The Flash Season One Review

“The Flash” is the spin off show of “Arrow” and stars DC Comics’ most popular speedster. The title character was introduced during the middle of Arrow’s second season but before he actually became the superhero and leaving the character in a coma. The pilot episode details events that were mentioned in his introduction and picks up from where we last left our protagonist.
Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen/The Flash. The actor brings a levity to his character as his character bucks recent trends of hero’s being wary of their powers but instead he enjoys them. As the main character, Gustin succeeds on all fronts and carries all 23 episodes. He has to go through a myriad of emotions and you never not once get a sense that he’s out of his depth or phoning it in. It truly is his show.
The show also stars Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Barry’s foster father, Candice Patton as Iris West, Barry’s foster sister and love interest, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Barry’s coworker and Iris’ boyfriend, Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker as Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow, scientists who serve as a support team to both Barry and The Flash and finally Tom Cavanaugh as the enigmatic Dr. Harrison Wells.
Throughout all 23 episodes all of these characters serve important functions through the story and one never gets thr sense that any character is being underutilized. While Grant Gustin leads the charge, he has an excellent support team to help bear the load.
The story of the first season mainly deals with the question of who killed Barry Allen’s mother when he was a child. This one event has put Allen’s father in prison as he was framed with her murder. All that Barry knows for sure is that a “man in yellow” was responsible. Anyone familiar with The Flash knows who the culprit is but the writers do an excellent job of keeping a genuine mystery about who The Man in Yellow. It all reaches a satisfying conclusion at the end of the season.
There are many others things going on in the season such as the rise of superpowers in this world and the effects it’s having. A notable standout is Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold who serves as the most recurring antagonist besides The Man in Yellow and one does not even have powers himself. There is also one big crossover with the flagship show “Arrow” and many others peppered throughout.
Worth noting is the special effects on the show. On a TV show where the budget can be limiting, the crew squeezes every penny out of the dollars they were given. There are a few hiccups here and there but otherwise it is all very impressive. A noteworthy mention goes toward the completely CGI character of Grodd.
“The Flash” is a triumph of a show. Though it has only had one season, it was an amazing first season of television. Superhero shows were still something of a rarity when the show premiered but it’s success on multiple fronts has not gone unnoticed. This is certainly the pinnacle of superheroes on television.

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