Run, Barry, run! After a season of watching young Barry Allen test his limits, we finally got a glimpse of a confident, self-reliant Flash during the finale. This season of “The Flash” has seen its ups and downs, but all in all, provided consistently entertaining superhero action. It by far surpasses this past season of “Arrow” in terms of quality.

 

Despite all of the outlandish subject matter explored on “The Flash,” the show has assembled a likeable, accessible ensemble that makes everything easier to accept. These characters are not assassins or billionaires; they have relatable problems and perceive these events in ways any human would.

 

Among all of the fantastic performances, special credit must be given to Tom Cavanagh and his portrayal of Harrison Wells (or Eobard Thawne). He imbued the character with menace but always maintained a certain degree of fatherly warmth towards Barry that gave their relationship considerable depth. The fact that Cavanagh is set to return next season raises certain questions: Will Eobard Thawne return, or will we see the real Harrison Well resurrected?

 

Killer Frost

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This season started off a bit slow, retreading many elements of the first season of “Arrow” — rooftop meetings, secret identities, etc. Slowly, the show began to realize that Flash is a different kind of hero who deserves a different kind of show. This is a character who works mostly in daytime, has a sense of humor, and more importantly, enjoys being a hero. Oliver Queen may be a tortured loner with scars and great abs, but Barry Allen is a nerdy millennial who is not afraid to talk about his feelings.

 

Credit is also due to the producers for allowing “The Flash” to sprint — pun very much intended — headlong into the surreal and the ridiculous. The best episodes of the season utilized flamboyant characters (like the Trickster) or utterly ridiculous concepts (Grodd).

 

“The Flash” always handled elements of the larger DC universe quite well. Some references worked well (such as the Ferris Air pilot who “disappeared”), but actually seeing what is to come (such as the Flash Museum, or Caitlin becoming Killer Frost) was enough to please any comic book nerd. Seeing Jay Garrick’s helmet fly into the particle accelerator also allowed us nerds to dream that the multi-verse will play a role in the future of DC’s cinematic universe. This means that connections to “Batman V Superman” or Ezra Miller’s upcoming version of “The Flash” are not entirely off the table.

 

Ultimately, after a solid season, the finale felt a bit flat. The previous week’s superhero team-up involving The Arrow and Firestorm had a much stronger emotional impact. This week, “The Flash” covered a lot of familiar territory but didn’t give us much new material regarding Barry’s adventure into the past. On one hand, seeing 2024 Barry tell his younger self not to save his mom did make for an emotional moment, but on the other, it would have been so much more interesting to see the fallout of his decision to save her, giving us a live action adaptation of the “Flashpoint” storyline.

 

What did you think of the first season of “The Flash”? What worked? What didn’t? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!