The Flash: Were You Quick to Love It? Plus — Watch the Thrilling New Trailer

The Flash Premiere Review

After eight months of buzz (and Barry’s nine-month coma), The CW released The Flash on Tuesday night. Will you and the Scarlet Speedster become fast friends?

From the get-go, this Arrow offshoot offers a lighter, brighter tone that its dark, gritty sire, as narrator Barry notes, “You see that red blur? That’s Clark Kent me!”” In a mini-prologue, we learn that young Barry, woken by a noise, went downstairs to find his mother being attacked by a man inside a ball of lightning. Barry’s dad (played by TV’s original Flash, John Wesley Shipp) winds up taking the rap, but Barry knows he’s innocent — and one day soon, just might acquire the tools to somehow prove it.

That “upgrade” comes via a massive malfunction during the launch of S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator, which Barry attended with his crush, Iris West. The mishap scatters lightning throughout the region, zapping and bestowing the likes of Barry with metahuman abilities. He wakes from his coma at S.T.A.R. Labs, where honcho Harrison Wells (whose work Barry previously hailed as being “lights years ahead” of anyone else, heh) recounts the explosion and its reputation-damning aftermath. (Not to mention, a gorilla named Grodd seems to have gotten loose….) Barry soon enough realizes that his particular skill set is super-duper-speed,The Flash Pilot Review which he first experiences thwarting a shooting at father figure Detective Joe West’s police station.

The extent of Barry’s abilities is promptly tested by Wells and his assistants Caitlin and Cisco. (When Caitlin remarks that Barry’s speed “is not possible,” Wells is curiously mum.) Barry’s practice run comes to a skid when he flashes back to his mother’s death; afterward, he explains to the S.T.A.R. Labs team what happened that night, and now can only wonder: “What if [the man I saw] was like me?”

After Barry tries (but fails) to put his speed to use in stopping a bad guy (who can summon weather, yawn), Wells chides him for trying to be a hero when he should be safeguarding his body for groundbreaking research. But after Barry runs 600 miles to consult with Starling City pal Oliver Queen aka The Arrow, he locks into his destiny. As Oliver observes, “You can inspire people in a way I never could… saving people in a flash.”

With that charge, some “Run, Barry, run!” encouragement from Wells and a new, proper racing suit, Barry intervenes when the “weather wizard” cooks up a tornado in the midst of a shoot-out with Detective West. Barry clocks 700 mph in the opposite rotation of the twister to eventually unravel it — as an agog West lays witness. The detective later apologizes for not believing Barry’s claims about his The Flash Newspapermom’s death, then asks the CSI to hide his speedy secret from Iris (who by the way is now dating Detective Eddie “Pretty Boy” Thawne).

PHOTOS The Flash‘s Captain Cold Revealed!

As the episode comes to a close, Barry pays a visit to his imprisoned father, hinting that he may now have a way to find and stop the “impossible” man who killed his mother, while we see Harrison Wells access a secret room at S.T.A.R. Labs, rise from his wheelchair and activate a podium which displays the front page of the newspaper… from 10 years into the future. And that day’s headline is not a good one for Barry.

Assign your Grodd grade for The Flash, and watch the new trailer below.

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  1. Cobra says:

    Loved it. I just hope they don’t call him a “blur” too frequently (was used at least once in the show and once in the preview). Once he becomes known as the Flash, that’s what he should be called. “Blur” was what they called Clark in Smallville.

    Other than that, A+ premier.

  2. Jen says:

    It was ok. I thought it would be better with all the hype it had.

  3. Ashley says:

    Anyone else notice the “Wayne Tech/Queen Inc Merger Complete” headline on that newpaper, as well?

      • Ashley says:

        Thanks. I have this compulsive need to stop on any sort of shot that involves papers/articles in order to catch little gems like this that could clues lol.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          The CW sure is taking a gamble though with that masthead date, assuming Fox’s GOTHAM won’t still be on the air/have rights to the “Wayne” name in 2024 ;) (The preceding was a joke.)

          • Sparky says:

            Isn’t it DC comics that is responsible for the content of the show!!! Geoff Johns seems to have been heavily involved in the show so if the head of DC a Comics is okay with it then I think we’re probably good!!!!

          • Ashley says:

            Guess we’ll just have to wait another decade to see. By then, we’ll probably be typing our reviews on holographic tablets and beam them directly into peoples’ thoughts! :P

  4. StephonJS says:

    I loved every minute of the episode. Including Oliver’s cameo.

  5. chuckiechk says:

    I thought it was well done, it really is the opposite of arrow. they did a good job, and I think they setup a lot in future episodes

  6. Tran says:

    I give The Flash an A+. This modern day version is way better than the early ’90s series that starred John Wesley Shipp. This could end up as the early front runner for a full season pick up.

