the sort of Iris we should have been seeing all season!

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But my main gripe about the episode (as with most episodes this season) is Barry Allen.

A majority of episodes this season have felt sort of rinse-and-repeat in terms of them finding a bus-meta, saying they’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Thinker from stealing their bodies, they fail and then mope at the end of the episode due to their failure.

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Yes, Ralph can be, has been and was an overall tool (just to use the nicest word that I could think of to describe him). However, he was a lovable tool when the script didn’t have him being overly annoying, selfish or afraid.

Seriously, there was a lack of consistency with his character this season. I feel like there were at least three or four episodes about Ralph overcoming fear or his own selfishness for the sake of becoming a hero.

He made a valid point about taking out Devoe FOR GOOD and by ANY means necessary.

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True, it could be chalked up to him being afraid for his life (because he has every right to be), but I hate how Barry shot him down every chance he got in the episode because Ralph wasn’t following the guidelines of “Mr. and Mrs. Star Labs.”

Funny how Barry is more than willing to beat down his “friends” and “teammates” to keep them in line, but doesn’t show that same kind of gusto when it comes to defeating his enemy.

Now, I’m not saying that anyone who litters or ignores a stop sign deserves to be skewered by Killer Frost, breached to a deserted planet by Vibe or get the “Reverse Flash treatment” through the heart…

However, at what point is enough enough?

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How many metas (and just regular people for that matter) have to die IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES before you decide that it is time to “cross that line” to prevent the enemy from hurting people?

At the end of the season, if the entire planet is on the line because of Devoe’s “enlightenment device” then I don’t want to hear Barry and the others crying about the fate of the world or how they’re not going to fail because they LET things get to level of danger. All of it boils down to them not doing what needed to be done while they still had the chance.

 

That is why I didn’t care about Barry and the others being sad because the blood of ALL of the pipeline metas and Ralph are on their hands as much as Devoe’s.

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Going back to what I mentioned above about Iris, I still feel like she was not that annoying in “Losing Yourself.” However, there was one piece of dialogue between her and Ralph that didn’t sit too well with me.

 

I love how Iris talked to Ralph about not killing the person that wants to kill him. She started off on common ground because she DOES know what kind of situation Ralph is in right now.

For the second half of Season 3, the main focus of Team Flash was to prevent Savitar from killing Iris. She had to deal with the fact that she was possibly living on a ticking clock because everything Team Flash tried ended up failing (until HR sacrificed himself).

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Here in Season 4, the focus of Team Flash is to prevent Thinker from killing the bus-metas (including Ralph). However, history repeats itself because Thinker is 20+ steps ahead of everything the team can think of. Similar to Savitar, who was a Barry that had lived through everything present Barry had meaning that he would be aware of any tactic that Team Flash thought of if Barry was there to know about it. 

So, I agree that Iris can relate to where Ralph was at that point in the season.

However, her saying that killing isn’t the tough call but the wrong one

Eh, hard for her to be the person to say that since she was the one who pulled the trigger leading to Savitar’s death.

How’s that for the pot calling the kettle black?

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Also, wasn’t Iris firing at The Mechanic with lethal shots during their showdown in S.T.A.R Labs? If it wasn’t for her blocking the shots with her blade, then I doubt she would have survived!

I believe Barry mentioned that he knew what Ralph was going through as well. In the sense of wanting to kill his enemy, I could see that being true. He fought the urge to kill Zoom and Reverse Flash at different points in the series.

However, I don’t think he can relate with Ralph when it comes to someone wanting to take his life.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think ANY of the major villains on The Flash have wanted Barry dead. For the most part, they all wanted or needed him alive for their own master plans:

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  • Reverse Flash needed Barry’s speed in order to get back to his own time.
  • Zoom needed Barry’s speed in order to save his life, and then his speed in order to fuel the device he wanted to use to destroy every multiverse aside from Earth-1.
  • Savitar needed Barry alive to ensure his own existence. It was the death of Iris that mattered to him.
  • Devoe needed Barry released from the Speed Force to create the bus-metas. Then needed him out of the way to not interfere in his plans, and in the episode “Therefor She Is” we learned that he has an even bigger need for Barry in the near future. However, he will kill The Flash once that plan is finished; most likely referring to the Enlightenment.

