Another season of The Flash has come to an end, and the finale concluded on a cliffhanger that answered the question of the Mystery Girl's identity but also posed a whole bunch of new questions about why she needs Barry and Team Flash's help. Season 4 had plenty of ups and downs as it fell into old habits as well as it tried new things. Now, as we head into a long hiatus, the time is right to reflect on what needs to change for The Flash Season 5. Read on for our picks of changes that need to happen!
Break The Season Up Into Arcs
The Flash has spent four seasons building a big bad up for 22 episodes until the big confrontation in the final hour. While that has worked well enough and kept The Flash as one of The CW's most successful series, the big Thinker arc of Season 4 could be a sign that it's time for a change. The show had to drag the stories of the bus metas out for a full season when they could have been resolved much more quickly, and Season 3 suffered for dragging out the big Savitar reveal. If the show breaks its seasons up into two or three arcs, fans could get a whole lot more story in an even more satisfying way. Just imagine one mini arc finishing, then the big Arrow-verse crossover airing, and then one more mini arc kicking off! The Flash wouldn't need to try and stretch a storyline to 23 episodes. Interestingly, breaking a season up into arcs has done wonders for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plots in the last several seasons; perhaps the same could be true for one of The CW's DC series.
Cut Down On Resurrections
Nothing lowers the stakes of an action-packed TV show like resurrections of characters who have bitten the dust, and The Flash is guilty of bringing a number of characters back from the dead. Now, to be fair, it's hardly the only Arrow-verse show (or CW show) to resurrect characters, and Arrow managed to introduce pools that can literally restore dead bodies to life. Still, The Flash has done it enough that it can be difficult to mourn characters after they die because it feels so likely that they'll be back in some way or other. Ralph Dibny is the latest Flash character to be brought back, thus negating to tragedy and power of his death earlier in Season 4. Admittedly, it would be fun to get The Thinker back after the nature of his departure and potential to live on via tech, but Season 5 should keep the resurrections to a minimum.
No New Speedsters
One of the most challenging aspects about crafting a show starring a hero with an array of superpowers has to be finding a villain that can -- quite literally, in the case of Barry Allen -- keep up with him. The first three seasons of The Flash pitted Barry against a speedster supervillain, with Clifford DeVoe in Season 4 as Barry's first non-speedster nemesis. The show had to get creative to find reasons why Barry couldn't just use his superspeed to stop DeVoe from his dastardly deeds as The Thinker, and while that may have been a bummer to fans who wanted to see Barry and a bad guy racing for the fourth time in four years, it was something new. That said, The Flash did introduce two other speedsters: Nora West-Allen and (albeit temporarily) Iris West-Allen. Season 5 should cut down on adding new speedsters to the series, with perhaps the exception of that mysterious speedster that Jay Garrick is apparently mentoring over on Earth-3.
Change The No-Killing Rule
In Season 4, Barry and Team Flash were back on the no-killing bandwagon, even going so far as to try and convince Ralph that they shouldn't even consider just killing The Thinker if they got the opportunity. On the one hand, it's a good thing that the good guys of a series aren't quick to kill, no matter how desperate the situation. Even Oliver Queen over on Arrow would undoubtedly commend Team Flash for taking nonlethal measures whenever possible. On the other hand, was Ralph really so awful for pushing the idea of killing DeVoe if given the chance? At the time, Team Flash was losing conflict after conflict against DeVoe, and innocent metas were dying and having their powers harvested. Team Flash should lighten up on the no-killing rule in Season 5. Maybe Barry really should talk to Oliver over on Arrow! Besides, Team Flash seems to have a selective memory about the deaths they've caused. Did Griffin Grey really deserve to be aged to death just because that was the first solution they came up with to take him out?