The Flash Series Premiere Review: Fast Out of the Starting Block

The Flash S01E01: "City of Heroes"


The Flash has been around since 1940, but over the course of the character's nearly 75-year existence, four different men have carried the mantle. And while I'm not completely clueless with regard to his legacy, I'm by no means an expert, either. However, I do know that, regardless of who's behind the mask, the Flash is a lighthearted, well-meaning guy who just happens to have superpowers. And just because The CW's version has a tragic past—with a mysteriously murdered mom and a father who's wrongly imprisoned for the crime—that doesn't make him a downer. Sure, he's fixated on figuring out what happened that fateful night, but he still gets excited about particle accelerators, investigating odd scientific phenomena, and helping to solve crimes as an assistant forensic lab tech. Heck, he even kept a S.T.A.R. Labs sweatshirt! He's a nerdy and funny guy who sees his powers as a responsibility, but not one that weighs him down. Indeed, he takes his mother's words to heart: "It's better to have a good heart than fast legs." (Even if the fast legs do come in handy now.)


And so The Flash's opening episode—which was directed by pilot whisperer David Nutter, with a story by Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg (who's shifting from Arrow to this show), and Geoff Johns and a screenplay by Kreisberg and Johns—had an equally lighthearted feel to it. After all, any TV show that puts its lead (Grant Gustin, picking up from his charming appearances in Arrow's second season without missing a beat) in that form-fitting one-piece running suit, helmet, protective pads, and goggles is guaranteed to have a decent sense of humor, as well as a game-for-anything actor at the top of the cast. It's not that The Flash doesn't take itself seriously; it's that it takes itself just seriously enough. That way, when Central City is threatened by a guy who can summon a tornado at will, the solution—Barry running really fast in the opposite direction—comes off as both sensible in this story world and charmingly silly, without veering too far into cheese.


With that said, the showdown between Barry and Clyde Mardon (Chad Rook)—the show's version of the Weather Wizard—was probably the weakest moment of "City of Heroes." Running around something seems to be one of the Flash's go-to moves—I swear it happened at least two or three times on Young Justice—and it just doesn't translate that well on-screen, especially since the episode sort of gave up on trying to make it interesting as it cut between Gustin running in place and Rook just looking really confused. It was neat the first time, before Mardon struck Barry with a lightning bolt, but after that, as Barry tried it again, the sequence just sort of existed, killing time until the plan worked out in the end.

This will be The Flash's biggest hurdle going forward, and honestly, that's also where it needs the most work. Not only will the show face a major challenge in maintaining the special effects quality of the pilot while following a normal production schedule, it will also need to figure out how to make its hero's powers—as well as those of his adversaries—compelling to watch. How do you ensure that your bad guys pose a legitimate threat to a guy who can outmaneuver them before they can even blink? Barry's brain will certainly play a role, but it'll be a tricky balancing act for the show to get right.


Thankfully, while The Flash's action element is a lingering question mark, the non-superhero stuff already feels solid, which I'm happy to see, since Arrow suffered the opposite problem in its first season. The Flash's cast and characters gelled really well in the pilot, despite a lot of exposition speak as characters sketched out their backstories for the audience and, sometimes appropriately, for the other characters. Jesse L. Martin as Joe West and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells are both big gets for the show's regular cast, and they're both very good here. Martin is used to playing a cop—he portrayed Detective Ed Green on Law & Order for nearly 200 episodes—and with the mysterious Harrison, Cavanagh now has the chance to stretch beyond the lovable goofball roles he's associated with on EdLove Monkey, and Trust Me.

The younger supporting players are more of a mixed bag, though I'm blaming the episode's nature as a pilot for some of that. I'm already a fan of Danielle Panabaker thanks to a number of guest appearances she's made on other shows—most recently, she was the the only bright spot of Justified's dull-as-dishwater prison storyline—so I'm eager to see what she can do with Caitlin Snow when she's not just delivering info dumps. I'm less familiar with Candice Patton, who plays Iris, but so far, she's nailing that girl-next-door feeling here. Meanwhile, Carlos Valdes is a total newcomer; his guest appearance as Cisco Ramon on Arrow last season marked his first on-screen credit, but he's clearly enjoying himself. 

