The Flash – Pilot Episode

The show opens with an 11 year old Barry Allen coming downstairs to see a swirling yellow and red thing encircling his mother. Suddenly he is teleported a few blocks away from his house. By the time he makes it back home, his mother is dead from this mysterious presence.

The Flash

Flash (pun intended) forward to a now 20-something Barry Allen. He is a junior forensics analyst for the Central City police. He’s a scientist (Batman’s a scientist!) and he is excited for the opening of a Star Labs in his town with a new particle accelerator. He ends up missing the opening day and returning to his lab only to see an explosion in the distance (the particle accelerator) and an energy wave pass through the city. Some of the energy collects above his lab and he is struck by lightning, and then rushed to the hospital (who knew to call an ambulance for him? He was alone).

At the same time his adoptive father is running down a lead on a couple of bank robbers who drive a Mustang (product placement). The perps manage to escape in a plane, but not before the same energy wave hits their plane, destroying it and leaving the two presumed dead.

Barry Allen awakens from a coma nine months later and has the abilities of The Flash (i.e. super speed and super reaction time). He works with a few people from the now defunct Star Labs (the explosion really spooked the investors) and not only starts to learn his own abilities, but also learns of the existence of other meta-humans that were created as a result of the particle accelerator gone bad.

When a man who can control the weather starts robbing banks (you might say he is something of a wizard at it) Barry has to decide if he is going to use his newly found powers for good. He has a short conversation with Arrow about it, and ultimately decides to go all super hero and become a vigilante.

Overall I thought it was a pretty decent pilot episode. I’m much more of a Batman fan, but I enjoyed The Flash pilot a lot more than I enjoyed the Gotham pilot. Gotham is apparently all about silly cameos and corrupt cops, while The Flash has a lightheartedness to it that makes it fun. I couldn’t really get into Arrow, but I’m definitely going to be following this sister-series.

Things I noted;

  • The mysterious death of Barry’s mother is obviously going to be a major plot point. Particularly since it makes a viewer think that Barry himself could potentially be responsible.
  • Barry has already revealed his secret identity to five people. This means he tells his secret faster than Batman. I wonder if that will become an issue down the road…
  • We’ve already seen a major antagonist of The Flash perish. Comic Tv shows and movies seem to hate recurring villains, I guess that is why they die so often.
  • The explosion, which potentially affected lots of people, opens the path for many meta-humans to appear in The Flash and in Arrow.
  • We see a news article 10 years in the future which says that The Flash mysteriously vanished during a crisis. Is this the kind of crisis that could span infinite Earths?
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6 thoughts on “The Flash – Pilot Episode

  1. it makes a viewer think that Barry himself could potentially be responsible.

    This is especially true given what the final scene establishes as possible. Although the flash of a Reverse Flash in that battle indicates 2 participants. The pilot sprinkled Reverse Flash easter eggs all over, so who knows what’ll happen.

    Comic Tv shows and movies seem to hate recurring villains, I guess that is why they die so often.

    Arrow does have a few recurring villains. It’s something I appreciate, especially when they used some to do the Suicide Squad episode.

    The explosion, which potentially affected lots of people, opens the path for many meta-humans to appear in The Flash and in Arrow.

    Very similar to Milestone‘s Big Bang. Or Smallville’s kryptonite freaks. The teaser for ‘This Season’ at the end, suggests non-meta-human villains too, so I don’t think every episode will feature a meta-human. Thank goodness!

    We see a news article 10 years in the future which says that The Flash mysteriously vanished during a crisis. Is this the kind of crisis that could span infinite Earths?

    The ‘Red Skies Vanish’ news story is a direct Crisis on Infinite Earths reference (along with the Flash dying/vanishing), so here’s hoping. As much as I hope we’ll see a Crisis on the show, I suspect we’ll instead see Back to the Future-style revisions to the newspaper as events in the present change the future.

    • We may see revisions, but did you notice that it was specifically 10 years? The length of a popular CW television series. The crisis could play out as intended and easily be their finale.

    • I believe you can watch the Flash while avoiding the Arrow. There is just a small cameo of Arrow telling Flash that he can be a hero if he wants to be. The only thing you need to know about [Green] Arrow is he is a hero in another city.

    • I’d recommend spending a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the premise and characters in Arrow. There’s a short cameo in the pilot, and there’s going to be crossovers occasionally.

    • @Keen: The difference is, The Flash is actually a likable and heroic hero, and The Arrow is a murderous sociopath from the very first episode. I would recommend watching The Flash, but not Arrow, to pretty much any comics fan.

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