I seriously think we need a #IrisWestDeservesBetter campaign like last year’s wildly successful #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter campaign. You know, the one that helped to convince the producers of Sleepy Hollow they were effing up, because they were. Right now The Flash is guilty of some serious disrespect towards their leading lady.
Last season Iris West was kept on the sidelines under the guise of “protecting her” from all the bad things that happen when you hang with a super hero. Because you know hanging with a super hero and not knowing he has some bad-ass enemies is wayyyyyyy safer than hanging with a super hero and knowing that one should keep an eye out. *eyeroll* This over-used and annoying trope aside, Iris was kept out of the action and stuck in the “Love Interest” B-plot all season. Iris’s main purpose in S1 was to give Barry something to moon over. While Grant Gustin does moon very well, Candice Patton had very little to do. We got a lot of CP’s frustrated face as the other characters consistently lied to her about, well, just about everything.
Finally, Iris figured out on her own that her best friend Barry was the mysterious Flash and Iris was finally integrated into the team. YAY! We all thought finally the show was treating it’s WOC lead right.
Sigh. Not so fast. (See what I did there?)
In interviews and at the Cons, the producers promised that we would get more of Iris and the West Family history. Iris’s long-lost mother would return, Iris would be a fully integrated member of the team! Sounds awesome!
Except it’s not.
Iris lost her fiancee in the season finale last year, as did the white female scientist, Caitlin. We have seen Caitlin grieve her lost love, and we have seen Cisco and Barry comfort Caitlin in her grief. Iris has not been granted that; all she got was a sad face when she saw her love’s picture hanging on the wall in the police station. Eddie’s death has barely been mentioned, and Iris has gotten no emotional support from the rest of the characters. Iris needs to get a dog, then someone will finally be on her side.
With Eddie out of the way, do we finally get Barry and iris? Heck no! They give us a new chick to get in the way. They also give her more more screen time and character development than Iris has had. Patty makes my slapping hand itch. She so CUTE! Don’t you see how CUTE she is???!!!! She’s a cop on the Metahuman Task Force chasing some of the worst of the worst and she simpers like a teenager on a prom date. Can you imagine the backlash if Iris acted like a love-sick teen in Barry’s presence? Ugh.
Iris’s mom Francine is back! Once again they frittered away another opportunity for Iris to develop. Francine has been back for two episodes now, but there have been no scenes with Mama and Daughter West. Iris knows her dad lied to to her for 20 years about her mother’s non-death, but when he finally ‘fessed up, she just patted his hand and said, “That’s OK.” WTF? That’s not how it works. My kids still throw Santa in my face occasionally and they’re in their early 20s.
We had been promised that this last episode would be a great episode for Iris, but it was not to be. (Notice a theme emerging here?) Both Grant and Candice had used pictures of what everyone, including them, thought was going to be a key scene between Barry and Iris to promote the episode. That scene was cut. Instead we get a scene of Barry telling Captain Cold, who just killed his own father right in front of Barry, “I know there is good in you.” Yup, you read that right, Barry is that dumb. Why are we shipping Iris with him again?
OK, look I get it. The name of the show is The Flash. Barry Allen is the main character and everything revolves around him. However, over on Arrow, each of the supporting cast has gotten character development and episodes that focus on them. Arrow still centers on Ollie, but the rest of the cast has been given more than one dimension. It just makes the show more interesting.
Come on Flash guys, give us the Iris we deserve. Candice deserves better, and so do we.