The Flash

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 21

    The Trial of the Trickster

    Aired 5/18/91

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Alpha

    Aired 5/11/91

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    Good Night, Central City

    Aired 5/4/91

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Done With Mirrors

    Aired 4/27/91

  • S 1 : Ep 17

    Twin Streaks

    Aired 4/13/91

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Wesley Shipp

    Barry Allen/The Flash

  • Amanda Pays

    Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee

  • Alex D├ęsert

    Julio Mendez

  • Dick Miller

    Fosnight

  • Richard Belzer

    Joe Kline

  • show Description
  • The Flash is the story of Barry Allen, a police scientist who is the victim of a freak accident. While working late, his lab is hit by lightning. The blast shatters a number of vials, so Barry is both electrocuted and bathed in dozens of chemicals. When he recovers, Barry finds that he has gained the ability to move at almost impossible speed. Fellow scientist Christina "Tina" McGee works with Barry to help him control his new found powers, even constructing a frictionless suit for him which will not be destroyed by his speed. Donning the red and yellow suit, Barry hides his identity from the world as he uses his powers to fight those who the police cannot catch. In doing so he begins to create the legend of the anonymous scarlet speedster known as The Flash.moreless

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  • Quotes (106)

    • Barry: I'm asking for your blessing.
      Henry: Well, I can't, Barry. You're all we've got left.
      Barry: It's not the same anymore.
      Henry: If there's anything I tried to teach you two boys, it's that you don't fire a gun without a bullet in the chamber.
      Barry: I have the bullet.

    • Iris: (after sex) I can't believe it was over so quickly.
      Barry: Disappointed?
      Iris: Well, yeah. After all that anticipation, why bother?
      Barry: (pulling back to show pay-per-view boxing on TV) Twenty bucks for a fight that's over in two rounds.

    • The Flash: I realize how an unhappy childhood probably led you to all this. But that's really no excuse. (punches the gang member)

    • Julio: What happened?
      Barry
      : Ummm, I guess I lost my grip.
      Julio
      : Yeah, well, I'm switching you to decaf, man.

    • Tina: If the people I work with learn about you, they're going to take control of your treatment. You'll be studied, analyzed, tested...
      Barry: They can't do that, I'm a private citizen.
      Tina: Look, if you have anywhere near the power I suspect you do, the government will fy you as a security risk.
      Barry: Whoa.
      Tina: They'll try to take your cells apart, try to make a hundred of you.
      Barry: I think you've been reading too many comic books.

    • Chief Cooper: Pike, this is Chief Cooper. I'm giving you sixty seconds to come out of there, or we'll fill that building with so much tear gas, you'll be crying for the rest of your life. Pike: Who the Hell does he think he's dealing with, some punk robbing his first liquor store?

    • Barry: (to Shawn) Any time you need me, I'll be there for you. I couldn't run like your dad, but I'll be there in a flash.

    • Barry: (interrogating Lila) Pretty frightening how you and your friends were caught last night. What was it again, a--a demon? Yeah. The guys around the station think you're all on drugs, you know, or crazy. But I know better. I know you really did see a demon. He was as red as blood, wasn't he? And fast, like a flash. So if you care about Pike, you'll tell us where he is, because, Lila, if we don't find him, The Flash will.

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    Notes (63)

    • In the comics Linda Park is also a TV reporter, first introduced in Flash (2nd series) #28 (July 1989). She was originally hostile to the third Flash, Wally West, but she eventually fell in love with him and they married and had twins, Iris and Jai. The comic book version is considerably younger than the actress here, Mariko Tse.

    • The pilot episode aired as a two-hour premiere (1:33 without commercials).

    • There were three Flash costumes which the production team had created for John Wesley Shipp. The suits were specially designed with flexible rubber tubing running through the interior lining. When not filming, ice water was run through the tubing, so Shipp wouldn't overheat and didn't have to remove the suit between takes.

    • Originally Richard Burgi was to star in the role of Barry Allen. He did find a place on the show later as the Deadly Nightshade when he appeared in the episode named after his character, "Deadly Nightshade."

    • The "Star Labs Test Track" where Barry breaks the sound barrier was actually the Olympic (originally 7-Eleven) Velodrome, a track for bicycle racing, on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. Opened in 1982 for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic games, the velodrome was demolished in 2001.

    • One of the early teasers for the show (before it premiered) started off with the Superman logo, followed by Batman's and The Flash's. The voice over was something like, "In 1978, you believed a man could fly. In 1989, the Dark Knight returned. Now the Fastest Man Alive is streaking into action."

    • Another tribute to the Wally West version of The Flash is the speed limit. In the pilot, Barry barely breaks the speed of sound. In the comics, all 3 Flashes could travel near lightspeed; however, when Wally started out as The Flash, rather than Kid Flash (in 1986), he also topped out around the speed of sound. He unlocked greater speed starting in issue #50, which was published during the show's run.

