The Flash

Season 1 Episode 5

Sins of the Father

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 1990 on CBS
8.2
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A murderer escapes from prison to find his loot and kill Barry's father, the cop who put him away.

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  • more character development

    6.5
    far at this point of the serires, the actors are filling their roles nicely, the characters are getting developed more and believable father/son for the series is still too slow and we have yet to have the big impact episode
  • This episode doesn't guest star Mark Hamil, feature DC Comics characters or outrageous comic book plots - but it does highlight the relationship between Barry and his father, and offers one of the most well-executed stories of the series.moreless

    8.5
    You don't go into a show like "The Flash" expecting great character depth or advancement. Characters are what they are, from Barry's hard-nosed boss Lt. Garfield to comic relief characters Bellows and Murphy. Even Tina pretty much bends around whatever scientific plot device The Flash needs to solve his latest case. That's why it's refreshing to see the father-son dynamic played with some depth in this episode. Now I didn't like Henry Allen in the pilot, as he pretty much existed to add the requisite family tension that would drive Barry to becoming a proactive hero. Here though, we're given a much more rounded character portrait. M. Emmet Walsh turns in a great performance that takes Henry Allen from being the stubborn, "this was how we did it in the old days" ex-cop to a man who realizes he's past his prime and has to watch as his family and friends are put in danger. So when Barry finally decides he's had enough of his father constantly belittling his work, it's not a stretch to see how Henry honestly wants to make amends. For a father-son relationship that's only in its 2nd appearance and won't get highlighted again for the rest of the series, it's surprising the amount of closure we get here.



    Besides the great character relationships, this is one of the better constructed episodes of the series. Chalk it up to too much plot left on the cutting room floor or sloppy writing or some combination of both, but many episodes suffer from missing bits and pieces that make them feel incomplete. There's usually small leaps in logic you have to make or allowances for the fact that this is a "comic book" series. With this episode, there's a much better flow. Character progression from one scene to the next is much clearer, and its a smoother viewing experience.



    So what if the episode doesn't have The Trickster or Captain Cold? It nails the drama on the head, and for that it's worth checking out.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

Pete Antico

Pete Antico

Pool Player #2

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Will Gill Jr.

Will Gill Jr.

Security Guard

Guest Star

Chuck Hicks

Chuck Hicks

Senior Officer

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Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese

Lt. Warren Garfield

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