Why Watch The Flash?
I just watched season two of THE FLASH. For my money, it's the best superhero show on TV, because it accomplishes the truest aims of any superhero show:
First, any good superhero show should make ME want to be THAT superhero. To smile at the end of an episode and then move on to my next task and think, "Wouldn't it be cool if I could fly right over this traffic?" or "I would love super-strength to move this furniture," or even, "Super-speed... AWESOME," and then pump my arms a little faster (maybe even make lightning noises under my breath) as I try -- without much success -- to catch up with my kids.
Most TV filmmakers today have forgotten that lesson. Rather than make me want to be THAT hero, they make me glad I'm not a mopey guy who wanders around in a de-saturated world, and whose biggest problem is wondering whether he's less "hero" and more "villain." Or at the very least a manic-depressive with serious impulse control issues.
More important, though, THE FLASH transcends its own hero. It reminds us that heroes -- TRUE heroes, SUPERheroes -- do more than overcome obstacles or vanquish villainous foes. No, their most important task is to help those around them... and then recognize and appreciate the joy that comes with doing so.
I like DAREDEVIL. ARROW's pretty good. But check out THE FLASH. Smile. And make those lightning sounds as you go about your day helping others.
Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist and screenwriter. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings, on Twitter @mbcollings, or you can sign up for his mailing list here.