ByHenry Reneau, writer at
Henry Reneau

With season 2 of The Flash premiering in just a few weeks, now is a great time to catch up so that you can enjoy part two of one of my favorite shows on television. Don't worry, I will not spoil anything, but I will give you several reasons to watch this show.

1. It's Refreshing

In The Flash, Grant Gustin does a fantastic job starring as Barry Allen, a forensic scientist for the C.C.P.D. who gains super speed after being struck by lightning. Although it sounds like any other TV show or movie starring a superhero, it's a nice refresher from the seriousness of other stories about orphaned crime fighters. The Flash has plenty of plots, subplots, drama and action to make it a superhero show, but enough comedy to help you know and love the characters better.

2. The Relationships

Throughout the season, like all stories, the characters grow closer to or farther apart from each other. One bond I've especially enjoyed is the bond that grows between Barry and his adopted father Joe West, played by Jesse L. Martin. The two frequently disagree over a very serious topic during the first few episodes, but Joe learns to listen to Barry and helps him grow as a hero and a man.

Also, Dr. Harrison Wells, played by Tom Cavanagh, is a strong mentor to not only Barry, but also Dr. Caitlyn Snow and Cisco Ramon, played by Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes. Dr. Wells, Caitlyn and Cisco secretly help Barry fight crime in Central City, and the four of them quickly become inseparable friends.

Lastly, Barry has a very complicated relationship with his adopted sister Iris, played by Candice Patton. Although she is dating another guy, Barry has had a crush on Iris for years, but she only sees him as her best friend.

3. The Creativity

The Flash contains the common superhero elements of suspense, action, incredible effects, and villains that truly challenge the hero. However, one of the things I love about The Flash is the uniqueness of some aspects of the show. For one, Barry's father Henry Allen, played by John Wesley Shipp, is not deceased like his wife, but in prison, wrongfully convicted for her murder.

Despite the fact that he is behind bars, Henry still loves his son and gives him advice about growing up. I really enjoy seeing a superhero's relationship with his father, and most of them are dead long before we meet the hero.

Another aspect that fascinates me in The Flash is time travel. The show constantly complicates things and brings up more interesting factors through time travel. Even though time travel is practically impossible to get right, The Flash does a pretty good job of making sense with it.

4. The Crossovers

During the show, we get to see crossovers from the show Arrow and even cast members of the first Flash tv show. Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak, John Diggle, and Ray Palmer make a few appearances in the show, usually to help Barry with a particularly tough villain or pursue their own mysteries.

In addition to Arrow crossovers, villains from the old Flash return, such as Mark Hamill as the Trickster. One of my favorite episodes, the Trickster cleverly escapes from jail and wreaks havoc in Central City, nearly beating the Flash.

These are a few reasons of why I love The Flash. I hope if you haven't seen it yet, you will, and if you have, are you excited for season 2?


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