Topic: Arrow / The Flash
Should we just do one big DC thread for all of the shows, or would the spoilers get confusing?
Anyway, The Flash premiered last night and actually beat Agents of SHIELD in the ratings. Very good for Flash, very horrible for AoS.
The premiere was pretty good, I thought. Definitely a different tone than what we've been getting from DC lately, but that isn't a bad thing. I think that the lighter tone will appeal to a lot of people that might find Arrow or Gotham too dark. It is strange to have Weather Wizard exist in the same universe as Arrow, but we'll see how the two mix.
I do think that some of the actors need to find the sweet spot for their characters, but that is to be expected.
I know, I give DC shows a break when I wouldn't do the same for Marvel. But to compare pilots, AoS looked cheap (still does). The pilot for AoS had horrible lighting (one of the few problems that has been fixed), and one of the issues with that series is the lack of any style. Colors look okay... reds are red, blues are blue. But there's no mood to the colors. No thought put into them. The lighting is okay... we can see stuff now. But there's no art put into it. The wardrobe is a little cartoonish most of the time. The show is visually just flat and unappealing. Add to that the bland characters and kinda weak acting from most of the cast, and we don't even have to go into the stories themselves.
The Flash, on the other hand, had a distinct tone to it. There were moments where visuals were used to get us into the mind of the characters (the CG display of Barry's thought process as he examined the tire tracks for example) but they weren't overdone. The sets had depth to them, and the lighting kept them from looking too much like sets on a stage. The exterior shots were much broader and helped set the tone of the scenes (this is a problem for shows that film in LA and use a lot of backlots, as opposed to filming in actual locations). For the most part, the cast was pretty solid.
From a completely superficial standpoint, I did find myself looking at the West family and wondering how Wally West could be related to them. The redhead thing was always a pretty defining feature, at least to me. I guess he could always be adopted.