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These are my thoughts on the most underrated moments of the Flash

Iris-West Allen played by Candice Patton in The Flash.

When I’m, sad I write. When I’m happy, I write. When I want to word vomit, I write. Whatever I’m feeling at the moment; I will write about it. Yet whenever I’m feeling tranquil, words just never seem to come to me. When I’m in a state of serenity, I will most likely watching television. 

Since the beginning of my teenage years, I’ve been in a never-ending cycle of watching The Flash. At first, I think I’m watching it too fast, so then I end in the middle of the show, and then persistently rewind. 

That is what my binge-watching routine has now been on an annual basis.

Before high school, I was an avid fan of The Flash and used it to pass the time or experience feelings of nostalgia from rewinding certain episodes. Yet this habitual practice has now started to bore me, and I decided this year would be my last run of watching the show all the way through. 

I have found my muse in a character that is notably overlooked: Iris-West Allen (Candice Patton), also known as Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) wife. 

My adoration for Iris is mostly because her emotions seem more distinctive than her actions. From working at CC Jitters (Central City Jitters), creating her own blog, working at CCPN (Central City Picture News), to finally creating her own newspaper (Central City Citizen Media),  I have seen Iris’ rigorous and rewarding journey that journalism has to offer. 

Here are some of the most underrated moments in The Flash that I think really emphasize the true caliber of her character.

She’s more than just a journalist in my eyes, she’s also a daughter, a mother, a wife, and when it matters most, a hero. Just like Barry, regardless of whether or not she has powers, she’s always willing to put her life on the line, no matter how it may affect her life. 

I’ll never be able to understand why Iris is such an underrated character, but regardless of the reason, here is the most underrated moment in The Flash that I think really emphasizes the true caliber of her character. 

In the first episode of the entire show, Barry is struck by lightning and enters a coma for nine months. 

As apprehensive as anyone would be, Iris visited Barry all the time, but it felt like his life wasn’t going anywhere. Until on one of her visits, she vented about a mistake involving dating Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett)—Barry’s colleague—and begged for him to come back but felt a jolt of electricity when she touched his hand. 

Iris felt that same jolt of electricity in the last episode of season one. She was on the bridge with Eddie before he got kidnapped, and a couple of moments later, The Flash arrived. Barry had told Iris to go home and not say anything, making the mistake of touching her hand. 

As soon as Iris started connecting the dots, she confronted Barry at the first opportunity she got and felt so naive for not making this realization sooner. 

As predicted, Barry’s devastated and he doesn’t know what to do. Instead of fixing the problem, he pushes Team Flash (his friends) away because he can’t help but feel defeated. Despite the fact that Iris was so angered over not knowing Barry’s true identity, she was still determined to bring him out of the dark depths of his loneliness. 

All throughout this episode, I felt the discontent that Iris felt when she found out that Barry had lied to her for an entire year. But at the same time, I also noticed her journalistic instincts kick in, an instance when her actions overpowered what she was feeling in the moment.

Iris may be at times disliked with her emotions, but when it comes to being there for her friends and being a reporter, she will always do whatever it takes to make sure that her friends never let their guard down and protect the citizens of Central City through her journalism, which is what I envy about her most.

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Arpita Das
Arpita Das, Publicity Editor
Arpita is a senior entering her third and final year as a staff writer on The Central Trend. She has been a part of the Science Olympiad team since the 7th grade but made the tough decision choice to step down this year. However, Arpita still keeps herself busy working once a week with kids on Thursdays and being a part of clubs such as Model UN and DECA. When Arpita isn't writing, you will often find her rewatching The Flash on Netflix, playing the piano, doing press on nails, going on walks, studying at the library, and visiting new coffee shops. Despite the fact that it's her last year of high school, she is so excited to see what senior year has in store for her and is curious to see what pieces of writing she will produce. Car: A black Volvo SUV that goes by the name of Ali whom Arpita adores. Favorite food and color: The Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden and Navy Blue Favorite class: Advanced Writing for Publication and Honors Model UN Favorite actor from The Flash: Grand Gustin, also known as Barry Allen Does she have an unhealthy obsession with The Flash? Yes, yes she does, and she always will!  

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