The Flash



Rage Scale

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Season 1 rating: 95/100

Season 2 rating: 90/100

Season 3 rating: 83/100

Season 4 rating: 67/100

Season 5 rating: 69/100


TV Series Info

Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this adaptation of the DC Comics character the Flash.


Cast

(Main)

Grant Gustin Barry Allen/ The Flash Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Candice Patton Iris West-Allen Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Danielle Panabaker Caitlin Snow/ Killer Frost Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Carlos Valdes Cisco Ramon/ Vibe Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Tom Cavanagh Dr. Harrison Wells/ many other versions of Harry Wells Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Jesse L. Martin Joe West Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Rage Reviews

Season 1

Origin: 24/25

A great start to this franchise, having depth, detail and passion throughout each episode. Characters are cast perfectly and Star Labs looks just like imagined. I loved the main villain and how they built him up through the whole season, it made him seem more of a threat when he did arrive. It was a great atmosphere and made me see a great side to the comics.

Story: 24/25

Humorous and dark at the same time, the flash offers a better side to the DC comics. The characters have time to develop and have some really good chemistry between other characters. The main villain is built up over time, making his appearance later in the season even more deadly. This season had purpose and made many fans happy.

Camera/SFX: 23/25

Dodgy effects in some areas, but it made a great first impression. Villains had unique looks and were fairly convincing. Some camera angles were questionable and some weren’t really necessary. I liked the look of the main villain (the Reverse Flash), very fearsome and didn’t look ridiculous.

Performance: 24/25

The cast were fresh and passionate, you could tell that they wanted to be there. Tom Cavanagh was my favourite, he played the secretive and pleasant Harrison Wells very well and when he was revealed to be the baddy, he quickly snapped into his real character and became the most rememberable villain in the Arrowverse.

Season 2

Origin: 24/25

Keeping both seasons connected was a good idea. Having it start where the first season ended kept us up to date with the action. The seasons tied in nicely with one another having the time vortex make the new villain come through (Zoom).

Story: 21/25

Another great villain who was so feared. It was good to see the characters put to the test in different ways from the first season. I felt a few things were copied form the first season e.g. speedster fights speedster, hero loses then wins at last minute. I felt the dramatic tension was lost when the villain revealed his face because it humanised him and made him less of a threat, the mystery and suspense is what made it so good.

Camera/SFX: 22/25

Starting to use more slow motion fights for the speedsters, but this meant more times they messed up on CGI. The characters looked fake and doll looking. Some good moments though when it came to Zoom entering the scenes. I felt that they lost some of the lightheartedness of the previous season because they made it darker, meaning the humour was lost.

Performance: 23/25

Grant Gustin became my favourite this season, with a big heart and a very convincing performance. The cast did well to make another good season, some had weird doppelgängers that made some cheesy lines but I can look past it (for now).

Season 3

Origin: 20/25

Firstly, another speedster! Really? The villain was boring and had no depth to him, he was just a clone with anger issues. This season was riddle with mistakes and loop holes, time travel was used more and made it very confusing and complicated. They tried to keep it clean but many questions went unanswered and I feel like this was a pointless season.

Story: 18/25

Confusing and very lacking any good ideas. Characters never really develop anymore and instead waste time by catching criminals and letting them go again. The structure wasn’t the best, don’t get me wrong, I was entertained and it did have some good scenes which were fun and thrilling. It seems they aren’t using the same formula from the first successful season.

Camera/SFX: 22/25

Again with the weird CGI speedster fights that look like they are Russian dolls having a paddy. They have some great effects like lighting and other magic, but then they go and ruin it with those fights. The camera shots are great though, they are more aware of what is happening and have made better choices with action scenes and how they are staged. Other character looked great also, costumes are realistic.

Performance: 23/25

The cast are probably the vest thing about the TV series, they make the humour better and make it easier to watch. Its good to see Carlos Valdes take more front role and start being more of a funny kickass superhero. The West family do feel like a family, they have each other backs and do get their differences from time to time, its nice to see a human side to these superheroes.

Season 4

Origin: 18/25

This is where it completely falls apart, the main villain (The Thinker) is not done properly, his character is not as reckless, as his name says he’s smart and so in the comics, he is more of the threat then the TV version. They are focusing more on the theatrical than the story telling, its starting to ruin the quality of the Arrowverse. 

Story: 9/25

Awful, had no structure and characters seemed to have lost the power to think and don’t use anything they learnt from previous to stop the villain. A lot more scenes become pointless and ridiculous, the 20+ episodes could easily be shortened to 15. They need to start thinking about quality rather than views and quantity.

Camera/SFX: 22/25

At least they kept the quality of the effects consistent. It did feel like a DC show, having bright lights and dark colours. They do a great job at theatrical scenes, looking very tense and improving the overall feel of a fight.

Performance: 18/25

The cast need to think harder about the direction of the characters they are playing. I know they probably have no voice in what is on the script but they could try to influence what happens. The cast are feeling the pressure are starting to slow down.

Season 5

Origin: 18/25

Ok… I haven’t lost faith in the series yet, there are still a lot of comic references, and other superhero related things. Costumes look good and character seem to be ok. The new villain however is another underwhelming character, who has the most ridiculous voice and don’t get me started on the time travel stuff. Its getting out of hand, they rely to much on time travel to answer every question.

Story: 11/25

The twists in this aren’t a surprise and they  don’t do anything for the narrative. I admit it is better than the previous season, having a villain with a good motive as her niece being ill because of metahumans made it meaningful. But many scenes were a waste of time and made the flash look like a 5 year old who actually is the worst at using super speed.

Camera/SFX: 22/25

The quality never changers, it seems that they don’t have the money or the time to improve. This is just going to be another superhero series, that had some good moments but never made a big impact on the genre. I always have liked the overall theme that they good for, but theres nothing fresh and special to it anymore.

Performance: 18/25

It just gets more and more cheesy, the lines, the accents, I’m losing faith in the Arrowverse. I feel the cast love what they do and have a real passion for the Arrowverse, but the scripts aren’t doing them any favours. Its a shame because ive grown up with series and wanted it to be so good, DC has been a big influence in my life and the flash seasons 3 – 5 don’t live up to that name.

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