Flashpoint – Despite Barry’s choice to run back in time and alter everything he’s ever known to a certain extent, in terms of story, The Flash deciding to do something timeline-altering was a very bold choice. Based on the comic book series that has Barry traveling back in time and causing a time rift so large that heroes, like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, were at war with each other and causing destruction everywhere, the Flashpoint of the TV version will be on a smaller and more emotional scale. Perhaps Barry will finally realize that what he’s done is wrong and hopefully be able to move on from it.
While we’re in the Flashpoint timeline, there are a lot of new aspects and dynamics that will be explored. We’ll get to see characters that are deceased in the original timeline, like Barry’s parents (Michelle Harrison, John Wesley Shipp). He’ll get to interact with them and since they’re alive, this also means he never went to live with the Wests. What is most exhilarating is seeing different versions of the characters we already know and love. Cisco (Carlos Valdes), now an ostentatious billionaire, may be the most changed and while everyone may not be so wholly altered, it’s fun to see the cast get to play their characters just a tad differently. The possibilities of this story line are endless and the ramifications of what might be permanently changed when Barry goes back are both terrifying and spectacular.