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In a somewhat unprecedented move, The CW made the first two episodes of The Flash’s new season available for critics. It was important for us to see the show’s return though, perhaps this year more than any other. After The Flash’s lackluster third season, what was once the crown jewel of The CW’s superhero lineup had fallen to unfortunate lows, mostly because of a poorly executed and repetitive villain (Savitar), and a fixation on one scene (the “death” of Candice Patton’s Iris) that we knew would never happen. The team had grown too large, the show didn’t seem to know what to do with any non-meta character, and dour emotional narratives suffocated what was once the most positive and upbeat of the network’s DC shows.
All of those series have gone through important course corrections in the past: Arrow had faced a similar slump in its third (and then fourth) seasons, and the series very specifically looked to rectify that in Season 5, with a focus on getting back to the show’s roots of tough vigilante justice. Similarly, after a messy opening season, Legends of Tomorrow remedied some of its major issues in Season 2 with a trio of excellent villains, and dumped the forced relationship drama to instead focus on a quip-filled team dynamic (it also stopped trying to pretend there were any rules to its timey-wimey storylines and just had bonkers fun — it worked). Supergirl changed networks, for the better, and thus it was time for The Flash to take a good long look at itself, and get back to its Season 1 roots: a fun superhero series that made the Villain of the Week formula work.
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