More important than their individual performances in "City of Heroes," however, is that there's plenty of chemistry within the cast. There'll be time to flesh out the characters and deepen the performances as the show progresses, but for now, everyone seems very comfortable with one another; this pilot made it seem as if they'd already been working together for several episodes when it was filmed, instead of just the one. And the group at S.T.A.R Labs—Harrison, Caitlin, and Cisco—is particularly strong, since their respective energies, with Harrison as the (supposedly) sorrowful scientist, Caitlin as the sad professional, and Cisco as the happy-go-lucky gadget geek have the potential to create some really interesting dynamics as a unit.


The pilot set up a couple of big storylines as well. First there's the issue of Nora's (Michelle Harrison) murder, exactly what (or who) that yellow-and-red blur was, and why it was there. And on that note, if you're familiar with this aspect of the Flash's mythology, please keep the particulars out of the comments so as not to spoil those who aren't—or, even better, start a (clearly marked!) spoiler-laden discussion post in TV.com's The Flash community

However, I'm far more interested in whatever future timelines craziness Harrison Wells has cooking. He doesn't need the wheelchair or the glasses. He's got a secret room in S.T.A.R. Labs that has Braille-like bumps on the wall, and a holographic display of a newspapers from 10 years in the future declaring that the Flash has disappeared in a crisis, that red skies have vanished, and that the Wayne/Queen Industries merger is about to go through. That last one is just a fun little Easter egg, but the other two seem pretty damn ominous, and while I doubt that The Flash and Arrow will do their own riff on one of DC's patented Crisis events, I've got a number of questions about Harrison's identity and his agenda for Barry. That sense of uncertainty is very exciting.


With its lighthearted tone and "sci-fi lite" feel thanks to its mumbo-jumbo justification of powers—dark matter! Antimatter! Time travel!—The Flash is poised to fill a gap in the TV comic book superhero landscape. It's a landscape that's getting increasingly cluttered this fall, between the returns of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the debuts of Gotham and Constantine (and that's not even counting iZombie, which is on deck for the midseason). Arrow sorted itself out nicely in its sophomore run, S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently staking out a sort of darker vibe, and Gotham still doesn't know what it really wants to be, but no matter what The Flash has in store for us, it seems primed to be the most fun show in its class, so I'm eager to see what's next.



LEFT IN THE DUST

– Oh, the show's already teasing me with Gorilla Grodd. I really doubt The Flash will ever do a take on Gorilla Grodd (I mean, HOW?), but I do like the idea that somewhere out there, there's a super intelligent gorilla who's bent on world domination.

– That's John Wesley Shipp as Barry's dad; Ship played the Barry Allen character in CBS's 1990 take on The Flash

– "Lightning gave me abs?" IS THAT WHAT IT TAKES?!

– The Flash's decision to clue Joe in on Barry's costumed persona is a real relief, since it means that only a couple of characters on the show are clueless as to Barry's secret identity, and that'll cut down on Barry making ridiculous excuses.

– Sadie Gennis spoke with Andrew Kreisberg about The Flash's intentions as a show, so be sure to check that out if you haven't already.


What'd you think of the series premiere? Ready for more?


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Nov 04, 2014
Cisco wearing a 'bazinga' tee as a nod to Sheldon Cooper made me smile.
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Oct 18, 2014
It was a little slow for my taste, lets hope that the 2nd episode gets a faster pace.
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Oct 14, 2014
Don't know much about Flash except the movies in the past decade plus Justice League and JLU but this was a good pilot. It made tear up. I kid you not. That part where Tom Cavanagh told Barry to run. "run Barry Run."

I don't know Tom Cavanagh's character my brother thinks he's a bad guy from the end credit scene. I think he's old flash from the future. in the recent DCU animated movies Flash can go back in time? So my brother thinks he's bad guy another speedster evil Flash.

