The Flash s1 ep 1

Let’s just see what we have here.

A parent/parents lost in tragic circumstances? Check. An unsolved mystery and/or terrible injustice haunting you for your whole life as a consequence? Check. A girl you think you love who thinks you’re a lightweight yet is dim enough to be fooled by an embarrassingly skin-tight costume and excuses that’ll get worse as the season progresses? Check, check and check!

Congratulations, Barry Allen, aka The Flash, you’ve passed Superhero 101! And with Distinction, since you also have a sinister Svengali-type funding you, a couple of science-y sidekicks with some cool toys, and – dude – you were struck by lightning. Not everyone can say that, hey?

I note, however, that despite the current trend towards doom-laden angst in superhero studies, your first adventure seemed, on the whole, to be cheery, cheesy and brightly-lit. With plenty of smiling! Good for you, my friend. I’m not sure your show is something I’ll want to watch every week, but you do need something to distinguish you from that moody Arrow fellow and the rest of the current comic-book pack; keeping things light worked for the New Adventures of Superman, so who knows? This happy hero-ing lark may just catch on once again….

14 thoughts on “The Flash s1 ep 1

  1. Tim November 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    I really enjoyed this, helped by the fact The Flash is my favourite DC character. As a pilot episode goes, this one felt as complete and fully-formed as any I can remember. Grant Gustin is a bit wooden and gosh-darn-it smiley-happy – but then so was Dean Cain in NAoS and that didn’t prove to be a problem. Great supporting cast of characters, and as someone who remembers the John Wesley Shipp 1990s version, it was lovely to see him involved.

    One question, though. Having had his big tornado cancelled out by Barry, what was to stop Mardon from starting up another one, either immediately or a bit later once he’d got his breath back.

    Also, that cage marked Grodd. Squee.

    • CJ Cregg November 4, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      Re Grant Gustin, I expected him to get on my nerves no end since he was astonishingly annoying in Glee but I actually found him really likeable in this, Tim. As you say, smileyness worked for Dean Cain’s Clark Kent.

      • e November 5, 2014 / 2:26 am

        Fortunately, I stopped watching Glee ages ago. Came in with no apprehension.

        • CJ Cregg November 5, 2014 / 8:00 pm

          I think he sneaked in just before I gave it up too – maybe early s3? Anyway, he was super-irritating but by then nearly everything about Glee was driving me mad so it’s entirely possible it wasn’t actually his fault.

      • Tim November 5, 2014 / 11:46 am

        For sure. I had no problem with Grant Gustin, really. With a good supporting cast around him and some fun villains, he doesn’t need to be all deep, dark and brooding. And while the goody-goody thing might need some shade against the light, we’re not exactly in Batman territory – nor should we be.

  2. Capt. Harold Dobey November 4, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    It was okay. Weird thing is that it was The CW’s highest ever viewing figures.

    Central City just seems like a brighter place than Starling City, but I don’t think shouting CCPD! or SCPD! really puts the scares on the bad guys. Crime figures must be up with sibilant PDs.

    I think it will need to get darker in tone and lighting. We live in a world where kids in the street laugh at Ra’s al Ghul and call him gramps. Meta-human of the week just won’t cut it.

  3. CJ Cregg November 4, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    I’m somewhere between you and Tim, Capt, in that I liked the lightness (in both senses of the word) of it – it was cheesy but entertainingly so, much better than say the first few episodes of SHIELD – but I agree with you it was ok rather than great. I enjoyed it, I think it was very good for a superhero show pilot (all the other one’s I’ve seen, except New Adventures of Superman, have been dreadful) but I don’t feel a pressing need to tune in for ep 2.

    I do think they’ll need to sort out or just phase out Iris, though. She’s way too one-dimensional. Caitlin would be a much more interesting love interest.

    • e November 5, 2014 / 2:27 am

      Iris can be fridged. ASAP. I will tell you that episode 4 introduces an alternate and the chemistry was sparking.

  4. Capt. Harold Dobey November 4, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Just realised they kind of tweaked the continuity of Barry getting back from Starling City. Not sure I approve.

  5. CJ Cregg November 4, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    I did like his scene with Oliver on the rooftop though. That was nice.

  6. Capt. Harold Dobey November 4, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Yes, probably because Oliver was being relatively polite and not acting like a jealous douche for a change.

    • CJ Cregg November 4, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      Ah – you’re not an Olicity shipper, then Capt?

      • Capt. Harold Dobey November 5, 2014 / 11:36 am

        Work place romances, been there, learned the lessons. Of course, we probably had less staff than there is in the Arrow Cave.

  7. Kay20 November 4, 2015 / 2:20 am

    Really enjoying this. 4 episodes in, and similar to the review I just put on Supergirl, I like the fact that these folks aren’t angsty and that it’s not bogged down in dire news every week.

    Love the relationship between Joe and Barry as well, and between Tom Cavanaugh’s character (I still miss Ed!) and Barry too. Name I can’t remember right now. Great interesting father figure comparisons that make the show work.

    I don’t mind Iris – as I’ve always said, I love the unrequited love schtick. That said, she’s no Chloe Sullivan (still think she was infinitely better than Lois Lane).

    Was pleasantly surprised.

    CW of late really has been turning out fun shows. I highly recommend The 100 (after the first two or three eps it hits it’s stride and never looks back, though I hate one of the main characters with a burning passion), Flash has been great, Jane the Virgin, and I like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend too.

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