After finishing a fantastic three episode build-up of the season 2 finale ARROW, my next mission was to start THE FLASH. First comes the confusion. Set in present time I'm watching Barry Allen at work while thinking about the last time I saw him on ARROW. He had been hit by lightning so I couldn't figure out what was happening, then it started to make sense as I realised I wasn't in present time, or maybe I was and the jump to nine months later is part of the process. Anyway, once that was explained I knew I was back on track and the pilot episode did not disappoint. A different tone to ARROW which I welcome, especially if I'm going to be jumping between episodes. This kinda reminds me of SMALLVILLE in that there's many bright colours as well as having the possibility of freaky people with powers, all coming from an experiment from Dr. Wells. I love Barry's backstory where his father is in prison for killing his mother and I instantly recognised those two sidekicks from a couple of ARROW episodes, it's starting to piece together nice and neatly. As much as I prefer the heroes identity to stay hidden, I was more than happy to see Joe in on the secret, mainly because I've watched many stories where the cops turn the heroes into vigilantes and we have to go through the process of them finally realising that the heroes are indeed heroes. The ending was magnificent in that we saw Wells could move without his chair and then he gets to look into the future. I also loved the nod to Batman & Arrow in the bottom left corner of the newspaper. Although this is set almost 10 years into the future - are they predicting ten seasons like SMALLVILLE?