– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Network TV tends to a get a bad rap in the department of visual effects. And it makes sense. We live in the Golden Age of superhero and tentpole films. We live in an age where video games have reached the point of diminishing returns. We expect things to look a certain way on the screen, and very often we consume media that is able to spend time to make something beautiful. This is where network TV stands apart from the crowd. More than cable TV or streaming TV, they’re reliant on a very demanding and hectic schedule — meaning there’s less and less time to produce over twice as much content per series as your average cable network. The CW’s The Flash is no exception.

Despite how visual effects heavy all of CW’s superhero shows are, they’ve actually done quite the admirable job to make things as real as they need to be for us to buy it. Or at least real enough for us to ignore. Of course, things never look 100 percent amazing on network TV, and the same can most certainly said about The Flash. It’s with that in mind that it was a big surprise that theywere going to tackle Gorilla City. It was surprising enough that they were able to do villains like Gorilla Grodd and King Shark in the first place…but to do an entire city? That seemed to be too tall an order for a network show that has such a rapid-fire schedule.

But everything seemed to turn out perfectly okay. Not only were the visual effects more than passable, they were pretty fantastic. How did they do it. In a recently-released featurette from the CW, we got a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that went into the episode to make it happen. We also got a few great shot comparisons that show Flash actor Grant Gustin on a green screen.

If you’re a visual effects nut, this is something that’s very much up your alley. Of course, none of this really compares to some of the things we see on the big screen, but as stated above, network TV folks have a much more demanding schedule on their hands, and often have much lower budgets than some of the content we watch on Netflix or HBO. As such, you have to give them a hell of a lot of credit for being able to pull something like this off.

What did you think of the outcome of this Flash episode? Were you impressed with how good the visuals were for a network TV show, or have you been jaded by some shows like Game of Thrones? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.