The Flash (2014)
The CW Network
After witnessing his mother's supernatural murder and his father's wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold cases, paranormal occurrences, and cutting-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother's murder.
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The Flash is based on a DC Comic character, while I'm not a fan of DC Comics overall, that sure didn't stop me from falling in love with this fresh and fun new show!
Our story revolves around the mid-twenty something crime scene tech Barry Allen and a freak accident that turns him into something really amazing. But really, most freak accidents happen to create amazing heroes, both for the side of good and evil. The nerdy guy has no idea how much his life is about to change, but you get the watch the whole thing from day one!
The CW did a great job of setting this whole world up, plus promos and reaching out to a ripe comic fan base at present. Barry Allen is cleverly introduced on their other show Arrow and the two shows crossover continue throughout season one. So fans of both shows can of course get into all the action.
We now interrupt this post for a shirtless Arrow break. You're welcome.We soon find out that Barry is not the only person who was affected by a crazy lighting storm/particle mumbo jumbo thingy of sorts. What they end up calling "Metahumans" are others who were also changed in some fashion. At some point I'm sure we will see the full array of folks with powers. Though you do tend to just see a lot more of the bad guys and gals. Hey, with great power and all that….
What keeps me coming back? The amazing writing, awesome special effects and character development on many different levels. You have Barry and his "stuck in the big house" dad, Barry and his adopted Dad, Barry and his kinda adopted sister and their whole dynamic, Barry and the loss of his Mom, Barry and his wise cracking science team buddies and Barry trying to learn how to control all this power he has.
Plus, evil master minds out to plot their badness and time travel/alternate reality maneuvering. It's all done with flare and written in a way that any one can understand what's going on. It's not simple minded but direct. You don't need to know the comics at all, I don't know the comics! But I know that I love this new show.
The only character that ends up bugging me is a big ape called Grodd. He also walks around saying "I am Grodd!". WHICH is really close to my boy Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and his whole "I am Groot." routine. So…yeah was not a big fan of the monkey business banana hater. Thankfully, it's not much you see of him.
If you're looking for a new show to watch, I recommend this one for pretty much all ages. With the exception of one steamy/sexy episode my 8 year old was able to watch this whole season with me.
Sharon's take: Katie pretty much summed it all up and I agree. Our family watches the show together too. I think my 14 year old daughter has a little Barry crush <G>. The cool thing, there's going to be a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow called Legends of Tomorrow that will feature the Atom (hey, Ray! ) Martin Stein, Captain Cold and Heatwave, Firestorm, and the new super heroes Hawkgirl and White Canary, taking on Vandal Savage.