TV Tuesdays highlights TV shows that started in or after the 1980’s, with occasional exceptions.
This week’s TV show is….
I saw the promo for this back in… June? July? I don’t know. I do know that I immediately knew it was something I was going to watch.
The series (a spin-off of Arrow) is about Barry Allen, a forensic scientist for the Central City police force. He’s also a bit of a science nerd. Barry’s 11 when his mom is killed by some sort of lightning storm (maybe the Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom?) and his dad is charged with the murder. After this, Barry goes on a bit of a supernatural hunt, looking for ways to prove who killed his mom. (He knows his dad didn’t do it.)
Many years later, the local particle accelerator goes kaboom soon after activation. Barry is struck by lightning, putting him in a coma for nine months. When he wakes up, his muscles (which, by all laws of biology should be basically useless,) are regenerating at an accelerated rate, prompting the rather silly but cute line “Lightning gave me abs?”
It’s soon obvious that Barry has become a meta-human. (In normal terms, he has superpowers.) He starts speeding up, making the world around him seem slower. The main three scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow, Dr. Harrison Wells (the builder of the particle accelerator,) and Cisco Ramon – are, of course, rather interested in this. They give him a costume built and modified to withstand the physics of Barry’s super-speed, and have him help them round up other meta-humans affected by the particle accelerator. Yes, there’s actual super-powered super-villains in this. We’ve already met Weather Wizard (he’s a main rogues gallery villain for the Flash, for those of you not familiar with the comics,) and more are obviously on their way. Who knows how many people were affected by the particle accelerator?
On a character note, Iris West has shown up in the very first episode, and while she’s unaware of Barry’s newfound superpowers, I think that’ll change pretty quickly. (She ends up marrying Barry, at least in the comics.) Harrison Wells has already proven himself ruthless (and maybe not everything he appears to be,) and Detective Joe West (Iris’s dad) has already been let in on the Flash secret. (Gotta get that one specific police officer in on it!)
The Flash is cool. I have very little more to add. The show can be corny, yes. However, that’s partly just Flash’s personality on some level. (I still hope Wally West shows up at some point, immature flirt that he is. He’s my favorite Flash.) The acting can be a little weird (especially from the young Barry,) but overall, it’s not horrible like some spin-offs. It stands by itself, without relying on viewers having watched
Arrow. (I’d highly recommend watching the season 2 episodes “The Scientist” and “Three Ghosts” of Arrow before watching The Flash, however.)
In the end, The Flash is far lighter and happier than Arrow. I’d recommend it for 12 and up, at least at this point. It’s got a little profanity (though far less than Arrow) and quite a bit of violence (it’s a superhero show,) but it’s also far less gory.
For those of you without TV (like me,) the CW puts up the last (five?) episodes on their website. Episodes go up the day after air. The Flash airs on Tuesdays.
Also, the main poster is awesome.