So, I don’t think Barry can say that he knows what it is like to be on the run (no pun intended) for his life as Ralph was this season.

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It just made me cringe throughout the episode when Barry kept preaching about how they don’t cross that line when it has been crossed SEVERAL times in previous seasons by members of Team Flash.

  • Joe killed Weather Wizard’s brother at the end of the very first episode of The Flash, and then “Flashpoint Joe” killed The Rival. In both scenarios, Barry had defeated them by stopping their cyclones that would have brought major destruction to Central City. Then after assuming the battle was over, the bad guys tried to strike when Barry was vulnerable. Joe shot them in the back to protect Barry and that was that!
  • Iris did the same thing when she shot Savitar in the back (killing him) because Barry had his back turned after defeating him. That could be called poetic justice since Savitar stabbed her in the back resulting in her death in the future that Barry saw earlier that season. However, death is still death!
  • Barry killed two of the Earth-2 doppelgangers during the opening episodes of Season 2! I believe he trapped Atom Smasher in a container where the radiation killed him, and then he killed the “Sandman” after learning how to use his lightning bolt technique from “Jay Garrick.”

Guys, I’m just naming a few deaths that Team Flash caused off the top of my head. Sad to say, but I think there may have been a few that I missed.

Let’s be honest, if Devoe was about to kill Barry and Iris had to make the call; she would have killed him. Just as she did with Savitar when he was about to strike Barry when his back was turned.

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Heck, I could see Iris looking at Mechanic dead in the face before killing Devoe saying; “You asked me how far was I willing to go to save my husband…” *pulls trigger* “….that’s how far….” all because she loves her man along with demonstrating the strength of their love.

No questions asked if that murder took place, but if one of the other team members wants to kill then it’s a problem????? Heck, remember when Iris stopped Killer Frost from killing Amunet Black after she crashed her bachelorette party?

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Season 3 Caitlin/Killer Frost was right when she told Barry, “But why would you care? You got Iris. You got your happy ending. Everyone else be damned.

All of Team Flash can fall by the wayside, but as long as Mr. and Mrs. Star Labs are alive and well…everyone else be damned.

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The Best Tyler Perry Youtube Channel!

By Jeremy Carden

This is a special post dedicated to ALL of “The Haves and the Have Nots” fans that have followed my blog since I got started way back in Season 1 of the show! I really want to make sure that everyone knows about my Youtube channel that is now my outlet for getting my thoughts out there on everything HAHN related.

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My channel is called “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Review.” On the channel, I do what I used to with my blog. I simply talk about the episodes, theories, character breakdowns and other things focused on the show. Not to mention, I also talk about If Loving You Is Wrong, The Payne’s, Tyler Perry movies/plays along with anything in the works within the walls of Tyler Perry Studios.

Last October, I quit my full-time job at the call center to become a full-time Youtuber. For some reason, the channel suddenly exploded with 1000s of new subscribers around last June. The money that I was making via advertisements was enough for me to pay my bills. With this new source of income, I was blessed to dedicate all of my time towards making videos.

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Currently, the channel has about 450 videos! This is no joke at all because I have a lot to say about The Haves and the Have Nots.

If you have been following my blog since I got started, you know for a fact that the length of the blogs were pretty long. That is because I leave no stone unturned whenever I talk about a possible theory regarding the show.

Now, imagine that in video form meaning you do not have to read a blog that was about 10 miles long!

You also get the benefit of listening to my smooth voice while thinking about whether or not you agree with what I am saying.

