Would leveling any criticisms at this show just demonstrate that I'm missing the point of it? This is a superhero show on The CW, so why wouldn't it be silly? I mean, of course there is a love triangle that is established in less than twenty minutes, of course someone says "can you say that in English?" the first time that someone utters science-y sounding sentence, and obviously there are references to muffin tops and twerking. Everything that was said about the "particle accelerator" was the dialogue equivalent of white noise.
But hey, I have to say that the goofiness became kind of endearing as the show continued to pile it on. Not every superhero has to be a brooding anti-hero or even remotely plausible. Basing an entire television series around a person who runs really quickly is an inherently hilarious concept to me, and I almost want to keep watching solely to see the wacky obstacles that the writers can come up with that must inevitably be solved by having Barry run faster.
In the pilot episode of this show, the climax of the villain-of-the-week story involves Barry struggling to run quickly enough around a guy who became a tornado. When he is just about to give up on running quickly enough, he receives a radio transmission from a discredited physicist who tells Barry to believe in himself or something. After that motivational pep talk, Barry squints a little bit more and finds the motivation from within that's necessary to run slightly faster. Now that he's running faster, he forces tornado man to stop being inside a tornado. This is amazing.
God, and the close-ups on Barry's face when he runs! They're so great! There is one close-up shot in particular that depicts a Barry on the brink of tears and in the throes of a recurring horrible memory from his youth. While his face is right up against the camera, the angst is accompanied by a bunch of blurry motion lines. Just look at this:
Also, there is a completely gratuitous cameo from the guy from Arrow towards the end. If you weren't already aware of the fact that this guy is from his own television series on The CW, there is no information in the pilot here that would give you any idea as to who he is or why Barry cares about him. Whatever, this is probably the best show that's ever been made. 10/10