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The Flash teases a return to bubbly form in new season

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Sep 15, 2018, 10:16 AM EDT

It looks like the Flash is going to start looking at the bright side once again.

When The Flash first started on The CW, it was a bit of an antithesis to Arrow. Whereas Arrow was grounded and had a grittier tone to it, The Flash was brighter and had more fantastic elements. During its first two seasons, the members of Team Flash always seemed to be in a good mood, regardless of the Rogues they were facing.

While the last two seasons also focused more on the fantastical than Arrow, they also gave Flash a darker tone. Barry changed aspects of the entire Arrowverse permanently through time travel. His Big Bad of Season 3 was, well, himself. He was put in prison, and framed for murder right after his wedding. It was as if he gained his version of Spidey’s “Parker Luck.”

For fans of a “happier” Flash, fear not. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Scarlet Speedster himself, Grant Gustin, assured fans that the upcoming season could act as a return to form for team Flash. “I don’t want people’s expectations to go through the roof, but I really think this could be similar to season one in [terms of] the heart and humor it had and the scope.”

Having to learn how to be a father to an adult girl probably adds to that. It turns out the mysterious girl who had popped up throughout the season was Nora Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) daughter from the future, and the speedster known as XS.

It's his relationship to Nora that helps bring Barry back to his light-hearted ways. “Nora really looks up to Barry,” Gustin said, “and they have a connection right away, and she brings out that kind of fun, more bubbly side of Barry that we don’t get to see quite as much anymore.”

The new season also brings a new nemesis for the team in Cicada (Chris Klein). He has the power to dampen other metahuman powers, which will cause much trouble. How can the team defeat someone who can take away their best offense from the get-go?

From a new, epic-sounding villain to a family dynamic that runs across space and time, this new season of the Flash looks to be something not to miss.

The Flash’s season premiere airs Oct. 9 on The CW.