There are countless botched attempts made by several different networks who have tried their hand at creating a successful superhero series. Much to the producers’ dismay, they don’t turn out as favorites for the public audience. This has little to do with the genre itself, but rather, the amount of effort put into creating the said masterpiece.
Sure, there are CW shows like “The Arrow” which have a cult following. But the best work by the CW, as far as I’m concerned, is the gem introduced in 2014 known as “The Flash.” This tv show tops its predecessors in several ways.
The tv show focuses on Barry Allen, a somewhat timid, young adult who works as a forensic scientist, and starts season 1 off as a normal guy, but essentially orphaned at a young age by the tragic, unexplainable death of his parents. Raised by Joe West, the father of his childhood best friend, Iris West, Barry grows up to be quite the novel character.
Episode 1 of Season 1 introduces Barry Allen (Grant Guston) and this is the episode in which Barry Allen is struck by lightening, stays in a coma for nine months, and wakes up as the “fastest man alive.” Although an intriguing idea in itself, the episode also focuses on the mysterious lightening, and the creator of the bolt, Dr. Harrison Wells, a famous scientist who is not who he appears to be (a later episode will explain everything!). From that episode forward, Barry Allen tries to cope and learn about his new powers, use them to protect Central City from other lightening-effected villains, and finally crack the murder case concerning his own parents. This show tops other vigilantes because of Barry Allen’s character role. Barry never brags about his new powers, rather, he wants to first keep it a secret from everybody. Barry stays true to his “do no harm/kill” rule, unlike The Green Arrow. After catching the bad guys, Barry makes sure they are put away, but he never intentionally kills anyone (Grodd was his biggest testament to this rule). It is also this inexplicable, “down-to-earth-humble-shy” quality surrounding Barry that makes this show so appealing. The Green Arrow is nearly arrogant, pompous, and somewhat strife in comparison.
This show has the following themes: action, drama, romance, mystery, and science fiction.
What this show is not: a comedy, a love-story, a CSI cold case, nor a reality tv-show.
Who should tune in: For those that like action sequences involving evil individuals who also have insane superpowers, a season-long “investigation” about the death of Barry’s parents, a twisted story about a scientist, and a touching crush on a childhood best friend who has certainly friend-zoned you.
Tune in at 8/7 central on the CW every Tuesday to catch this vigilante in action.