why snowbarry instead of westallen?
I’m only about two seasons into The Flash (approx four or five episodes from the end of Season 2), but so far, it’s more the writing of Westallen which I don’t like, as the actors have okay chemistry. But in Season 1, Barry’s crush on Iris came across as completely one-sided, with no hint of romance on Iris’ end at all. Then Barry told her how he felt, and she chose Eddie. Then there was the episode where Barry time travelled for the first time, Iris said she had feelings for him, the day restarted and she chose Eddie again. Then, towards the end of Season 1, Barry confronted Iris about her feelings for him, she admitted they were there, and then she chose Eddie again. Three times she rejected Barry for Eddie, clearly indicating that Eddie was the one she loved.
So, the show had them both move on in Season 2, and it all came across as completely platonic. Iris was moving on from Eddie, and Barry seemed to be over his crush on her, which enabled him to become utterly smitten with Patty (another pairing I really loved). There had literally been no hint of Barry’s feelings towards Iris or vice versa, it seemed like the ship was well and truly buried, until Barry went to Earth 2, and discovered he and Iris were married, and now suddenly Iris is talking about how it’s “fate” and all the signs are pointing to her and Barry being together, and it’s coming across as the only reason she wants to be with Barry is because destiny or whatever is telling her to, and quite frankly, I hate that kind of reasoning. You shouldn’t be with someone because destiny tells you to, because you’re “fated to be”, but because you genuinely fall in love with someone and choose to commit to them. I know that they get together towards the end of Season 2, but for me, it’s dragging up a ship which was dead and buried.
I also don’t like that in Season 1, Iris deliberately gets in between Barry and Linda, basically coming off like she doesn’t want Barry, but she doesn’t want Barry to want anyone else. She basically wanted to keep him in her back pocket, while dating someone else. Ew.
Now, Barry and Caitlin on the other hand, are such a sweet pairing, or at least they could be if the show gave them a chance. I just feel like they really connect on a level he doesn’t connect with Iris on. They confide in one another, she talks to him freely about Ronnie (and Caitlin is someone who is quite closed off, something she has in common with Barry, who closes off when tragedy strikes), so to see her open up so much is amazing. She and Barry understand one another, he knows how to read her, she knows how to read him. They reassure one another, prop each other up, and are so natural and easy-going around one another. They just feel like this beautiful slow-burn, leading towards a relationship which could be so strong and deep, because it has groundings in this gorgeous friendship where the two parties connect with one another so well. Plus, I feel that Barry and Caitlin have far more chemistry than Barry and Iris. But that’s just my opinion.