Iris was so good in last night’s episode of The Flash that I’m still on a high. Candice Patton absolutely killed it. Iris had agency, she was funny, she was instrumental in not only helping to catch this week’s evil metahuman, Zombie Girder, but in getting Barry back from the Speed Force as well. She was also front and center as the female lead, and actively helping Team Flash in S.T.A.R. Labs.
This is what I’ve been wanting for her for an entire season and a half, and they finally gave it to us. I can only hope they keep it up, because now that I’ve gotten it, I don’t want to go back.
I wish I could find scenes of Iris and Cisco because they were absolute gold last night (more Irisco please), but there is lots of Westallen so I offer these up as a lovely substitute instead. Enjoy!
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.
Variety has a nice interview with Candice Patton from The Flash.
Those of you who watch will recall that last season was not a good one for CP fans. Her character, Iris West, was sidelined most of the year due to the fact that her father Joe West insisted she be kept in the dark about the secret identity of the titular super hero to “protect her.” (Yeah, ’cause that always works. Sorry kids, I read comic books and watch TV, I know how that goes.)
Anyway Iris proved to be the smartest person on the show since she figured out ON HER OWN that Meta humans were created when Star Labs blew up. She also figured out her best friend Barry Allen wasthe Flash. After that, she got a few minutes of awesome, but for the most part Iris, the love interest to the hero (They are married in the comic books) was left out of the action.
Continue reading Candice Patton talks to Variety about Flash S2
The EW Spoiler Room has some great scoop on both Iris West and Abbie Mills for The Flash’s and Sleepy Hollow’s upcoming seasons. Check it out below.
Flash scoop, please! I will take anything on Iris West or Westallen. Just name your price. — Tatiana
I’m a big fan of Funko Pop and cold hard cash. Iris will be stepping up in a big way this season now that Wells is no longer the team leader at S.T.A.R. Labs. “Iris slides into [the role] very naturally,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “She’s a born leader. One of the best things in the premiere is Barry decides that he wants to work alone because he doesn’t want to risk anyone else’s lives, and Iris is really the one who gets the band back together again. She’s the only one who can stand up to Barry.”
Beyond being “Abbie’s boss”, what importance will the character Daniel Reynolds hold in this upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow? — Ramón
Yeah, he’s not just Abbie’s boss. Reynolds (Lance Gross) and Abbie first met at Quantico as recruits, where they pushed each other, which led to a short but passionate affair before they parted ways to pursue their careers — Reynolds as a rookie FBI agent, and Abbie back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow to work for the Sheriff’s Department. It’s been four years when they reunite in the new season and now he’s her boss, so this should be interesting!
Should be an interesting season for both ladies!
IGN recently listed its choices of the greatest superhero romances, and guess who made the cut? I’m just gonna leave this here.
The Flash ~ Barry Allen & Iris West
“As much as Lois Lane is meant for Clark Kent, so too is Iris West the only real woman for Barry Allen. And in a show that did so much right in its first season, one of its greater strengths was exploring Barry’s unrequited love for Iris. You couldn’t help but feel bad for the poor guy as he pined after a girl who was happily engaged to the handsome, square-jawed Eddie Thawne.
The real tragedy of their nonexistent romance in Season 1 is that Barry knew they were destined to fall in love. He saw glimpses of a future where Iris West became Iris West-Allen. The episode “Out of Time” delivered a particularly heartbreaking twist. There, Iris finally confessed her love for Barry, only for our hero to accidentally travel back in time and undo the one thing he desired most in the world. Maybe he’ll have better luck in Season 2.”
Daredevil ~ Matt Murdock & Claire Temple
“Matt Murdock is one of the Marvel Universe’s most notorious ladies men (which is problematic considering that so many of his girlfriends wind up dead or traumatized). That aspect of his character wasn’t emphasized as much as we might have expected in the first season of the Netflix series, but the show did deliver a strong relationship between Matt Murdock and his ally/caretaker Claire.
Claire (who is inspired by the comic book character Night Nurse) found herself drawn into Matt’s vigilante crusade and doing her part to help clean up Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a testament to the show’s nuanced writing that Claire was never portrayed as a generic love interest, but an independent woman who found herself temporarily and dangerously drawn into Matt’s orbit. We’re looking forward to seeing how this relationship evolves in the second season next year.”