This Article will contain light spoilers from the Flash Season 1 and 2
I have finally put myself into gear and sat down and BINGED both seasons of The Flash in the past week, and I am so very glad that I did. I was inspired primarily by the fact that last year at DragonCon I sat in a panel in which John Wesley Shipp absolutely stole the show and had made comments about not wanting to give away spoilers for people who weren’t caught up on Season 1, to which the facilitator responded “If there is anyone in this panel that hasn’t seen all of the first season, that’s completely on them!” Of course I sunk a good 2 ½ feet down into my seat and hid my secret with a poker face made for the gambling tables. Well, this year I vowed not to be that guy, in case there are any Flash panels that I happen sit in on.
First off, I am or should I say was a moderate Flash fan before I watched this show. I loved the concept of the Speed Force and the idea of running so fast that one could go back into time and all that jazz. Now, after watching this show, I feel I can become an avid fan. My problem with Flash comics were always the idea of him fighting villains that really mostly had no chance in dealing with what he was cable of with his speed. Not in a way that really worried readers anyways. I didn’t find most of his Rogue’s Gallery to be a compelling match for him. People like Captain Cold and Heatwave were almost laughable. I am more of a Marvel guy, so I admittedly have only read a handful of solo Flash comics and never was able to put into context the big picture, but I’ve read enough for it to not strike me as a favorite due to Flash’s extreme power curve.
What the show did to rectify this problem was simple. It introduced Barry into a learning process, and a starting, relatively, low level of speed that he had to learn to use to increase, grow into the great hero that we see on the comic book pages today. Furthermore, while the show has metahuman after metahuman coming at him, he is constantly focusing on a primary goal, often associated with a primary threat that does match or exceed his power, either through raw ability or some form of leverage. This is how you counteract the “overpowered” complex, with good writing. You create plot elements that gives you no direct way to defeat the villain, and allow the story to figure it out. I love the pacing. Never did I feel the show was moving slow or refusing to progress the major plot.
So, while watching and doing some more digging I found more of the Flash that I like, which is the grand, universe-level stuff. In my mind, The Flash is at the center of the DC Multiverse as he is the one character who at will can travel to the past, future, or a parallel earth. What creates even more excitement for me is the concept of time paradoxes as well as the consequences of abusing such a power. The Flash has done some of the most iconic things in superhero history, from creating different timelines, to quite literally outrunning death, through time. I can’t wrap my head around how simply awesome that is! I knew this and read some of these stories before the show, but what I can’t believe is that the show actually does some of these things! And depicts them so well!
Aside from plot and the comic book homages, the show has a great cast and does something truly heat-warming with characterization. It is nigh impossible not to love these characters, and truly understand their personal plights. The choice to make the West’s a black family introduces the diversity that the comic book lacked, and makes the show that much more beautiful. The Star Labs team is lovable, and Cisco… oh man Cisco has got to be the coolest engineer ever. Talk about an actor doing an excellent job in putting some real personality into an already great character. The introduction of several DC characters like Vibe, Killer Frost, Firestorm, Hawkgirl and more is beyond exciting. The relationships between friends, family and lovers runs so deep watchers are transformed into empaths, experiencing the emotions of every character. Whew! Now that I think about it, this brings me to another point.
I want to briefly discuss the fathers in this show. The Flash is the best dad show since Uncle Phil rose Will back on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I’m talking about the love Barry has for his dad Henry, in jail. The Love Barry has for Joe. The Love the Joe has for Wally. The Love that Harrison Wells from Earth II has for his daughter. There is a powerful theme set, in a genre usually reserved for high action and flashy effects, that really needs to be present in more television and movies, period. The scenes with these father’s expressing the love for their children and vice versa are absolutely priceless tear tuggers. I can tell you that there was an occasion or two where I felt it right there in my gut.
Anyways, like I said, I’m late. Most of the world has already seen all of The Flash and is wondering what rock I was living under. Seriously, I’m bad with TV. My head is usually buried into the issue of some random comic book. I will be doing more head burying to help sate my hunger for more Flash, but I must say that after the last episode of season 2, I cannot wait until 3. Based on my basic reading I know that characters like Jessie Quick and Wally West getting hit by a wave from the second particle accelerator explosion was no accident, and there has already been photo evidence of Wally West as yet another Flash.
No doubt if fans have read the 2011 event Flashpoint, or even watched the animated film, we already know where the show is headed. I am beyond excited, and will certainly be catching the show ON TIME this time around. I give this show an easy 9.5/10 and would recommend it to pretty much anyone, especially superhero fans. If you haven’t already, I implore you to do so!