Plot Synopses Released For The First Episodes of The Flash and Arrow

Friday, 18 September 2015 - 4:25AM
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Friday, 18 September 2015 - 4:25AM
Plot Synopses Released For The First Episodes of The Flash and Arrow
Fall's return of comic book TV shows began just a few weeks ago with the series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Likewise, season 2 of Gotham is set to air in just a few days, and at that time we'll only be two short weeks away from the beginning of the Flash season 2 and Arrow season 4 on October 6th and 7th respectively. There have been a lot of really big announcements made this summer about the courses that these shows will take, but not much has been revealed about the particular story arcs that await the heroes of both Star and Central City. With less than a month to go, however, the CW has finally released the first official plot synopses of the first episodes of the upcoming seasons of the Flash and Arrow.

The Flash


"The Man Who Saved Central City" - (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
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BARRY DECIDES HE NEEDS TO PROTECT THE CITY ON HIS OWN - Picking up months after the Singularity attacked Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) is still struggling to forgive himself for Eddie's death. Concerned about putting his friends in danger, Barry has pushed everyone away and has chosen to protect the city on his own. When a meta-human named Atom Smasher (guest star Adam Copeland) attacks the city, Iris (Candice Patton) tells Barry that he needs to let his friends help him protect the citizens of Central City. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) helps Joe (Jesse L. Martin) with his Meta Task Force. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Gabrielle Stanton (#201).
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Arrow


"Green Arrow" - (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
Opening quote
MY NAME IS THE GREEN ARROW - Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity's (Emily Bett Rickards) blissful getaway is cut short when Thea (Willa Holland) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) pay them a visit and tell Oliver they need his help back in Star City. The city has been attacked by "Ghosts," assassins led by a dangerous man named Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). However, when Oliver returns, Diggle (David Ramsey) makes it very clear that he doesn't want Oliver on the team. Thor Freudenthal directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Beth Schwartz and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#401).
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Both synopses seem to point to some pretty big things that lie ahead for both the Flash and Arrow. First of all, while we knew this would be the case, it's still a bit surprising to see that the Flash picks up months after the events of Season 1. Because alternate universes are going to play such a big role this season, it seemed to make perfect sense that Barry's journeys to these universes would somehow be related to the situation with the singularity in the season finale. There's still a high possibility that it will, but clearly not in the way everyone was expecting. The formation of a meta task force at the Central City Police Department will be interesting to watch unfold as well, as presumably this will be how Patty Spivot is introduced to the show.

As for season 4 of Arrow, probably the most exciting thing about the synopsis for the first episode is the name. Fans of the comics have long wondered whether the Arrow would become the Green Arrow - the moniker Oliver Queen goes by in DC's comics and animated series. This summer at SDCC, Stephen Amell made the announcement himself while wearing his new costume that he would. The heavily anticipated transformation could be what makes Arrow great again after a rocky season 3.

That being said, some of the things mentioned in the synopsis for episode 1 of season 4 are a bit worrying. Season 3 focused heavily on the League of Assassins, and now it looks like there'll be even more assassins this go around. Likewise, it was obvious that there would still be a lot of tension between Oliver and Diggle, but seeing the main characters of the show get upset with each other over and over again is getting to be a bit tiring (was there one episode in season 3 where at least one main character wasn't absolutely furious with another?).

Disregarding the bumps in season 3 however, Arrow really is a tremendous show with tons of potential. Here's to hoping it can get its bearings back and be the awesome show it once was in the upcoming season.
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Flash and Arrow Plot Synopses Released For First Episodes