I’ve been watching The Flash for a few episodes now, and I have to admit: I’m not in love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not enjoying the show, but in the face of shows like Supernatural and Arrow, I feel like The Flash is missing something for me. However, I remember Arrow took a few episodes for me to be fully hooked, so I’m still giving The Flash a chance. I’m in no way about to bid farewell to Barry Allen (especially since The CW has officially ordered a full season of the show), but here are a few things I want to see happen over the coming episodes:
More Explanation Around Harrison Wells. Seriously, wtaf is going on with this guy?!?
I love Tom Cavanaugh, and I think he does a great job as Harrison Wells. However, I have no freaking idea what the heck is going on with him. Twice now, we’ve had him go into his super-secret room, stand up from his wheelchair, remove his glasses (is anything real about you, Harrison?!?), and act fairly sinister about Barry’s future as The Flash. Maybe this is a nod to comic book readers, and they totally have an idea what’s going on here, but I’m completely in the dark–and not in a good way. 99% of Harrison’s interactions with everyone points to him being a good guy. Sure, maybe he’s a bit of a misguided scientist, but he doesn’t seem particularly evil…that is, until he jaunts over to his secret room. While I get the writers don’t want to show their hand too early, I really hope we start getting bigger views into Harrison’s actual character, rather than these overly ambiguous, highly confusing mini-scenes.
A Clearer Mission for Barry
I love Barry Allen. I think he’s the most adorable thing ever, and I love how nerdy, goofy, and awkward he is.
But The Flash? He’s kind of got a bit of a wobbly mission. There’s the fighting crime part of it, there’s the finding other meta-humans bit, and there’s the finding his mother’s killer bit. I get that this is setting up to be a huge universe with multiple seasons, but so far I felt like this season has been a bit of “Oh, wow, he runs fast!” and “I will find who killed mom…and other meta-humans” and “I can save this city”. Sure, we’re not too far into the season, but like Oliver and his list, I hope that we will start to see the makings of a clearer season 1 story arc for Barry and The Flash.
Continue Being Besties with Team Arrow!
I’ve talked a lot about stuff that I don’t like about The Flash, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love that Arrow and The Flash work together so closely. I think they bring such interesting dynamics to the other’s universe, and I like the mentor relationship Oliver has with Barry. I just don’t want Barry to end up with Felicity. #Olicity
Keep Developing the Characters
I was thrilled to get a closer look into Caitlin Snow’s life and her fiance, Ronnie (played by Robbie Amell). We’ve also gotten a glimpse into Barry’s childhood living with Det. West, as well as a particularly touching story from Barry’s dad about Barry learning to walk. This show has several characters bursting with potential, and I hope the show keeps giving them room to grow and develop. However, with new character introductions each week it seems, I’m hoping that the show doesn’t get too caught up on introducing us to new faces rather than fully forming the ones we already know.
What do you think of The Flash so far? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out the trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, “Going Rogue”, below –Felicity Smoak is in next week’s episode, guys!