Premiere Particulars: The Flash

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Hi, friends! Had hoped to address this premiere yesterday, but, per usual, my weird schedule decided to kick me in the butt and take away all of my time and energy. However, this is one I’ve been eager to see and discuss. Though I haven’t done a series write-up for The CW’s Arrow yet (and I really should get around to that some time), I think I’ve made it pretty clear on here that I’m a fan. Naturally, when The CW announced that they’d be tackling another DC Comics superhero, I was curious to see how the new series would fare. So how was the premiere of The Flash? Time to get down to the particulars.

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What I liked:

  • Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash. He’s this sweet, brainy, nerdy guy, and that’s kind of refreshing to see after an intense, no-nonsense hero like Arrow’s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell)—though, don’t get me wrong, I do quite love Oliver (see the top of this list).
  • All the cool action/slow motion sequences. There are a lot of pretty awesome moments in this. Barry’s test run, for example, is fun to watch. There’s also a nifty scene involving a tornado…but that’s all I’m gonna say because no spoilers!
  • Tom Cavanagh as Barry’s mentor, Harrison Wells. I can’t explain why I like him exactly, but I do like him. I’ve seen Wells on a couple of shows, and he always has this charm to him. It works. Plus, I think Harrison could end up being a pretty interesting character.
  • The introduction of a couple of interesting mysteries. The strange death of Barry’s mother, for instance, which he’d already referenced on Arrow. This episode goes into a little more detail about her death, and I’m sure it’s something that will unravel bit by bit throughout the season. There’s also a pretty unexpected twist right at the end of the episode. Can’t wait to see what’s up with that!

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What I didn’t like:

  • Barry has a crush on his kind-of-sister, Iris (Candice Patton), which is…a little awkward. It’s like in Clueless when the main character ends up with a crush on her stepbrother. Part of you can’t help being like, “Um. Guys? Is this okay?” Also, the last time we saw Barry, he had a little thing for Arrow’s Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). What the heck happened to that?!
  • As an Arrow fan, I enjoyed the opening, but I think it was a kind of rushed for anyone oblivious to the world of Arrow. I think The CW is assuming that anyone watching The Flash has already been watching Arrow, but that could be a dangerous assumption. I’ve talked to a couple of people who have expressed uncertainty about the first 10-15 minutes.
  • There’s a series of scenes where everybody acts like a jerk to Barry, and it’s a bit much. We get it—the guy is having a bad day. Isn’t having everybody gang up on him a little heavy-handed? Especially when their reactions seem somewhat over-the-top. Reign it in, actors (and writers, for that matter).
  • As much as I appreciate Oliver’s cameo (because, yes, he does have one), it’s fairly corny. On Arrow, and he speaks so, so differently than he does in this episode, and that seems like lazy writing to me. If there are going to be crossover episodes, the characters still need to stay themselves. And since we’re talking about crossovers, I’m a little concerned about what’s going to happen when the tones from these two shows come together. Arrow is consistently dark and dramatic while The Flash is more lighthearted and cheesy. How well is that going to mix?

The Potential: I have a few minor reservations about The Flash (and I don’t think it’s quite as good as Arrow), but I still really enjoyed the premiere. So, yeah, there’s a lot of potential! As I said, compared to Arrow, this is much more lighthearted, which I think is a really nice contrast for The CW. The tonal difference could cause problems when the crossover episodes pop up, but I think the writers will be able to make it work. These could be the first baby steps toward a TV Justice League, and that’s pretty darn exciting.

My Grade: A-

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32 thoughts on “Premiere Particulars: The Flash

  1. Great write up, nice to see other fans of Flash writing about the show. Tom Cavanagh is so good in this and he might be the most intriguing/mysterious character so far. Yup the Oliver scene didn’t feel right. I do feel hopeful they can fix things for the next cross over. There’s a Supergirl series in the works … a nice addition to a possible TV justice league? 🙂

  2. Hello old Friend, sorry I’ve been a stranger!!!!

    I’m back, just like the Flash!!!!

