Cisco ra­mon

Barry Allen may be The Flash, but we all know who the real star of the show is

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UK Broad­cast Sky 1, TBC US Broad­cast The CW, Tues­days

Much as we loved the gritty, ul­tra-real world of Ar­row, by the end of se­ries two we had to ad­mit the con­stant death and dark­ness felt a lit­tle op­pres­sive. Then, spin­ning out of Barry Allen’s ap­pear­ance in a mid-sea­son episode came The Flash – the adorable, en­ter­tain­ing se­ries in which ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing fun. And no one en­cap­su­lated this sheer joy more than geeky physi­cist Cisco Ra­mon.

From the off we recog­nise that here is One Of Us – not only is Cisco of the opin­ion that su­per­pow­ers are an amaz­ing, won­der­ful thing, but he’s also a proud sci-fi and film geek, is the char­ac­ter who gives the vil­lains they face their cool comic-book names, and even de­signs and makes Barry’s Flash cos­tume. (Aah, for his cos­play skills.) He’s us – well, the ge­nius physi­cist ver­sion of us we’ve al­ways dreamed of be­ing, the per­son who will turn up for work in a Han

Shot First t-shirt and pep­per his con­ver­sa­tions with In­di­ana Jones quotes and Ghost­busters shout-outs.

De­spite his cheer­i­ness, life doesn’t al­ways go smoothly for Cisco, with his first gen­uinely promis­ing love in­ter­est turn­ing out to be Hawk­girl, who leaves him for a Leg­ends Of To­mor­row gig. And he orig­i­nally wasn’t that thrilled with the prom­ise of pow­ers of his own, hid­ing them from the oth­ers and later wor­ry­ing that de­vel­op­ing his abil­i­ties will lead him down the path to the Dark Side. But even­tu­ally he takes on the Vibe man­tle and we’re cheer­ing him on.

With sea­son three al­most upon us, the Flash­point uni­verse ver­sion of Cisco prom­ises to be a very dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the char­ac­ter – a smug, os­ten­ta­tious tech bil­lion­aire. Let’s just hope we see our fun-lov­ing Cisco back be­fore too long. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

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