This review is part of the feature DC TV-U Summer Break 2016. We recommend you to read the introduction first.
After we learn that there will be a new DC TV Show relating the origins of Barry Allen, the CW decides to introduce the new superhero in Arrow first. Barry Allen made an appearance in two episodes of the Season 2 and the last episode of the season led to a backdoor pilot for the Flash TV Show. Despite my disappointment about Arrow lately, I have to give it some credit as the Flash was born from it.
I was really excited about a Flash series and specially one about Barry Allen’s origins. He is my second favorite superhero after Superman. The way they brought him to the series was smart. Barry Allen has just discovered his powers after we have seen him with Arrow for the first time. Then he would learn how to deal with those powers during the first episodes of his own series. Arrow would even make a cameo appearance, being like a mentor to him. In fact, we can make many parallelisms between Flash/Arrow and other DC characters. As I said before, Arrow is dark as Gotham, and it has a human vigilante like Batman. On the other hand, the Flash is brighter like Metropolis, where there is a superhero like Superman. But at the same time, Arrow is a mentor for the Flash like Batman is for Robin. I was concerned that the TV Show wouldn’t find its way to get its independence from Arrow. But at the some point they did.
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So everything was clever from the beginning. Barry Allen would learn from his fellow scientists friends how to use his powers and how to get better. He would get his epic suit from them too. And Oliver Queen would give him advice about how to be a hero. I liked the way they stuck to the comics’ atmosphere. The Flash is light, bright and he has a sense of humour. They also represented well the Flash who wants to save everyone. The fact that he can run faster than light (even though in the TV Show he trains a long time to get faster) pushes him always further. He can do so much so fast, that he wants to save absolutely everyone and even take care of the person he saved. The atmosphere and the main message from the comics were respected. But something was going wrong after some episodes.
The plot of the Flash revolves around the explosion of a particle accelerator. The shockwave from the explosion has hit the whole city, and has granted abilities to some, according to the situation they were in. Barry Allen was manipulating chemicals during the explosion and as he’s struck by lightening, he gets access to the speed force. Everyone who had gained powers from the explosion is called meta-human. One of them for example is able to control the weather after his plane had been hit in the middle of a storm by the shockwave of the explosion. What happened is that due to this concept, the show started to become repetitive, and rather episodic, just like CSI or NCIS. Each episode the Flash would encounter a different meta-human. Of course they were original material from the comics, and it was great to see some of them on the screen. But the plot was developing slowly.
Until they finally went all in.
We started to know about Reverse-Flash, about Zoom, about Jay Garrick, the first Flash from another earth. Yes, they started to introduce the different Earths and time travel! As we go through episodes and towards Season 2, the Flash gets fast. He can travel through time, throw lightning with his arm and even pass through solid matter. Hell, we even had Gorilla Grodd!
Now, the Flash is totally independent from Arrow. Sometimes we get some cool crossovers, who mostly help Arrow to get better. The Flash really managed to get out of the routine they were trapped in for a few episodes. The characters are well written and the actors are great. The whole DC Universe with villains, heroes and even easter eggs is amazing for the fans, but the show is also easy enough to get into for those who don’t know a lot about DC. Unlike Arrow, the quality of the show itself remains high. We get amazing CGI that blows us away.
The Flash started after Arrow, and it was even Arrow that helped to kickstart it. But now, I think the Flash is really ahead, and I’d even consider it as one of the best DC TV Shows. Definitely the best on The CW so far. We even have perfect cliffhangers after the end of each season, and honestly I don’t understand why they’ve let Arrow fall while the Flash is giving us such great results. Now that the Flash is so important, everything is going to change. At the end of Season 2, something happens that us DC fans know that’s what it leads to the Flashpoint. And that’s the name of the first episode of Season 3 – Flashpoint. This is a big thing. Everything is going to change, and we can only hope that it’s going to affect the other TV Shows from the CW. For better.
To me, this is Gold.