The CW has had it's history with superhero shows. Even if you mention Arrow as the beginning of the DC TV Universe, it all really started with a show called Smallville, the story of a young Clark Kent and his struggle to become the most recognizable superhero in the world 'Superman.' Smallville was the one that was able to experiment with the genre on TV in almost every way, including the special effects and the storytelling, in a time where comic book related content was not popular or profitable in the eyes of Hollywood.

Creating a Universe

In the show,the Green Arrow was first introduced in live action, a character that was really only known by fans of the comics and the Justice League animated series. It was a different version than the one we have now of course, much more light-hearted, and with gadgets that were a bit more Sci-Fi. Take into account, he was arriving to a world where they had been fighting aliens and super-powered creatures for almost five seasons. This Oliver Queen generated enough interest to make a show about him, even if was in a different fictional unverse.

Enter Stephen Amell, and then it expanded to what we have today with The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Gotham.

Nowadays, the game is different, in great part, thanks to Marvel Studios' success. After so many of these films and shows, the structure for these type of stories is now in desperate need to innovate whether it is in tone, or changinga lot of characters altogether. Some of them, to a point where they're unrecognizable from the pages they came from.

Even though that's not always a necessarilya bad thing, it is why The Flash is a rarity in the business.

Since Season 1, they have kept a balance between changing a lot of elements of the DC Universe and still using stories from the comics, all while staying true to what makes the character of Barry Allen and the world around him, so popular and beloved for more than 60 years.

Using Sci-Fi without restraint

Season Onehad viewers in awe, because they wasted no time in introducing the concept of time traveling, and more important, the Speed Force, an alternate plane of reality that gives the speedster his powers and allows him to move outside the limits of space and time.

Right from the get-go, the show proved that it wasn't going to be concerned with the 'grounded in reality' route that a lot of productions seem to take. Even taking into account that a lot of these concepts are actually based on Physics.

One the things that makes characters like Flash, Superman, and the Guardians Of The Galaxy special, is that they give us a sense of wonder, an idea of what else could be out there besides the ordinary worlds that we live in. This show did that along with telling us a relatable and personal story.

At the core, it's a story about a young boy that misses his mother, which came to a pivotal point in the season finale, where he had to decide between a chance to save her and the fate of world as he knew it.

The stakes get higher

That's not to say it hasn't taken risks, especially in this season where they've taken the persona of the very first man to take the mantle of The Flash in history, Jay Garrick, and making it a front for the real bad guy, Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom. Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer, stated that they'd never make the first speedster a bad guy, so we'll have to wait to see how that's resolved.

At the end ofthe Episode 20 of Season 2, Barry'sgone, and there's no-one left to stop Zoom. However, as a sign of hope on the horizon, Jessie Quick and Wally West, have been giventheir comic bookpowers during the whole incident. And yes, it was done differently than the original, but they're doing it respecting and establishing the very essenceof the characters.

We'll have to wait for the season finale to see if the story moves forward and continues to be just as cohesive.

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