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Making videos has proven to be a much faster way of getting my thoughts out there. This means you are the ones who win because you get a video to listen as you are doing other things instead of being forced to read a blog while placing everything else on hold.

At this point, the channel is over 17,500+ subscribers! We are knocking on the door of 18,000 at this rate. I do not take any of this success for granted because around this time last year, I barely had 600 subscribers. It is nothing short of a blessing that the channel has grown nearly 30 times in size since then.

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What is the point of this blog? Aside from making sure everyone knows where to go if they want my insight on all things HAHN, I need to make a request. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with money.

The goal for my channel is to reach 100,000+ subscribers.

Let me write that again in case you missed it…

THE GOAL FOR MY CHANNEL IS TO REACH 100,000+ SUBSCRIBERS! 

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I know that might seem crazy, but I believe we can make it happen. How? We are talking about a hit show on Tuesday nights. A show that was Tyler Perry’s first step into a direction outside of the Madea dress and wig. A show that was not a sitcom with a laugh track behind every line of dialogue. A show that was telling stories that had compelling characters bringing drama into our living rooms every Tuesday night.

This WordPress blog that I started after I was inspired to share my theories with like-minded HAHN addicts has been viewed more than 600,000+ times. Keep in mind, I spent over three years working on this blog without a single cent to show for it. However, a good friend pointed me in the direction of Youtube to widen my audience.

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My channel has over 3,375,856 views! This is just a testament to how hard work, faith and determination cannot go without being rewarded. At first glance, it might seem like I am throwing out numbers just to boast or sound impressive. I want to stress that it NOT the reason behind this post.

If anything, this is a huge thank you to everyone that has been with me since Day 1 reading my theory blogs that were sometimes right on the money (Candace not being killed by the Malones) and other times off target (Amanda being Celine’s daughter) from what the actual show revealed to us later on down the line.

One of the main reasons I would like to hit over 100,000 subscribers is because channels that hit that milestone are given a special plaque.

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I would love to receive one in the mail that reads: “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Review: Congratulations For Surpassing 100,000 Subscribers!

For those of you that have made it this far into the blog, you might be thinking about how you could help me make this dream a reality. If so, the answer is actually pretty simple. All it takes is for you to subscribe to my channel if you have not done so already. You can also share the videos that you like or think are good predictions about the plot. These little things will get my channel out there to those who do not already know about it.

The biggest video on the channel is about the Ice Queen herself! It was my first video to surpass 200,000 views. The video had to do with whether or not she survived the car accident at the end of last season.

Turns out she survived after all, but that cliffhanger had everyone guessing what was going to happen next! Sadly, the accident was resolved a bit too quickly for my taste, but that is besides the point. If this video could surpass 200,000 views in less than 3 months then I know it is possible for this channel to reach 100,000+ subscribers in the near future!

My promise to all of my followers is to provide quality videos. Aside from videos where only my thoughts are discussed, I also do live streams where some fans call me on Google Hangouts. It really gives the channel a radio-like vibe because callers talk with me about all things HAHN.

I guess those three years in the call center paid off because it makes transitioning over to this Youtube platform a lot easier. That just goes to show God does not put you into an arena without some hidden purpose behind it.

If Michael Jackson did not believe in his vision to create the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller would not have been released. The King of Pop believed in his vision and Thriller still stands at the top of the mountain even after his passing. Now, I know I need to believe in myself when it comes to this channel.

Jesus feed the multiple with two fish and five loaves of bread. He will make a way! I am a very independent person, but I have been humbled by this channel. It has shown me that my posts, videos, etc. are not just about me. They are my thoughts, but everyone who comments on them with their perspective keeps the conversion going. In most of my videos, I mention that the comment section is just an extension of my video. The video is the first domino knocking over the next one and there have been some very good conversations on my posts and videos.

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That is why I am reaching out to everyone out there using every social media platform that I have! I urge you to subscribe, share my channel on your own social media outlets to ensure everyone knows about it.

