TV: The Flash s1e2: Fastest Man Alive

The Flash — “Fastest Man Alive” — Image FLA102c_0443b — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Rating: 6.5/10

As Barry is learning the limits of his speed in STAR Labs, a group of armed men start pulling jobs all over the city. As Barry tries to catch them, he discovers there are limits to his powers.

I know this show is just starting out, but there’s many parts in this episode that feel out of place for this show. The somewhat melodramatic character actions, the overuse of Eddie and his love triangle with Iris and Barry. It’s as if they said, “Arrow, that’s a great show, let’s just steal from there.” But what they steal are all the parts everyone hates from the first season. Also, the darker, more-emotional parts of Arrow don’t belong in the Flash just as the light-heartedness of this show shouldn’t crossover to there. I don’t know if that’s what they were doing, trying to be another Arrow, but there’s interesting things that can be done with the Flash that should never be done on Arrow, and, likewise, the Flash shouldn’t try to do things that work on Arrow and expect them to work here.

The parts with the “team” of people the Flash has to face was much more interesting. I also kind of liked the flashbacks to when Barry’s father was first put in prison. Though, again, I wonder if they’re only using flashbacks because that’s what Arrow does. I like them in this episode but I hope they don’t think they have to have them going forward.

SCORING:

+7.5: Pretty alright

-1: weird out-of-place melodrama

-1: Trying to be the Arrow, then again, isn’t that what Barry is trying to do?…I’m thinking about this too much.

+1: Decent action story and villain

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