You know in the world of teen dramas or TV show aimed at teens in general
you can kind of sort of break it down and in like three phases
or eras, or whatever. You had TV Shows about just teen in High School
That was popular in like the 90s and kind of early 2000s.
You had sitcomes like Saved by the Bell or you had teen dramas like Freaks and Geeks
And then later on you had the Supernatural teen drama era that took shape in like the mid to late 2000s. That gave us like Vampire Diaries,
Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Twilight... that kind of thing
most recently with the exploding popularity of superhero comic book movies and TV shows and all that
now we're seeing an influx of superhero themed teen dramas
Or you know TV shows aimed at teens in general
One of the most recent and most popular shows in this new teen drama phase, is the CW's The Flash
So let's check it out
The show starts out , oddly enough, like pretty much every YouTube vlog ever
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So, Barry Allen is a forensics investigator. Who's always late for work
Second robbery this week
The teller ID'd Clyde Mardon as the shooter
What? Oh jeez, the Mardon brothers are back?
What do we got?
Perps took the bank, shot out the cameras, and as a chaser, killed the security guard over there
I got units kicking in doors of known Mardon brothers associates
CSI been over it?
Do ya get it, kids? Do ya get it?
He's The Flash, the fastest man alive, but he's always late for stuff. Do ya get the joke? Do ya get it, kids?
"If he's not here not we have to carry on this investigation without him."
"Sorry I'm late captain Singh." "What was it this time Mr. Allen?
Did you forget to set your alarm clock? Before you answer,
I should remind you the excuse you gave last time was car trouble
Wanna know why that was particularly memorable?"
"I do not own a car." "He was running an errand for me.
Barry, did you give me what I asked for?"
You mean this life-sized body pillow of Dr. Robotnik in lingerie?
Are you kidding? Of course I did!
After picking up some CSI gunk or whatever
He heads back to his lab where we meet Iris, his longtime
childhood friend whose dad is the police chief guy and Barry's boss
Now, the conversation they have here is maybe one of my biggest pet peeves,
when I'm watching any TV show or movie or whatever
"I'm stress eating over my dissertation,
If I don't graduate soon, I'm gonna be more muffin top than woman.
"You look amazing."
"What's so important about this particle accelerator anyway?"
"Harrison Well's work in quantum theory is lightyears ahead of anything they're doing at CERN"
"You're doing that thing where you're not speaking English"
You see, this right here. This is one of those like TV show movie tropes
That's been around since forever
And it always annoys me when it comes up. Whenever a nerdy character says anything like remotely
Scientific or even just like smart and then everyone else is like "Oh, in English please"
Like this trope is used to accomplish two things:
One, it allows all of us to make fun of nerds... in a comic book TV show
(I don't know who thought that was a good idea)
And two, it means the writers of the show assume that we the audience
Are just too dumb to understand anything above like a third grade level
I mean look at Big Bang Theory, right? The most popular show on TV right now
And it's literally just "In English, ee-gahn (again?)" the TV show
Just imagine that that dot is everything the human race has ever learned until this moment"
"Does that include twerking?"
Really? You're just--you're just gonna say that and just leave it there?
So later that day Barry and Iris go to STAR Labs
Where we see Not-Elon-Musk unveiling his new particle accelerator thing
But not before Barry decides he's finally gonna tell Iris how he really feels!
"While I was away, I had a chance to think about...
you know, relationships... " "Even though we pretty much grew up in the same house together, and we're...
kind of like brother and sister, because we're not brother and sister, it can get really....
weird and awkward to talk to me about girls, but I just want you to know that it shouldn't be awkward...
There is nothing that I want more than for you to meet the right person that totally loves
and adores you for the amazing guy that you are"
Now I have to listen to her talk about boy problems and pretend to care and give her advice for the rest of my liiiife
They finally turn on the particle accelerator thing and surprise, surprise
It blows up, sending a shockwave through the entire city and hitting Barry with a lightning bolt
Now, Barry wakes up nine months later in STAR Labs with Not-Elon Musk
And his team of kids, looking after him
"Hey what is happening. What is going on?"
"You were struck by lightning, dude."
"Lightning gave me abs"
"Your muscles should be atrophied, but instead they're in a chronic and unexplained state of cellular regeneration"
"And trust me, I know
I checked your ABS really thoroughly like... really thorough"
Barry leaves the lab and somehow knows exactly where Iris is, even though, he's been in a coma for nine months
I mean let's be honest. That's the real superpower here
"Oh my god"
I'm not crying, you're crying! Shut up.
Here, Barry starts to realize he has superpowers and goes back to STAR abs
I mean STAR Labs to figure out what's going on
So Not-Elon-Musk and his team set out to test of the extent of his new powers
But of course during the test things don't go so well.
"What happened out there today?"
"You were moving pretty well and then something caused you to lose focus?"
"I started remembering something,
when I was 11, my mother was murdered"
Woah, kid, hey
I thought maybe you just had like a fight with your girlfriend or something
like I didn't sign up for this guided tour of your whole
life story all right?
"But what if the man who killed my mom was like me?"
Skinny nerdy kid with a really attractive friend and a butt chin? Pfft What are the odds of that?
Now, later Barry is stalking Iris
I assume because somehow he always knows exactly where she is like all the time
and here we learned that she is now dating her
Dad's new partner. As you can imagine
Barry's not too happy about it
When you were in the hospital, Eddie covered my father's shifts that we could both be with you
I thanked him with a cup of coffee and things just kind of... Happened
What do you mean things just happened?
Hey, here's a cup of coffee - Thanks wanna make out? - Okay!
Anyway, it turns out Barry wasn't the only one who got special powers that night
and some ne'er-do-wells have decided to use their
Powers to like rob banks and stuff.
Barry decides to take matters into his own hands and put a stop to it
Number one decides to summon a tornado and terrorize the city
Barry thinks it's a good idea to run around the tornado the opposite way
To stop it instead of just, you know,
Running into the tornado and stopping the guy in the middle who's actually making the thing in the first place
now shockingly his plan actually works and in the end
Iris's dad finds out that Barry is indeed The Flash
You know I guess technically the show isn't really a teen drama per se
because like there aren't any teens in the show
But like it pulls a lot of the same tropes anyway, so I mean like might as well be in teen drama, y'know what I'm sayin?
But much like how the supernatural teen dramas are all pretty much like the same show just like with different characters
Almost every superhero movie and TV show like it's really just the same show
Nerdy/outsider loser kids suddenly works out with ABS and tries to adjust to their new life
of having the physique but none of the social skills
But you know when you get right down to it
Superpowers have basically become the new like 'brooding vampire schtick' or whatever
not that there's anything necessarily wrong with that
But I'm just saying we've kind of been here before
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