Every single CW show has now returned from the break, and the post-Crisis world is setting in. We’ve already remarked that Supergirl has benefited from stronger writing and intriguing events. Apparently, that ripple effect has trickled down to The Flash as well! In particular, it would seem that the one character who got the big focus, was arguably its weakest character.
The world post-Crisis has greatly shifted the landscape. As Cisco pointed out, the heroes only got themselves back, but the villains have jumped exponentially, some of which they have never even encountered yet! The best part of the early open had to be Cisco’s binder of villain trading cards! This hearkened back to collecting those Topps’ Marvel Universe trading cards! Props to you if you still got your collection like I do! The other great part is that reset timeline board he wrote out. I’d love to read that thing in its entirety! But that tease about Carlos Valdez (Cisco) leaving? Welp, better get used to him not being around…he gone!
In any case, the main story evolves from a plot thread hanging from pre-Crisis. Iris has been sniffing around a conspiracy of metahuman trafficking ring involving a high-tech firm. As the mystery deepens, she uncovers a clandestine faction known as The Black Hole who uses metahuman assassins to quiet anyone who gets too close. Iris has run afoul of one such assassin, Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi aka DC Comics’ Dr. Light II. Dr. Light was a hero in the comics, here she’s a metahuman killer who channels her powers into a powerful rifle.
Without spoiling the rest of the story, Iris aggressively pursues the story with almost reckless abandon. But that is honestly, what she’s supposed to be doing as a reporter. Perhaps hanging around Lois Lane in the Crisis is rubbing off on her. Yet, what struck me most was that this Iris was the Iris we’d been wanting to see for almost 4 entire seasons of The Flash. She was an investigative reporter, not some erstwhile superhero team leader for which she had no place. She was in her element, and sticking her nose where it belonged, and honestly it was the best thing i’ve ever seen her in.
I don’t know who got in the ears of the writers, but Candace Patton was FINALLY given something worthwhile to do. Iris being a doting wife of a superhero is almost demeaning. Her being at the helm of the team always felt completely weird, to the point we all wondered if she was even a reporter any more. Here however, she was money. And add to the fact that never, not one time, did Iris need her superhero husband to come get her out of a jam, conveniently. He spent all of his time with Diggle from Arrow, and in a largely fruitless fashion.
A strong episode of The Flash is leading to an even more interesting one coming next week. Stay tuned for that.