Monday, April 4, 2016

Does "The Flash" Promote Psychological Torture of Prisoners via Extended Isolation?

Because of work and other obligations, I don't get to watch as much television as I used to. Because of this, I've been terribly slow with getting to watch CW's "The Flash," starring Grant Gustin. I finally got a watch a recent episode where the character traveled to Earth 2 and went up against Zoom.

This was enough to capture my interest. I binge-watched most of the first season this past week on Netflix. The show follows the life of Barry Allen. He's a CSI guy who gains superhuman speed following an industrial accident, who now uses those new abilities to fight back against criminals who also gained new superhuman abilities.

The series has been really, really good. I still have a few episodes left in the first season and it's been really hard to push myself away from the TV.

However, I have one issue with the series. Flash and his team are based out of S.T.A.R. Labs. They have access to all sorts of technology that allows them to hobble together weapons to push back against these new meta-humans.

Here is the problem. What do you do with these villains once you capture them? The good people at S.T.A.R. Labs decided to create a prison deep down in their sub-basements.

And why wouldn't you? I mean, what else would you do with a guy who can transform into poisonous gas?

And then there's Girder, who can transform into living metal. He probably could remain in a regular prison, but why take the chance?

But there's nothing in these prisons. These people get sealed up and forgotten. I'm assuming that they feed them, but I don't even see toilets. There's no furniture. There are no books. There's no contact with people. There's no entertainment.

Essentially, S.T.A.R. Labs is psychologically torturing its superhuman prisoners. These people are already messed up enough as a result of S.T.A.R. Lab's faulty particle accelerator mishap. What further damage are they producing due to placing each of these people in extended isolation?

And how much worse will they be when they eventually escape?

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