The Problem With The Flash: Why Doesnt Flash Run To Italy For Pasta Every Meal?

Theres no question The CW has a hit on its hands with The Flash. From the time-traveling adventures to Flashs refreshingly complex and capable love interest, Iris West, the show built itself a firm foundation in its first season. That said, The Flashs new season could still fall apart if the show fails to tackle the question thats been there from the beginning: Why doesnt Flash run to Italy for delicious pasta every meal?

Its glaringly distracting, no matter how exciting the on-screen action gets. With his speed powers, Barry Allen should easily be able to zip across the Atlantic, wolf down a plate of authentic spaghetti alla carbonara, and be back in Central City in a matter of seconds, ready to save the day. For most folks, that would be a dream come true, but bafflingly, theres just no indication hes ever skipped over to the peninsula for pasta, or even considered doing so.

The shows creators have led up to the new season teasing Flashs exploits through the multiverse, but, frankly, it seems ill-advised to blow out the world of the show when the writers have consistently failed to address why Barry isnt eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner in cozy Neapolitan trattorias.

This isnt to discount the shows numerous strengths. Its just that a pasta sequence would take all of 10 seconds of screen time, and the episode could then continue basically uninterrupted. And once its been shown in full, the writers need only include a quick shot of Barry wiping a stray spot of puttanesca off his chin.

I could easily see a round-the-globe chase leading him through the Piazza Navona, where a steaming platter of gnocchi catches his eye.

Sure, some people might argue that Flash cant abandon Central City for too long, so he couldnt wait around on an order of tortellini. But all he really needs to do is snag a plate off a passing waiters tray and leave behind a handful of bills to keep a clean conscience. And between time zones and languid European meal schedules, Flash would rarely be showing up at a time when no one was sitting down for a scrumptious pasta meal prepared by the worlds greatest chefs.

If its a matter of keeping up appearances, Flash could even grab himself a fresh box of handmade ravioli and cook it at home with some salt and oil, with no one the wiser. I cant be the only one whos thought of this.

With new speedsters having cropped up toward the end of the first season, my hopes that someone inspires Flash to hoof it to Florence are somewhat rekindled. I could easily see a round-the-globe chase leading him through the Piazza Navona, where a steaming platter of gnocchi catches his eye. While I want to say I trust the shows writers on this, Im really just not sure I do.

In any case, Im watching season two with cautious optimism. I do like the show a lot, but Im really ready for this pasta plot hole to finally be resolved.


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