The Flash

Season 1 Episode 1

Out of Control

3
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1990 on CBS
7.9
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A strange case come to Flash's attention. Homeless people are dying and their bodies are disappearing. Tina rekindles a relationship with a former colleague who is an expert in genetic engineering.

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  • borderline horrible

    2.0
    After a solid start to the series, I can only imagine that the producers went over budget on the pilot and had to skimp on the 2nd episode. Basically we have some dude who doesn't like homeless dudes trying to kill 'em all. Lame!!! Flash is the fastest man got caught in a fight by a lead foot!!!
  • The Flash tries to out-run some DNA-gone-wild cliches but loses the race!

    5.0
    Time has not been as kind to the 1st real episode (after the pilot) as my memory had been. The clarity of DVD presents these flaws pretty clearly: soap opera-style acting, leaden pacing and direction, bad hairstyles, and oh yeah, a pretty god-awful plot. A suave but eventually mad scientist trials-and-errs while injecting some DNA mutation gumbo serum thing into the arms of street people who are expecting a cash handout but end up with a severe case of deadly pizza face.



    The cops' lack of involvement with these killings prompts Barry to investigate the slightly-less-than labyrinthine plot. A dog turns into a man in a furry suit. Panic in the street ensues. The Flash particpates in one of the most standard 'speed' cliches, untying a bound Tina by spinning the rope around and around at high speed.



    Generally the special effects are pretty slim for the first 3/4 of the show--the Flash's appearances are fleeting-- but once Tanner "hulks-out" in the final portion, we're treated to some non-stop action. Although I tire a bit of the constant blue lighting of the street scenes, I continue to dig The Flash 'suit'. That seems to be where are all the budget for this show went to--for all my gripes, my favorite parts of this episode is when Barry stops conjecturing and gets red.



    This episode's not without some other merits. Jeff Perry actually does a pretty good job as Charlie, tossing off the cynical one liners but unfortunately he eventually gets converted to a working class hero in a nicely pressed uniform, and then is forgotten by the script.



    There's also neat sequence with the Flash trapped in a glass booth, fighting to free himself as the oxygen is vacuumed out.



    Also to enjoy--some scenes that elicit a few (sometimes unintentional) laughs:

    Garfield's question to Barry during the homeless group's police station riot: "What are you, King of the Hobos?"

    And how about that look Officer Bellows gives his gun when confronting the were-dog creature. For a moment I thought the gun was talking to him telepathically. Now that would be a plot to explore!moreless
Alex Désert

Alex Désert

Julio Mendez

John Wesley Shipp

John Wesley Shipp

Barry Allen/The Flash

Amanda Pays

Amanda Pays

Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee

Robert Benedetti

Robert Benedetti

Dr. Mortimer

Guest Star

Bill Dunnam

Bill Dunnam

Jack

Guest Star

Macka Foley

Macka Foley

Cop

Guest Star

Vito D'Ambrosio

Vito D'Ambrosio

Officer Bellows

Recurring Role

Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese

Lt. Warren Garfield

Recurring Role

Biff Manard

Biff Manard

Murphy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Charlie: Hey listen, if you think I'm going to lie down and kiss your feet just because you came down here, you can forget it.
      Barry: Hey, I'm just trying to help out.
      Charlie: Hey look around pal, we need a lot more than help around here...we need an act of God.

    • Garfield: (after a homeless man was detained and the Father asked for his release) All right, I'll release him Father but you get these people out of here or I'll slap your butts in jail.
      Father Michael: Jail cell is about the only place these folks would be safe.

    • Tina: (after gave a homeless man some money) That was nice.
      Carl: He was hungry. (shrugs) Whenever I see a wasted human life, it makes me angry somehow.
      Tina: How could you know that his life is wasted? You can't make that judgement.

    • Garfield: I know you mean well but stick to your test tubes.
      Barry: (showing his frustration but still calm) Sure. (begins to leave but turns back) Garfield, you haven't been to church since you were baptized.

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