Aside from hitting my goal of 100,000 subscribers, I want to increase this HAHN family so everyone has a chance to have their voice heard in an outlet with like-minded addicts of this show!

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Sadly, the show will be ending in 2020 because that is when Tyler Perry’s contract with OWN will official come to an end. We will have to say goodbye to HAHN and If Loving You Is Wrong. However, that does not mean these shows will not continue on another network if the fans make enough noise. Trust me, I have no doubt in my mind that all of us together can help the show stay alive.

Remember that the fans were the reason that The Payne’s was brought back from a five year hiatus after that House of Payne cliffhanger.

That is why I do not take my channel lightly because it is a voice for the people who love Tyler Perry’s work. Something else that I would like to make clear is that I never post links or videos of the episodes themselves. That is a serious breach of trust as well as copyright infringement that could get my channel shutdown. Considering this is my one source of income, that would be a very bad idea…

Not to mention, that would be something that is against my own moral code. So, I wanted you to know that my channel is made of original content regarding my thoughts, ideas (as well as your own) about the HAHN along with Tyler Perry’s other shows and movies.

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Keeping an eye on the subscriber number and seeing it increasing makes me feel like Goku collecting energy for his Spirit Bomb.

In case you missed the link above, I wanted to leave a link to my Youtube channel:

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read through all of this. For those of you that have been supporting me since the start of my HAHN journey, I cannot thank you enough. To those of you that are just joining this big HAHN family, I hope you enjoy the ride because you haven’t seen anything yet! 

Please get my channel out there, and I will continue to do more videos. As always, I’ll be doing what I can to keep interest in the show alive and well even during the brief hiatus periods between seasons! 

CW’s The Flash | Why is Iris the Team Leader?

By Jeremy Carden

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Believe it or not, this is NOT I repeat this is NOT a hate post about Iris because we’ve seen enough of that (Even though the show keeps giving us fans fuel to that fire…), and also SPOILERS if you have not seen the mid-season finale.

I really wish the show would add more weight to the whole “Team Leader Iris” thing because I’m still not buying it. I love how Iris makes a “tough call” and get a kiss for it, but Barry makes a tough call (when he isn’t making selfish calls like in previous seasons) and 9 times out of 10 gets crap for it…

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Please give me some reasoning as to how she (the least experienced team member) is the leader. Heck even RALPH is more experienced in terms of detective work! Yes, he’d probably blow up STAR Labs in 5 minutes by accident, but still!

It really appears like the other more experienced members of Team Flash are “dumbed down” to make Iris have a moment of “Hey, I’m useful and I’m going to make the obvious/right choice that everyone is for some reason too blind to see!” 

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If anything, Cisco should have been the one having the moral dilemma of saving both of his best friends when really he should only focus one on problem at a time. Heck, then he and Harry could have a moment and then Ralph as well saying something like; “I think we’re STRETCHING ourselves too thin here…we need to figure out one thing at a time.” THAT would have been a great unity moment in my opinion.

Also, why give Ralph crap about running his mouth and having it be “his fault” Caitlin was captured?

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Remember Iris was the one who told Killer Frost to let “Bucket Lady” walk free instead of killing her a few episodes ago after clearly stating she’d be back for Frost…

I get the whole “no killing” but you could have at least put her in the pipeline…nice call Iris -_

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Then at the end, “I don’t know how long I can do this…making tough calls…” Then DON’T and leave it to someone else who can actually handle it! 

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I feel like the only reason she is leader is for her and Barry to be parallel to Thinker and Mechanic in terms of being “partners.”

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Why Do Fans Hate Iris West?| CW’s The Flash

 

by Jeremy Carden

Believe it or not, but I do not actually hate Iris. The title of this post may suggest otherwise, but I just do not care for how the writers have been treating her over the past couple of seasons on The Flash.

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I feel that she was nothing more than a plot device last season when Barry’s life revolved around saving her life from Savitar.

