The Flash: Season 3 (2016 - 2017)


Season 3
The Flash

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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 (2)

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

  • 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.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    "Season 3" is better and more original than the second season, which I thought wore itself out with repetition. It poses interesting dilemmas with inventive solutions on behalf of Team Flash (Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, ect.).
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Another speedster (and the stupid twist) makes this a bit weaker of a season but it still has enough strong performances and twists to satisfy.
  • May 14, 2020
    acting is amazing plot is amazing I love this show
  • Apr 09, 2020
    Season 3 is what I would like to call " the season of wasted potential". Flashpoint, its ramifications, Wally's origin story, the late reveal of Savitar along with one of the worst finale episode( apart from the ending), were dud. The action sequences seemed to have been planned without any thought. The new characters were so off placed that it was easy to not care about them. Duet(3.17) and The Once and Future Flash(3.19) were the only highlights apart from the inconsequential crossover episode.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Still a decent season, but this largely disappointed after the high expectations from the first two seasons.
  • Jan 29, 2020
    Loved this season. One of my favorites
  • Jan 03, 2020
    This season is much more dark side than previously seasons, this explain why negative ratings, but is the best season in my opinion and very surprise, best villain Savitar, just because is more dark side people don't like much but I absolutely like!
  • Dec 27, 2019
    Though not better than previous seasons, The Flash's third season continues with the show's exceptional quality, featuring great episode direction, excellent script, amazing action scenes, beautiful visual effects and spectacular performances by Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin and Tom Felton

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