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THE FLASH

Josiah Jadlowski, Staff Writer

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If you haven’t seen The Flash, you really need to! It is action packed, plot twisted, and

After witnessing his mother’s (Michelle Harrison) supernatural murder and his father’s (John Wesley Shipp) wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is taken in by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold casesparanormal occurrences, and cutting-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother’s murder. No one believes his description of the crime—that a ball of lightning with the face of a man invaded their home that night—and Allen is fiercely driven to vindicate himself and to clear his father’s name. Fourteen years after his mother’s death, an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, bathing the city center with a previously unknown form of radiation during a severe thunderstorm. Allen is struck by lightning from the storm and doused with chemicals in his lab. Awakening after a nine-month coma, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds. Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), the disgraced designer of the failed particle accelerator, describes Barry’s special nature as “metahuman“; Allen soon discovers that he is not the only one who was changed by the radiation. Allen vows to use his gifts to protect Central City from the escalating violence of metahuman and other criminals. As the Flash, a costumed superhero, Allen accumulates a number of enemies known as The Rogues, whilst pursuing his mother’s superhuman murderer the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher). He is aided by a few close friends and associates who guard his secrets.[6]

Six months after the events of the first season, after a singularity event, the Flash is recognized as Central City’s hero. However, the event brings an evil from a parallel universe to Central City in the form of the speedster Zoom (Teddy Sears; voiced by Tony Todd; Ryan Handley, in costume[7]) who seeks to eliminate everyone connected to the Speed Force throughout the multiverse. Harrison Wells’ parallel universe counterpart (nicknamed “Harry”), and his daughter Jesse (Violett Beane), work to help Barry and his friends stop Zoom. Joe and his daughter, Iris (Candice Patton), struggle with their shared painful past related to their family, especially after the arrival of Iris’s brother Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), whom Francine West (Vanessa A. Williams) gave birth to shortly after abandoning her family. After Zoom kills Barry’s father, the season concludes with Barry travelling back in time to save his mother’s life from the Reverse-Flash.

After changing all of history, Barry inadvertently alters the entire timeline, resulting in a ‘Flashpoint’ timeline. Despite Barry’s attempt to repair the damages he had caused, new threats emerge from Flashpoint including a powerful being named Savitar (voiced by Tobin Bell), a god-like speedster with a grudge against Barry, due to his future self imprisoning him. In addition, Barry’s friends and allies are losing trust and becoming distant to him because of his selfish actions, causing him to try to redeem himself and to atone his mistakes. The Wells has returned from Earth-2 to help Barry’s fight against the villains and their army; Jesse has transformed into a speedster herself as the superheroine Jesse Quick. Harry recruits a convivial-yet-peculiar doppelgänger of himself from Earth-19, nicknamed “H.R.”, to help his friends in his absence, only to later discovering that he is not a scientist like Harry but an aspiring novelist who seeks materials on Earth-1 for the book he is writing, which causes the team to question of his usefulness. Wally struggles to gain powers in the hopes of forging his own heroic destiny, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) starts to exhibit a bizarre transformation related to Barry’s actions, and Iris’s life is in danger as a consequence of Barry’s manipulation of the timeline without forethought.

 

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