The fastest man alive

Jack Cahill '17

Superhero movies have dominated the film industry in recent years, and are now dipping their toe into the realm of TV. One of the greatest superhero shows is The Flash.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen as the lightening quick superhero. After a freak lab accident, which affects the whole city, Allen obtains super speed. However, many others are granted superpowers, which most use for evil. Now, it’s up to Allen and his friends, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Iris West (Candice Patton), Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), to save the world. Gustin portrays Allen as a man who puts the weight of the world on his shoulders. Patton’s, Panabaker’s Martin’s characters always have Allen’s back, and help him deal with the stress of fighting the bad guys. Lonsdale plays a kid who wants to do anything to help the Flash, even if it means endangering his own life. When times get tough, Valdes’ character is there for comic relief.

The Flash is a terrific show for comic book enthusiasts. Many characters from the comics appear in the show, such as Gorilla Grod, Jay Garrick, and Kid Flash.  The special effects truly capture the Flash’s speed in a way art on paper can’t.

This show is also great for everyday people who just enjoy watching good TV. The Flash is, in my opinion, the best show when it comes to storytelling. The pacing of the show is perfect, not too slow so the audience doesn’t get bored, but not too fast so you don’t get lost. The plot of the episodes is also very entertaining. It’s hard to go into detail about the plot without spoiling in the show, but the plot twists will keep the audience on their toes. This show also deals with some mature themes, which makes the show more realistic in a world of superheroes, superpowers, and monsters.

The general theme of the show centers around the idea of how to deal with the past. Allen is haunted by his past, but he learns to deal with it as opposed to trying to fix it, which he finds can lead to more problems. This show also touches on the struggles of being a hero. While the idea sounds fun, The Flash shows that living a double life, keeping secrets, and the danger of fighting is much harder than it sounds.

In a wealth of great TV, this show is one that stands out. Everyone should check this show out, whether you’re interested in superheroes, or just looking to add another show in your TV lineup.