The Flash season 5 is certainly entering its run with a little more pressure, but that shouldn’t come as any shock. The cynic in all of us wants to immediately look at something older than two or three years, after all, and claim that it’s not cool anymore. The fourth season was polarizing to many; we actually enjoyed it more than season 3, but understand that it did have its problems, whether it be the regurgitation of the “is Dibny a hero?” story arc and also the super-slow build of the Killer Frost plot.
Moving into season 5, however, it seems as though there is some optimism right away that this could be one of the greatest seasons that we’ve had a chance to see to date. Speaking in a new video via San Diego Comic-Con, Grant Gustin had the following to say regarding how the very first episode is going to be one of the most exciting you’ve seen in a while:
“I’ve been comparing [the premiere] to our pilot … I think it’s our best [first episode] since our pilot. We’ve got an action sequence in it that’s something straight out of the comics, that when I read in 2013 while I was shooting Arrow and dreaming of stuff we could do someday on Flash … we’re doing something i never though we’d be able to do….I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think it could be our best season. It’ll be what [The Flash] should be.”
What we’re hoping for based on that is a story that is personal, but also action-packed and allows many of its characters to go out and really have fun with the material. We do think that this show is in the midst of a struggle tonally to find its sweet spot. Season 4 was a little too silly at times, whereas season 3 was a little bit too dark. If it can find the middle ground where it can be both funny and serious at the same time, then we’re probably going to get one of the best seasons since the very beginning. The Flash season 1 may be, pound for pound, the greatest season we’ve seen in the entire Arrowverse. (We are partial to last season of Legends of Tomorrow, mostly because of how ridiculous it was.)
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