It’s not about the speed. It’s about how it is used.
“My name is Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man alive…” These are the words uttered at the beginning of the speedster’s series, following a bit of a trend set by a show in the same universe that came before, Arrow. The Flash takes a slightly different tone than Arrow. It is a bit more comical and leans more in the realm of science fiction. It was questionable whether a television show would be enough to do justice for such a fantastical character given the limited budget and resources.
Going into the series, I created a mental checklist of things I wished to be fulfilled. Nothing too demanding. Just some hopeful moments and events. Create a vortex with spinning arms, vibrating through matter, and travel through time. Just some of the usual things I’ve witnessed the character being capable of. The series seems to have delivered on all of that and then some. Right off the bat I felt like I would enjoy several additional characters and I did. Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) are just some of the characters that shined throughout the series.
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has to deal with harnessing his new-found powers along with other people with their own set of unique powers, most bestowed thanks to the explosion of a particle accelerator made by Dr. Harrison Wells. Dr. Wells comes to his aid once Barry awakens from his coma, as a result of the explosion, and promises to provide help, with the aid of Cisco and Caitlyn (Danielle Panabaker). Through their combined effort, they save the city from some bad Metahumans, help Barry with his abilities, and handle everyday situations like going on dates and eating pizza.
The main issue of the series focuses on Barry losing his mother at a young age due to something impossible to believe, and his father is blamed for it. As the series moves on, you discover the man responsible, the Man in Yellow, is the Reverse Flash and is responsible for that and more. He provides the greatest growth for Barry, along with his toughest challenges. Things become more personal as more and more people close to him discover his secret, getting them closer to the dangers he’s also facing.
The series is full of references to Flash lore and other things in DC comics. There are also an abundance of cleverly used, nerd-culture references, mostly thanks to the charming Cisco. Time travel is introduced a few times near the end. The first time, it does little more than prevent a lot of big moments from happening. Eventually, it becomes a key component to the final episode. The rest of Barry’s arsenal is also endearing. Pulling off a supersonic punch, vibrating his voice and face to disguise his identity to the public, and using his speed in various ways like running up the side of a building or removing the oxygen from a building on fire.
Just a taste of what Barry was up against.
And a small glimpse of everything at once.
The Flash seems to have gotten a lot right with the character and created a lot of nice stories and characters. With the events taking place at the end of the season finale, there’s no telling how things will turn out for season 2. The possibilities offer all the more reason why this show is so fascinating. For all we know, the actions taking place could reach so far as to even affect Arrow, since they share the same universe. That would be quite an impressive impression given that this is only its first season and Arrow is on Season 3. The Flash is one of my favorite series of the past year and I’m really looking forward to more.
(Me when I am watching an episode of The Flash)
(4.7 out of 5)
The Flash will return for season two on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.