Does anyone think Barry and Caitlyn would make a great couple?
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Oct 13, 2014
I really loved this premiere! It was fun, fast-paced, and had lots of good elements that can be used for future episodes. I'm already hooked.
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Oct 11, 2014
So, about that ending-
Does anyone else think Wells is the yellow blur/flash from Barry's house (when he was a kid)? I mean, it wouldn't necessarily make him a bad guy, because it looked like it was more than just one person in the room with Barry's mother (based on the light streak patterns, it looked like there were two people).

I ask, because it seems like the writers were hinting at it with the final moment before the show faded completely to black. Wells character was engulfed/changed into that yellow CGI stuff, and I was wondering if anyone else jumped to this conclusion?
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Oct 13, 2014
That 'yellow guy' is Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. professor Zoom or also known as The reverse Flash. I'm more wondering why they threw him in the game this early.
spoiler alert: Harrison Wells is from the future and a professor of sorts, so the chance that he is professor is very likely.
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Oct 13, 2014
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Oct 10, 2014
I liked it, a lot more than I thought I would. The music, the setting, the overall mood. I was afraid it might be borderline campy, too silly, and all that but the pilot managed to balance everything in an uplifting manner.

Sure, Barry and Cisco were both over the top at certain points channeling their inner nerds (especially Cisco), Iris was just a tad-too-dumb by not really recognizing Barry's feelings. The Sherlock Holmes-esque sequence was kind of straining one's disbelief, and so on. Somehow none of that managed to turn me away. So far all minor missteps can be easily forgiven.

Extra points for that brief crossover with Arrow and for that final scene including Harrison Wells and possibly hinting at a certain plot development somewhere down the line.
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Oct 10, 2014
I'll be honest, I stopped watching Arrow after season one (a crime, I know!) so I wasn't sure I was going to watch this pilot. I tried it out because I had nothing else to watch and I gotta say I loved it. It had that Smallville feel to it, and the lead playing Barry made me smile.

Question though: which episodes of Arrow should I watch to get me all caught up on the backstory here? I don't think I'll have time to watch the full season, but I do want to see the crossovers.
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Oct 17, 2014
I also felt the Smallville vibe and i think it was really good, I still kinda miss that show hahah
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Oct 10, 2014
Episodes 8 and 9 in season 2 of Arrow are the ones that featured Barry. Quite heavily, at that. Watch those if that's all that interests you.
Plus he also had a very brief appearance in the pilot episode of season 3 (towards the end of its run), essentially just tying into what you saw in The Flash premiere (his chat with Oliver on the roof).
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Oct 11, 2014
Ok, I already watched both episodes and now I love the character even more. Good stuff.
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Oct 10, 2014
I meant premiere episode of season 3 of Arrow*, of course. Too tired.
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Oct 11, 2014
Thank you!!
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Oct 10, 2014
* This was a relatively awful pilot and the worst one in years that I remember watching.

* Regarding the SFX budget and the Flash's powers, Smallville managed to do that well throughout the series and SFX is a lot less expensive now than back then. There relatively wasn't that much SFX in the episode.

* So far, none of the characters are that interesting. Even Barry Allen's story is barely interesting. And the romantic feelings Barry has for his best friend makes very little sense given Barry's dating Felicity Smoake and given the lack of chemistry between the actors.

* The Arrow cameo was rather very lame. Barry Allen before that meeting had already demonstrated powers far superior to what Oliver Queen has and yet he wonder if he can be a hero and seems to consider Oliver more powerful (in terms of fighting ability). That made little sense.

* I don't like how relatively very slow Barry is. The main point about the Flash is that he can run faster than Superman. The Flash can run faster than the speed of light. In the episode, Barry struggles to run 700 mph and it seems would have perhaps been killed if shot with a gun. I hope that Barry is eventually able to travel faster.

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Oct 10, 2014
First things first, welcome back to TV Tom Cavanagh! I still have trouble seeing you as anything but Ed, or the guy from the Blue Light commercials, which is basically the same character...but, good to see you. Mazel Tov!

Secondly, Jesse Martin? Really? I didn't see that coming, but good to see you too. I probably should have hit the cast list on IMBD.

Third...Candice Patton...how you doin'?

All that I know of Flash is what I've learned through various animated Justice League shows and movies so who Harrison Wells is, I have no clue and I'm conflicted over whether I want him to be a good guy or a bad guy. Based on nothing but the pilot, it could easily go either way.