    • Dean Mitzner and Jeannette Gunn received an Emmy nomination for this episode in the category "Art Direction, Miniseries or Special".

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    Trivia (57)

    • When Charlie goes down the alley, a man in a trenchcoat and hat is right behind him. Charlie hides behind a corner and grabs Barry as he comes around the corner. But Barry was no where in sight on the street.

    • 4th and Willow is the location of Central City's Skid Row.

    • We find out that Tina's middle initial is "R".

    • One of Barry's past blind dates had a fear of spiders, hats, fish, suitcases, and anything with fur. The closest technical names for those fears are: arachnophobia, cocklaphobia, ichthyophobia, rotathecaphobia and doraphobia.

    • When Barry is talking with Mrs. Grosso and Julio is going through the items in the shop looking for a gift the silver statue Julio finds is the robot from the 1927 silent film Metropolis, the same robot that inspired George Lucas's vision of C3PO.

    • During Megan's research of news sightings of The Flash, one mentions the pool hall explosion that occurred in the later aired "Honor Among Thieves " (that episode was actually the first episode produced after the pilot).

    • Preminger really does need help cataloging the museum's collection - Emanuel Leutze's famous painting "Washington Crossing The Delaware" is seen in the basement.

    • Barry's eating habits are addressed in this episode. Due to his abilities, Barry also has extreme metabolism. His abilities do not fully turn off and he needs to consume much more food and liquids than a normal human would.

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    Allusions (53)

    • Pike: In the days of Genghis Khan, a disloyal warrior was tied to a wild horse and then set free.
      Genghis Khan (1162?-1227) was the emperor of the Mongol Empire, uniting the nomad tribes under his rule. His horde occupied much of China and Central Asia and commit brutal acts of slaughter. However, Genghis Khan also introduced the concept of religious tolerance within his empire and required his diverse tribes to use a single shared language, helping to spread culture and knowledge.

    • Murphy: How much is that doggy in the window?
      Referencing (How Much is) That Doggie in the Window?, introduced to the public in 1952 and written by Bob Merrill and Ingrid Reuterskiold. Patti Page performed the song that same year and it went to and stayed at number 1 on US Billboard magazine's chart for eight weeks. It has since become a popular children's song and used to promote anti-puppy mill campaigns.

    • Murphy: And I'm Marie Antoinette.
      Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was born an archduchess of Austria and married King Louis XVI of France. She became the Queen of France in 1774 and, although initially loved by the people, became a figure of derision and hatred. She chose to remain in France to oppose the excesses of the Revolution and help her husband retain power, but was arrested in 1792 and later executed in 1793.

    • 50 Garrick Avenue
      When Barry first talks to Tina McGee, she arranges to meet him at 50 Garrick Avenue. Jay Garrick was the original Flash, the Golden Age predecessor to Barry Allen. 50 may be a reference to this show premiering 50 years after Garrick's debut in Flash Comics #1, printed by All American Comics in 1940.

    • Barry Allen: Laserdiscs. Barry, being in tune with the early 90s, no longer rents videotapes - he's upgraded to laserdisks (for you who don't remember them, imagine a DVD the size of an LP).

    • Barry: Maybe if I'd been the reincarnation of Joan of Arc. Or Flipper.
      Joan of Arc was born in the early 1400's in the Kingdom of France. Based on her faith and belief in divine guidance, she rose from her peasant status to that of a military commander and heroine of France. Eventually captured by the English, she was executed for the crime of heresy in 1431.

    • Barry: Maybe if I'd been the reincarnation of Joan of Arc. Or Flipper.
      Flipper was the dolphin star of the 1963 movie Flipper. The movie was followed by live-action TV shows in 1964 and 1995, an animated Australian series, and a movie remake in 1996.

    • Barry: TV Magic Cards when I was a kid.
      The TV Magic Cards were the trademarked name for the self-working Svengali deck. Marshall Brodien created and marked the TV Magic Cards in the late 1960s, although the Svengali deck itself dates back to the turn of the century. Variants of the TV Magic Cards have appeared in numerous kid's magic kits since then.

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  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • All "flash" and no substance.

    By 10in2010, Jul 05, 2014

  • After a freak accident gives police scientist Barry Allen superspeed, he uses his new power to help fight crime as the costumed hero The Flash.

    By Parsec54, Jun 14, 2011

  • A mondo series, way before its time, axed before its prime.

    By Budoshi, Feb 24, 2009

  • I wish it lasted a few more seasons.

    By 13bostondave, Feb 10, 2008

  • It was ok

    By MrBond5000, Mar 10, 2007

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