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It was fun to experience a Barry-less world to kick of The Flash Season 4, just because Barry had been such a nincompoop through most of the end of Season 3. And for all intents and purposes, the STAR Labs team seemed to be doing pretty well without him. Wally and Cisco had teamed up to use their speedster and Vibe powers to help bring down baddies that, along with Iris’s help, showed a true group effort that rarely occurs when Barry is around. But The Flash needs its Flash, and not a kid one evidently, so Barry returned and the dynamic went back to usual. Part of that also means that Wally West gets completely sidelined.
Remember in Season 3 when The Flash revealed that Wally was actually naturally faster than Barry? I thought, for a long time, that this would be what saved Iris — that it would be Barry learning to rely on others, and that with Savitar focused on The Flash, Kid Flash could zoom in (no pun intended) and save his sister. It didn’t play out that way, and the show is walking that fact back now that Barry has spent his sabbatical in the Speed Force (something Wally also did, if you remember). Now Barry is back to being faster than Wally, which makes sense, but it also leaves Wally’s position on the team in doubt yet again.
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It was clear in Season 3 that the show had no idea what to do with Wally. Despite his talents as a speedster and his desire to help, he was constantly sidelined, ignored, and dismissed in favor of Barry. This was at a time, don’t forget, where Barry had literally fucked up all of time. And yet, Wally couldn’t be relied upon? (We also have not seen Wally...
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