The Flash: Season 3 (2016 - 2017)

Season 3
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Taking its most compelling and emotionally resonant turn to date, The Flash shifts focus in its third season, turning from the grandiose and bizarre toward the characters who inhabit its core universe.



Critic Ratings: 23


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Air date: Oct 4, 2016

Season 3 begins with Barry living his dream life and no longer having to be the one saving the city now that Kid Flash has taken over that duty. But soon disaster strikes and Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in an alternate universe or return to his life as the Flash.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

Barry realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert and is surprised by Julian's immediate disdain for Barry.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2016

Barry Allen and Team Flash are thrilled to reunite with Earth-2 Wells and Jesse. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

Barry continues to train Jesse and when a new meta human, Mirror Master, appears on the scene he lets her tag along. But she defies one of Barry's orders, which leads to disaster. Meanwhile, Mirror Master teams with his old partner, Top, and looks to even a score with Snart.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2016

Caitlin visits her mother, a renowned biomedical researcher, to see if she can help with her growing meta-human powers. But her mom treats her like a test subject, which results in a major confrontation. Meanwhile, a mysterious new meta-human attacks Central City, and Barry tries to convince Julian to let him assist on the case.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2016

When Wally starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris and Joe about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2016

Caitlin uses her powers to save Barry but, as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost then goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian and battling both the Flash and Vibe. Meanwhile, Joe and H.R. have a heart-to-heart talk.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2016

A superhero crossover event begins with aliens attacking Central City and Barry asking the Green Arrow for help to stop them. But they soon realize the battle is bigger than they thought, so they track down the Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl to help. Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2016

Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick on how to stop Savitar. Wally wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he's been training with H.R., which doesn't go over well with Barry. Meanwhile, old wound are reopened when Cisco faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2017

Barry is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain's presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder it will cement Iris' fate. Confused about Barry's hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally decides to step in as Kid Flash. Meanwhile, Caitlin offers Julian a job.

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In Season 3, Barry (Grant Gustin) must deal with the consequences of his decision to interfere in the timeline and save his mother. The rise of a new metahuman who knows about the existence of "Flashpoint" leads to people gaining powers to become their alternate selves. Barry must come clean when self-proclaimed speed god Savitar threatens the life of Iris (Candice Patton). As Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) fears she will succumb to her Killer Frost urges and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) struggles to forgive Barry for the loss of his brother, the team begin to fall apart. With a newly powered Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) stepping up to help Barry and Julian (Tom Felton) and being brought into the fold to assist Caitlin, it becomes a race against the clock to stop the devastating future Barry has seen. Episode 8 is part of a crossover event with sister shows "Supergirl," "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow." Episode 17 is a musical crossover with "Supergirl."

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Critic Reviews for The Flash Season 3

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

The real changes here are more emotional than grandiose.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

It's so frustrating to watch Iris's potential get squandered through juvenile scenes that focus on her as Barry Allen's leading lady rather than a woman in her own right.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

A good season overall, with some strong story arcs and a good ending to them, though it does struggle with a shift in tone and a rather flat end scene.

Feb 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Once again, the series found gold in exploring how familiar characters have been reshaped by their new reality. And Barry's emotional journey continues to anchor the show.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws, the show is still a largely faithful and puts its comic book sensibilities front and center, and the cast are always wonderful.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Wow - what a way to close out Season 3! Tonight "The Flash" delivered an emotional, intense, and unexpected season finale.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Like Arrow, there's a wide berth to do things differently next season, and considering how dark Flash Season 3 managed to skew, that overhaul is sorely needed. Remember when Season 1 had a fun wedding, daytime and all?

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a risk having your superhero portrayed as an imperfect vessel who commits villain-like acts, but such is the maturity and complexity of The Flash.

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Flash: The Complete Third Season is a return to greatness for one of the very best superhero shows on TV.

Sep 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall, we're off to a promising start to The Flash Season 3, even if the concept of flashpoint itself was a bit of a letdown. It was a good launching pad.

Jan 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Watching the yellow blur saving the city is fresh, having not being given much of a chance to shine in the last season, it's brilliant to finally see Lonsdale get something to play with.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

While in the comics, Barry's actions rewrote the whole world with some bizarre and disastrous consequences, here, things are far more subtle, and the focus stays on the people who bring us back week after week.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flash: Season 3

  • Apr 08, 2021
    estuvo genial pero no mejora la serie
  • Mar 30, 2021
    The third season of The Flash is quite intuitive despite being the weakest so far. There is a certain nerfing of the protagonist and the relationships between the characters although good can seem a bit forced at times, other than that you can get a good experience watching it.
  • Mar 01, 2021
    Show keeps getting worse and worse every season. It's gone from so bad it's good to just bad.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    This season had me on the edge of my seat nearly every single episode. The exciting visuals and the terrifying and mysterious villain had me questioning each decision being made and always had me guessing. In my opinion this was the best season the flash had to offer as its plot twists and turns were much too shocking and amazingly written to ever forget. The relationships made throughout the show and the empathy developed for its characters made it hard to not fall in love with the entire process. I would highly recommend!
  • Jan 04, 2021
    The Flash Season 3 is what started the downfall of the Flash. This season introduces us to savitar, a god speedster who's only goal is to kill Iris West so Barry Allen can go so crazy, it allows him to be born. Starting with the pro's, I think H.R Wells while not being better than any of the other wells we've had is still good and entertaining and his death scene is honestly kind of sad. Savitar is overall a good villain while not being written correctly. Flashpoint was a good idea and was a good way to start the season by messing everything up. The CGI is very impressive seeing how its a TV show and every character is written off very well. The cons: This show introduces us to Julian Albert. While his character is written well he was an uptight bitch in the first couple episodes. The season focuses too much on the love portion and not the saving the city portion. Lastly a good amount of the episodes are filler which is something I hate because it shows that the producers are running out of ideas. Overall this is a meh season and I hope that season 4 is better than this
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Story for this season got lame and boring and lost all of its fun
  • Dec 10, 2020
    I think its very important
  • Oct 31, 2020
    Flashpoint was wasted and another speedster. They gear up for something big and game changing at the end and bait and switch it for a safe option
  • Aug 09, 2020
    Great season like just lots of action
  • Aug 09, 2020
    So far, least favorite season of Flash. Main villain seemed great at first, but the plotting and plot twist was a bit weak. Some episodes were atrocious, namely, "The Duet". The suspense was great but then falter. Honestly, the villain was weak this season.

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