I'm coming into this show with tempered expectations. I like Grant Gustin, but the voice work of Michael Rosenbaum is pretty high quality when it comes to the care free sass associated with the Flash. I'm sure Grant will get there, I just find him a little serious (relatively speaking).

"The Flash's decision to clue Joe in on Barry's costumed persona is a real relief."

Is this a CW thing because it seems a lot of their "supernatural" shows have followed this template of not keeping identity secrets for very long...well, except for Clark Kent, but that's sorta his thing.
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Oct 10, 2014
I loved it . I loved the casting and I loved the cameo.
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Oct 10, 2014
The first episode of The Flash gets two thumbs from me. None of the main characters rubbed me the wrong way - which is not something I can say about a lot of the first episodes of shows I've watched in the last 3 years or so. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
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Oct 10, 2014
Finally got around to watching this. As a comics fan, starting with the events that lead from Flash: Rebirth up through Flashpoint to New 52 is such an odd place to be (and that's not even taking into account the apparent April '15 revert of New 52 in a new Crisis series), but the show at least doesn't seem afraid to use that more dramatic space for the character to exist without weighing it down too heavily.

This review is pretty good, the Weather Wizard stuff was a mess (I don't mean visually, tho' it wasn't great) and really petered out for a final fight moment, it just was "there" and it didn't look or feel particularly impressive or promising. The meteor freaks feeling this pilot gave also didn't help things, but hopefully it'll go somewhere else as well, and not just supervillain sci-fi weirdness but regular people crimes, that's something these shows always forget about, regular criminals and regular people affected by crimes. But there's hope to this character, he's intending to inspire the city instead of staying in the shadows.

Candice Patton seemed a little shallow in her part, but Iris was written sloppily and she may just be channeling what's in the script; still, I felt like she was the weakest link... ok, next to Vibe. Yeah, Carlos Valdes may be having fun, but I hated watching him smile and giggle at everything, if they're trying to capture some Vibe sensibility then please stop, it's just grating as hell, it takes me right out of the show.

I will say we have to give big ups to the producers for bringing John Wesley Shipp (the 1990s live action Flash) as Barry's dad, he did a great job and they found just the right tone for the character - maybe he could have squirted a bit more tears at the end though.

Harrison Wells is definitely an interesting mystery (also a mystery, how anybody in the future reads a goddamn newspaper that ugly with an animated date at the top). Casting Tom Cavanagh is an interesting choice for this character, it almost feels like they're having Wells actually be Barry from the future, but that could be... you know what, I'll take the rest of this comment to the spoiler discussion I just created.

Grodd? Whhhhhhyyyy? I've never gotten the fascination with him.

Barry's healing powers also seem to heal him into better shape?

Ultimately, it was ok, a little shaky and the suit still looks awful, the kid doesn't quite captivate as a lead, and the effects ranged from ok to "you've seen better on youtube... 5 years ago" (I'm talkin' to you, running Barry's face shots, are you Toonces the Driving Cat?). There are some elements that work better than expected and some that don't, it's going to take quite the beating on Tuesdays but if it can avoid meteor freak of the week stuff because there's already enough procedurals on this night then it might just work out.
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Oct 10, 2014
I will add, because that's my style, to add one more thought to the longest comments, that the show used its lightness a little too hard against the audience. The connections between Barry coming out of his coma and the STAR labs team didn't get enough weight, for example. There's stuff that breezed by when it should have been a hook.
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Oct 17, 2014
I think they should've waited a couple more episodes before making them a team, I mean they barely know each other, they barely understand Barry's habilities and if we take a look to some references Smallville's CK went solo for entire seasons before having a team.
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Oct 17, 2014
I suppose they didn't want the audience to expect Barry to stand on his own and then fall back on other characters later, which would weaken him in the eyes of the audience. But you're right, having it come together piece by piece instead of turnkey right out of the box would have been better, and the only justification they could have for not going that way is Wells' machinations.
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Oct 17, 2014
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Oct 10, 2014
Loved the pilot! It was fresh and excellently done. I liked how the storyline was straightforward and Barry doesn't have to hide his identity from Joe. I enjoyed watching Grant too, he really fits the Flash character :)

