Ever since I heard about the production of "The Flash" last year, I have been rather optimistic about it. The Flash, according to me, is the most well-known male superhero of DC comics after Batman and Superman. After watching 7 episodes and eagerly waiting for the 8th, I think that The Flash is one of the biggest and the most profitable investments of CW. Initially, referred as a spin-off to the widely popular TV show, Arrow, over the time after its premiere, The Flash is close to surpassing Arrow. Its premiere is the most viewed CW premiere till date. It comes with a unique and thrilling storyline, diverging from comics but making the concept more appropriate and relevant.
Truthfully speaking/typing, Initially, I had mixed feelings for this project due to the failure of the 1990 series of the same name and the fact that people (including me) were more familiar to Wally West than Barry Allen. Also, the series was coming from CW (which created Arrow) so I thought a serious layout like Arrow may not be much relevant. But it proved me wrong and i am pretty much impressed with the way this series has turned out.
PLOT: After witnessing his mother's strange murder and his father's wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold cases, paranormal occurrences, and bleeding-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother's murder. No one believes his description of the crime—that a ball of lightning with the face of a man invaded their home that night—and Allen is fiercely driven to vindicate himself and to clear his father's name. An advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, bathing the city center with a previously unknown form of radiation during a severe thunderstorm created by the accelerator. Allen is struck by lightning from the storm and doused with chemicals in his lab. Awakening after a nine-month coma, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds. Dr. Harrison Wells, the disgraced designer of the failed particle accelerator, describes Barry's special nature as "meta-human"; Allen soon discovers that he is not the only one who was changed by the radiation. Allen vows to use his gifts to protect Central City from the escalating violence of meta-human criminals. He is aided by a few close friends and associates who guard his secrets.
Storyline: The Flash offers a well-written and fresh storyline with many elements of surprise and a layout which though, diverges from source material, but succeeds in providing an eagerness to watch more and more. People unfamiliar with Flash and other characters from DC comics will find the premise more fresh and better than many other sci-fi shows out there.
Performances: Grant Gustin plays the protagonist, Barry Allen A.K.A. The Flash. Gustin tries his best to live up to the legacy of the Flash but doesn't impress the way Stephen Amell did in Arrow. While he finds it difficult to live upto the persona of The Flash, he plays the role of a young Barry Allen efficiently. Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells is the only one whose acting and screen presence make him stand out among others in a role which confuses many. Other actors like Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin and Carlos Valdes do fine jobs as actors.
Pros: To retain the thrill in every episode, the easter eggs for characters like Grodd, Firestorm and Captain Cold. The good use of CGI and spectacularly rendered graphics makes it more entertaining and the extra emotional touch and occasional melodrama serve good.
Cons: The location for the shooting and the mostly same layout for the episodes are minor problems which may or may not matter from viewer to viewer.
Best episode: Till now, it is 8th episode AKA the crossover episode. The duel between Flash and Arrow was epic! It just can't get better.
Personal opinion: Just go watch it if you like DC comics!