Recently, The Flash released its trailer for the show’s January mid-season premiere (remember the days when there was just one premiere and one finale a season?). We actually got a glimpse of Iris West and Westallen, and it almost made me excited for the show’s return. Almost.
I’ll admit that I’m incredibly jaded. This show has let me down too many times in the past to truly allow myself to get overly excited about what may or may not be coming. I haven’t been at all happy about the way that Iris has been sidelined so far this season in favor of setting up the upcoming spinoff Legends of Tomorrow and devoting precious screen time to Barry’s current love interest, Patty Spivot. Iris’ journalist arc hasn’t materialized, her screen time has been woeful, and once again, she hasn’t been given a point of view. I still don’t know how she feels about Eddie’s death as we haven’t been allowed to see her grieve; and the storyline with her mother’s return was more about Joe than Iris.
I’m tired of watching everyone else get to express how they feel, while being forced to piece together how Iris feels via other character’s observations. I’m tired of the telling and not showing when it comes to the show’s female lead. It wasn’t acceptable last year, and it’s even less acceptable halfway through the second season. We shouldn’t still be having these complaints.
Here’s hoping that now that the writers no longer have to split their time between setting up Legends and trying to make us fall in love with Patty, they can concentrate on finally giving Iris West the storyline that she deserves.