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“The Flash”


One my proudest moments as both a father, and as a comic book fan happened recently. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love my comic books. I’m a huge DC Comics fan. Batman is my primary character, but by no means my only interest in the DCU as a whole.

Desirée Lee and I have been happily watching the CW network’s smash hit series “Arrow” since the pilot episode aired. While I’ve never avidly followed Oliver Queen in the comics, I thoroughly enjoy “Arrow”. In Season 2 of the show, we met the CW’s version of the DCU character Barry Allen. News hit the wires about that time, too, that the CW planned to spin Barry Allen out into his own series—”The Flash“. Two iconic DC characters with their own TV shows, on the air, on the same network, in production at the same time? I had what Desirée calls one of my “nerdgasms”.

As the months passed, excitement built toward the premier of “The Flash”. Remember, as I’ve mentioned in past posts on this blog/site dealing with the topics of TV shows, Desirée and I have Netflix, but not cable or any sort of satellite dish service. The evening “The Flash” pilot aired, we weren’t able to watch it. But, we watched it the following evening on the CW network’s website. In preparation for the event, we had bought a Flash onesie for our 15-month-old daughter. We let her stay up past her bedtime to watch “The Flash” with us as a special treat. She’s too young to understand what she’s seeing on the screen, but still captivated by anything happening on a TV screen or computer monitor.

So, there we were, settled on the sofa as a happy, loving family, watching “The Flash”. Of course, our daughter decided partway through the episode that she wanted down. She wanted to roam, and wander. We let her. And then the proud moment mentioned at the start of this post occurred…

We were, maybe, halfway through the pilot of “The Flash” when our daughter—happily sporting her Flash onesie, and watching “The Flash” on TV, mind you—stood up on her own, completely unsupported, and took four or five consecutive steps. It’s the first time she’s walked so many steps, unsupported, at a time. Desirée and I were thrilled beyond words, and Desirée teased me several times later about the timing, and our daughter’s apparel at the moment. She told our daughter, “You made Daddy very proud by walking like that during “The Flash”, with your Flash onesie on.”

She did, yes. As a father, and as a comic book fan, I couldn’t have been happier.

Why am I devoting a post on my blog to talking about this? Simple—I hope that someday, in some way, my own writing work can be involved in something even half as meaningful to someone. I’m a geek. I know that. Hardly a day goes by that Desirée doesn’t remind me of that at least once. I love comic books. I get very excited about them. If, someday, something I’ve written, comic book or otherwise, happened to be part of something as touching and meaningful and memorable in someone else’s life as the DC comics character the Flash, and the CW network’s new series “The Flash” now is in ours, I would be thrilled beyond words. I’m a bestselling, award-winning novelist, who has branched out into comic books, and film. What’s the point of the writing if it doesn’t touch someone? Again, I truly hope that one of my projects can have the same touching impact that all thing Flash will now have on our family.

Thank you, everyone involved in the comics, and new TV series, “The Flash” for giving my family that special moment!

Scott Harper

“Arrow” Season 2

Sadly, “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” is gone. We had a few articles written that weren’t posted on the site before it’s shutdown. I want to post them here, so at least the time put into them isn’t wasted. The following piece, for Season 2 of the TV series “Arrow” was originally submitted to “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” before Season 2 began. Now, the first two episodes of Season 2 have aired.

“Arrow” is the hit, award-winning CW network show based on the comic book character Green Arrow—whose civilian identity is Oliver Queen—published by DC Comics. With Season 2 about to launch, a lot of rumors are flying around.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is a spoiled, egotistical, billionaire playboy who never seemed to care much about anything other than himself. However, five years stranded on an island, struggling for survival after a shipwreck, changed him. Upon his return to civilization, Oliver chose to apply the skills acquired on the island—especially archery—by doling out vigilante justice in his home city. He now patrols the streets in a costume reminiscent of Robin Hood, armed with honed fighting skills, a bow and a variety of types of arrows. Unlike most costumed heroes, he has no qualms about killing if he feels such a measure is warranted by a given situation.

Though “Arrow” features the main character of Oliver Queen, and is set in Starling City, several of the characters introduced in Season 1 were from the Batman family of comics—Huntress, Firefly, and Deadshot come instantly to mind. Rumors are flying around that this trend will continue in Season 2. Ra’s al Ghul is said to be turning up. As the fifth slated episode of the new season is titled “League of Assassins”, it’s a good bet we’ll be seeing the Demon’s Head in that offering—if not before. A number of sources are arguing over the appearance of Nightwing—Richard Grayson, the first Robin—in the new season. They seem pretty torn over that one. Don’t be surprised if the character turns up in Season 2, but don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t. Apparently, the Batman/Superman movie currently in pre-production is having an impact on that decision. Expect Deadshot back this year, too. Also expected this season are appearances from the characters Bronze Tiger, and Brother Blood.

Seen thus far in every episode of “Arrow” is Dinah Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing her transformation to her superhero identity of Black Canary in Season 2. Expect, too, more progress of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to his alter ego of Red Arrow.

Another progression, hinted at in the official trailer for the new season, looks to be the introduction of the name “Green Arrow” into the show. Thus far, the media in Starling City have been referring to Oliver Queen’s costumed persona as the “Hood”. In the trailer, Oliver states that he doesn’t want to be known by that name. When asked what he wants to be called, Oliver gives a meaningful look to an arrow he is holding at that moment—a green arrow.

Season 2 of “Arrow” is expected to be even bigger, too, with the introduction of the Flash into the series. It seems that the Scarlet Speedster will be introduced at some point in this season of “Arrow”, and then spun off into his own show. “The Flash” will also air on the CW network, and is speculated to serve as a tie-in/launch pad for the theatrical “Flash” movie in the works. This has given rise to a large amount of conjecture as to what the future holds for the DC Cinematic Universe. If the TV shows and movies are taking place simultaneously, and in the same “universe”, with the TV actors also playing the big-screen versions of their characters, we’ll be a couple of large steps closer to the planned “Justice League” film.

Very recently, word was released of another live-action DC Comics-based TV series with the name “Gotham”. It is reported to begin airing on Fox during the 2014-2015 season. The show will focus on a younger James Gordon, as a detective, before his promotion to police commissioner. Gordon will be dealing with “the villains that made Gotham famous” in a “pre-Batman era”. As “Gotham” will air on a network separate from “Arrow” and “The Flash”, it’s not known whether or not it will intersect with those series. Or just how much, if any, impact “Gotham” will have on the DC Cinematic Universe.

All in all, this year looks to be huge for “Arrow”. Much as I enjoyed Season 1, I expect to like Season 2 even better. Season 2 kicks off on October 9, 2013 with “City of Heroes”.

Scott Harper


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