Monday, October 6, 2014

The Flash Episode Guide - Format Key

For The Flash Episode Guide, I'll be using a slightly modified version of the same key I use for The Arrow Episode Guide, which in turn is based off of what I think is the finest episode guide ever written - Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping.

Here is the quick rundown.  No pun intended.

Plot: A quick summary of the main story.

Influences: Specific media which may have inspired or otherwise influenced a particular episode.

Goofs: Holes in the plot, visible wires during the stunts and other things that don't work the way they should.

The actors and their craft - how well the characters are played, ignoring how that character may have been differently portrayed in another story.

Anything on the technical side of things that is notably well-handled, such as set-design, lighting, sound effects, cinematography, etc.

Flash Facts:
Random things of interest and references to the comics.

Pseudoscience terminology used to justify the unlikely and/or impossible things that sometimes happen in superhero shows.

Dialogue Triumphs:
Anything the characters say that make you want to put on a cape and fight for justice!

Dialogue Disasters:
Anything the characters say that make you roll your eyes or snort in disbelief.

Direct references to previous episodes.

If the story is set someplace other than Central City.

Untelevised Adventures:
Stories that take place off camera, but are referred to.

The Fridge Factor:
How badly the female characters on the show are manipulated by the story in order to make the male characters look better.

The Boomerang Factor:
How badly are the heroes manipulated to look incompetent and badly trained compared to whatever villain they are facing off against. Named in honor of Captain Boomerang, who - honestly - The Flash shouldn't ever have any trouble fighting.

The Bottom Line:
Is it good or bad? Why is it good or bad? How can they make it better/not make it worse?

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