Welcome back to our TV Preview series! Over the next couple of months, we’ll be taking a look at the shows we highlighted in our TV Preview: New Friends post, and voicing our opinions on what’s good, what’s bad, what’s meh, and what you can avoid at all costs.
Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.
Premiered: Oct. 7 on The CW (Watch online.)
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash
Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Jesse L. Martin as Det. Joe West
Al Sapienza as Det. Fred Chyre
Patrick Sabongui as Cap. David Singh
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Fulvio Cecere as Officer Vukovich
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow
Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)
Candice Patton as Iris West
Chad Rook as Clyde Mardon
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Emily: The show is fun! There's no denying that. Grant Gustin is adorable, and I love Jesse L. Martin and Tom Cavanagh already, so they've got me hooked from the beginning. I know nothing about The Flash's origin story, so I like the idea of watching someone going from pretty science nerdy to all out superhero. Plus, the world has already been created in Arrow, so I know I'm going to like that aspect of it no matter what.
Mandy: Let’s see: Do-gooder superheroes? Check. Megalomaniacal villains? Check. Adorable nerdy guys? Check. There’s very few things about this show that don’t immediately call my name. I don’t know much about The Flash, but I’m really looking forward to learning more.
It's Not Me, It's You
Emily: I feel bad comparing it to Arrow, but honestly, it kind of forces you to. Superhero/double identity, part of a trusty trio, cop/detective and daughter relationship...plus, one is a spinoff of the other, so there's that. This show feels on the lighter side, but I'm not sure if that's a good thing. The origin of how Barry becomes The Flash was told so quickly, that I'm worried it will jump straight to the week-to-week saving the world, whereas I'm much more interested in watching him learn how to be a superhero.
Mandy: At the very start of the show, there was a moment in which Barry pulled a Sherlock, but then it never happened again. I fear that without focusing on that side of Barry—the scientist/genius side—the show will become too close to Arrow (i.e., good looking hero spends most or all of his time fighting crime). I’m not saying that Arrow is a bad show (far from it), but to truly stand out, The Flash needs to have something unique to call its own.
Let's Do This Again
Emily: Who doesn't love an adorable (and humble) superhero? I didn't really get into Arrow until Season 2 and now have to go back and watch all of Season 1, so I'm in for sticking with The Flash to see where it goes. Because if it follows in its "older brother's" footsteps, we're all in for quite a ride that I definitely want to go on!
Mandy: I absolutely adored the first glimpse of Barry Allen we got last year when Grant Gustin had a cameo on Arrow. I’ve been excited about the show since then, and it didn’t disappoint. The CW is surprisingly good at translating superheroes to the small screen, and this show is no exception. You can be sure that this show’s getting a series order on my DVR.
Did you watch The Flash? If so, let us know your thoughts below!