The first season of Flash was one of the most unexpected and fantastic surprises of the past year. It was an amazing show with action, intrigue, fun characters, a fantastic story arc, and an overall optimistic worldview that was lacking in other superhero movies or TV shows. It was so good I waived my typical rule of not letting my boys watch a primetime superhero show (Arrow, SHIELD) and allowed them to watch Flash–they loved it as well and we still watch some of the older episodes. The first season finale is one of the best episodes of superhero TV ever.
But now the second season is two episodes in and while the storyline continues to build there are a couple of troubling morality implications. I’m not condemning them…yet…but I am concerned. Head after the break to find out what has me troubled.
[SPOILER ALERT: THIS POST CONTAINS FLASH SEASON TWO SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST TWO EPISODES]
Crisis on Infinite Earths probably didn’t kill off anywhere near as many characters as its reputation. But reputations are kinda screwy that way anyway, considering how many people are probably unaware how any “squeal like a pig” scenes make up so little of the movie Deliverance. But there were really only two deaths in that story that really matter as far as DC was concerned. Three if you count Prince Ra-Man, and nobody does. One was Supergirl. The other was the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. Both of those characters stayed pretty dead for a while, but Barry’s was actually remembered by the general public, or at least by his superhero peers.
The funny thing was, Barry dying may have been the best thing to ever happen to the character.