|BOOM. HERE WE GO.|
The show begins like any classic superhero show where the protagonist narrates within the first two shots: "Do you believe in the supernatural? Blah, blah, blah. That's me; I'm the fastest man alive. Here's my life story. Then this happened, and now I am changed forever!" As much as I love a good superhero tale, I'm sort of hitting myself for watching this. I can't tell if the show is trying to be funny, trying to make fun of other superhero stories by making Barry extremely down to earth, or a combination of the two.
When Barry first wakes up from his coma, Cisco tells him, "You were hit by lightning, dude." To which Barry responds, "Lightning...gave me abs?" Then Caitlyn jumps in: "Your muscles should be atrophied, but instead they're in a chronic and unexplained state of cellular regeneration."
In another scene, Barry agrees to go with Dr. Wells, Caitlyn, and Cisco to test his speed. Cisco gives him an outfit to wear and as he exits the trailer he changed in he says, "It's a little snug." And yes, it is a little snug and goofy looking.
Perhaps this type of humor is just a convention for CW shows, or, like I said, the show is making fun of other superhero stories (like Captain America for example). It is true that one of the creators, Greg Berlanti, also worked on the movie Green Lantern (2011), the television show Arrow (2012), and the pilot episode of the new CBS show, Supergirl (2015). Maybe this is a convention for DC Comics characters. Maybe I am comparing it too much to Heroes, which did not have as many comedic moments. Or perhaps I have seen more superhero movies than tv shows and the two platforms have to treat comedy differently. For now, I'll keep watching and let you know if this type of humor is used in more than just the pilot episode.