Five Reasons Why The Flash Appeals so Strongly to Me

Barry, Cisco, Joe, Caitlin, Daniel, Sam, Jack, Teal'c, Trickster, Apophis - The Flash and Stargate SG-1

Of all the super-hero and action oriented programs on TV, The Flash is hands down my favorite. I do not read comic books, so really, any show based on them is all new material for me. And don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow. And, sniff, sniff; I loved Constantine. And there have been others along the way, some short lived, others longer lived. Plus, we have more fun programs to come in 2016, especially the return of Agent Carter and the new Legends of Tomorrow!

Recently I had a realization about The Flash, however, and I believe that I now know what it is that has earned it a special kind of love. My eureka moment? I believe The Flash is the closest thing to an enduring and very dear to me program that is no longer on TV. What program might that be? Lean in closer and I will whisper it in your ear… Stargate SG-1!

Now, stay with me here and let me plead my case before you dismiss my thoughts as totally whacked out! You see, while Star Trek has been my Starbase since I was a child, it is still around in web programming, movies, and new universes. The same cannot be said for Stargate SG-1, which came along and stole my heart and attention before being rather unceremoniously canceled. What was it about Stargate SG-1 that was so very different that it drew me in even though I started watching it in the middle, joining it during season six; arguably not a fan favorite?

Well, let’s look at what I consider to be the similarities with The Flash and Stargate SG-1 and through that see if I can articulate what it is that drew me in so deeply.

Adorable Neeks (Nerd + Geek)
 

Cisco - The Flash; Daniel - Stargate SG-1

I have an extremely soft spot for neeks; heck, I married one! In order for any show to draw me in, the neeks must be of high quality. Stargate SG-1 had Daniel Jackson. The Flash has Cisco Ramon, and actually, Barry Allen qualifies! And, yes, I find them both adorable. So, I am getting two times the neekness on The Flash.

In particular Cisco and his proclivity to name meta-humans as well as his snarky wit really reminds me of Dr. Jackson. My friends can attest to my strong affinity for Daniel. Like Daniel, Cisco never lets a moment pass silently when there could be a comment to make.

Strong Team
 

Cisco, Caitlin, Barry, Joe - The Flash; Sam, Jack, Daniel, Teal'c - Stargate SG-1

Most action adventure TV programs use a team to get the job done. And, I think that is a wise move. A team brings a lot to the table, since all the members can have different areas of expertise which makes their job easier.

On Stargate SG-1, you had the strong leader, the alien warrior who offered a different perspective, the scientist-soldier, and the soft-hearted scholar. On The Flash, you have the superhero who is also a forensic scientist, the bio-engineer, the mechanical engineer, and the detective. Each team uses the unique talents of the members to their fullest extent to fight the evil meta-humans thrown at them each week. What is most interesting, I think, is that while these teams are very different, each one contains characters I find very relatable.

Not Taking Themselves Seriously
 

Cisco, Joe - The Flash; Teal'c, Jack - Stargate SG-1

While Star Trek was and always shall be my first sci-fi love, Stargate SG-1 had the advantage of not taking itself seriously. Star Trek, on the other hand, always took it self very seriously, no joking around, no improvisation on dialogue, or so I have heard!

The Flash, like Stargate SG-1, does not take itself seriously. They joke around, poke fun at themselves and Arrow and just seem to be having a really good time! The lighter tone of The Flash was discussed in one of my previous articles here: The Flash – The Lighter Side of Super Hero Crime Fighting.

Interesting Villains
 

Trickster - The Flash; Apophis - Stargate SG-1

While there were fans of Stargate SG-1 who did not care for the Goa’uld or the Ori, I felt they were compelling villains. Likewise on The Flash, I am thoroughly enjoying the panoply of bad guys and gals trotted out in The Flash’s universe! Two of my favorites are Trickster and Captain Cold.

Yes, I do realize they are inspired by the comics, but as I said earlier, since I have not read them, they are all new to me, and therefore especially engaging!

The Wormhole
 

Wormholes - The Flash and Stargate SG-1

Ok, so it is not a Stargate on The Flash, but it kind of looks like one, don’t you think? And, no, it does not take you to other planets in our galaxy, but it does take you to another Earth in a parallel reality. And you do travel via a wormhole in both programs!

While TV shows tend to shy away from space travel because it can be expensive, traveling via a portal or Stargate is cheaper. There are still special effects that add to the cost of production, but are not as costly as depicting a space ship flying through into the unknown!

 

So, do you have a show that you miss terribly, and have found another that is a sort of substitute? What are the similarities that you have noticed that help you enjoy the show? Sound off in the comments section below – I love reading what you have to say!