Flashpoint (The Flash episode)

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The Flash episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 1
Directed byJesse Warn
Story by
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by
  • Andrew Kreisberg
  • Brooke Roberts
Featured musicBlake Neely
Production codeT27.13101
Original air dateOctober 4, 2016
Running time43 minutes
  • John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
  • Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen
  • Todd Lasance as Edward Clariss
  • Tobin Bell as Doctor Alchemy
  • Keri Adams as Bethany Snow
  • Alex Desert as Julio Mendez
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"Flashpoint" is the first episode of the third season of the American science fiction superhero television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a crime scene investigator who gains superhuman speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. The series is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The episode, the series 47th, was directed by Jesse Warn, and has a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and a teleplay by Kreisberg and Brooke Roberts.

Grant Gustin stars as Barry, and is joined by principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin. "Flashpoint" picks up where the second season left off; Barry had gone back in time to save the life of his mother, Nora Allen. After this, a new timeline is formed that left things for the worst. The episode premiered in the United States on The CW on October 4, 2016.


After preventing his mother Nora's murder, Barry returns with Eobard Thawne to the present and imprisons him in a cage that dampens his powers. In the new timeline, which Thawne dubs "Flashpoint", both of Barry's parents are alive; Joe has a poor relationship with Wally and Iris and is chronically in trouble at work; Cisco is a billionaire tech magnate; and Caitlin is a pediatric ophthalmologist. There is also a new Flash in Central City called Kid Flash, struggling with his own nemesis, Edward Clariss, known as "The Rival". Barry begins losing his memories of the original timeline due to the new timeline becoming permanent.

After discovering Kid Flash is Wally, Barry teams up with him and stops Clariss, but Wally is critically injured in the process. Realizing that the new timeline is worse for those closest to him, Barry is forced to let Thawne return to the past and kill Nora, resetting the timeline. Back in the present, Barry learns that the timeline did not reset exactly and Joe and Iris do not talk to each other anymore. Meanwhile, Clariss is confronted by a mysterious voice and finds the message "Alchemy" being scratched into his mirror by an invisible force.


In March 2016, The CW president Mark Pedowitz announced that The Flash was renewed for a third season,[1] which was initially reported to be given a 22-episode order.[2] However, writer Brian Ford Sullivan clarified that August that there would be 23 episodes.[3] The episode introduces Wally West as Kid Flash, and the costume was designed to look exactly as in the comics.[4]

In June 2016, Grant Gustin confirmed that the season premiere would be titled "Flashpoint" and adapt elements from the comics storyline of the same name which showed Barry Allen traveling back in time to save his mother from being murdered, creating a new timeline in the process,[5] though he later noted that "We're definitely doing this [Flashpoint] thing our own way…. This will be its own thing."[6] Gustin also revealed that the "Flashpoint" timeline of the series would not last for all of the third season, but that there would be "permanent ramifications".[7]

Main cast members Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, and Keiynan Lonsdale returned from previous seasons as Barry Allen / The Flash, Iris West, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, Joe West, and Wally West, respectively.[8] Additionally, Tom Cavanagh appears as Eobard Thawne.[9] Other cast members in the episode include John Wesley Shipp and Michelle Harrison appear as Henry and Nora Allen, as well as Todd Lasance as the villain speedster Edward Clariss / The Rival.[10]


Mike Cecchini of Den of Geek was highly praiseful of the episode, calling it the best since the beginning of the previous season. Cecchini also said "And yes, even though this is very much a character-first installment, there’s still superhero action to be had. There are some speedster slugfests that might be the very best the show has ever produced, and Keiynan Lonsdale settles so naturally into the role of Kid Flash (and that costume looks terrific in action) that you absolutely believe he’s already got a couple of years of crimefighting experience under his belt."[11] Jesse Schedeen of IGN wished that the "Flashpoint" comic arc could have been adapted into an four-part Arrowverse crossover kicking off the newest seasons of the existing four series. However, Schedeen notes that the quieter, more "intimate affair" that the overall adaptation ended up looking like was also a good way to portray the comics. Overall, Schedeen also said that though the story arc didn't contain, "major superhero team-up or a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by an Atlantean/Amazonian war ... it really honed in on the emotional fallout of Barry's actions."[12]


  1. Ausiello, Michael (March 11, 2016). "The CW Renewals: New Season of 'Arrow,' 'The Flash,' 'The 100'". TVLine. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 11, 2016). "CW Boss on Fifth Superhero Night, Supergirl Predictions, Episode Counts, Little Women Status and More". TVLine. Archived from the original on July 12, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Brian Ford Sullivan [@briforsul] (August 12, 2016). "Hey folks, just to clarify: we are definitely doing 23 episodes again of #Arrow this year; same with #TheFlash. Honest mistake during TCA" (Tweet). Retrieved August 12, 2016 – via Twitter.
  4. Schedeen, Jesse (October 3, 2017). "A Visual History of The Flash". IGN. slides 32 and 33. Archived from the original on October 19, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Abrams, Natalie (June 20, 2016). "'The Flash' officially doing Flashpoint". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Mitovich, Matt Webb (July 24, 2016). "The Flash Season 3 Trailer: Barry/Iris 'Meet' Again, Billionaire Cisco, a New Speedster and More Flashpoint Insanity". TVLine. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Keene, Allison (August 2, 2016). "'The Flash': Grant Gustin Confirms Flashpoint Won't Last All Season". Collider. Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Trumbore, Dave (September 20, 2016). "The Flash Season 3 Poster Has Got Red on It". Collider. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Abrams, Natalie (May 27, 2016). "Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Arrow,' 'UnREAL,' 'Blacklist' and more". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 23, 2016). "'Flash' Season 3 Casts Todd Lasance as The Rival, Promo Teases Savitar". TVLine. Archived from the original on August 24, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Cecchini, Mike (October 5, 2016). "The Flash Season 3 Premiere Review: Flashpoint". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Schedeen, Jesse. "The Flash: "Flashpoint" Review". IGN. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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