Apparently the CW, in conjunction with Warner Bros. television studios, totally gets DC comics because after completely owning the character Green Arrow, they've gone and created a series about another iconic hero from that universe (i.e. The Flash), that's both true to the source-material and possessing all the sophistication of the big-screen.
So, let's see: superhero origin story... check, crossover scene with "Arrow"... check, foreshadowing for future Central City villains... check, great casting all-around... check, lots of eye-candy FX and exciting action... CHECK!!! Those of us who were able to watch episode 8 from Arrow Season 2 already knew who was gonna play Barry Allen, but actor Grant Gustin seems to have already become the part with just a cameo and a single pilot; and then there's Jesse L. Martin playing Detective Joe West, the guy that basically raised Barry and is also his mentor and biggest supporter at C.C.P.D. (where the latter works in forensic investigation), who, along with Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, adds a level of drama (and let's face it... maturity) the show may have otherwise lacked. Fans of the DC universe will also recognize a name that has recently become almost legendary in the comic world, i.e. Geoff Johns, who is not only a writer for this series but also a producer for the show thus ensuring it will be a definite source for unmitigated, super-heroic, television magic.
This pilot episode reminded me of Marvel's, live-action Spiderman films as far as feel, being decidedly optimistic with an obvious undercurrent of fun (in spite of often tragic events that surround the central character) and based on what I've seen so far I'm also very pleased to say that this looks like a series the entire family could watch together (with no f-forwarding or embarrassing moments) and I just got to say I love a show that makes me laugh and leaves me feeling a little happier afterward. Way to go CW! Mid-season finale... holy cats!!! Introduction of a major villain from the Flash/DC universe and another major superhero, the excellent, excellent cast: Barry Allen, Det. West, Dr. Wells, Iris West. Performances that have invested these characters with life and their story (much like the central hero) continues to gain such momentum... I was laying on my couch at the beginning of this episode but on the edge of my seat by the end (also teary-eyed more than once). Nothing against SHIELD, Arrow or Constantine but The Flash in just 9 episodes has, in my opinion, established itself as possibly THE best action/adventure series on television.
A very moving and exciting finale has finished up an amazing first season that has rapidly (pun intended) made "The Flash" a fan favorite and I know so many of us are extremely stoked to see what amazing comic-book goodness this series will bring next season.