TV Preview: The Flash (Season One, Part Two)
9th February 2015
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From the promotional materials that preceded it, as well as on-set photos of the show’s lead Grant Gustin leaping about in a red leather suit, The Flash looked like a big mistake. Nine episodes later, this lightning bolt of a show in the CW’s DC quiver has become one of the biggest treats of U.S. network television. The tone is a far cry from Arrow’s dedication to dark (green) – when Barry Allen runs he literally sparks, and every time that the Flash saves someone, the elation felt approaches the stratosphere. This show is a gloriously cheesy blast, and honest about its intentions: aiming to reclaim the fun of superheroes from the Marvel Studios films and bring it to one of the more popular characters in the DC pantheon. Yet it is not without darkness or intrigue: the break in series one left us on a hell of a note, as Tom Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells was revealed to be the ‘man in yellow’ who murdered our hero’s mother. Or is he? Wells has always been mysterious, and whilst he is written sinisterly, Cavanagh’s performance makes him endlessly compelling. Seeing how he develops is one of the most exciting things about the show’s return. But that was not enough for them to tease us with: the episodes to come promise more Arrow crossovers, fan favourite villains (the Pied Piper, an openly gay villain who will have ties to Wells), and an out of this galaxy guest star in Mark Hamill.
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