After a wait of roughly a month and a half, CW’s superhero serials are back on our television screens, one of them being The Flash. After having an amazing run with its first season, it was back with a more promising premise and setting for its next. However, we all saw it all run awry between episodes seven to nine. However, the world’s fastest man is back with a completely revamped outlook for him. Having worked out on almost all of their problems of which I was critical, let us take a look at it all.
The romance. Kid-dish and absolutely of no relevance at all. And yet it has been CW’s own way of showing how much they hate their fans by being back worse in the forms of the Felicity and Patty Spivot. This time around though, combined with some pretty good original (and unheard earlier on the show, which is rather unique) soundtrack during the romantic sequences of Patty and Barry were rather refreshing to see and rather well executed, well, till we were back to those rusty ol’ music sequences which literally are ripped off from Telebubbies for Barry’s calls to Patty. Also, adding in this aspect would be Dr. Caitlin Snow and Jay Garrick’s turn of events. But more of that ahead.
Music this time around again faltered at all those moments which we have grown to loathe in The Flash, whether it be the childish romance and so-called ‘comedy’ (seriously, are you even trying?) or during the fight sequences. Not that they have become standard for superhero flicks to be playing the title sequences again and again, but just like how you have taken the gamble to add in something unexpected in the romantic sequences, it would be highly appreciated to play around in this area once in a while, considering the number of possibilities where it can be executed, such as giving our favourite narcissist Dr Harrison Wells something new during his moments of introspection.
Character development was something that was really refreshing to see for a serial deep in its tenth episode, again a gamble which was executed rather well. Seeing Barry develop the tingling sense of fear at every step right from the beginning added beautifully to the complete persona of one of the best superhero villains to have hit the television screen. It gave a real good depth to both of the speedsters. Adding more on Zoom’s complete aura of being a fearsome and ruthless villain are Tom Cavanagh’s outstanding expressions and portrayal of Harrison Wells as he described Zoom’s horrendous acts of the past in perfect sync. Patty Spivot’s rather surprising reveal of her future plans of leaving Central City was also inserted and executed well. Good job on this CW!
A really, really important part of the complete action packed episode was devoted to building on the complete relationship of Joe West and his previously-unknown son, Wally West. Wally, I must say was a wild card entry into the complete universe, something on which they could have got a lot more creative on considering his fate was something that kept fans like me waiting for the next iteration of The Flash. But, they have simply thrown it away, at least in this episode by showing him to be nothing but a complete opposite of his father and giving a rather predictable reasoning for it being his mother’s medical and economic condition. However, they have done some really impressive work on presenting Joe and Wally’s disturbed and attached relationship and attitude towards each other. What was good to see was seeing this aspect get some good screen time in the episode, unlike Arrow where such areas would be rushed, much to disappoint us. Notable example would be the Lance sisters’ affairs with Oliver Queen.
Acting and plot was something that was really good right from the start of the episode to the somehow expected yet shocking twist (which I really hope made sense if you saw the trailers before the episode). Tom Cavanagh does not disappoint us, and he gets to earn the rare distinction of being one of the really few of not doing so for a really, really long time. His role also, is one of the few left on TV serials to be one that is of a charismatic and narcissist ones, but on the evil side, unlike Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock which has those qualities at optimum but at the fairy side. Plot overall falls flat with the idea of getting a meta-human unheard earlier but thought to have been in everyone’s awareness except the Flash’s. This episode is a lesson to all, that how much ever creative and out of your boundaries you go for getting a stellar idea for a meta-human, the entire episode will collapse if your execution is lacklustre and is direction and CGI effects for him are highly uninspired. That is exactly what happens with ‘The Turtle’, this episode’s obligatory meta-human, which is really not all that obligatory for us fans, but is of prime necessity for the producers as is seen.
Overall, with some considerably good highs throughout but hitting those same, repetitive lows gives me good optimism for the future for this serial, as it going bold in a few areas. It would be highly appreciable to do so in many other areas to as pointed out. It is however, the plot and villains that are mainstream and have formed the core of this serial, and it just seems to be on a meteoric rise for now. Question is, will the ends deliver the amount of hype I plan to br