As for the ending...I knew something was up with Wells. And with him having a secret dungeon and a holographic 2024 newspaper - it does not look good.
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Oct 10, 2014
This is my new favorite show. The cast was great. The premiere was entertaining and fun.
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Oct 09, 2014
I really like The Flash! The main character is great looking. Not really knowing anything about The Flash, the story line was entertaining and kept my interest. I will check back next week, if for no other reason than to enjoy watching Grant.
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Oct 09, 2014
Wasn't as excited for this series, but the premiere was really good. The kid playing the flash comes off as genuinely charming and self-effacing; not an arrogant punk *cough* new SPIDERMAN *cough*.
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Oct 09, 2014
I really enjoyed the premier, I just hope they can keep the quality and fun going.
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Oct 09, 2014
Noel,
seems like there was a mix up in the various press releases about the title of the episode and they weren't just being green and recycling the name of Arrow season 2 premiere

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-flash/

http://flashtvnews.com/confirmed-the-title-of-the-flash-series-premiere-was-not-city-of-heroes-after-all/16691
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Oct 09, 2014
I really thought I would hate it, but it was actually a good pilot. And I remember watching the old Flash series so it was funny to see Shipp in that cameo.
I like the set-up and the supporting characters...so this definitely gets the green light for a 4 episode test from me.
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Oct 09, 2014
Irisq looks like a black Katie Cassidy and I'm already sick of the terrible love story between them.
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Oct 09, 2014
I liked the premiere and look forward to more and this will sound petty or weird but when Barry woke up and jumped out of bed all I could think was wouldn't someone in a coma for nine months have a catheter? Ouch!
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Oct 10, 2014
Oh no, don't think of science stuff, you'll just think right around this show. And especially not THAT one.
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Oct 09, 2014
Excellent episode. Having Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Agents of SHIELD & Gotham on screens in one week will rock.
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Oct 09, 2014
Loved it! A teency weency bit bland, but it was a pilot and I can count the amount of the most fantastic pilots ever...on half a hand. It's hard getting all the ground work out, usually the hurdle is the three episode test. I think they did a good job. Reminds me of my two other favorite shows Smallville and Arrow! A great enjoyment to sit and watch and will be tuning in for the season for sure!
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Oct 09, 2014
It was really good :)
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Oct 09, 2014
Loved the pilot can't wait for next week!
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Oct 09, 2014
I like the actors and the production value.

Lets see if they deliver.
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Oct 09, 2014
I liked it a lot - I was worried how they would handle actual super powered individuals, but they pulled it off really well.

Lots of Easter Eggs, and stuff - but I suppose if I want to talk about that I have to do a post in The Flash community.
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Oct 08, 2014
thought it was a good opener for the show. there really is no other way the barry could stop the tornado with his abilities. a punch and a kick are always good attacks for heroes to use but he'd be going into the eye of the tornado.

what other meta-humans exist should lead to the flash requiring other tactics id think to overcome is foe of the week. gotta come up against a water dude in a few weeks i reckon, can they use a sand like enemy? just due to sandman from the spiderman series. same with a water freak tho i guess. due to the whole the flash is moving faster that everyone else thing i expect they'll be able to show it in a good way where he runs at his enemy and punches them KOing them or tackles them to the ground.

the rest of the episode had a nice pace to it so that was good to see. as its a "brother" show of arrow. i hope its able to be around as long as arrow manages to which looks good for 4 or so more series i would think.

the end of the episode made me "woah" as i am new to the flash universe.
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Oct 08, 2014
I really liked it! They got the world set up nicely.
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Oct 08, 2014
Okay, so I'm sad to say I found the pilot a little... well, boring. Maybe's it's because I'm dead tired or maybe it's all that clunky dialogue. Dunno. What I do know is that the highlight of the episode was Barry's pit-stop in Starling City. I got to see Oliver! My Amell dose a day early, yay! Plus, I loved the part where both guys were admiring the other's skill/power. "Cool."