Season 4 is not off to a great start so far because it seems that every episode has at least one Iris West scene that has rubbed fans the wrong way.

In the video below, I go into my full thoughts on why this character has been getting so much hate from the Flash fanbase, and how the writers can turn things around this season!

I feel like there is so much more that could be done with her as a character. I find it ironic that Wally West was highly underutilized as a hero once Barry came out of the Speed Force. As a result, he has left the show (temporarily).

Instead of properly utilizing Iris, she has been given a more ‘important role’ as a character. However, this has caused her to act out of character for the most part so far this season.

Seriously, eloping in a church that has just finished a funeral? I cannot believe she was giving Barry crap last season for getting engaged in order to change the future to save her life from Savitar!

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One of the biggest things has been the line about how Barry is not the Flash, but “we are the Flash…” Believe it or not, but I think this line is proper because Barry has been going on and on about how there is no Flash without Iris.

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One of the best (worst) things is that even though Iris has done a lot of things that have ticked off fans, I will say that we have been able to get some great memes online after each episode!

Do you hate Iris or have you become numb to her character on the show? 

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Justice League the Animated Series: A Better World

by Jeremy Carden

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The focus of this blog is going to be a bit of a throwback topic; Justice League the Animated Series. I’ll be talking about the 2-parter “A Better World.” If you are fans of the Crime Syndicate/Justice Lords then these episodes will be something that you’ll remember.

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One of the unanswered questions in this parallel universe is why the League decided to go rogue.

It appears based on the episode’s opening that the event which made the “change” occur was after Superman killed Lex with his Heat Vision. However, we should back it up a little bit. There are a few things that we never get more information on;

  1. Why was the League (Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman) attacking the White House in the first place?
  2. What was this war that was potentially bad enough to destroy the world?

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Superman goes ahead of the others to confront Lex and scolds him saying that even being President was enough for him. Lex then gathers up some papers going on about how his vision was not seen in the eyes of the people. Whatever his “plan” was is never explained or mentioned again.

He then loses his cool saying that he’ll push a button that will start the nuclear war and this causes Superman to reply with the numerous ways he could stop him but Lex cuts him off because he knows he won’t do it being brute/deadly force methods.

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Then Lex in a fit of cockiness and stupidity gives a speech (similar to the one Joker gave Superman in the Injustice game before he got killed) about how no matter how many times he locks him up, he’ll get out with a plan bigger than the last one.

However, he takes it a step further than Joker did and actually tells Superman that he in his own right is responsible for Lex’s evil deeds due to not stopping him due to the attention and all he gets for being a hero.

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Obviously, that makes something inside Superman snap and we see his eyes turn red.

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My bat-sense is tingling…

Something that is more shocking than what happened in the Oval Office, after being knocked down by one of the guards. Wonder Woman helps Batman to his feet and something that I never thought I’d hear comes from his lips…”Thanks.” Wow, this is a parallel universe!

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They rush to the office only to see Superman in a pondering pose while Batman boldly says what was done HAD to be done. That was really a shock because it was coming from someone who is opposed to killing. Lex’s plan must have really been something very horrible if Batman condoned Superman’s actions.

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Another thing that I’m curious about is whether or not the Lex of that particular timeline had Brainiac inside of him like he did in the “present.”

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We know that Brainiac had inserted himself into Lex’s body when he held him captive in “Ghost in the Machine” episode before the “World’s Finest” 3-parter in Superman the Animated Series. He gave Lex superhuman strength, cured his cancer and subconsciously told him the ideas/instructions on how to get the equipment and resources necessary to transfer him into an Amazo-like body.

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Now going back to “A Better World” we know that before Superman killed Lex, the Flash had been killed by Lex. The when and why of Flash’s death was left unanswered. We just know that in flashbacks and playback scenarios, a battle damaged Flash is held by two soldiers while Lex has a gun handed to him and he prepares to shot him.

