In which I watch episode 1x20 of The Flash: The Trap

okay so here’s the deal, i did watch it, and i did write the whole minute by minute thing BUT i got really angry about joe and iris and i had to stop writing and just watch the episode and then calm down and remember that it is just a show.

here we go.

iris west used to be great. she was strong and independent and smart, and kind of self-involved, but we loved her anyway because, damn it, she’s charming. she was getting her masters degree when we met her. she wanted to be a cop when she was a kid, but joe wouldn’t let her, so she became a journalist, because she cares deeply about the truth. she is caring and devoted to both barry and her dad, and eddie, even though we all know even she ships westallen.

but here’s the thing. iris changed. right around the time that barry started flashing it u, she became all breathy and fangirly and completely inconsistently written as a character. she stopped having a personality in some episodes; she just became a heaving bosom when the flash would meet her in secret at jitters late at night. what the hell happened? why did the writers stop caring about writing her!? 

and now her dad, who is THE WORST, is being creepily possessive while completely betraying everything his daughter cares about (she cares about the TRUTH, joe! and you’re deliberately trying to keep it from her, the only person in central city, and possibly the whole tri-city universe, who doesn’t know yet!) and he thinks he can play f*cking matchmaker in her love life?! we get it, you ship westallen, we all ship westallen. but step the f*ck back.

i didn’t want this to turn into a diatribe about iris west, but that’s what it has become. i still like her character, but i like the REAL iris, the one who has a personality and charm and cares obsessively, almost over the feelings of others, because she is a human being and sometimes people are selfish or oblivious in their pursuits, about the truth, the iris west we who ship westallen actually care about, and think would be compatible with barry, because damn it she has a spark and barry, who basically runs on sparks now, saw that and fell in love with her before he even knew what love was. and if she were written CONSISTENTLY, then all the snowbarrys would probably ship her and barry too. 

westallen forever. bring the real iris back.

see you next week.

Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.
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