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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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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Young Justice: Season 2 Review and My Thoughts on a Season 3

First off, let me just say that there hasn’t been an official confirmation of a Season 3 and this blog is completely based on my opinion. As fans, I think we can all agree that after hearing that Young Justice: Invasion was going to be the end of the series you could hear the hearts of DC fans breaking around the world. It was really a shame because unlike most animated shows on TV these days this show stood out from the rest; action, solid character roster (which of course would have grown in the next season), great dialogue and a well-written script which created an excellent story line to follow.

I’m not writing this to criticize the other programs on Cartoon Network, but I will say that YJ was in a “league” of its own (Justice League pun…I couldn’t resist). The reason that I am writing this blog is to know what the fans would want to see if there was a Season 3.

Personally there are a lot of things that I’d love to see and most of them do not have to do with the action that makes this show great because I’m one of those people who love continuity and character development/personality. Also, keep in mind that while the comic book that went along with the animated series was great, I’m only going to discuss the television show for my thoughts.

Something that we never saw in Invasion was Dick Grayson. Think about it, true we saw Nightwing as Team Leader and sometimes in the field of battle but we never got to see Dick without the costume.

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It is understandable because with everything going on there wasn’t much time for Dick to be Dick. You know the playful Boy Wonder that we saw in Season 1 due to him now being in command of the Team along with all of the seriousness going on around him (I’ll get back to Dick/Nightwing a little later).

Out of Season 2, I would have to say that my favorite or standout episodes would probably be; Satisfaction and Summit. I loved Satisfaction because again it was more than just the action that grabbed my attention but the excellent dialogue especially Lex’s speech during the original Roy Harper’s fight with Mercy about his “arsenal.”

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As for Summit, words cannot express how awesome this episode was. It just proves how much the Team planned ahead. My favorite part of the episode was Kaldur’s demeanor. He played his role as a Light member perfectly and the fact that he made valid points on the Reach and calming the battle between evil organizations was astounding.

Even more impressive was his temperament in his transmission exposing the Light’s true intentions to the Reach after he was “killed” by Deathstroke. This was so impressive that even Vandal gave the boy credit. The closing words to the hologram “I’m sure I’ve shattered this illusion as well as what is left of this sorry alliance…good night” was just the icing on the cake.

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Not to mention he defeats both Black Manta AND Deathstroke (off-screen)!

Some episodes and moments worthy of honorable mentions include the following:

  • Alienated: We get to see the Bat-Family together in costume and in action. This was something that we didn’t get to see in Batman the Animated Series.

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I think my favorite part of that was when they infiltrated the base and Nightwing gave the signal to Batgirl and Robin to attack, the fact that it was unspoken just showed how in sync this group of heroes are!

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  • Salvage: This episode was good because we got our first look at the clone Roy Harper (Red Arrow) and how he’s been dealing with life after the events of the Season 1 finale. Not to mention finding out he married Cheshire and now has a child was an excellent cliffhanger.
  • Bloodlines: Similar to “Alienated” we get to see a “family” of superheroes in action! In this episode it was the Flash or Speedster family.

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  • Cornered: We get our first look at Virgil (Static) enough said…

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  • True Colors: Sportsmaster’s visit and then betrayal by the Light was just a good look into his character

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It was a real shame that Black Manta was betrayed by his son when he was one of the ONLY parents in the series that actually cared about his child because Sportsmaster cared more about his reputation that his blood.

You are probably wondering why “Endgame” wasn’t in my favorite episodes list of Season 2 but there are a few reasons for that. For one, it was too rushed just like the finale of Season 1. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy watching it but everything was too fast paced for my taste. There were a lot of scenes that had to be cut because it is a 22 or 23-minute show (http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Endgame).

My hope is that on the final DVD set coming out in the Special Features portion of the discs we get to see those deleted scenes. That would be a great little farewell gift to treat the loyal fans with, but I doubt that this will happen.

When comparing it to the Season 1 finale, again I am referring to how rushed everything was. Remember that off screen the Team along with some of their allies from earlier in the season created the cure to the Starro-Tech, Robin broke into Batman’s safe with the Kryptonite and other events were mentioned but not seen due to time.

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Really I felt that the finale for Season 1 should have been a 2-parter with the first episode being about how the Team discovered the League was under mind control and worked on creating a cure and the second episode could have been the League/Team throw down saving them from the Light’s control.