  7. Aleana says:

    It was awesome I’ll be watching every week it remind me of early Smallville where it was light and fun

  8. Shelley says:

    I loved it.

  9. The show looks great but the pilot wasn’t that great. They had to cram WAY too world building into 40 minutes which led to some horrible and messy exposition. I have high hopes for the future but that episode wasn’t good TV. It should’ve been a 2-3 parter. On the whole it felt like a really long trailer for a movie. But that teaser for the Crisis storyline is insanely intriguing. Could they possibly really have a plan to build this TV universe to that story? That would be bananas!!!

    • Katherine215 says:

      I disagree. I thought it moved quickly, but did it well. The first 30 minutes had a lot of things happen, and I remember being impressed that they got so much in so smoothly.

    • sporting4231 says:

      When writing thrillers the adage is to “start with blood on the page.” Slow laborious starts aren’t the current model for story telling in novels or tv. I thought it was very nicely done. Tight, compact storyline that didn’t lose a non-comic reading 50 year old like me. I loved it.

  10. lori says:

    Loved it!

  11. Delante says:

    I loved it…I didn’t see that ending with Wells coming at all. I knew eventually he might have secrets of some sort but they wasted no time at all in revealing them! Can’t wait for next week!

  12. Gave it an A. They confirmed he’ll be called the Flash hopefully pretty quick (I never liked the name thing being so drawn out, Arrow only really got away with it because he wasn’t exactly a public face) and aside from the Iris romance plot potentially being a bit painful it was pretty solid. Love the time travel already being in there but not overblown yet. Time travel’s a bit part of the Flash lore so nice to see it.

  13. kjmorse says:

    In the Flash cross over with Arrow- wasn’t Barry hit by lightening in his office at the police station.
    Don’t remember him being at the particle accelerator launch with Iris- he was alone.

  14. MP says:

    I watched this months ago when it leaked and really liked it. It’s just as enjoyable a second time. I hope it’s a success and I’m looking forward to upcoming episodes.

  15. Tanner says:

    So good!!! Plus the trailer at the bottom looks amazing! And the kiss with Felicity made me scream! OMG! Can’t wait to see what happens on Arrow and The Flash for that to happen.

  16. Matthew says:

    Gotham could learn a lot from this show after one episode. Flash was great and had a consistent tone throughout. Definitely the standout superhero premier of the season thus far. Gotham should be so much better than it is.

  17. Jared says:

    The Flash pilot was amazing and Grant Gustin is so likeable as Barry Allen you can’t help but root for him. Ill definitely be watching every week.

  18. Gail says:

    Wow so we got the conclusion of the series in the pilot. After 10 seasons Flash dies in Crisis On Infinite Earths.

    • sporting4231 says:

      No he disappears according to the headline. And timelines change in time travel shows as Supernatural has already proven.

  19. Antwon says:

    I thought it was great! One of the best pilots this season. I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it and I’ve added to my DVR as a series record.

  20. rizzle says:

    The most shocking thing was realizing 2024 is only 10 years away.

  21. sladewilson says:

    Great pilot. Mad Easter Eggs all over the show for comic geeks like myself. I’m already not happy Iris is dating Smiley Cop (he’s already getting on my nerves). Loved his talk with Oliver – that was “cool”…. Good cast and interesting relationship dynamics all around.

  22. robinepowell says:

    Loved it! Knew I would.

    Just a couple of things.
    Where did say on the paper, a date?
    How did Harrison Wells get a hold of that paper?

    Did Harrison travel to the future to get it? Looked liked he disappeared at the end if the episode, I think.

    • marz1200 says:

      The paper was from 2024. I think Harrison Well is going to be from the future, H(G) Wells, The Time Machine. Although in that story the protagonist went to the future from the past, but I think Harrison Wells is going to turn out to be an alias.

  23. aw says:

    Reminds me of Smallville; it’s better than Gotham; looking forward to Barry kissing Felicity!

    • Lena says:

      Felicity is not going to be a regular on The Flash. Thankfully, she should remain most of the time on Arrow. The girl can’t be with two guys and although some people for obvious reasons want to push Iris out. Big surprise. The producers said where Barry’s heart is. It isn’t with Felicity. Sorry.

      • Vicki says:

        It seemed pretty clear in the pilot that Barry is hung up on Iris. But I’m with Tanner (who commented above). I cannot wait to see what happens with the two story lines (Arrow and Flash) that leads us to the kiss we see in the Flash promo.

  24. Joey Padron says:

    Loved first episode. It was great. Oliver’s cameo was great. New trailer for new episodes looks good. Looking forward to watching next episode!

  25. aw says:

    Justin G is great as Barry/Flash but Iris West is no “Lana Lang” and Dr. Wells remind me too much of Prof X.

  26. Kate M. says:

    I found myself hoping that Clark Kent would be in the background reporting on the S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator.