Also, wouldn't it just be easier to knock out the weather-guy/what's-his-face first? If it didn't stop the tornado, it'd sure as hell make it easier to "dissipate", wouldn't it?

I'm willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt (as I'm usually with pilots) and watch a few more episodes and then see. But so far, I'm not very optimistic.

It was nice to see Martin on my screen again, though. :)
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Oct 08, 2014
Awesome pilot! From now on expectations are high. This and "Constantine" are my favorites pilots this year. Almost 4.8mill viewers and 1.9 rating according to http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com,

Agents of who ?
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Oct 08, 2014
Did anyone get the ending?
I'm still trying to understand what happened...
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Oct 08, 2014
@noelrk, I'm not sure how you went through an entire review of this episode without once referencing JL8.

http://limbero.org/jl8/109

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Oct 08, 2014
Stephen Amell's appearance suddenly has me stupidly excited for Arrow's return.
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Oct 08, 2014
Will Felicity ever make a guest appearance?
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Oct 08, 2014
In the "This season on The Flash" promo at the end of the episode they showed the two of them kissing. So she'll show up for at least one episode.
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Oct 08, 2014
That could start a fandom war between the Felicity/Oliver and Felicity/Barry shippers that the internet isn't ready for.
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Oct 08, 2014
Pretty awesome pilot on the whole, they played it a bit safe but overall still a quality show I look forward to more high speed hijinks, wouldn't it be funny if Tom Welling made a cameo as Clark Kent or Superman, a guy can hope for a live action justice league can't he either way I found this pretty review of it

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Oct 09, 2014
That's what I was thinking about when Barry was talking to Oliver! But Tom Welling would be a bit too old now.
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Oct 08, 2014
Ok I have one word about how this episode made me feel overjoyed. It was brilliant I loved it every single flashy second of it.
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Oct 08, 2014
AWESOME! I really had great time watching it! Very High Quality production, in all levels!
It diverts from the original Barry Allen comic biography, but the overall result is extremely satisfying!

Good job CW! I hope you won’t blow us off, like you did with “The Tomorrow People”
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Oct 08, 2014
I liked the pilot! I have to admit... I almost did not watch...

Danielle Panabaker for a moment reminded me of Simmons from Agents of S.O.M.E T.I.M.E.S.B.O.R.I.N.G... sorry S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Lightning gave me abs?" IS THAT WHAT IT TAKES?! Sad isn't it??? I have been going to the Gym on and off for years myself... If I had known I would have just stayed out in the rain...
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Oct 09, 2014
I had the same Simmons vibe from her.
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Oct 10, 2014
"Vibe"?
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Oct 08, 2014
It reminds me of Smallville in a way. Clark kept his secret identity secret for a long time and that creates drama too. The funny thing, is that he doesn't wear a mask lol. Like almost everybody knows who The Flash is except Iris, so don't tell Iris😝. I loved this pilot and the build up thru Arrow.
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Oct 08, 2014
Barry Allen was so deep in the friendzone he became the flash!
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Oct 08, 2014
Doesn't he marry Iris?
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Oct 08, 2014
At least in the comics, yes. Well, before the 52 reboot.
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Oct 08, 2014
I fell in love with Barry when I first saw him on Arrow...he's so charming!

Haven't had time to watch the pilot yet, but it'll be waiting for me on my DVR.
I really hope it lasts; I think it has potential.
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Oct 08, 2014
I think I may have enjoyed this shows pilot more than the whole 2 seasons of Arrow put together. Really hope it keeps up the quality.
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Oct 08, 2014
Oh man Flash was great, Flash's villains are gonna be so awesome.
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Oct 08, 2014
I loved it. I thought they did a fantastic job. I loved the Arrow crossover! :)
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Oct 08, 2014
Can't wait for Arrow tonight. This show Has a long way to catch up with Arrow, but The Flash has always been that Superhero you had over for dinner but didn't take out for a night on the town. Just because the show is choosing to be fun rather than dark like most of the other hero shoes out there doesn't mean its good just because its different. And let me be the first to be hated by saying that the Gotham Pilot was better. Can't wait for Arrow tonight
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Oct 08, 2014
I'm so glad that they're allowing Grant Gustin to keep his charm. I always wonder about tv shows that hire charming actors and then have then play humourless douchbags.
I have to say that I hate the cliche of person in a wheelchair getting up and walking.
I enjoy that despite the lighter tone of this show that they are dealing with the consequences of people's actions almost immediately. And that they avoided the long drawn out foolishness of 'why doesn't Barry just tell the cop who raised him about his superpowers'.
I'm pumped to see more of this show.
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Oct 08, 2014
I really enjoyed the humor and interactions between the cast members. Definitely looking forward to discovering who Harrison Wells actually is.

