‘The Flash’ Showrunner Explains Team Flash Absences With ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Logic

by Jeremy Spirogis
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In The Flash Season 6, the members of Team Flash have discovered themselves tacking a number of separate missions, whether or not individually or in smaller teams. They have additionally confronted critical threats with out the complete power of the workforce. Some absences have been written into the scripts, however others have gone completely ignored and unexplained.

Finally, the showrunner, Eric Wallace, has supplied insights into the pondering behind these evident gaps which have develop into extra frequent throughout the present season than ever earlier than.

[Spoiler
warning: The following article accommodates particulars about The Flash Season 6.]

Team
Flash has been pulled in numerous instructions

Various Flash allies have gave the impression to be lacking in motion throughout vital occasions of The Flash Season 6. Cisco’s prolonged go away was written into the present because the character’s mission to catalog the entire metahumans on Earth-Prime. But it appeared odd that the character would go away city throughout such an important rebuilding part after Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Ralph additionally missed out on some motion throughout the season, presumably as a result of he was on the path of socialite and thief, Sue Dearbon. Caitlin, aka Frost, has additionally disappeared from the present, seemingly throughout random episodes with little or no rationalization in any respect.

Most
notably, Frost was absent from season 6 episode 16, “So Long and Goodnight.” With
Barry’s powers dwindling and Joe and Cecile going through a life-threatening circumstance,
it was baffling that Frost didn’t present as much as present backup.

The occasions of “So Long and Goodnight” resulted in one more storyline-dictated character absence. Joe left city for elements unknown to enter the witness safety program till Carver and Black Hole could be neutralized.

‘The
Flash’ showrunner, Eric Wallace, dishes on character absences

The frequent absences of The Flash’s primary gamers spur questions in regards to the stability of Team Flash and the actors who play them. Luckily, Wallace stepped in to clarify. The showrunner informed CBR this about Jessie L. Martin, who performs Joe:

“Don’t worry! Joe is gonna be back. He did not leave the show permanently. We love Jessie [L. Martin]. In fact, one of my favorite Jesse moments is coming up in a couple of episodes from now. But don’t worry, Jesse will be back.”

When
talking with CBR, Wallace went on to deal with why sure characters are
lacking from explicit episodes of the present. This is how he defined the
general mannequin for season 6:

What we do on the present quite a bit, is we’re a six-season present going into our seventh season. So, now we have eight sequence regulars. That’s quite a bit to feed, narratively talking. Plus, these individuals have been working for six years actually laborious.

One of the issues that I needed to do and institute in season 6, after I got here in, was use what I name the Star Trek: [The Next Generation] mannequin. Sometimes it’s Riker’s episode, and so he shines, however perhaps Worf isn’t even in it. Or generally, it’s a Worf episode and there’s not a lot Troy happening or not a lot Dr. Crusher. Then generally it’s all Dr. Crusher or it’s all Troy.

It doesn’t imply these different characters are gone! It simply means, fairly frankly, a hardworking actor is getting some well-earned relaxation that permits us, once they do come again, to essentially focus in on their story.

Eric Wallace to CBR

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