The Flash is an American superhero TV series airing on The CW Network and developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Geoff Johns. The series is based on the DC Comics character named Barry Allen aka The Flash, a costumed superhero as well as crime-fighter who has the power to move at superhuman speeds. The Flash is also a spin-off from Arrow, that exists in the same fictional universe. It has currently 4 seasons and the fifth season is expected to premiere this October.
The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and was premiered on October 7, 2014, in North America, where its pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW, after way back in 2009 with The Vampire Diaries.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by American actor Grant Gustin (Campbell Ogburn of Krystal/ Todd Goodman of Affluenza/ Sebastian Smythe of Glee), a crime scene investigator who gains superhuman speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others such as metahumans, who also have gained superhuman abilities. American actress Candice Patton (Tori of The Game/ Dana of Man Up/ Megan Waylon of Grey’s Anatomy/ Olivia of Heroes/ Mercedes Muna of Sorority Forever) played the role of Iris West, the sister of Wally West, daughter of Joe West, and Barry Allen’s wife who also works at Central City Picture News as a journalist.Zimbabwean-Australian actor Rick Cosnett (Matt of Skybound/ Elias Harper of Quantico/ Dr. Wes Maxfield of The Vampire Diaries) played the role of Eddie Thawne, a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and harbors a dark secret. Canadian actor Tom Cavanagh (Micah of Van Helsing/ Kingston Tanner of The Following/ Mr. Drago of The Games Maker/ Ranger Smith of Yogi Bear/ Jeremy Stone of Eli Stone/ Dan Dorian of Scrubs/ Conner of Trust Me/ Ed Stevens of Ed) played the role of Harrison Wells, the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, who becomes a pariah after the lab explodes.Colombian-American actor Carlos Valdes played the role of Cisco Ramon aka Vibe, a mechanical engineer who is also a genius. He is the youngest member of the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs and a metahuman. American actress Danielle Panabaker (Penny of Justified/ Callie of Time Lapse/ Ariel Eberhart of Grimm/ Maddy of Piranha 3DD/ Jenna of Friday the 13th/ Kelsey Simmons of Grey’s Anatomy/ Genny Clarke of Eli Stone/ Julie Stark of Shark/ Bridgette Bachman of Home of the Giants/ Layla of Sky High/ Kathy McCulskey of Malcolm in the Middle) cast as Caitlin Snow, a highly intelligent bioengineering expert, whose fiancé, Ronnie Raymond, was killed during the particle accelerator explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. She has a dark side as a metahuman known as Killer Frost, who has an uncontrollable urge to kill when she consumes anger and hate.American actor Jesse L. Martin (Scott Nichols of Smash/ Daryl King of Puncture/ Shawn of Buffalo Bushido/ Philip Maidstone of The Philanthropist/ Ed Green of Law & Order/ Tom Collins of Rent/ Dr. Greg Butters of Ally McBeal) played the role of Joe West, a police detective who also acts as a surrogate father to Barry, after his mother’s death and father’s imprisonment, and at the same time the father of Iris and Wally. Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram of Love, Simon/Uriah of Allegiant and Insurgent/ Eldon Hanan/ Ollie Lloyd of Dance Academy) played the role of Wally West aka Kid Flash, the son of Joe and brother of Iris, who was born without their knowledge after his mother left Central City. After Flashpoint, Wally eventually gets speed powers from Doctor Alchemy and becomes Kid Flash.
American actress Violet Beane (Lily Kendall of The Resident/ Markie Cameron of Truth or Dare/ Taylor of The Leftovers) played the role of Jesse Wells, also known as Jesse Quick, the daughter of Harrison Wells of Earth-Two. A college student on her Earth, Jesse was used by Zoom in a plot to turn her father against Team Flash. British actor Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter/ Lucius of Risen/ Frankie of Message from the King/ Erich Blunt in Murder in the First/ Patrick of Apparition/ Viscount Trencavel of Labyrinth/ Dodge Landon of Rise of the Planet of the Apes) played the role of Julian Albert, a crime scene investigator at the Central City Police Department, specializing in meta-humans. He later fell in love with Caitlin Snow.
American actor Hartley Sawyer (Laheer of Miss 2059/ Dagr of Caper/ Kyle Abbott of The Young and the Restless/ Brian of Glory Daze/ Hartley of I Am Not Infected) played the role of Ralph Dibny also known as Elongated Man in his metahuman form, who is a funny ally of The Flash.South African actor Neil Sandilands (Titus of The 100/ Paco of Hap and Leonard) played the role of a college professor and metahuman with a genius-level intellect named Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker, who looks to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity. South African actress Kim Engelbrecht ( Noma Walker of Dominion) played the role of The Mechanic, unknown extremely dangerous criminal and The Second in Command of The Thinker and The Creator and Leader of the Samuroids and the main Samuroid Baron Katana. The Flash has been well received by critics and audiences and won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama” in 2014. It also won 19 total awards up to date.
The world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content known as IMDb, gave a star rating of 8/10 out of 251, 085 votes.
Here is the following rating of The Flash on each season from two famous reviewer sites — Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic:
Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus for season 1 also reads,
“The Flash benefits from its purposefully light atmosphere, making it a superhero show uniquely geared toward genre fans as well as novices.”
Weekly episode reviewer Scott Von Doviak gave consistently high ratings to the season and awarded the season finale a perfect A grade, calling the episode as,
“richly satisfying” and also commending the show for “[capturing] the essence of its source material in a fun, light-on-its-feet way that few other comic book adaptations have managed.”
In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked the show #23 on its list of the “40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time”.
The CW renewed the series for a fifth season, which is set to premiere on October 9, 2018.
Based on my own review, The Flash is indeed one of the best TV series from DC ever aired on screen. Aside from the wholesome image of the hero and his heroic daily errands on each episode that promotes crimefighting and being the good side is really enough to catch viewers to watch this fantastic series especially for kids and teens, plus with the crossover roles and storylines from the Arrowverse series such as Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Arrow, this show certainly adds up on the list of most watched TV series up to date. I give 8.5/10 for my rating. Truly worth to watch and I strongly recommended!If you haven’t watched this series yet, here’s the official trailer in courtesy of The CW Television Network YT channel:
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