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2014 TV Series Review - The Flash

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo
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The Flash is Barry Allen, at least as far as the first one was concerned. Barry Allen is played by Grant Gustin who is rightfully cast as the nerdy and intelligent Allen.
 
As some of you might know, Barry Allen first appeared in one of the episodes of The Arrow, which introduced us to the fateful night that would turn Barry Allen's life.

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In the first episode of The Flash, we are introduced to Barry Allen as a kid who witnesses the murder of his mother by an unknown yellow phantom. His father however is arrested for the murder and wrongfully sent to prison.

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Flash forward to Barry Allen as a young adult and working as a forensic investigator in Central City, helping his foster dad Detective Joe West. He also has eyes for Joe's daughter, Iris but hesitates to reveals his feelings.

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After Barry Allen is truck by the mysterious light and enters into a coma, he wakes up and finds himself in STAR labs and being treated by Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon. STAR Labs is helmed by renown physicist Dr. Harrison Wells and is the one responsible for the explosion that caused the mysterious light.

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Barry finds himself having super fast powers and is labelled as a metahuman. He's joined by others who were affected by that night and some turn out to be good and some bad. The most notable villain would be Captain Cold, played by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller.
 
Then, there is the occasional cross-over with The Arrow and we see both of them playing heroes to each other's cities.
 
Overall, I would say The Flash is a commendable first season so far. Though not as exciting as The Arrow, I am sure The Flash will continue to improve and delight fans and viewers alike :)
 
Watchability : 7 / 10 - Interesting pilot episode and characters. A little let down by the mediocre story line so far but things will be getting more exciting .. i hope :)

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Cast :
Grant Gustin     ...     Barry Allen

Candice Patton     ...     Iris West
Danielle Panabaker     ...     Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnett     ...     Eddie Thawne
Carlos Valdes     ...     Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh     ...     Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin     ...     Detective Joe West
 
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2014 TV Series Review - Gotham

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo

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Truthfully, I couldn't stop watching this new tv series Gotham. Watched 10 episodes straight in 2 nights.

The plot of the series as most viewers would know, revolves around Detective Jim Gordon and young Bruce Wayne. The series starts with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of Bruce Wayne. Then it moves on to the subsequent investigation which takes Jim Gordon and partner, Harvey Bullock.

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The investigation takes us into the seedy and crime-ridden streets of Gotham and slowly, the curtains are revealed on the villains that Batman fans would gleefully be joyful.
 
Let's see, there's the street thief Selina Kyleclever Edward Nygma, young Ivy Pepper, cunning Oswald Cobblepot and sadistic Victor Zsasz. Please take note at this point that none of this characters have evolved into the super-villains constantly faced by Batman.

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Catwoman, The Riddler, Poison Ivy and Penguin

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In this series, they are depicted as ordinary people who are beginning to develop the path that will bring them face to face with Batman eventually.
 
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Most of the episodes are fairly mediocre but what compels me to keep watching is Cobblepot's career progression (pictured above). It's interesting to see how he became the crime boss of Gotham and become the Penguin.

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Fish Mooney, Jim Gordon, Barbara Kean, Harvey Bullock
 
On the side, there are characters such as Gotham Mayor Aubrey James, Jim's love interest Barbara Kean, Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth, crime queen Fish Mooney and de facto Gotham crimer boss, Carmine Falcone.
 
Make no mistake, this series is dark and brooding. Gotham is full of crime and violence but there is also respect and leadership in times of turmoil. This series  is worth watching not because of its present storyline but the future story that it can grow into. Watch it if you are a fan and curious about the origins of Batman.
 
Watchability : 7 / 10 - Engaging story but might not appeal to some.
 
Cast :
Ben McKenzie     ...     James Gordon
Zabryna Guevara     ...     Sarah Essen
Robin Lord Taylor     ...     Oswald Cobblepot
Erin Richards     ...     Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova     ...     Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith     ...     Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena     ...     Renee Montoya
Jada Pinkett Smith     ...     Fish Mooney
Andrew Stewart-Jones...     Crispus Allen
John Doman     ...     Carmine Falcone
Donal Logue     ...     Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz     ...     Bruce Wayne
Sean Pertwee     ...     Alfred Pennyworth
Morena Baccarin     ...     Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Drew Powell     ...     Butch Gilzean 
 
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