The episode “Intervention” was one episode that seemed too much like an episode of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” because it just seemed too easy. We see how Jamie is literally “trapped” inside the Scarab and forced to do whatever the Reach wanted him to do. Also, the whole bit with the Ambassador controlling his motions, actions and dialogue through the remote control was just cheesy in my opinion.

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Then when he and Green were freed and on their way home, Robin, Zatanna and the others explaining what went down and how they saved him seemed like the end of an episode when Velma and Freddy would breakdown how they used the clues to solve the mystery. You could just tell that the writers were pressed with only 2 episodes left so they had to wrap everything up as quickly as they could with the little time they had left in the series.

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One thing about in the finale episode that I wanted to see were the different partners set up to destroy the machines scattered across the globe, I did read that Red Arrow and Arsenal were teamed up and I would have loved to see that! The defeat of Black Beetle seemed lackluster and WAY too fast. I mean within the first 5 minutes or so that was the fall of the Reach’s mightiest (and only warrior aside from Green Beetle) warrior. It was a shame that Green Beetle had to lose his scarab but I guess it was done to make it so Blue was the only Beetle in the galaxy.

After Black’s first fight with the Team it was awesome seeing him toss them around like they were nothing but I was afraid after that episode. Why? Because like most villains or powerhouses introduced into a series, their first fight(s) show them dominating their opponents but in their appearances that follow, they get taken down by tactics that aren’t that impressive because with repeated fights the good guys figure out how to outsmart them and take them down.

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Something else that I wanted to know was whether or not Batman knew Dick and Kaldur’s plan? It wouldn’t surprise me if he did because well, he’s Batman. When the League arrived back on Earth his first words were to Aqualad asking what had happened. It is possible that on their way back from their trial they were filled in on everything that had happened during their time away from Earth.

I’m glad that Kid Flash (Wally) didn’t suffer but honestly, I do not think that he is dead. You can call it wishful thinking if you want to but the way that it happened seems unbelievable.

Remember in Justice League Unlimited when Grodd is sucked out of the air lock in the Legion of Doom’s headquarters by Lex in space or when Lex and Darkseid presumably became a part of the Source Wall?

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From what I can tell the writers “killed off” the characters that way so if they were to return it would be through understandable circumstances. I think the same can be said of Kid Flash as it looks like a plot device that could be explored in Season 3.

Now getting back to Dick/Nightwing, I do not believe that he thinks that Wally is dead. Why? Jumping back to the Justice League series, do you recall in “Hereafter” when Superman was presumed dead after being blasted by Toyman’s machine (when really he was transported thousands of years into the future) Batman was the ONLY person to not believe that he was dead?

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He did his own investigation into his disappearance and right when he was about to give up and was giving a heartfelt speech to Clark’s memorial it was cut short due to an attack on the city (Notice how the writers don’t even want Bruce to have a sentimental moment or doubt his own hunches because he’s Batman?).

What does this have to do with Nightwing? Well I think that the fact he is taking some “time off” from the Team probably means more than what he led Aqualad to believe. He might pull a “Red Arrow” and do his own search for his fallen buddy. I’ve heard/read that if a Season 3 was made that there would have been another time jump from season to season like they did in-between seasons 1 and 2. I’m not just saying this because he was Batman’s partner but I wouldn’t put it past Nightwing to do something like this.

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Let me talk about what I thought about Wally’s death. Again, I’m glad that it wasn’t slow and painful but the fact that he died wasn’t fair. I’m not saying this to be whinny but here is why I don’t think it is fair. In Season 2, I think Wally was one of the characters that had to suffer the most. I dare say that he was close to the level of suffering of Aqualad (he had his mind shattered by Miss M, had to infiltrate his biological father’s ranks and then betray him along with losing his love Tula prior to all of this). Why? Let’s go down the list shall we?

  • The love of his life was placed in hands of the enemies for months
  • He was friendship with Dick was strained due to his unnecessary risks to the Team putting their lives in danger on multiple occasions
  • Lying to cover up the fake death of Artemis and I think this was shown to be the most painful during his visit to her grave with her mother. You could see the look on his face when she said how much his presence meant to her because Artemis’ death would have been too much to bear if she had to go through it alone
  • He is finally reunited with his love only to be killed off in the next episode…

Those reasons alone express my distain for him dying. I’m not mad at Impulse for changing history because it seems that he changed it for the better. However, it appears that saving Flash’s life might have been “replaced” with Wally dying instead considering he doesn’t belong in the present and history probably didn’t have 3 Speedsters in the history books (not counting the out of action Jay). Not to mention that fact that he was once again going into retirement with Artemis and passing the mantel of Kid Flash down to Bart was heartwarming to know that Bart was accepted in the present and that Wally was going to be able to finally enjoy life with his love.

