Let’s suppose, for a moment, that you’re an engineer who’s created a machine that allows you to travel through time. You’re engaged to the girl of your dreams, who’s completely unaware that you once used your marvelous invention to save her life. Let’s also suppose that your best friend; a person you grew up with, the person who will be filling the role of best man at your impending nuptials; has always harbored secret feelings for your fiancée. Unbeknownst to you, in a fit of jealous rage, your best friend accesses your time machine intent on changing the past.
This best friend, knowing all the trouble you and your future wife have gone through to find the perfect wedding cake, goes back in time and kills the baker (after you’ve placed the order, but before it could be completed). He doesn’t just stop there; he also slaughters the chickens that laid the eggs that became your cake AND the cows who provided the milk (setting off a new wave of cattle mutilation hysteria across the nation). He does all this in the hopes that the stress of your cake search will put a strain on your relationship, leading eventually to an acrimonious break-up.
To his dismay, all his plans; all the horror and bloodshed; avail him not. Your relationship remains as strong as ever, and the wedding goes off without a hitch. At the reception, the best man looks over and sees sitting on a side table like some horrid beast, THE CAKE; not a cake, THE cake.
And THAT’S my problem with The Flash season finale. It’s been bugging me for months now. Barry already altered the time-stream once when Wells killed Cisco, pretty much establishing the rules for continuity in the series. Once Eddie shot himself, Wells isn’t the only thing that should have vanished. No Eobard Thawne replacing Harrison Wells means no particle accelerator means no meta-human spawning meltdown in the middle of Central City means NO FUCKING FLASH. If next season doesn’t involve some bullshit about “Oh Barry, the time-stream is schizophrenic now because EVERY SINGLE FUCKING REASON YOU SHOULD HAVE BECOME THE FUCKING FLASH NEVER HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE!” I’m going to be sorely disappointed. Eddie Thawne being a “wildcard” and a “coincidence” doesn’t really fly with me, that just sounds like lazy writing. It’s a damn shame too, because I really enjoy this show. I’ll still watch it, but I’ll always be a little bitter.
I’m glad that’s out my system…