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….