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The Flash: Going Rogue

The Flash has arrived! Tonight’s episode – Captain Cold. Final proof that special effects normally seen in theaters and on DVD can be created for television on a weekly basis. It also introduced Captain Cold, the first of Barry Allen’s rogue’s gallery.  Didn’t you just love his raspy voice, chiseled good looks, brains and brass balls: this deadly Cold spree could make any girl hot blooded. Despite the overly white world of Central city depicted in DC comics, this Central city has a well-rounded eclective cast of main characters that are far from ethnic stereotypes. Tonight’s episode proved that even simplest story lines can be cool and exciting. In short, the episode was a well-balanced diet of character relationships, special effects and incredible not for TV villains. On the commercial side, it was further proof that DC may be working out the kinks for a Justice League or Flash movie franchise. This possibility can be surmised through carefully placed branding – example the Kahndaq Diamond an object mentioned in Justice Society of America, Justice League and Batman. In fact, it could be said that DC has returned to television in force!

DC was first not second when it came to having live action comic characters on television starting with Bam! Boom! Batman in Technicolor during the sixties. With shows like Constantine, Arrow, Gotham and “The Flash” DC has created quite a television line-up of its most popular characters – what’s next Batman? At this point, mouthwatering, I’m waiting for a super hero team up between Arrow and Flash especially with the hint that there might be a sudden Heat Wave episode building up. Uniquely enough Flash has been successfully running neck in neck with Arrow; thus giving CW an incredibly strong line-up for couch potatoes liking to engage in a few hours of escapism in order to soothe their Ebola ravaged nerves. My only complaint at this point with the series is why couldn’t DC get both Arrow and Flash on the same network, same night.  The same could be said about Constantine and Gotham, but maybe that’s because DC wanted to see how each show would do on their own before being brave enough to make such a bold move. At this point, I’m waiting for the DC to start running its own Network staring the Flash.


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