I admit that I'm not knowledgeable about any of the Flash background (or comic books in general--Arrow was all new to me too). So things like the focus on the cage marked 'Grodd' totally flew over my head, but I figured those in the know would enjoy it.

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One thing I noticed was that, when his mother was killed, there were two colors of blurs moving around her, a red one and a yellow one. It could just be the way the effect was done, but when Barry gets dropped on the street, away from the house, the only color in the streak is yellow.

Maybe there were two of them battling around his mom, and the yellow one saved/protected Barry? Harrison had the future newspaper. Maybe he can time travel somehow. Though... which one he would be? I love ambiguous characters.

I'm not sure The Flash would go this dark, but maybe both of the blurs around his mother were Barry from different timelines/futures. Perhaps it's one of those situations where, if she lives, terrible things happen. One trying to save his mom, and the other trying to stop the one from saving her from...? eh. that possibility needs some more thinking on...
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Oct 11, 2014
I agree that there were probably two people in the room with Barry's mother when she was killed.

That being said, I think Wells is the guy who is represented by the yellow blur/flash.

I didn't notice it the first time I watched the pilot (which was a while back), but right at the end of the episode (when Wells was standing and looking at the paper), it looks like Wells "disappears in a flash" of yellow. Like the same type of effect that was in Barry's house when he was younger, and the same thing that dropped him off however many blocks away from where he lived.
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Oct 08, 2014
Possible spoilers from the comics:
- The guy in yellow is probably Professor Zoom, or Zoom, or Reverse-Flash (a bad guy). From what I remember, Kid Flash usually wore a yellow version of the Flash costume as well, but it's less likely it would be KF...since they're allies and all, and fighting Flash wouldn't make much sense.
- It's possible it was Barry fighting Zoom, since at least in the comics, he's able to time travel using a "cosmic treadmill" (again, it's in the comics, and they came up with the idea decades ago, so ignore the campi-ness of the name).
- Grodd is a fairly big enemy of Flash's, so it's POSSIBLE he'll show up in the show...however, since he's a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla, given the budget constraints of being on The CW, I would say it's not super likely (but it's possible).
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Oct 08, 2014
loved it! Can't wait for the rest of the season!
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Oct 08, 2014
"Not only will the show face a major challenge in maintaining the special effects quality of the pilot while following a normal production schedule, it will also need to figure out how to make its hero's powers—as well as those of his adversaries—compelling to watch. How do you ensure that your bad guys pose a legitimate threat to a guy who can outmaneuver them before than they can even blink? Barry's brain will certainly play a role, but it'll be a tricky balancing act for the show to get right."

It really won't. The comic books have been doing it for over 50 years. So did the 90s show. They've solved the "problem" by the simple expedient of either ignoring it, or passing it off with a nod and a wink. Yeah, the Geoff Johns-era Captain Cold can claim that he's been giving off subtle cold waves from his gun that slowed his opponent down. But we know that the Flash should have beaten the crap out of him, and Captain Boomerang (was he emitting subtle boomerang waves?), and the Trickster, and whoever else, before they could blink.

By the same token, most viewers weren't too worried when Clark on Smallville moved so fast he could dodge bullets one minute, and the next have someone sloowwwly pull out a piece of kryptonite and put the whammy on him.

If anything, dwelling on how every single villain has some way to compensate for the Flash's speed would be more boring/distracting than anything.

I think it's a pretty standard comic book trope that heroes and villains with superspeed are only as fast as the plot requires them to be when fighting people without it. And that present-day viewers that are tuning into a comic book TV/show are wise to and accepting of the tropes.
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