The Flash: 10 most disliked storylines, ranked

The Flash took on a lot of awe-inspiring storylines over the years but not all of them were a hit with audiences.

The Flash -- "The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen" -- Image Number: FLA816b_0346r.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
The Flash -- "The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen" -- Image Number: FLA816b_0346r.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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The Flash -- “A New World, Part Four” -- Image Number: FLA913fg_0008r -- Pictured: Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne/Cobalt Blue -- Photo: The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

7. The Negative Speed Force vs. Team Flash

On paper, the idea of the Negative Speed Force being the final big bad for The Flash and his allies to tackle sounds amazing. Heck, even throwing in Eddie Thawne as its avatar is a touch of poetry that we couldn't help but get excited about. Unfortunately, the execution of it all left a lot to be desired.

Final scene aside, The Flash's series finale was not well-received by fans, and a lot of that had to do with how rushed the final storyline was. As the season was wasting time on Khione's arrival, Chester and Allegra's romance, Cecile super-heroics, and an interlude nobody asked for, it resulted in just four episodes to tell the final chapter in The Flash's story. Because of that, Eddie's resurrection lacked the emotional depth that it should have had, with his overnight evolution into Cobalt Blue coming off as incredibly cartoonish far too quickly.

Then there was the whole resurrecting four previous villains and wasting their scenes on campy one-liners. The story was told with absolutely no nuance, and it relegated the show's real villain - the Reverse-Flash - to a fake speed figment who got defeated in the final ever episode by Allegra. Yes, Allegra. Not his archenemy Barry Allen. But Allegra.

There was potential there. I was all in when the "A New World" saga began, but from the second episode onwards, time was wasted, the wrong characters got the focus, and The Flash went out with a swift cartoonish battle and a short conversation that lacked any kind of the emotional depth that the early seasons were adored for.