Do you know who is the fastest person alive? Hint: It is not Usain Bolt.
The answer is actually Barry Allen. Superhero comic book fans are very familiar with who he is, but everyone else probably know him better as famed superhero, The Flash. And this past Tuesday night the highly anticipated new series, The Flash, debuted on the CW.
And much like the Flashâ€™s origin story, it was electric.
Audiences of the companion CW series Arrow have already been introduced to geeky Central City CSI tech Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) through recurring appearances in a few episodes. Now fans have gotten the opportunity to delve into Allenâ€™s strange past and his own superhero origin story in the new series The Flash.
Having experienced the mysterious death of his mother Nora (played by Michelle Harrison) while seeing his father Barry (played by John Wesley Shipp) wrongfully convicted for her death, Barry is an otherwise well-adjusted young adult with a great job. That changes one night when a freak accident at the S.TA.R. Labs causes a major crisis in Central City that causes Barry to be struck by lighting and sent into a coma that lasts for 9 months. He awakes to find himself in the care of three remaining S.T.A.R. Labs scientists: Dr. Caitlin Snow (played by Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (played by Carlos Valdes), and the brilliant Dr. Harrison Wells (played by Tom Cavanaugh).
From there, Barry discovers his newfound ability to run as super-sonic speeds with the help of Dr. Wells and his team while navigating the relationship with his sister-like best friend Iris West (played by Candice Patton) and her father/Barryâ€™s surrogate father Detective Joe West (played by Jesse L. Martin). Barry begins to realize that his newfound abilities are his opportunity to become a hero who can make a difference in the world.
Writer and producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johnshas have brought an iconic comic book superhero to life in an incredibly entertaining and vastly appealing way. Without being heavy on the drama or camp, The Flash looks to be a series that emphasizes the fun associated with the superhero drama. Grant Gustin is entertaining and plays his role with a perfect balance of slightly awkward mixed with geeky charm. The visuals are work well for the small screen and help create the fantasy world where the Flash resides. It uses the right mix of science fiction and fantasy to keep the audience immersed.
The show doesnâ€™t try to be something it is not. The Flash probably wonâ€™t be Emmy-nominated for acting and writing like other high profile dramas and comedies, but thatâ€™s ok. The point of television is to be entertained and have fun. So far the series does exactly that and promises to do that more throughout its run. The first episode was saturated with the right amount of references to the rest of the superhero universe the Flash occupies. Established fans will be enticed to see how some of these charactersâ€”villains and heroes alikeâ€”will be brought to life in the series. Meanwhile casual or new fans will not be lost and can grown to enjoy the personalities that clash or help their new hero the Flash.
Overall, the debut of The Flash holds a lot of promise and fans, new and old alike, should be very excited with what has been presented so far. If the first episode is any indicator of the style and themes the series plans to use as its foundation, then it should continue to be wildly entertaining.