The Flash season 9 will be its last season. After 9 seasons of running and reclaiming the title of The Fastest Man Alive, Barry will finally hang up his golden boots and join the Speed Force permanently.
It was announced that the last season of The Flash will consist of just 13 episodes so expect a tour of loose plotlines, cameos and guest stars for that final run.
“Nine-Season! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle,” executive producer Eric Wallace said in a statement. “And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race. So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week. So, as we get ready to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to say thank you to our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who helped make The Flash such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
It was fully expected that The Flash was going to end with season 8, which is why the final episode was so incredibly intense and the action was so incredible. But little did showrunner Eric Wallace know that the show was going to be renewed. And when he did he had to rewrite a few scenes in season 8 to ensure there were plotlines ready and waiting for that final season pick up.
In an interview with TVLine last month, Wallace actually has plans beyond that 9th season.
“I still don’t know. I don’t know. I hope it’s not. I’ve got plenty of plans. The first three seasons [I was showrunner], 6, 7 and 8, really is one big omnibus. And that whole story is now done. I’m now formulating a new, shorter, two-season plan, for Seasons 9 and 10, so I sure hope I get to tell that story, because I know where I’m driving to.“
But we know now that these stories will never see the light of day on television. But who knows, we may just see them in the comics. Much like they did with Smallville season 11. But I sincerely hope for good closure because the show deserves it.
My reaction and fan reactions to the cancellation
The Flash ending marks a milestone. The Arrowverse has had many shows and it was great at the beginning. But over the years when the shows were renewed, the writing and the plotlines started to falter and that was not just Arrow. They should have stopped after the fifth season.
Instead, they went on to have eight and the show’s writing became weaker with each season and at some point the actors on that show weren’t feeling it anymore. They wanted to move on and they should have.
Now, we are talking about The Flash and I love The Flash in both comicbooks and TV. I watched the 1990’s show with Wesley Shipp, who later joined The Flash as Jay Garrick. I watched The Justice League movies with Ezra Miller as The Flash.
I have read a lot of The Flash comics as well from the 1940s with such dense writing that it was near impossible to read up until the early 2000s when decompressed writing made its entrance into the world of comicbooks.
So when the Arrowverse decided to make a show about Barry Allen and had the backdoor pilots, I was jumping on my couch and couldn’t wait to see it happen.
The first seasons of The Flash was some of the best superhero television I have ever watched. Along with Arrow season 1 and 2, I still regard that as one of the best shows ever made in the superhero genre.
But as seasons progressed and science fiction became more fiction rather than science. And when the show repeated itself for the umpth time by installing another speedster to get Team Flash going, I was almost done with the formula.
The show then took a big risk by changing it’s formula. And it worked out for at least half a season. Fans were dismayed by the villain Clifford Devoe aka The Thinker. The fans demanded more from a villain.
Personally, I don’t share that view. The fans what they asked for and then decided it is not what they wanted but hey…you asked for it and you get what you ask for.
Season 5 was back to normal business and the old formula was polished and now starred the daughter of The Flash and The Reverse Flash. And the fight of the speedsters would become the seasonal theme from there on out. And it is too bad because so much more could have been done if the fans weren’t so stoic about the formula.
The show grew stale and after three seasons of Staaless, I am happy the show is going to end. When series regulars like Cisco Ramone and Harrison Wells left, the show’s writing went down in quality real fast. Despite the fact that they had wonderful actors as replacements. They are dependent on scripts.
My favorite Flash episodes
Here are some of my favorite Flash episodes that to me will forever be classics.
The man in the yellow suit
After half a season and most of Barry’s life, it was finally revealed that the man in the yellow suit was none other than Eobard Thawn posing as Harrison Wells. The original Wells was murdered by Thawn and using a device he took over his looks.
For the viewer, it was clear that he was the man who murdered Barry’s mother but was also responsible for creating The Flash. It is a strong plot twist that earned my respect for the show.
The big crossovers with the rest of the Arrowverse
All of the Arrowverse were amazing. Arrow and The Flash fight side by side and Flash receive training from Arrow. And as the Arrowverse expanded, the crossovers became bigger and bigger and reached its peak with Crisis on Infinite Earths.
It featured ALL of the heroes and heroines of the Arrowverse fighting side by side. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the biggest crossover in the history of television.
Meeting Hunter Zolomon didn’t go as expected. He posed as Jay Garrick while keeping the original Jay Garrick hostage. Hunter then tried to make Barry faster and make him peak so that he could steal his speed and become the best speedster in the history of the speedsters.
I will miss the show and will remember the early seasons fondly. If I wasn’t such a completionist, I would have dropped the show after the sixth season.