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Subj: Re: Is Barry a creep?
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 09:05:54 pm BST (Viewed 616 times)
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Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 01:48:22 pm BST (Viewed 22 times)

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Ok in the recent episode Barry finds out that he's screwed up the timeline again. Iris never met her dying mom, Cisco's brother is dead, Caitlyn apparently has ice powers...and Diggle's daughter Sara got wiped out of existence and replaced with a son named John Diggle Jr.

We meet Barry's new retconned in co-worker Julian Draco who hates Barry because he can't be trusted. The thing is I think we're supposed to dislike this guy...but he's so right about Barry. Barry ruins lives and doesn't care. He made out with Barry 2's wife while he had Barry 2 stashed away. He got Joe-2 killed/ He got everyone killed by Vandal Savage last year because he couldn't keep his gossipy mouth shut about Oliver having a kid.

Barry just seems really wreckless and he destroys peoples lives willy nilly and doesn't care. I mean I hope he gives Diggle a "I erased your kid from the timeline" hallmark card.

I would not say Barry doesn't care, rather he doesn't think and he never learns. It's all done on impulse. And that is his problem as a character.

We have seen Barry travel through time again and again and again, and find out how dangerous it is each and every time, but with this latest event he goes and breaks an obvious cardinal rule and shows he is... well, frankly, thick.

It can be said that he was acting on pure emotion, that his intentions were coloured and misjudged, but no one can argue he didn't know time-travel is a very dangerous business as he has experienced as much several times over.
But here we are, and we should move on, the question is has Barry learned his lesson this time? Has he finally grown up any...?
Based on his track record so far I would sadly have to say no. Three seasons in he is still very much the same person he was in the very first episodes of the series, and in this sense The Flash feels very much like the character of Clark Kent in Smallville... in longterm thinking this treatment makes some sense, if you see The Flash lasting eight or more seasons then the journey to that point has to be slow and gradual, but in the here-and-now the character feels very much caught in a loop and going nowhere in terms of growth and emotional maturity.

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