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Here is my guess as to why Lex had killed Flash; it was due to Lex’s own actions in the White House being something the League didn’t like. Lex told Superman that the people were the ones who put him there and they were going to burn for it BURN!!! He basically sounded like a madman.

It seems that because he was in the White House, the League really couldn’t do anything about his actions even if they disapproved. As Superman put it, he regretted him getting the election and winning due to the “will of the people.” So, it seems that even if the other Leaguers were disgusted with Lex’s run for office, Superman was most likely the one to calm them down saying that it was not their jurisdiction to stop him from running. Or it could have been Batman that told Superman the way things worked in terms of elections. Again, it was “the will of the people.”

When he was storming into the office where Lex was, Superman told Wonder Woman that they had waited long enough. Most likely to go in and overthrow him.

Something tells me that Lex was committing some kind of crime as President and Flash went out on his own to stop him only to get caught and killed. For all we know, Lex probably gave bad publicity for the heroes banning them from heroic actions or something of that nature. It just seems unlikely that unless Flash was doing something on his own he wouldn’t be able to be caught.

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Before the “real” Justice League is sent back to their timeline, the Justice Lord Batman says it was more complicated than Flash’s death that pushed the League over the edge. Again, this was something we never get more information on but we do know that Flash’s death seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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That is what made Flash defeating Lex in Justice League Unlimited such a powerful scene because he was literally “changing history!”

I think the most interesting question of all is; what made Justice Lord Batman change his mind? Regardless of the dimension or timeline: Batman IS Batman. Something tells me that he didn’t make that dimensional device without some kind of hidden agenda behind it.

For all we know, he could have deduced that getting the League from a different time before their dictatorship could change his team for the better.

With him basically isolating himself from everyone (so much so that even Manhunter is baffled by the time he spends in his cave), it could mean that he didn’t approve of their “takeover” but really what could he have done about it?

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Something tells me that he was “ok” with it up until a certain point. I mean during the scenes of Arkham, it appears that everyone in Batman’s Rogues Gallery had been lobotomized by Superman’s Heat Vision, Gotham is literally a “happy town” in terms of no crime/litter and as Batman explained to Superman as to why he created the dimensional portal; “What else is there to do around here?”

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When Flash asked him why he had them trapped, the alternate Batman replied with actual emotion that “He didn’t want to lose another…” before walking away. The “real” Batman replied that their world must have lost their Flash and that was why he was so adamant on protecting this one. Flash’s fake flat line made the alternate Batman panic and rush to his cell only to be duped into being the one trapped.

One could speculate that after Flash’s death, the League’s storming of the White House and global takeover made Bruce the recluse he was seen to be. He said he “hated old times” when John asked him to come with him and Hawkgirl to stop a riot at a Smallville college. This could mean that he recalls the times he worked with the League (with Flash I’d wager) and due to him not being one to handle loss well he’d rather not align himself with allies again.

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Remember in “Return of the Joker” after Tim had been abducted and brainwashed by Joker? After Tim “accidently” kills Joker, he forbade him from being Robin again and it seems that he cut ALL ties with the Justice League. Not due to stubbornness or him being anti-social towards them but most likely due to him not wanting to go through the pain of one of his friends/teammates being hurt.

I think that guilt of him not being there to save Tim was what made him isolate himself. With Flash gone in that timeline, which might have been a similar tragedy. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bruce had been someone to tell Flash NOT to go fight Lex (if that was what he did) and the guilt from not stopping him or helping him is what haunted him even in his cave. He was always a “part-timer” in the League but again this is mere speculation on my part.

I mean when you think about it, Bruce’s crusade had essentially been completed in that world. It was a peaceful place but freedom was the only thing missing.

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Considering like the Batcave in Batman Beyond, Bruce had the suits of the Bat-family in their cases possibly meaning that Tim, Dick and Barbara were “no longer needed” because the city was safe (for good it seems). It could be that he was the “voice of reason” in that he decided the best way of getting the League to see the error of their ways was to get their butts handed to them and their powers stripped away.

