You know how people envision things and then they come out even better than when what they thought it would. Well, for me that realization comes to me in the form of CW’s The Flash. I cannot put into words exactly what I was initially feeling by the end of the mid-season finale. What I can say thus far is the show has been an enjoyment to watch from week to week. There’s so much to get to so lets begin.
Probably the biggest question out there was who exactly was the guy in yellow and we got an answer… sort of… not really, but the mid-season finale puts us much closer to one as we see Dr.Wells (Tom Cavanagh) with the suit of the Reverse Flash. Also getting a preview of Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) as Firestorm put an exclamation point on what has been an amazing start to the series.
From episode to episode villains come out of nowhere presenting a new challenge as Barry and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs try their hand a the superhero business. There are times even with Barry where they question themselves at different times (which they probably should). Cisco (Carlos Valdes) with the cold gun or Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) seeing what is now the holding cell for meta-humans, or Barry not being fast enough to save someone, everyone goes through a moment that establishes the reason why they do what they do and don’t just do it because that’s what the show demands. There’s a bit of depth to the characters which is even more of a surprise given what the CW usually puts out.
Things even begin to clear up between Barry and Iris which is good because I didn’t need that hindering the series longer than it should. Iris at the beginning seemed somewhat irrelevant but as the series went on you begin to see her motives to learn more about The Flash and I guess that alone is enough for viewers like myself. All the relationships beyond that seem fairly organic especially between Barry and his father as well as Barry and Joe. Joe is great in his role of being the caretaker for Barry and being the only linchpin he has between his life as a superhero and a normal person and more importantly is someone he can trust.
Even though there is good chemistry between much of the regular cast, the real reason people watch is because we want to see the villains and we want to see The Flash in action. Both were in top form throughout the first half of the season. I think it is fair to say that even in its early juncture that this show has some of the best villain encounters and special effects of any of the shows that may be included in its class. There’s very little wasted screen-time for villains and when they encounter The Flash the sparks fly. Every villain while different is handled with the same care and provide more than their worth in quality. The only one I wasn’t a fan of was the Clock King but only because of his secondary role and I hope he is a reoccurring one as well. Dr.Wells though takes the cake because every time he’s having one of those one-on-one convos with someone (if you’ve watched you know what I’m talking about) I fear for their lives and that is some special stuff.
Verdict: If you’re a fan of comic books and superheroes there’s actually quite the selection out there with many more to come. The ones that are to come may be just as good as The Flash is but right now there is none better, Thus far it has far exceeded my expectations in every facet. Even the crossover event with Arrow was more than great and I expect more in that aspect as well. Yeah the dialogue can still be a bit cringe worthy at times and Cisco as a whole can be the same (I hope he gets better). However, If those are the biggest shortcomings then it’s gonna be just fine, Ya know what, I’m done. Just go watch the show if you haven’t. It’s worth it.
+ Good Characters and meaningful interaction
+ Villains and action scenes are amazing
+ Good drama when needed
+ Just The Flash overall
– Cisco’s character could use some tweaking
The Flash returns will all new episodes January 20th 8PM Eastern/9PM Central on the CW