The sequel season of The Flash wasn’t exactly happy-go-lucky viewing. Sure, season one may have had its fair share of darker moments but there was an equal sense of levity within it. Season 2? A bonkers plot and a villain who delighted in runnings rings of misery around Team Flash as he plotted to destroy a few realities along the way.
You’d imagine that season 3 would double up on the grim and gritty then. So far, there’s a new reality and two villains to deal with: Speed Force fanatic Savitar and Doctor Alchemy. But according to executive producer Aaron Helbing who spoke to TVline, season 3 of the Flash is going to scale back on that darkness:
Zoom, in general, was dark. It even got darker than we probably anticipated. So we’re making a conscious effort to go back more toward the tone of Season 1.
Even more, season 3 isn’t going for a hat trick with primary antagonists being speedsters, as the arrival of Savitar is more of a mind-game than a physical test to see just who has the quickest feet in Central City as Helbing explained:
[Season 3] is more about psychological warfare. Everything about [Savitar] is different than Zoom or Reverse-Flash. I can’t go into too much detail, but he’s quite a bit different.
So what’s the real advantage of doubling up on the big bads this year? Variety and creating a different kind of challenge for the scarlet speedster as executive producer Todd Helbing explained:
[We’re] trying to have the powers that they both possess play off of each other. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I have to catch this guy and take him down.’ It’s like, ‘Crap, now there’s this other guy, Dr. Alchemy,’ who has these transmutation qualities [via] this Philosopher’s Stone. You start to learn what he does with this stuff and how the both of them are coexisting.
I think part of what makes The Flash work, is optimism. I’m still convinced that Barry is blissfuly idiotic at times, but having a hero who can save the day with a smile on his face and the promise of a better tomorrow has been refreshing so far. And Grodd knows that The Flash 3 needs to find that lighter approach again.
Season three kicks off on October 4, just in time for me to August 29, 2016