I’ve always been a big fan of The Flash tv show but I’ve always been frustrated knowing this show could be 100x better. It could be amazing. That’s exactly why I’m making this article. To show what needs to be changed and can be improved. Because if they don’t, this show could become horribly boring and simply bad for the next season. As a fan, I would hate that to happen. So this is what I want to see happen and change for season 4.
For season 4 and forward, we need to start focusing on the CSI aspect of Barry Allen’s life. That’s where you can tell the greatest, most interesting and human stories. We could actually see some quality television being written. We don’t want any more speedster villains or speedster companions. Give us a compelling, suspenseful, interesting and human murder mystery to revolve the season around. A season filled with strong and entertaining twists that make sense for the overarching story. Not just identity twists. In fact, we all are sick and tired over the villain identity reveals. Whoever the villain is, don’t make the villain’s identity a big deal. Don’t make it someone close to Barry, or a character from previous seasons. The struggle should still be figuring out who the killer is, but only so they can find out where he is and send him to prison. We should also get episodes revolving around other crimes, like art thieves or the mob, etc.
A big problem for ‘The CW’ network and tv shows in general, has always been the filler episodes. I would argue that the problem isn’t the filler episodes themselves. It’s how they’re being used. They’re being used to fill up time and nothing else. I think this is so sad. You have all these extra episodes of standalone storytelling potential, but you let it go to waste. The producers over ‘The Flash’ tv show should hire in some well known and talented guest writers to tell their own unique stories with these episodes.
The “Team Flash” aspect needs to go away and never come back. It’s lazy, boring, uninteresting and hurts Barry Allen as a character. They always have to make up excuses for why he needs about five to six members to help him out. They have to dumb down the character when he’s on the field or doing general research. Makes Barry seem stupid in many cases. Which doesn’t even make sense considering he’s supposed to be a smart and capable forensic scientist. He has already learned more than enough how to be a superhero. The team shouldn’t serve any use to him. The only help he would need is getting patched up by someone when he’s injured or about to die. That could be Caitlin since she’s specialised in the medical field. Could also be someone else. The point is, Barry only needs one person to help him at Star Labs. The rest of the time should be spent on the field and the police department. That’s what we find interesting, compelling and fun. Nobody cares about the characters that much when they’re in Star Labs. Joe and Julian should spend all their crime fighting time at the CCPD with Barry. Then I say you should write Cisco Remone and Harrison Wells off the show. At least in a team member capacity. As I said, the “Team Flash” aspect has to go. It keeps the show from reaching its true potential. It has gotten so boring and uninteresting at this point. Has to go.
After you remove the “Team Flash” aspect, you will need some new regulars on the show. Make the important members of the CCPD new regulars on the show. Look at how they did Dexter. They managed to make the Miami police department regulars while still not knowing who Dexter really is. They had one member who suspected him but that’s it. They handled it brilliantly. Take notes and inspiration from Dexter.
Another problem for ‘The Flash’ tv show has been the writing for Iris West. She either gets nothing to do or she gets something boring to do. Most of what she has done is create stupid melodrama in Barry’s life, or worked on articles we didn’t care about. They need to start giving Iris West a good role on the show. Otherwise she shouldn’t be there, since she offers nothing to the show. What they should do is make her the narrator for the show. Let us hear her reading out the article / several articles she’s doing on the main murder case. Show her interviewing the victim’s loved ones and other people involved, etc. This is something that would be both meaningful and interesting to see.
One member in particular I want to see brought back is Patty Spivot. She fits perfectly with the show and especially when we start making the CCPD our main focus. Shantel VanSanten did a wonderful job portraying the character. Have no idea why they wrote her off the show. Me and others loved the character. Please bring her back.
More Leonard Snart and Rogues for season 4! Snart and Barry have such an interesting and compelling relationship. We need to see more of that explored. The rogues are so much fun and there are so many stories you can tell with them. So much you can explore and have fun with. Give us more of it.
Make Barry Allen a lot more independent. Show us his intellect, strenghts and weaknesses. Let us see him deal with his obstacles alone and managing to defeat them. Not without struggle of course. Show us why he’s a superhero. There’s more to a hero than the costume and the powers. Show us his need to save people and how much he helps Central City. You need to let us viewers know why he’s needed. How much both Central City and Barry Allen needs this. We need to see people looking up to him as a hero. Back in season 2, we saw a lot of it. Then it’s like they forgot about it. This is a superhero show after all. It’s important to show how much he helps Central City.
Let us see exactly how smart Barry Allen is. Give us an in-depth look inside his head when he’s looking for evidence and working with science in general. Let’s make him finally create that Flash ring, and make use of Gideon on the show. Make Gideon his “Jarvis” (Iron Man’s artificial intelligence) when on the field. Barry could communicate to her from the suit to look up criminal records and locations. Could tell him if he’s in critical health and so on. He doesn’t need more help than that. He should be able to figure out how to save people and beat the villains on his own.
Barry is a charismatic and funny guy. Let us see that side of him from now on. Give us seasons when he’s not dealing with the death / upcoming death of a loved one. Show him in a normal happy mood. Otherwise if you keep making him sad all the time, it becomes boring and you stop caring. You have to see the bright, happy and normal side of the character if you want us to care when he gets hurt or dealing with something horrible.
If ‘The Flash’ tv show implements everything I brought up in this article, I believe this show could become something amazing. This article was made out of love and nothing else. I’m a fan of the show and have high hopes for it. Let’s see how this seasons ends and what will happen after.
Written by – @kostymentweets
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