“We’ve been friends for so long...” Finn mumble, his fingers entangled in your loose strands of hair. You nod slightly, listening to his thick accent, the mild intoxication making words flow out easier.”I like you more than just a mere friend y/n, and I’m hoping that you feel the same way.” Finn admits, his lips sipping from the half empty wine bottle. You lay him down on your lap, a slight sigh escaping his mouth.”When you sober up..” You started, your fingers brushing through his messy hair.”we’ll go out.” His smile spread across his face. You massage his hair for a good 5 minutes before he begins to fade away.
As beautiful and iconic as the proposal was, the thing that stood out to me as it was unfolding, the thing that stayed with me the most when it was over, was the imagery and what it means outside of the show’s narrative. It was important. I don’t think I can emphasize enough how important it was. Historically, Hollywood has not been kind to black women. When we’re fortunate enough to appear on screen at all, it’s usually in singular, familiar (read: comfortable) ways: strong, single, silent, sassy, unrealistically perfect, best friend to everyone while selflessly shouldering all of our burdens alone. It’s frustrating. It’s demoralizing. It’s tiresome. And it’s utter bullshit.
We don’t get love songs sung to us. We don’t get not one, but two romantic proposals in one season let alone at all. We don’t get to be the love of someone’s life. We rarely get to be vulnerable and unsure and carefree and overwhelmed and ecstatic and cry tears of joy within the narrative of a story in this way. It rarely happens. It’s not about “just being the love interest” as is so frequently the charge when a black woman is the love interest (which is still the exception and not the rule). And it’s certainly not about being validated by a white man or the white gaze. It’s about black women having been historically presented as not needing love, not being worthy of love, not being worthy of being cherished, not being worthy of being protected at the same time that we can do all those things for ourselves.
Little black girls needed to see this. Black women needed to see this. A society that constantly reiterates to the world every single day that black women aren’t beautiful, aren’t feminine, aren’t worthy and are “less than” needed to see this.
Love, hate or feel nothing at all toward Westallen and Iris West, this was a big deal. It may not seem like it to some, but it was. Representation matters. But optics matter just as much.
***And to my fellow Richonners, what I said above also applies to the King and Queen of the apocalypse. Rick may not have said those four little words, but what he did say was basically a proposal. What happened between them in that abandoned school (and the rest of the episode) mattered, and it was just as important.
WestAllen has so much chemistry that the writers were like: yeah Barry’s just going to sing to Iris for 3 minutes. That’s it! And 3 minutes is a long time in TV land. I mean think about it, the writers could have cut away to a montage of their life together. That’s what we typically see for ballads. Or they could have shown him writing the song or something. But the writers were confident that this was all that was needed. It’s just the two of them in their dimly lit loft and Candice and Grant sell it! It’s magical!
And I’m like…
Iris Agate is the fusion of Topaz, Pearl and Amethyst. She is peaceful, kind, powerful and a little bit vain. Iris has the double height of Opal, A colorful hair, hindu reference clothes and the love between the integrants of the fusion. She likes to be around when the gems are stressed and she likes to stay silence to have peace! Hey guys! Here’s the final Official Version of Iris Agate! I hope you like her!
Curious Fact: Iris Agate would be voiced by ‘’Jennifer Martin’’ the voice actress of ‘’Mrs. Sara Bellum’’ from the Powerpuff girls!
That’s very cool, and I don’t take that lightly. That’s one of the things I love so much about Iris West, and the question I get the most is ‘Do you want her to have powers?’. And while I would say 'Yes, I would love to strap some leather on for an episode’, I love that she provides this human quality to this very super human show. It’s something that our audience can all identify with. We’re probably–none of us are going to get struck by lightening tomorrow and end up being the fastest man alive–I mean it could happen. But this show reminds us. you know, if you did get struck by lightning tomorrow, are you Barry Allen, or are you a villain? Who are you today and what kind of person are you? And so, it’s really fun for me to get to play this really human element on our show. I think she’s extraordinarily important to Barry’s superhero narrative.