I will give the writers credit; seeing the episode promo for “Bloodlines” had me thinking that Flash was going to die and Wally would take his place. Then in the finale when Barry raced to stop the last machine and Impulse went with him I assumed that he was going to die. However another plot twist came about with Wally was the one to perish.

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From what some people have said based on the writer’s decision. This “universe” for Young Justice does not have a Speed force, I don’t know why but that is what I’ve heard. I think the most “logical” reason for Wally being alive is that the energy sped him up to the point that he disappeared. It is true that Barry and Bart were running faster than him but I think the fact that they were so fast was why the energy did not transfer over to them because their speed was superior to the device’s and that was why Wally was the device’s catalyst.

Definition of a catalyst; substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction WITHOUT being consumed in the process.

Remember that energy was being burned off slowly by Bart and Barry and then using Wally as the catalyst the machine was finally able to be deactivated.

The reason that I think Wally was sped up by the energy is that he was “ceasing to exist” according to Scarab and if you think about it, if something was extremely fast then Scarab might not be able to trace or detect it. Similar to all of the times Blue had to deal with a Speedster, the Scarab had to take a few moments to detect/anticipate the movements of Impulse in order to attack.

Think about the Dragonball series, the Ki Sense ability is used to detect the life force/energy of another being and if that being is moving too fast then it cannot be detected by the Ki Sense.

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This is something that I think Dick would be able to deduce with enough investigation.

Another thing to note is that Miss M’s quick use of her powers due to Artemis’ “death” in Invasion was similar to the Season 1 episode “Failsafe.” Artemis dies causing Miss M’s emotions to cloud her judgment putting her friends/teammates at risk.

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In Season 1, she almost put them all into a coma during their telepathic mission and in Season 2 she nearly destroyed Aqualad’s mind for good. It is really amazing how the writers threw in that foreshadowing and similarities of both seasons into the script.

I was a bit sad that both the League and Team lost their trophies and souvenirs after the destruction of the Hall of Justice along with the Cave.

Something that I wanted to see but didn’t (though it was kind of hinted at) was Nightwing dressing up as Batman. I know that might seem strange but think of it like this; Aqualad took on the outfit of his father Black Manta, Miss M morphed into Martian Manhunter’s alien AND human forms and Superboy was dressed as Superman (flying with Miss M’s powers to fake the illusion of flight).

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I think what we got instead of Nightwing’s version of the Bat-glare after seeing that Blue had lied to him and betrayed the Team.

Another bout we never got to see was Nightwing vs. Deathstroke, just to give fans of the original Teen Titans series something to have a “Nerd-gasm” over.

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Jason Todd’s appearance as one of the deceased members of the Team was something that caused a riot among fans because we wanted to see Red Hood! It was mentioned by the creators midway though Season 2 that he would not appear and for good reason; there was TOO much going on in Season 2 already. I’m glad he didn’t because if Red Hood/Jason did show up then he probably would have been downplayed or not as involved as we would have liked him to be due to the Reach invasion, Batman off planet, etc.

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Hopefully if there is a Season 3 we will finally be able to get him in the series! I think him showing up in Season 2 MIGHT have worked (if not for the invasion taking up most of the plot) because something similar to the “Battle for the Cowl” event could have taken place. Batman was off world and according to Vandal due to the bribes placed, he and the League were never going to be released from prison meaning that of course one of the Bat-family (namely Dick who’d be hesitant to do so) would have to take up the cowl. Especially with Gotham being without its Dark Knight for so long it would be something that HAD to be done. Jason would likely return at that point to claim it but first getting revenge on the one who took his place (Tim) and with Tim not being confident in his role yet it would have made him an easy target and this plot with Jason would have allowed him to get some much needed character growth.

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Another possible plot for Jason/Red Hood would be “The Outlaws.” My reasoning for this is that Arsenal is now seemingly out on his own, Static mentioned that the rest of the “Runaways” decided to give up the hero game declining the Team’s invite to join them; and of course that means Arsenal is doing his own “solo act.” He isn’t one to follow the rules doing things his way usually for revenge/personal gain and that can be said for Red Hood as well.

