The Flash: Seasons 1-4 – Review

I watched the old Flash series from 1990 and thought it was okay. I remember wishing it would draw more from the DC Universe. My wish was granted in the current CW Flash series.

I have been going through the Flash series and have watched the first four seasons. Overall I have enjoyed it.

I remember having some initial doubts about Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. He seemed too young, more of a Wally West than a Barry Allen. But he has done well and brings a lot to the character.

Each of the four seasons, in addition to other bad guys, had one major villain as the main antagonist. In the first three seasons, it was speedsters, including Reverse-Flash, Zoom and Savitar. The fourth season was the Thinker, a man with super intelligence and later the ability to take other people’s powers. I found the Thinker season to be the weakest of the four seasons.

This series draws heavily from the wider DC Universe, bringing in characters not just from the Flash comics but from other comics as well. Not only does the series bring in famiiar villains, but also heroes. We meet Firestorm, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Jesse Quick, Kid Flash, Elongated Man and others. Some play more of a role than others.

The series gets pretty complicated, delving both into time travel and parallel universes. But that was part of the charm of the Flash comics and so in that way, is very faithful.

There are a few things I don’t like. It gets kind of boring that all super powers are created by dark matter from the particle accelerator (or something similar). Some of the stories got rather repetitive as well. I would have also liked to have seen more of the Rogues Gallery as a team. That was always one of the strengths of the comic.

But the Flash series is generally worth watching. I enjoy the connections with Arrow and Supergirl. The random movie references are pretty amazing. The stories are interesting and there some thoughtful ethical dilemmas. I look forward to season five.

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