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After his fight with the other Batman, they were driving through the city and when Bruce asked his Justice Lord counterpart, if their parents would be proud of his actions, he simply said “Just drive…” hinting that he did feel some remorse for what he had done with the other League members. I think the answer to the question shook him to the core; would my parents truly be proud of the world the Justice Lords created? Yes, but the way the League went about it would probably result in a “No.”

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One has to wonder at the end of the 2-parter when the Justice Lord members were sent back to their world (with no powers) what became of them? It seems clear that they were placed in jail, put on trial or something of that nature. However, the biggest mystery is what happened to their Batman and why did he turn against his team?

What do you think?

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Just to take this a little further, in Justice League Unlimited (which takes place 2 years later, the same amount of time in the Justice Lord’s universe where 2 years had passed since Superman killed President Lex), we see Lex running for office only for it to be a false campaign to stimulate aggression in Superman to mirror the events of the Justice Lord’s timeline for some unknown reason…

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Overall, as I mentioned before it was mainly about Brainiac wanting a new body that was indestructible (and with Amazo tech as his host the Collector of Worlds would truly have been unstoppable).

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After fusing with the “Dark Heart” materials, Lex/Brainiac created duplicates of the Justice Lords to fight against the league members with taunts but they are defeated.

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Justice Lord Batman was taken out quickly by Batman since they had their fight and left each other on good terms so there probably wasn’t anything that Bruce wanted to hear from his Justice Lord counterpart (robot) that he hadn’t heard already.

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I think the most important parts of this season were Superman NOT duplicating the actions of Justice Lord Superman by killing Lex (even after Flash seemingly “died”) and Bruce’s change of heart about the League’s actions. When he and Flash were held prisoners, he tells Flash that their actions were not all that different from the Justice Lord’s when he really thought about it.

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Then after his face to face confrontation with Amanda Waller in episode when Superman fights Doomsday (one of my favorite JLU scenes by the way) really made him question whether or not the League should have that much power and jurisdiction. At the end of the episode, he even accused Superman of being like his Justice Lord counterpart due to their final judgment to send Doomsday to the Phantom Zone.

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Originally the writers were going to have Bruce form his own “league” to fight alongside Cadmus (mainly non-powered members who also believed in him like Green Arrow, Huntress and Question for example) but if I remember correctly he would eventually turn on them after learning their “true” intentions.

In any case, the story line and buildup that came with the introduction of the Justice Lords was just amazingly well written. I was only a child when it came on television for the first time but now that I’m older I’m fully able to appreciate the show not just for the action but the excellent writing.

Just a couple of final thoughts about “A Better World” it on the Hawkgirl/Green Lantern relationship.

Something else worth mention is their respective “commanders” feelings about their actions.

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Was the Green Lantern/Guardians of the Universe satisfied with John’s actions taking part in literally a planetary takeover? My guess is since the planet was being “protected” nothing against the oath of the Green Lanterns was taking place that deemed it necessary to take back his ring.

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In the present, later on Hawkgirl’s people and lover were coming to take over the Earth and destroy it. Though it seems to have not been referenced in “A Better World.”

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Another interesting note is that she was wearing armor similar to one of the female commanders in “Star-crossed.”

It appears that these two are in a relationship based on a couple of things;

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1. At the beginning of part 1 after the opening credits, Hawkgirl is comforting John when he is clearly missing Flash and his goofy antics.

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2. After stopping the riot at a Smallville college, Hawkgirl talks about how the world used to like the league but now look at them in fear. John mentions that they did what was right in order to protect Earth regardless of fear. Hawkgirl asks if he sleeps better at night for him to reply, “You know I do…”

Not sure of what to make of that last statement but something tells me that those two are in a relationship!

Your thoughts?