There was a time when Arrow was the pinnacle of superhero goodness on TV but that time is no longer, The Flash overtook it from the very first episode and the gap widened as each successive week went by. I never had much hope for the show after hearing it would spin off from Arrow, but once it aired, I never looked back. This show sets a new high mark for superhero excellence every single week and now that there’s another series coming, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, instead of wondering if Team DC can make it as good as past shows, I’m wondering how fast Flash will have to run to stay ahead. In a word, wow.
A young Barry Allen witnesses the death of his mother at the hands of a red and yellow streak. He suddenly finds himself outside and his father has been blamed for his mother’s murder. Years later, Barry has become a police forensics officer, obsessed with his mother’s death and getting his father out of prison. When tragedy strikes and the local particle accelerator explodes, he’s given amazing powers to run like a streak, but he’s not alone, it seems lots of people, termed meta-humans, have been affected by the explosion and now, Barry Allen joins forces with the people who operated Star Labs, Doctor Harrison Wells, Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, to fight against the criminal exploits of super-powered baddies that they indirectly helped create.
Yes, this is probably, no definitely, my highest rated series of the year, comic-book or not. Anyone reading my old reviews for the first season or so of Arrow knows that I routinely spoke of fan-gasms, those moments where something deep inside just goes crazy, some obscure reference just resonates on a primal level and it just makes you shake in happiness. That was almost every single episode of The Flash this year and Arrow… not so much.
Nothing is perfect though, there were some issues with Flash as well. The idea that Iris was the only one who never knew Barry’s secret was stretched far beyond the ludicrous. There were times where Barry’s ability to run fast seemed attached to the needs of the plot instead of the other way around. There were times where you had to roll your eyes and say “come on already!” but those were few and relatively far between.
It’s a really great show that can make you really feel good about being wrong in your predictions too. They set up the entire Flashpoint storyline from the comics perfectly and then, in the finale, didn’t go where I was absolutely certain that they would. I still think that in the future, they will, but what they did instead was just perfect and I’m loving their direction, even if they misled a huge number of comic fanboys. It takes something special to do that and The Flash is a special show.
If you haven’t been watching this show, you’re insane. Get out there right now and do it. Now. I’m not kidding. It’s so good, it’s getting a 10 on my 5-point scale. You really can’t do better than that.