08th Sep2017

‘The Flash: The Complete Third Season’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

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Over the last few weeks I’ve managed to review quite a few of the DC television shows. The Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl have been fun to watch, but one thing that has been missing are the crossover episodes that connect the shows with The Flash. Now I’m reviewing The Flash: The Complete Third Season I’m able to complete these (for his stories at least), and of course see the repercussions of Flashpoint.

At the start of season 3, Barry (Grant Gustin) is living the life he always dreamed of. When things start to go wrong though, he finds he has to fix what happens with the aid of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher. When he returns everything to normal though, he soon finds messing with time has consequences not only for him, but those around him too.

Moving from Supergirl to The Flash season 3 is quite a jump in tone, because things are getting serious for the speedster. With new threat in the form of Savitar (Grant Gustin) promising a tragedy in the near future, Barry has to find out a way to fix it.

This season is one where Barry has to deal with what happens when you mess with time, and of course the results are not good. Not only does this bring on new enemies, but also affects the allies around him. One positive thing to see is the introduction of Kid Flash, who is of course Wally (Kelynan Lonsdale). A nice addition to the cast is also Tom Felton as Julian Albert. Felton is good in the role, and also has amusing connections to some of the story choices this year. One of them being the Philosophers Stone, and another being a visit to Earth 2 to deal with Gorilla Grog. The in-joke of Felton starring in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is likely to make fans smile. While the reference isn’t blatant, it is still smartly used for a few laughs.

When it comes to the cross over episodes, my favourite has to be Duet, the musical episode. There is no surprise that John Barrowman manages to force his way into this one, and he does seem to relish the chance to sing and dance. For those who have the Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow set,s these crossover episodes are fun. The problem with that is, if you don’t own the other series then “the story continues on Arrow” isn’t really a welcome thing to see. This is a similar problem in Supergirl, which actually had more crossover episodes that were lacking the follow-up. It would have been nice if they had been included.

The third season of The Flash packs quite a punch, especially with the darker storyline and feeling of impending tragedy. Although as fans we expect the ending to make everything better, it is quite refreshing that things don’t go as easily as you would expect. It will be interesting to see where The Flash goes in season 4.

I enjoyed The Flash: The Complete Third Season, though by the end it did feel like things were dragging on. Saying that, there was a lot packed into the story, and the end is genuinely surprising. For fans who bought the other DC television show sets, this helps to complete them, especially with the crossover episodes. For those who only want this one though, thankfully there is only one episode that extends into one of the other shows.

The Flash: The Complete Third Season is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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