It’s no secret that Marvel is my favorite. Because of this, usually I’m aware of the new small screen superhero adaptation. This is one of the latest to find its way onto our television screens.
The Flash, Season One Pilot (2014) CW TV Review
As a child, Barry Allen is the kid the bigger kids pick on. That’s okay because at home, he feels safe and loved with his parents. That all changes when he’s witness to the murder of his mother, and unable to believe Barry’s claims of what he saw that night, his father is arrested for the murder. Years later Barry (Grant Gustin) is a police forensics tech and he’s still running. Working with the man who took Barry in to raise him, Det. Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and his daughter Iris (Candice Patton), they are the only two people who are like family to Barry. Iris is also the only girl Barry has ever loved.
Following an unexplained accelerant explosion, Barry is struck by lightning and left in a coma for nine months. When he finally wakes up, it’s in Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) STARR labs and under the care of Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes). Unsettled over the way life moves on during those months he lost, Barry tries to accept these changes. Only the he begins to realize whatever damaged his city also left him with something; a kind of metahuman ability that allow Barry to stand out in ways he never has.
As a girl who considers Arrow one of my most favorite new shows, I’m thrilled to see CW take on another comic book hero. What’s even more fun is seeing Oliver Queen (Stephan Amell) pop up in the pilot. The scene between Barry and Oliver is an important one and I suspect if you’re current with the goings on in Arrow (which I’m not), this scene is a seamless one. But let’s focus on The Flash, which is a very strong start to what I hope is an entertaining story. One thing many of these origin stories give us is a tragic event that sets into motion the future of these superhero’s lives. That is obviously also the deal with this pilot and to be honest, that can wear thin. Beyond that, it’s all upward from there.‘THE FLASH,’ SEASON ONE PILOT (AND EPSIODE 2!) #FWarchives #DCComics Click To Tweet
While watching this, I forgot Barry works for the police department, which means that it’s a fun “twist” to watch him be in with the good guys before he gains superhero status. Early on, all indications are Barry is a better hero than any writer introduces. He’s not of the bitter sort and instead is more optimistic. I like how the actors portray all of their respective characters though I’ve read that some viewers don’t care for the chemistry – or lack of, between two supporting characters, which could put a damper on any potential romance in the making. What I like best in terms of character interactions in these first two episodes is the relationship between Barry and Joe. It’s complex and is very much the typical father/son relationship. Here’s hoping it doesn’t end tragically.
Two episodes in, and I’m loving this The Flash, season one pilot. It’s got a lighthearted vibe that’s a breath of fresh air while still playing to our love of solving a mystery. Both episodes solve their mystery with the “bigger” picture being the death of Barry’s mother not to mention each has ended on one of those, “wait! My hour can’t be over yet” kind of cliffhangers and I applaud the writers for doing such a grand job with this. It may be the CW, but anyone who gets excited about the recent influx of Marvel domination at the box office or comic books in general would be well rewarded in checking into this latest superhero to crash onto the small screen because this DC Comics adaptation has some chops – cheesy superhero costume and all.
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Content: It’s been too long since I saw the pilot (I’m adding this later since I forget to add in content), but it’s pretty on par with most TV-14 shows. There may be some violence or thematic elements. More of the violence is of the supernatural kind in this show.