Ok if you haven’t caught up on The Flash or ever seen the aforementioned show (seriously, how have you not seen this already?!), it’s simply about a guy who runs really really fast and it’s gleefully awesome! (Pun intended!)
The show follows Grant Gustin (previously featured on Glee) as Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who got struck by lightning giving him abs and sending his life into the fast lane as the titular super-powered hero: The Flash! Imbued with the powers of the Speed Force, The Flash uses his super speed to stop the newly risen threat other super-powered criminals set to do harm to Central City, his home.
Along the way, Barry encounters notable supporting cast members such as scientist duo Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), reporter-in-training and love interest Iris West (Candice Patton) with father-figure Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and partner Eddie Thwane (Rick Cosnett). There is also Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), a wheelchair bound scientist and head of S.T.A.R. Labs who’s not at all who he seems to be and not in a good way, either. His arc is always the most intriguing to watch out for.
So far, Season 1 has fast-tracked its way into becoming one of the most beloved forms of comic book adapted media for new and old fans. The underlying tone and feel is highly reminiscent of what we all liked about Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films. The show creates an everyman hero in Barry Allen, making us cheer when he triumphs and feel for him when he fails. The action ranging from saving people to villain fights effortlessly creates a spectacle lifted from the comics is guaranteed to make you run to see the next episode! At one point he even faces off against Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow, providing an entertaining team-up and conflict episode stemming from the juxtaposition of these two characters.
Like in many superhero tales, there’s always that one overarching villain. In this case, it’s the Reverse Flash, a nasty villain who just like Barry has a similar power set in the form of super speed. This mysterious entity is known for murdering Nora Allen, Barry’s mother as well as being a general pain in the backside especially during the events of the episode, “The Man in the Yellow Suit”.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is pretty much the story so far! Now to the newest episodes!
Revenge of the Rogues
Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), known respectively as Captain Cold and Heatwave, set a trap for The Flash by using a heist for artwork as a means to draw him out. Meanwhile, Barry faces personal issues stemming from his unpleasant encounter of the Reverse Flash in “The Man in the Yellow Suit” which continues to haunt our hero.
The episode offers a neat package of a follow up to the events prior to the hiatus, as well as a cool hero vs villain episode with people seeing The Flash for the first time in public. There were some really nice visual effects ranging from the training scene at the beginning to the climactic battle thus making the action really great to watch. It was neat seeing Barry do neat stunts with his powers.
It was also interesting to notice Harrison Wells’ influence over Barry in this episode. If he really is a villain that most speculate he is, then it’s shocking to see how a nice mentor figure got under Barry’s skin like that. Can’t wait to see what happens.
Seeing both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell together again on television as criminals on the run immediately brings back memories of Prison Break, a show I’m still fond of today. The dynamic was rather nostalgic seeing Miller assume the role of the cold, calculating methodical one with Purcell as the hothead, literally. However some of the tongue-in-cheek dialogue comes across as a little too cartoony and a little over the top at times.
From the previous episode, Barry decided to try to change his relationship with Iris making things a little tenser than they need to be. It was relieving to see that the friendship was repaired. That friendship is a sincere one and it would be a shame to see it die. The father/son dynamic between Joe and Barry was rather fun to watch too. It’s humourous to see Joe being so casual with Barry these days, compared to the earlier episodes.
If you all love a good end-credits tease like I do, then you’ll love the break out at the end. For those familiar with the comics and lore, it’ll be an event worth waiting for.
The Sound and the Fury
The assembly of the Flash’s rogue’s gallery is put on hold as we get back into the swing of things, with the villain of the week episode as famously done by both Smallville and Arrow. Here we encounter Hartley Rathaway, known as the “Pied Piper” in the comics, known for his ability to manipulate sound. Here he is a former protégé of Dr. Harrison Wells who claims to know some long standing mysteries. Some of these include: what really happened when the particle accelerator exploded and the whereabouts of Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm aka Caitlin Snow’s fiancé, played by Robbie Amell.
This week, we got to see a flashy spectacle as Barry faces an enemy who could severely injure him through molecule manipulation by sound. He not only challenges Barry but he essentially challenges the whole group especially Cisco, even using his native tongue to really push him to the core. Just like most other episodes, Barry and crew always win this one by finding a way.
It was also interesting to see conflict unfold as the first of many secrets Harrison Wells has been revealed to the team working with him. It will be worthwhile to wait for the storm that will occur if and when the other secrets come out, and possibly shatter the family dynamic the crew established across these first 11 or more episodes.