The Flash: The Complete Third Season

| September 5, 2017

The second season of CW’s The Flash closed with Barry Allen, unable to cope with the loss of his parents any longer, hurtling himself into the past to save his mother’s life and thereby changing the entire timeline of his life and the series as a whole. This creates a whole new timeline in the form of Flashpoint that we find Barry living in at the beginning of the third season. Everything in Flashpoint seems fine at first, but it brings with it a whole host of new problems, a new Flash in the form of Wally West, and a whole new array of metahumans. What’s more, time doesn’t like to be messed with it seems, and Barry’s memories of his former life start to fade.

This opening volley of Flash’s third season is among the most exciting runs in the series to-date, showing off just how powerful Barry is and just how much of a danger he can be to the universe itself if he gives in to the whims of his still very human emotions. It also gives the writers an excuse to introduce a pile of new characters both in Flashpoint itself and in the post-Flashpoint timeline Barry goes on to create once he goes back to try to undo Flashpoint. Among the most exciting of these are the introductions of Julio Mendez from the 1990-91 series of The Flash to the new series and the post-Flashpoint introduction of Harry Potter’s Tom Felton as Barry’s newfound nemesis in CCPD CSI, Julian Albert. Julian’s a great addition to the series, though sadly I’ve read that Felton’s not returning for the fourth season!

As if things weren’t bad enough for Barry in his post-Flashpoint life with Team Flash fracturing and Julian out to get him fired, Central City also comes under attack by the Speed God Savitar. And Savitar’s servants immediately set out to restore the powers of Flashpoint’s metahumans. Sounds bad, right? Well it gets even worse when Barry accidentally runs into the future and sees Savitar kill one of those closest to him. Can “The Fastest Man Alive” outrun his own future? And can the cast of The Flash and Supergirl sing well enough to carry an entire musical crossover episode that yes, really happens?!

This is The Flash at its best, which I know I’ve said every season, but this is a show that simply appeals to the kid in me in a way that no other contemporary series does. It is in fact one of the few series on television right now I’d deem worth watching on a weekly basis. Plus, having Flashpoint, the truly show-stopping musical episode, AND the Savitar storyline debut in the same season sets a bar so high that I’ll truly be shocked if they ever manage to top it. But I can’t wait to see them try.

The Flash: The Complete Third Season is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and includes all 23 episodes of season three, including the Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl crossover. Special features on the home video release include the following featurettes:

-The Flash: 2016 Comic-Con Panel

-“A Flash in Time: Time Travel in the Flash Universe”

-“Villain School: The Flash Rogues”

-“Allied: The Invasion Complex (The Flash)”

-“Rise of Gorilla City” (and yes, Gorilla Grod is back in season three!)

-“The Flash: I’m Your Super Friend

-“The Flash: Hitting the Fast Note”

-“Harmony in a Flash”

-“Synchronicity in a Flash”

-A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith

-Deleted Scenes

-Gag Reel

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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