Well, September is finally ending and October is nearly here. That means all our favorite shows are about to start up again. Sleepy Hollow returns later this week. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back for its third season tonight, and we’ve also got The Flash and Arrow on the CW arriving early next month. Out of all our returning superhero shows, I’m not sure which one I’m most excited for. I adore Arrow and The Flash, especially The Flash. At only one season in, The Flash was all kinds of fun. It was upbeat, had good humor, but it also managed to balance that with some more serious issues. While I didn’t enjoy that the story was essentially about Barry’s revenge for his fridged mother and the ableist undertones with Wells’s character, The Flash did well in other fronts. Like Arrow, it has some great female characters, introduced the Pied Piper for some much needed LGBTQ+ representation as well, and it wasn’t filled with nothing but white people.
Now that Season 2 is almost here, let’s take a look:
The first season of The Flash certainly had its ups and downs, but overall, it’s now currently one of my favorite shows. And about halfway through the first season, The Flash did something amazing. It introduced Hartley Rathaway in what was quite possibly one of its better episodes. Hartley, also known as the Pied Piper, is one of Flash’s adversaries, a disabled metahuman with painfully strong super-hearing. Though initially deaf in the comics (something The Flash sadly doesn’t touch on), in both the show and the comics, he eventually gains super-powered hearing. In The Flash, this happens when the particle accelerator explodes and turns him into a metahuman. This ability causes Hartley great amounts of pain, so he creates hearing aids to help mitigate this. He’s also one of DC comic’s few openly gay characters.
Since he only appears for all of two episodes, naturally, fanfiction was my solution.
While DC’s movie arm dicks around with so-so films and clunky sequel titles, their TV branch seems to be doing something good. Arrow’s second season was significantly better than its first, and that magic seems to have rubbed off on the same-universe spinoff The Flash. Continue reading →