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Season one of The Flash in the books and it’s about that time I hit you with the #BroThoughts on the inaugural season of the Scarlet Speedster’s story. If (for some inexplicable reason) you haven’t been following the season from the beginning, although I don’t intend to hit on every single storyline the show has covered thus far, just for kicks…THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS REGARDING THE FLASH SEASON ONE SO IF YOU’VE MISSED AN EPISODE DO YOURSELF A SOLID AND QUIT READING. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s cover the general #BroThoughts of the first season of The Flash.
#RealTalk moment: I’ve never loved The Flash as a character. In the crazy world of comic books, video games and all other things #NerdLife, the realm of The Flash was one I never took the time to immerse myself in. Even after the backdoor pilot for The Flash premiered on Arrow, I still wasn’t 100% sold on the concept of a show focused on the “fastest man alive” (Harrison Wells?). However, since the universes between both The Flash and Arrow were going to be interconnected, I knew I was going to end up giving the show a chance. I’m glad I have.
Apart from The Walking Dead and Doctor Who, Arrow and The Flash are the only two television series I watch regularly. When The Flash began, I was skeptical for a number of reasons: Not only was the series’ feel decidedly lighter (and more campy) than its Oliver Queen-fronted counterpart, but the relentless mentioning of the title character’s backstory (seriously, how many times an episode do viewers get reminded about the fate of Barry’s parents?) and the overall goofiness of the show’s core of Caitlin, Cisco and Barry did not endear them to me during the first few episodes.
What did keep me coming back was the portrayal of Harrison Wells and Joe West. Easily the two most engaging characters of the series from the first episode to the finale, the day the pair of them (or at the very least, Tom Cavanagh) get nominated for Emmys cannot come soon enough. His ability to remain mysterious from the beginning-to the point where you knew he was bad, but you didn’t know if he’d be bad for the series’ protagonist due to his endless support for Barry-has always been a highlight of the series. Couple Wells with the portrayal of Joe, and both of Barry’s “father figures” (all three, if we include his actual father) serve not only contrasting purposes, but serve as opposing ideologies which are subtly reflected during their conversations with Barry-an interesting dynamic, and easily one of the show’s most consistent highlights.
Another facet of the series which has crafted me into a consistent and loyal viewer is the pacing of the overall story, something I feel Arrow struggles with at times (although to be fair, I don’t recall having any of those reservations during the first season. Also, considering The Flash is a spin-off of Arrow, I feel juxtapositions between the two are inevitable). The Flash started by laying the foundation of its protagonists (Team Flash, Barry’s family, Eddie, and Doctor Wells) and fleshing out their respective backstories (as if every single episode hasn’t reminded you enough, the death of Barry’s mother). It has since evolved to incorporate the introduction of the Reverse Flash, elements of time travel…point is, The Flash as a series doesn’t hurt for storylines, either major or minor.
The first season of The Flash has been characterized by multiple storylines all interwoven relatively seamlessly, and a level of action which not only fits in with the television DC realm created by Arrow but feels markedly different due to the more fantastic elements of the characters. As much as I loathe admitting it, I feel as if I’m a bigger fan of Arrow, but for the better part of The Flash’s first season it’s been the superior show. Call it bias toward something newer or perhaps my adoration of Harrison Wells, but I find myself engrossed with the world of Central City immensely, and eagerly anticipating the show’s return.
My anticipation can currently be attributed to how consistently and frequently the series sets up future storylines without doing so at a frantic pace which is difficult to follow. Very rarely has an episode ended where the next was not set up, and more often than not these teasers are extremely exciting. Case in point: When Team Flash finally finds Harrison’s “Future lair”, who wasn’t hyped? This trend inevitably carried over to the season finale: teasers regarding the possible futures of Cisco and Caitlin, the implications of the death of Eddie (and Wells?), possible parallel universe(s), the reference to the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow, Barry’s fate following him running into the black hole…there’s no shortage of possibilities for next season.
Ultimately, this Bro considers the first season of The Flash to be a resounding success. The show has some fantastic acting, impeccable pacing, multiple engaging storylines and a hell of a lot of heart (if you didn’t tear up during the scene with Barry’s mom OR when Eddie got his heroic sendoff…you’re cold-blooded). I cannot wait to see what the second season brings. Here’s hoping The Flash has a substantial presence at #SDCC2015. Until next time, Bros!
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