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The Flash Season 1 was an origin story, not just for the Scarlet Speedster himself, but also for Team Flash. The chemistry Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin displayed could inspire any fan to set friendship goals. Sadly, the original Team Flash members are often split up and tackling separate missions these days. But could the death of the Speed Force bring them back together?

Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker and Grant Gustin
Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker and Grant Gustin | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The CW

Team Flash formed a bond in ‘The Flash’ Season 1

Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin have been holding it down at STAR Labs since The Flash Season 1 Episode 1. They formed a tight alliance while working together to understand Barry’s new powers and protect the city. But the team didn’t merely save the day over and over again; they dished out snappy one-liners, well-timed quips, and comical chitchat while doing it.

Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin worked under the guidance of the tech whiz, Harrison Wells, only to realize that he was an imposter from the future named Eobard Thawn, aka Reverse Flash. After being hoodwinked by Thawn, the trio partnered to defeat him, solidifying their seemingly unbreakable bond. However, over the last several seasons, the original Team Flash members don’t seem to enjoy the same rapport that they used to.

What happened to Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin?

With every season of The Flash, Team Flash has evolved. New members have come and gone over the years, leaving a lasting impression. Unfortunately, the original core group members are rarely all together without having to share the attention with others.

More often than not, their modus operandi is to divide and conquer, and Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin typically partner with other members of the team. What’s more, the threats have become darker and more deadly, so the lightheartedness that was so prevalent between them in season 1 often takes a back seat, especially for Barry.

Aside from the growing team and looming threats, the original Team Flash members have been noticeably absent from several episodes. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, Cisco took a leave of absence in order to catalog the new world of metahumans. On the other hand, Caitlin, aka Frost, has been missing in action on several different occasions with no explanation.

Frost’s absence was particularly perplexing in season 6 episode 16, titled “So Long and Goodnight.” The plot centered around Barry’s dwindling super speed as he tried desperately to save Joe and Cecile from Rag Doll. Two members of Team Flash were nearly killed, and one of them ended up in witness protection as a result of the imminent threat. Where was Frost when her team needed her?

What is next for Team Flash?

The death of the Speed Force was a tragic blow to The Flash, but Barry seems to think that there is hope for the future. He asked Cisco and Caitlin to help him preserve his super speed, and it appears that the original Team Flash members will be working closely together again soon to try to build a new Speed Force. With any luck, they will recapture some of the magic of The Flash Season 1. The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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