If a picture paints a thousand words, then imagine how many a video clip of exactly what I'm saying in words says. Right? Exactly.
Down below begins our first annual Flash report card, where we go over all of the very best and the not so very best from the season. The Flash Season 1 was, overall, very good. Although we have titled some categories as the worst, let's be honest, worst is really a stretch.
We're knocking out the best episode and the worst, as well as the same for villains, metahumans and crossovers. We also have a little nitpick (I'm sure you'll all agree) and special category for a special hero.
Hit the comments with your favorite memories of the season!
Best Episode: The Flash Season 1 Episode 23 "Fast Enough" The finale was a culmination of everything that made The Flash so good during it's freshman season. There was an actual ending to the character arc of Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne that surprised and still managed to pluck away at our heart strings. Eddie became Series Finale MVP with his amazing heroics and Barry discovered, when he encountered himself on the fateful day his mother died, that he really had all he needed in his current life. We were even left with a hell of a cliffhanger. It was perfect.
Worst Episode: The Flash Season 1 Episode 6, "The Flash is Born," provided us with a walk down memory lane to Barry's high school days with Iris and Tony Woodward, The Girder. The meta's story wasn't all that compelling, but the Reverse Flash started threatening Joe about Iris. It's so funny looking back when we were still scratching our heads about who he was. Honestly, nothing was "worse" here, it's just the lowest rated of the season.
Most Multi-Dimensional Character: Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne. There was so much going on with this man. Any man who could love his enemy as much as Wells/Thawne did that we, his audience, hated to love him as much as we did was doing something right. The more he was written as a bad guy, the more painful it became to hear him utter those words of enouragement to Barry and especially Cisco, because we believed them. It's certainly a testament to the incredible skill of Tom Cavanaugh and his ability to bleed so many emotions into a single, multi-faceted character, but also the writing, which kept us guessing all season long.
Character That Needs Work: Iris West has really been a tough sell. Where the writing for Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne was multifaceted, Iris was written as one-diminsional and came off as whiny and self-involved. It didn't help that she was kept in the dark about her friend for far too long, but in general, the writing for her has been shaky. When she had the chance to stand on her own with her job at Central City Picture News, she was again force to rely on The Flash to stay ahead. We're hoping her character is given direction and purpose in The Flash Season 2, as well as a chance to do something other than prop up a boyfriend, father, surrogate brother or The Flash.
Most Lovable Character: Cisco is not only the heart of the show, he's the character who makes all others look good and whose words drip like melted butter. He's solid gold, and not just because he figured out how to make a gold spewing gun for the Golden Glider in about 2.5 seconds or that he is the official nickname generator. He's a genuine sweetheart everybody wants to come out on top. When Wells/Thawne ripped his heart out, all of ours stopped beating for a fraction of a second, as well. Not cool! He can also make even a despised character from Arrow someone people like. (No, I do not despise her. I'm with Cisco on this one!!)
Best Villain: There's a reason Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold is going to become a Legend of Tomorrow. He absolutely rocks the fine line of villainy that we love to hate and every once in a while, realize we're coming a little closer to Wells/Thawne territory: we kinda hate to love him. He's incredibly quotable, snarky and without a care in the world what anybody else thinks of him. Well, maybe his sister. See? There's always a little something keeping him human. We know there are big things coming and hope he'll keep up appearances on The Flash into Season 2.