Before The CW mutilated the Arrowverse into a hot, twisted, rotting carcass, The Flash Season 1 gave us hope. Hope that The CW will reignite the fires of small screen superhero entertainment. Here is why The Flash Season 1 remains iconic to this day
The Flash Season 1 Was The Gateway To Whole New Setting
Star City of Arrow was heavily influenced by DC Comics’ Gotham – Batman’s crib. There was crime and corruption of the highest caliber. The Arrow was just trying to clean the mess his father had left behind. Compared to that, The Flash Season 1’s Central City was full of positivity and optimism. The Arrowverse Central City clearly took inspiration for Gotham’s antithesis – Metropolis. There were so many new and unique places to explore – STAR Labs, the CCPD headquarters, Barry’s home and even the coffee bar looked like a breath of fresh air. Even the characters lacked the typical dark aspect to them every character (supporting and recurring, from Arrow generally comes with.The Flash Season 1 Central City was something even the fans fell in love with.
Excellent Character Development Not Seen In Subsequent Seasons
The Flash Season 1 gave each major character of the show a backstory we could get behind. Caitlyn was scared of going into the particle accelerator because of her past trauma. Cisco’s cold gun and how he created the weapon to stop Barry in case he goes rogue. Only later does he realize that his invention fell into the wrong hands. Joe West also has a change of heart after the truth about Nora’s murder is revealed. Even the villainous Dr. Wells (aka Eobard Thawne) has his moments in the show. How can re forget that awesome speech he made at the CCPD police station!!!
Insanely Fleshed Out Villains
The Reverse Flash is probably the best ever villain to come out of the Arrowverse. We could not have had an actor better suited for the role than the legendary Tom Cavanagh. But he was not the only villain from The Flash Season 1 who won our hearts. Other villains did too. The Mist aka Kyle Nimbus was a villain the Flash could never touch. Leonard Snart became the shrewdest small screen super villain to ever exist. The Pied Piper outsmarted the entire Team Flash because he had a grudge against Wells. Tons of villains in The Flash Season 1 had better ulterior motifs than just robbing banks and killing people.
The Plot Twist Shook Us All
The story if The Flash Season 1 was going good already. But the actual plot twist was something no one ever saw coming. Fans were already suspicious as to how and why Harrison Wells knew so much about Barry’s powers. In that legendary plot twist scene, Harrison Wells, within the comfort of his home, reveals he can walk. He stands up and shows us his villainous grin. The proverbial “man in the yellow suit” was right in front of us all along.
The Motivational Speeches Did Not Feel So Cringe & Out Of Place
We mean it is after all a show. And sometimes they need to stretch things out more than usual. The Flash season 1, just like every other Flash seasons, had lots of motivational speech scenes. But those pep talks did not feel out of place and made sense plot-wise. When Iris talked Barry out of Grodd’s control or when Wells teaches Barry the ability of phasing through objects, we did not roll our eyes like we do now when we watch the show.