ByAndrew Brindley, writer at
Film reviewer, comic book fan and all around movie watcher.
Andrew Brindley

Years back, when Smallville was still a thing, they had an episode where Clark met the Flash. I remember thinking that it would be so cool to give the Flash his own show, that it would never happen, but it would work if they stuck to the source material and stayed true to the characters.

Nowadays, we're either blessed or cursed, depending on your preference, with an overwhelming variety of superhero entertainment. So much so, that it can become overdone and gradually less unique over time. The Flash, however, is one of the most unique superhero shows I've seen yet. I'm not even sure it's purely a superhero show, because it grabs its audience in so many different ways.

There's just too much greatness to touch on for what I intend to be a "short" review, but I'll do my best to tackle all the key points.

The Flash has strength in character development, action, writing, story and visuals. Pretty much all the things needed to be on the mark in order to create a decent show.

All the characters are understandable, though not always likable. However, they're not always intended to be. You hate characters when you're told to hate them and you love characters when you're told to love them, all for good reason on both sides of the spectrum. No character is one dimensional and they all have valid reason for what they do. The fact that even good guys could and will turn to the dark side to fulfill their goals, makes them unpredictable and it keeps the show interesting. Even the villain of the story can grasp some compassion from the viewer. Then the viewer feels like like an idiot for thinking there's any good in the villain at all.

The action, i.e visuals, choreography and special effects are done well. Sometimes you acknowledge visuals in which the budget ran low. Other times, the majority of the budget was obviously spent on a visual effect or CGI character, such as Grodd. I cannot fault CW for this. Television will always receive less of a budget than film, although The Flash isn't affected negatively from lack of well done CGI. I felt sorry for the studio to some degree and wished them a higher budget, because the story would benefit from it.

Where The Flash really shows strength is story and dialogue. I've mentioned previously how I am most involved and interested in a show when it maintains a lack of resolve. I stand by that, however, if you can replace a lack of resolve with a piqued interest of questionable alliance, it will work just the same. In The Flash, it's unclear whether or not the characters are hiding something. Are they on the same side? What do they want and why? Each episode is a clue to a lengthy mystery that doesn't conclude until the finale.

I did notice a major plot hole near the end. If you have yet to watch The Flash, I'd suggest not reading into this spoiler section.

At one point the team captures and places Harrison Wells in a containment unit. He confesses to being the murderer of Barry's mother. It's at this point when they could have freed Barry's father from prison, although this possibility is never even brought up for discussion.

In conclusion, The Flash combines the likes of mystique and adventure with a unique take on a detective drama. The success of The Flash dictates its popularity. I give The Flash a 10/10 and will be returning to review season 2 as soon as it's released to Netflix.


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