Review: The Flash: Season 1 – Comics for Sinners

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Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Richard Boom

Review: The Flash: Season 1

The Flash 1Warning: full spoilers for The Flash’s first season follow!

THE FLASH started out during the ARROW-TV-series, setting a lighter tone the Arrow, but with an instant fanbase attached who would check out Flash’ adventures from the get-go. So no need to build a big audience, with not having to start from scratch, but hitching a ride via a very successful TV-series as sort of a spinoff.

It did help a lot that it started strong and over-time just got better with each month.

What also helped a lot was the great cast.

– The actor for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) brings a tremendous amount of upbeat energy into the mix. He delivers a Barry Allen who you can instantly connect with.

– The supporting cast ties directly into the emo-part of the show/story, with even the fiends being awkward father-figures or possibly-friends to Barry even.

– You have the adoptive father, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). You have Joe’s daughter, Iris (Candice Patton), who Barry is secretly in love with, but never dares to address afraid of losing the friendship he holds so dear. You have the father figure aka mentor with Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). You have the dearest of friends in science, discovery and self-awareness, in meta-human hunting and more with Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes).

 

All these relationships feel real, solid, never stiff and only when Barry meets up with Iris will it ever reach awkward-levels. The show is just really good at all levels, really.

Apart from the action and meta-human scifi-aspect this show really revolves around Barry, his past, his presence, his relationships with friends, foes, family and whatnot.

The only off-beat I can think of is the love-triangle between Iris, Barry and Iris’ boyfriend (partner of Joe) Eddie. Sometimes it feels like filler-stuff and it started out just odd. Screaming at the TV-screen to Barry to tell Iris about his feelings and then next scene where Eddie comes into play again… annoying.

Only to the ending of the series did the Eddie-story hit full stride, which will be felt for seasons to come, that is for sure!

And coming back to see more, that is something I will do for sure!

 

Synopsis

Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen is, always charming and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – now the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and his close friends who know his secret, race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Justified, Necessary Roughness), Carlos Valdes (Arrow), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Following), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC Comics, The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, The Mysteries of Laura), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Fringe)Game of Thrones, The X-Files Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Mysteries of Laura, Pan) and David Nutter (Game of Thrones, The X-Files).

FEATURES

  • The Fastest Man Alive!
  • Creating the Blur
  • The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test
  • Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns!
  • DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
  • Pilot Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

23 EPISODES (40 min each)

  1. Pilot For Air
  2. Fastest Man Alive
  3. Things Your Can’t Outrun
  4. Going Rogue
  5. Plastique
  6. The Flash s Born
  7. Power Outage
  8. Flash vs. Arrow
  9. The Man In The Yellow Suit
  10. Revenge Of he Rogues
  11. The Sound And The Fury
  12. Crazy or You
  13. The Nuclear Man
  14. Fallout
  15. Out of Time
  16. Rogue Time
  17. Tricksters
  18. All Star Team Up
  19. Who is Harrison Wells?
  20. The Trap
  21. Grodd Lives
  22. Rogue Air
  23. Fast Enough

 

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About the Author

Richard is the driving force behind Comics for Sinners. His love and admiration for female comic book characters is virtually unparalleled, which immediately explains his biggest 'sin': his Hot Mummy fetish. This sketchbook theme is philogynistic in nature and even the source of his WIP comic book series "The Sisterhood".



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