The Flash: The fastest, most exhilarating superhero show on TV. The Flash is one of the CW’s most successful shows in years. Want to know why?
In a Nutshell
Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes “The Flash” and fights crime in Central City.
Meet the Characters
Barry Allen – A Central City assistant police forensic investigator. Moments after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, Barry is struck by lightning in his laboratory and doused by chemicals affected by the accident. When he awakens from a nine-month coma, he has superhuman speed. Barry is your usual adorable geek, and has a crush on his childhood friend, Iris.
Dr. Harrison Wells – The mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. Wells becomes a pariah after the lab explodes and causes many people to become meta-humans. He serves as Barry’s mentor after he gains his powers, and so he teaches Barry how to further develop his powers and abilities without risking his life. He’s also the boss of Caitlin and Cisco, who also work at the lab.
Dr. Caitlin Snow – A highly intelligent bio-engineering expert who’s very passionated about her work at S.T.A.R. Labs. Caitlin lost her fiancé, Ronnie Raymond, during the particle accelerator explosion. One half of the brainiac team that helps Barry deal with capturing meta-humans. She’s a quiet, reserved girl and can be seen as cold in comparison to Cisco, but she starts to liven up again after Barry joins the team.
Cisco Ramon – A mechanical engineering genius, Cisco is the youngest member of the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs. Being so different from Caitlin, their dynamics are always amusing to watch. Cisco is also a geek, and he is very goofy, often naming the villainous meta-humans they encounter. Just like Caitlin, Cisco considers Barry to be a good friend, and wants him to be safe everytime he goes on a mission.
Joe West – A police detective and Iri’s fathers. He acts as a surrogate father to Barry, after his mother’s death and father’s imprisonment. He also happens to be his boss, and one of the first to discover his powers. Because of this, he often covers up for him at work. Joe is supportive of Barry, but he can also be very strict and overprotective of him whenever he puts himself in danger to save others.
Iris West – Iris is the daughter of Detective West, and Barry Allen’s best friend and longtime crush. She’s very intuitive, has a an innate curiosity and is a bit of a risk taker. In fact, she works at Central City Picture News as a journalist. Iris is very lively and witty. She sees Barry as her brother and best friend, and is very supportive of him.
A Brief History of The Flash: the When, Where and How
Originally envisioned as a backdoor pilot due to the positive reception of Grant Gustin during his two appearances on Arrow, the executives ended up developing a full pilot. It turned out to be a good decision, as the pilot became the most watched series premiere in the history of the network. Aside from plenty of crossovers and guest appearances, the two series also share costume designer Colleen Atwood, and is also filmed in Vancouver (Canada).
The Flash has been very well received by fans, critics and audience. It also won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama” in 2015.
Why It’s Awesome
“You’re not a hero. You’re just a young man that was struck by lightning”
With quotes like this, The Flash brings some sense of reality to the world of superheros. From the beginning of the series, S.T.A.R. Labs’s goal is not to turn Barry Allen into a superhero, but to study him and protect him from any type fo danger. After all, it’s their fault that this happened to Barry in the first place. The characters around Barry are also reluctant to see Barry fight crime because of how dangerous it is. On top of that, The Flash is incredibly fast, but it doesn’t take long for Barry to realize that he cannot actually fight, so he’s at a disadvantage in many situations. Aside from raising the stakes, all these conflicts introduce the classic moral debate of whether someone with the ability to stop a disaster from happening should be obligated to do so.
In true CW fashion, TPTB does with DC what the MCU has been doing with MARVEL. The Flash makes its main character deal with issues as both the Flash, and Barry Allen and his relationships with everyone else. So far, the series has been nothing short of amazing as Barry isn’t just facing speed villains, but also other meta-humans with different super powers and abilities. The crossovers with Arrow and Supergirl only make situations more challenging and exciting, bringing the whole DCU to life.
With elements such as family and friendship, comedy and drama, super high-speed action scenes, time travel, and even moral questions, The Flash is everything a superhero TV show should be.