Movies Television in Bed: The Flash!

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Post by Mark T. Locker.

So, I think pretty much every single superhero out there, regardless how marginal and obscure, is getting either a feature-length film or their own television series. To be honest, I’m tired of it all. So when The Flash got his own series to accompany the CW’s Arrow I thought, “Yippee.” But I have to tell you, I’m watching it. My wife and son started in on it and I jumped in a few episodes in. It’s a great show! All the creators behind the series are well seasoned, all of them having been involved in a number of series, from Dawson’s Creek to Arrow to Boston Legal. And it shows. The story lines are as credible as a superhero story line is going to be; the characters are likeable, interesting, and not completely 2-dimensional. There are a few “really??” moments, but so far nothing that would put me off the show.

The premise of the series is that a huge science facility in Center City (aerial shots are of my hometown, Portland Oregon; holla!) called Star Labs was about to start their particle accelerator. Unfortunately, something went haywire and a crazy pulse went out, causing massive destruction. What most people didn’t realize is that it also gave a few people superhuman abilities. Called metahumans, their powers range from the ability to control the weather to the the ability to shapeshift into anyone the metahuman comes in contact with. Oh yeah, there’s also a guy who can run super fast. Star Labs finds Barry, who can run super fast and equip him with cutting-edge technology to allow him to use his speed without destroying his body in the process.

Between battling metahumans, trying to live a normal life on the side, and trying to figure out the relationship between the death of his mother and someone known as Reverse Flash, Barry is a very busy guy. It’s an exciting show but also pretty minimal with the violence so older children should be able to watch most of it without fear. Season one is available streaming and season two is on the air right now. Run over and check it out and dream of being super duper speedy.


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