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Not to mention BOTH are seemingly unstable emotionally with Roy’s fear of being captured again making him do crazy things (his paranoia shown when Blue was capturing the Team and after knocking out 2 of the Reach soldiers chasing him, he flat out screamed that he wasn’t going back on ice again, EVER!!!!) and with Jason being revived by the Lazarus Pit that makes him unstable as well. Those two would probably meet up in some way and the Outlaws would be formed, not sure how Starfire would be introduced BUT as I mentioned before if there was a Season 3, a lot of new characters would be included.

One scene that had me laughing hard was the look on Superman’s face when it was announced that Lex had replaced Secretary General Tseng. Uh-oh…sounds like “Public Enemies” might be coming sooner or later…come on how hard is it to imagine a member of the Light in the White House?

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It was obvious that after taking off on the War World that Vandal was headed to meet with Darkseid after making it clear to every alien race that if any of them came to Earth they were going to pay dearly meaning that in Season 3 an invasion was going not going to be something that needed to be worried about (unless of course Darkseid decides to sent in some Terror Demons…).

I think the main question about the alliance between the Light and Darkseid is; Can either one of them TRULY be trusted?

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The Light literally had the Reach’s number before they even came to Earth and it all seemed to be a part of a bigger plan to betray them. With some of the more powerful League members on trial and the secret to unlocking a human’s meta-powers in their hands, the Light had everything to gain before their eventual betrayal against the Reach.

Another thing to ponder is whether or not Bart’s future has now been uncorrupted due to the Reach’s defeat. It seems that the Reach was in full control of Earth due to Blue Beetle and if Darkseid was a part of that future it seems likely that the planet would be destroyed not just conquered because I don’t think the Reach would accept being puppets to Darkseid, we saw how the Ambassador felt after learning of the Light’s betrayal (I really didn’t like that guy much to begin with).

One more thing about Blue Beetle, in Bart’s timeline do you think Jamie was still the human “meat” inside of the Scarab? It was implied in the present that in order to reboot the Scarab to put it back on Mode the host would die in the process and another human would be used instead.

In the flashback to his timeline, Bart is seen carrying a large object before collapsing from being tired only for Blue to threaten him to get up again.

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Then a close up on his face reveals what appears to be wrinkles around his mouth area. To me that may imply that it was Jamie just older and much more muscular than his present self. Though it might be safe to say that it could have been anyone in that armor because Bart probably only knew that Blue Beetle was the one to cause the Reach’s takeover not the person inside the armor.

Looking at the symbol on Black Beetle’s chest a lot of fans have speculated that it is similar to the Brainiac insignia. Could the “Collector of Worlds” in some way be connected to the Reach’s Scarab technology? It wouldn’t surprise me because in the comics (yes, I will reference the comics for this theory) he was shocked to see Blue Beetle (during his first mission with the Team) protecting the Earth with the rest of the heroes. I mean he is “living technology” and something as powerful and deadly as the Scarab to control planets (while he collects and destroys them) it would not be that surprising if he was somehow connected to it.

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Overall, if there is a Season 3 in the future I’d be extremely happy. Ever since Season 1 there has been references to Apokolips such as the Queen Bee’s troops and Psimon working on the teleportation methods of transporting technology/weapons from Apokolips to Earth hinting at the Boom Tube being used to send over more than just weapons…

To me the Spectacular Spider-man is another one of those shows similar to Young Justice in that after 2 seasons it ended with a major cliffhanger that had fans wanting more. Funny how some of the writers for that show also worked on Young Justice, if Season 3 does happen and the show ended with it then I’d be happy but only if they wrapped up the story such as why the Light is working with Darkseid.

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The fact that G. Gordon Godfrey is actually playing the role he does in the comics being in league with Darkseid using his powers of persuasion was a nice tough unlike the persona he played in the Justice League series where he is shown making the public dislike the league but didn’t seem to have any affiliation with Darkseid.

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So those are my thoughts about YJ from what we’ve seen and what I’d like to see in Season 3. If you have any thoughts on Seasons 1 and 2 or what you want to see in Season 3 feel free to contact me or reply to this blog to add your own thoughts.

I plan on getting the next set of DVDs for the final episodes of Season 2 and the YJ Legacy game coming out this fall so hopefully with enough fan support there will be a Season 3 to look forward to in the near future!

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Maybe the video game will reveal more about the 5 year gap in between Seasons 1 and 2. The tagline for the game is “One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die” if I were to make a prediction it would be Tula that falls (dies), Aqualad will be the one that “falls” from the Team and the one who will “rise” is Nightwing as team leader with Aqualad leaving to start his mission as an undercover agent working for his father and eventually the Light.