“The Flash”: The Fastest Man Alive

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Audrey Kim, Staff Writer

Of all the superpowers in the DC Comic world, superhuman speed comes with some of the biggest perks. You would have the ability to travel through time to get a better grade on a test that you recently failed, or run across water just because it’s cool. With movements as fast as light, traffic would never be a problem, and In-n-Out would be seconds away. These are just a few abilities that writers and producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns bring to life in their hit television series “The Flash.”

The show revolves around Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who at age 11, experienced the horrific, supernatural murder of his mother. Barry grows up to be a genius forensic scientist for the Central City Police, and is consumed with solving cases involving paranormal activity believing that it will lead him to the person behind his mother’s death. One night while Barry is working in his lab, he is struck by lightning from a radioactive storm caused by a malfunctioning particle accelerator and falls into a coma. He wakes up nine months later, and realizes that he can run faster than the speed light. Barry decides to dedicate his power to protecting the innocent citizens of Central City, and becomes the Flash.

The first few episodes of the show follow similar action-packed sub-plot storylines in which Barry fights and defeats other people with superhuman abilities, otherwise known as “metahumans,” who choose to abuse their power. While this is a great chance for viewers to become more associated with his powers and personality, it does become a bit repetitive and predictable. Fortunately by the ninth episode the writers pick up the pace, and we are finally introduced to the main villain of the season. Questions about Barry’s past are answered through a series of plot twists and cliffhangers that keep everyone at home anxiously waiting and guessing as to what is going to happen next.

Each member of the cast has amazing onscreen chemistry and really brings their character to life. They make you want to cry and laugh right along with them throughout every step of their journey. The costumes, camera angles, and effects all tie together to make you feel like you’re a part the action. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to create realistic footage of a man running faster than the human eye can see, but the creators of the show do an outstanding job of using computer generated lightning to surround Barry as he races through the streets so that the audience always knows exactly where he is while still conveying just how fast he’s running.

Whether you’re a die-hard superhero fan, or just looking for a new show to obsess over, you should definitely check out “The Flash.” With it’s excellent storyline told through a brilliant cast and believable effects, it will have you sprinting to your TV for a new episode every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This show deserves a solid 4 out of 5 paws. Season two airs Oct. 7, on the CW Network.