20 Jun 2014

The Flash in my TV

So the Flash is coming to TV.

Now as my favorite DC comics superhero the hopes I have towards this crimson ball of energy are bastardly pretty high. I don't want to wish but I'm afraid I am casting votes to the stars in order to garner some favor of the fates. 

First off - Arrow the progenitor series of the Flash TV show was pretty well done in its first season. It had that origin handicap lashed on tightly and the introduction of the various supporting characters that litter the mythos of Oliver Queen was expected. They tried to keep it somewhat grounded and realistic - as much as you can expect from a show about a modern day Robin Hood. 

I was happy that Arrow avoid the cliche of looking and feeling like another Batman. The family was included sometimes far too often and the need for a team to help Green Arrow was a bit much at times. Yet they kept a relative slow pace in the content letting the speed pick up as needed to keep the interest. He became the Green Archer very quickly - like a bang from a starter pistol the Green Archer was the start of the race to bring out everyone else. 

That's a curse with a series like Arrow and Flash. With so much to steal from the previous media incarnations, it become easy to ignore good story telling by simply throwing another supporting character reference from the comics to garner a real reason to film for that week. 

Arrow avoided that pretty well and tried to stand on the merits of the character Oliver Queen and company. In some ways it turned out well and the efforts did not feel wasted. One aspect and tool in the quiver was the flash back sequences, where fans of the character(s) tried to piece it all together like a more simple version of LOST. 

I enjoyed the first season as it stumbled in some of the same traps and pits as its spiritual predecessor Smallville. Some episode really drew me in and made me want to go wander in the internets and discover more. Other episodes were forgetful visitors of the night slipping away back into obscurity. There were more success then failures, and so Arrow is measured as a success. More mature and learned from the lessons of Smallville, Arrow was worth the Netflix viewing. 
So the fine folks who made me like Oliver Queen a bit more decided to have a second show - they decided on the Flash. At first I was worried, the Flash had once already graced the TV circus. It did well for its time be the creators of modern comics and other media adaptations were yet to be involved. It was campy as sin but it played well for its time... so it died. Placed in a shallow grave of fandom to hide the corpse of Barry Allen and his first aborted attempt of TV. 

Now we have another kick at the can. The Flash is back to TV. Inspired by the 'New 52' version of the Flash that I've reviewed here and once more here, the TV show is trying to continue in the same vein of Arrow. 

Why not? It's worked for the most part. 

My fear is the show, now that it's about 'super people' - aka Metahumans (the DC comics identifier), will spiral away from the successes that Arrow proved in their show and back into the Smallville cycle of silly. 

Yet the trailer shows us that Manipul and Bucellato influence. You can see it in the way they show him move, the pallet of colours, the eagerness of Barry in his dialogue. There is a level of joy that's being shown to us that steps out of the brooding Batman and Arrow win formula that DC has only been able to get right. 

I hope this works.