Spin off City!
After being introduced to Barry Allen in Season 2 of Arrow last year the Flash has spun off it’s to own TV Show. We have our first shared continuity DC universe! Long live the Arrow-verse!
So before I get into it I have to say that the Flash isn’t a character I’m all that familiar with. Prior to watching the first episode of the Flash the only Flash comic book I had read was the Flashpoint mini series written by Geoff Johns back in 2011. I’m a big fan of it, it centers around the Flash but tells an alternative universe story with the entire Justice League. From it was able to get the quick and dirty version of the Flash’s history, who he is, how he became the Flash, who are some of his major villains and their story. Again, its a pretty great story, its kinda the reason behind the entire new 52 reboot and if you haven’t read it, you should.
Back to the TV show. This show definitely knows the mood it is going for and is following suit of its sister show, Arrow. In fact the Arrow actually shows up half way through the episode. I don’t want this to sound negative, this is a strong point for the show. I am a big fan of Arrow and I think of it as the example of how to do comic book television correctly. It’s dark and edgy, but also funny, and has tons of little DC Easter Eggs and cameos. Flash follows in Arrow’s lead in the best possible way. The accident with the Super-Collider that gave Flash his powers has also given powers to dozens of others giving us the real world explanation for all these people with super powers. Sure it’s a deus ex machina but it feels natural enough and explains not just one person getting powers but all the people to come. We hear the word “meta-human” for the first time in the Flash and it doesn’t sound near as ridiculous as it did when they introduced it in the 2002 Birds of Prey TV Show.
This was the pilot but it was a pretty strong episode. They went through his origin story pretty quickly and we go from him discovering his powers to being in the Flash suit by the half way point. They set up the over all arch of him trying to find how who murdered his mother, while introducing and concluding a mini-arc of him stopping the Weather Wizard, a classic Flash villain. It was pretty standard origin stuff but moved along quickly and I never felt lost or too overwhelmed with too much information at once. It probably helped that it is the same style and feel as Arrow so I had an idea what to expect but it was all knew ideas and information so it can’t rely too much on Arrow.
What I Liked
I really liked all the Easter Eggs and cameos. They were all over the place and even though I felt I caught a lot I didn’t get even half of the list the screenrant.com was able to put together. It was fun and a nice nod to fans and super fans while never getting to the point where it was muddling the plot for feeling completely shoe horned in. I like when they do this kind of thing in Arrow and look forward to more in the Flash. Warner Brothers owns all the rights to DC Comics so there are no characters that are off limits. The Flash/Arrow-verse has been self contained so far so I suspect that we will not just being seeing the D and E list characters like we do in S.H.I.E.L.D. but suspect we will get some big names in before we know it.
What I Didn’t Like
The costume still looks ridiculous. I’m sorry but it just does. I don’t even have a clue of what they could change to make it less so, and honestly I think it looks pretty good. My first impression was that it looks crazy but it looks the best with what they have to work with, and that’s still how I feel about it. I think the issue I have is that most costumes look ridiculous in the daytime and the Flash is doing a lot of what he does in the middle of the day. Maybe more night missions will help?
My final thought is that its a great show. My dislikes are nit picky and overall I very much enjoyed the show and look forward for more episodes to come.