The season finale of the Flash was outstanding; the perfect ending to an entertaining first season. Barry Allen first wormed his way into our hearts when he made a guest appearance in Arrow as the somewhat goofy forensic scientist from Central City. It’s no wonder he got his own show; the first thing you noticed about the character is his inherent goodness and, like Oliver Queen, his belief in justice. Add in the self-deprecating humour, his keen intelligence and strong moral code and it makes a winning combination. Holly wrote a review of the first episode, and you can find it here.
Since the Flash began we’ve watched Barry adapt and grow into the delightful hero he is, and yet his powers aren’t the thing which makes him special. It’s his desire to help people, to always see the good, and his almost selfless outlook on life. He’s struggled with personal demons; the loss of his mother, and the knowledge his father is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. This injustice is part of what drives him, and even when he’s developing his skills or fighting crime, his mother’s case is never far from his thoughts.
During the show we’ve witnessed Barry come head to head with a variety of meta-humans (with a little help from his friends). Characters like; Weather Wizard, The Mist, Multiplex, Blackout, Girder, and Peek-a-Boo, to name but a few. And who can forget Leonard Snart, aka, Captain Cold, who was extremely entertaining.
We’ve shared in Cisco’s excitement when he created a name for each villain, and cheered when Caitlin got Ronnie back, even if she had to share him with Martin Stein as the pair became Firestorm. Then there is Barry’s relationship with Iris West; an unrequited love which pulled at our heart strings because at the root of it all, they are best friends.