From the TV network and writers that brought you 'Arrow' comes an amazing and literally adrenaline fuelled show focussing on one of DC's most important and beloved comic book characters. 'The Flash' is the superhero show that I've been waiting a very long time for ever since I started reading the comics when I was younger, and then along came the huge 'superheroes' trend that made my dreams a reality. Thanks to phenomenons such as MCU's (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Phase One and Christopher Nolan's darker reimagining of Batman, we are in the dawn of a new age where 'The Flash' is a frontrunner in what is a hopefully long race.
It seems to me that DC's latest addition to their TV universe has been put in good hands with the CW Network and the comic book company's faith has been rewarded with yet another killer superhero show.
After witnessing his mother's 'supernatural' murder and his father's wrongful conviction for the crime as a child, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is taken in by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Patton) with his daughter Iris (Candice Patton). Years later, Barry becomes a brilliant but socially awkward forensic crime scene investigator for the police.
I've spent my whole life searching for the impossible, never imagining that I would become the impossible.
The S.T.A.R. Labs advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, creating a wave of unknown energy. It creates a storm where lightning strikes Barry whilst being doused with chemicals in his lab. After a nine month coma, he discovers he is the fastest man alive with the ability to move at superhuman speeds. With the help of Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Dr Wells (Tom Cavanagh) Barry is able to protect Central City from other various "metahumans" like himself and become, The Flash.
It's a good show with likeable characters that sticks very well to the comic book source material for those of you that care. Though, it is also able to keep you interested regardless of whether you're a comic book fan or not through its action, relationship dramas and of course plot twists.
However, if you're a diehard comic book fan then you're in for a treat because of the many many references and characters layered throughout the series that will leave you wanting more. As I said, if you're not, then just like when Arrow first came on the scene, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the substance that the show actually has to offer - it's something you'll have to see for yourself.
The reason I'm not giving it the 9 or even 10 rating many think it deserves, is because initially for me the show would get a bit repetitive and Barry for all his powers was portrayed as really weak. It became one of those classic moments that everyone's had where they yell at the screen telling the character to do something obvious. It's an origin story I know, so he had to develop and become the person he is meant to be, but for heaven's sake sometimes it's really ironic how slow he was at times.
Much like my high rating of the show, this is probably based on my bias from my knowledge and love of the comics. This however, does not diminish the character or the show in any respects as we see Barry Allen training and becoming better, slowly transitioning into the Flash that we all know and love getting rid of any doubts I previously had. It takes a while for this to develop, but I really enjoyed being on the ride whilst it lasted.
I believe 'The Flash' is DC's big bang for the TV universe that will result in even better things to come in both future crossovers and of course its second season renewal.