    This series sounds like it could be interesting, altho I don’t know much about the Justice League at all really lol. A Justice League TV show could be really cool, though. Lots of things to explore.

    Sincerely,

    Former Stranger.

    • Pssshhh. If anyone’s been a stranger, it’s been me. I owe your blog much love. I’ll be by this week if I can help it! Yeah I think this series is gonna be a lot of fun! Give it a whirl if you get a chance! Honestly, I don’t know a ton about the Justice League either, but I know some of the main peeps in it (The Flash, Green Arrow, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc.), and I vaguely remember that cartoon they had for it awhile back…we’ll see. I just really want The Justice League to be as awesome as The Avengers. Lol.

    • That’s a good question. This first episode leans on Arrow a bit, but I don’t think it’s so much that people unfamiliar with Arrow would be lost. I know there are going to be at least one or two tie-in episodes, so that might be a little annoying if you don’t watch Arrow. I’d say if you tend to like superhero stuff, just give the first episode a shot and see what you think. To me, it seems enjoyable either way.

  3. Agree 🙂 For once I’m on track! Yay! I took your advice and wrapped up Arrow so that I could catch the Arrow and Flash season premiere 🙂
    The Flash definitely has potential but it didn’t have the effect that Arrow’s season 1 premiere had. I can’t compare to Season 3 premiere because then thats not being fair.

    I do quite like Danielle Panabaker and I think she can be a great character in this series. The crossover between Arrow and Flash could be challenging, but apparently, humor is something they want to inject into Arrow more for his character because the comics are supposedly more humorous than dark like the series but thats because its the Arrow and not Green Arrow yet?

    • Yaaayyy I’m so glad you’re caught up on Arrow! Do you love it?? And did you freak out over that season three premiere?? UGH. It still kinda hurts. But it was also really good! I’m actually posting about that tomorrow. 🙂

      They’re wanting to amp up the humor on Arrow? Hmm. Interesting, given that premiere. Hahaha. Yeah I’ve heard Green Arrow is supposed to be a more lighthearted superhero. Maybe The Flash will cheer him up! He sure does need something to be happy about…

      • I think I watched that in the San Diego Comic Con thing on Youtube a few weeks ago. I know nothing about the comic books so I have no idea how he’s supposed to be more lighthearted as Arrow.

        And YES, loved the premiere! I can’t get it out of my mind actually!! Can’t wait to read your write-up 🙂

      • I think it starts on the 28th, then Arrow returns on the 30th! It’s odd because we get The Walking Dead a day after you guys, but some shows are weeks later. Same goes for Agents of SHIELD, although I vaguely remember reading that the later air dates are something to do with preventing gap weeks. Basically, they’ve moved the schedule back so that we get an uninterrupted pre and post-Christmas block of episodes. (It was really disjointed last year).

        • Well it’s nice to get them all together at least! I do remember AoS had some very peculiar breaks…I’m hoping they’ve changed that this year. We’ll see, I guess. Lol.

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  5. Hmm. Wonder if/when we’ll actually get this one in the UK… Funny how some we wait months for and others we get within a week. We’re only ONE day behind you guys on The Walking Dead now. Yes!! 🙂

    • I thought I heard you were supposed to get it pretty soon…but maybe I made that up. Lol. I’m behind the entire universe on Walking Dead–still have only seen season one. :/

  6. Hmmmmmm… I must still get to Arrow at some point in my life. And then Gotham. And then this. The one that I have been super excited about because I really, really want it to be freaking AWESOME is Constantine. I will kick someone if it bombs… I swear it!

    • Of the three DC shows, I’d say keep Arrow at the top of your list. It’s my favorite. And between The Flash and Gotham, I think The Flash is doing slightly better right now, but once Gotham finds its groove it could really be a contender. I actually just watched the first episode of Constantine! Hoping to get a review of that up next week. It was pretty good!

  7. I’m really liking The Flash a lot. I do still like Arrow better. I like the chemistry among the characters. It doesn’t feel forced like a lot of shows tend to do. And Jessie L. Martin is also outstanding in this show.

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