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TV Series Review

We like fast.

We grab espressos at the drive-thru, eat our Minute Rice (if we can wait for the water to boil) and buy time-saving devices, paying extra for same-day delivery. We like food fast, our cars faster and our Internet connections positively flaming. You'd probably even like this television review to speed up and get to the point already.

So, given our need for speed, is there a more fitting superhero for the 21st century than the Flash?

Don't answer that. No time.


Barry Allen wasn't always so speedy. In his day job as a Central City crime scene investigator, Barry's known for two things: his steady, deliberate mind and always being late. But that was before Central City's first (and last) particle accelerator blew up during a fierce thunderstorm. Barry was struck by a bolt of physics-defying lightning that rebooted the perpetually tardy guy into an earthbound F-22. And just like that, a whole new world opens up for him. Rush-hour traffic? Pish. He'll be at work in five ... seconds. Slow Wi-Fi? Never mind: He'll just run to the library and look up what he needs before most of us can type Google.

Sure, Barry's clothes are prone to catching on fire when he really starts motoring. But thanks to his intelligent friends at S.T.A.R. Laboratory, he's got a nifty suit that resists those annoying friction burns.

Most of us would enjoy such superpower. Me, I'd be able to wake up way later on workdays, and this review would already be done. But Barry's a bit more altruistic. Instead of using his speed to impress his friends and clean the house ever so quickly, he becomes Central City's prime protector—a man determined to help the helpless, bring the guilty to justice and clean up the city's streets in ... well, a flash.

'Course, all that's more difficult these days, what with strange holes having opened up between Barry's native Earth and various alternate realities, space portals and other dimensions, all of which allow for a constantly rotating bevy of baddies to jump in and spoil Central City's Yelp ratings. And it doesn’t help that some of them are only in town because they want Barry dead.

The Right Thing … Right Now

Superhero stories have gotten a little dark, especially in the DC Universe. Fox’s Gotham may be gone, but the success of Joker, that R-rated supervillain origin story, and HBO’s Watchmen suggests that we’re in a season of pretty grim superhero stories.

This CW show almost serves as counterprogramming, then. The Flash reflects Barry Allen's sunnier, more innocent personality—a superhero you can feel good about. This show feels positively old-fashioned at times, a place where unabashedly good heroes battle nefariously villainous villains. Sure, maybe Barry experiences the occasional moment of self-doubt or deals with a moral quandary or two. (He'll even steal some civilian clothes from time to time when he forgets to bring a fresh set with him.) But despite his mother's death, there's no tortured soul lurking inside that red hero's outfit of his, no simmering gothic ennui. This guy's a hero without an asterisk, a Central City denizen who is as good as they come, at least on the screen.

Barry is married, and many of his fellow crime fighters dip their toes into the romantic stream—including Barry's "future" daughter, who travels back in time and brings with her a same-sex attraction. Foul language can sometimes flit through the script. And The Flash, like all superhero properties, shows us flurries of violence; people sometimes get hurt or even die. But in a television landscape filled with dark antiheroes, the Flash still feels like a bright guy who always tries to do the right thing ... right now.

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Episode Reviews

Nov. 26, 2019: “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 1”
Oct. 30, 2018: "News Flash"
The Flash: Nov. 21, 2017 "Therefore I Am"
The Flash - November 3, 2015 "The Darkness and the Lights"
Flash: 10-7-2014



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Grant Gustin as Barry Allen; Candice Patton as Iris West; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow; Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne; Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon; Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells; Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West; Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh; Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick; Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot; Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora Allen; Danielle Nicolet as Cecille Horton; Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny; Kiana Madeira as Spin; John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen; Sendhil Ramamurthy as Dr. Ramsey Rosso; Victoria Park as Kamilla Hwang






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