The Flash: Season 1 & 2
Written by Kate Loneragan
Starring Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes.
The Flash has just commenced it's third season and if you want to get into it, now is the perfect time. While it is worth catching up on an excellent season 1 and a slightly less good season 2, I don’t think it’s going to be especially necessary with the timeline change heading into season 3.
As The Flash, Barry Allen is a stand-up superhero protecting Central City from the after effects of the STAR Labs particle accelerator explosion and from the super-villains his speed attracts.
At its very best The Flash is a character study about what it means to be a hero, and the sacrifices it takes to be a hero. At its worst, the show is a fun superhero romp that showcases the vast backlog of DC rouges and some great special effects, and some Doctor Who-esque plot holes, and some visitors from Star City.
Berlanti and co have obviously implemented all the lessons that had learnt from Arrow, The Flash is funny and enjoyable and the core team comes together fast. The Flash isn’t a perfect show. Its supporting cast fit into neat archetypes, the female characters are underdeveloped, and Barry has like four father figures, which seems a little excessive.
Still, The Flash is what you want from a weekly superhero show, at times intense and at other times it’s a feel good team up hour full of funky science with a heartfelt Grant Gustin at the centre. And of course Jesse L. Martin who keeps the show grounded in a world where people who run really fast can travel in time.
Highlights: Gorilla Grood, Harrison Wells, Captain Cold, Iris West’s wardrobe.