    • Briggs says:

      Except that Clark writes for the paper. so it would be more in league of an article from Metropolis. It’s way too early to introduce the big boys, anyway.

  27. Babygate says:

    I am not a CW fan. Im not in their demo, but I’ve liked Grant Gustin since Glee and the Flash promos looked interesting. I have to say i was impressed. Beyond what I was expecting. The cast is phenomenal and Grant did an outstanding job. Kudos. I may just tune in again.

    • Mo says:

      I wasn’t sure about this show when it was announced, but Grant was so darn likable as Barry in his appearances on Arrow that I decided I would give it a shot. It was really enjoyable, and I’m glad it has a different tone than Arrow.

    • Zayne says:

      I wouldn’t shut yourself off too much from the CW anymore. While they still have shows that are clearly “old CW” fare, new shows like The Flash, and The 100 from last season are definitely breaking their usual mold. Plus, you still have Supernatural and Arrow.

  28. JeffDJ says:

    I really enjoyed this! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ll definitely be tuning in on a regular basis. Great cast & production values. It was cool seeing original Flash JWS as Barry’s dad, and Jessie L. Martin playing a detective again.

  29. lame says:

    It was waaaayyyyy better that I had expected. I hope they can keep up the quality and excitement.

  30. rachelle says:

    The premiere was bomb! I loved it and I’ll definitely be tuning in every week. I freaking knew Harrison Wells could walk. I wanna know what the heck that newspaper article is about! Anyway, awesome premiere and I can’t wait for more.

  31. Ella says:

    OMG!!! Barry and Felcity! <3 I adored them so much, she should be here with him, not with Oliver. Blech.

    • Briggs says:

      Barry’s endgame is Iris (even if she’s dating Detective Pretty Boy at the moment, according to the EPs), and according to Stephen Amell, Oliver is all about Felicity this season. That being said, I squealed inwardly when I saw the kiss. If there’s one thing Felicity needs, it’s some romance. She’s the only lady who hasn’t gotten any lip time from anyone, and now we’ve been teased for two, with the possibility of a third (Ray Palmer has never looked so cute! LOL). So yes, that made me happy. :)

  32. DarkDefender says:

    This was great, light and fun. I’m looking forward to the season.

  33. Jenny says:

    I absolutely enjoyed it. Definitely excited to see more.
    The scene between Barry and the Arrow was just perfection.

  34. James D says:

    I really enjoyed it. as a life long DC fan Flash being amoung my all time fav’s I enjoyed it alot there were a bunch of easter eggs can’t wait to see Gorilla Grodd that will be super fun to watch. Grant did a very nice job we’ll see how it goes but so far so good. interesting role for Tom Cavanaugh and nice little cliff hanger at the end. while his role was sort of light in the pilot Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne (Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash) is intriguing.

  35. Sheldon W. says:

    Since I’ve never read the Flashpoint storyline, that closing headline reminded me of Crisis On Infinite Earths – which was one of the most brilliant, innovative comics series ever and still not a good one for Barry….

    • mookie311 says:

      it absolutely is crisis. red skies, flash missing…it’s crisis. which made my heart skip about 20 beats because COIE is my favorite comic story ever.

      now let’s see if it actually happens.

    • marz1200 says:

      It was definitely a Crisis reference.

  36. robert says:

    The yellow blur was Professor Zoom from the comics and I think that’s Tom Cavanaugh

  37. robert says:

    The yellow blur was Professor Zoom from the comics and I think he is really Tom Cavanaugh’s character

    • Briggs says:

      Uh, no, that’s Eddie Thawn. We just haven’t gotten there, yet. Besides, he looked awfully sad looking at that headline to be Flash’s nemesis.

  38. Anonymoose says:

    It seems like a very odd move for The Flash to advertise that Felicity kiss like that considering how heavily the Arrow has been advertising the ‘Olicity’ this season and their big date.

    Either the two marketing departments don’t talk to each other, or they are deliberately trying to stir trouble.

  39. Christian White says:

    It was awful. My housemate and I were very upset about it. It was cheesier than a margherita pizza.

    • Briggs says:

      This review belongs in Gotham’s comment section, for that premiere. Did you mean to post it there and it ended up here by accident?

  40. herman1959 says:

    I have no background with The Flash, but I enjoyed the show. I was surprised Wells could walk, but I’m wondering it he can only walk in the special room. I do wish, though, that they hadn’t shown the paper – I didn’t need to know that The Flash will be dead in 10 years.

  41. Sarah T. says:

    Loved the pilot! I had high hopes but the CW always rocks at these type of shows (Birds of Prey being an exception where I thought it was just kind of ‘meh’). This reminded me a lot of the Smallville pilot in tone and set up which is definitely not a bad thing with a little bit of Arrow thrown in since Barry has his “team” that helps him much like Oliver. I think Grant Gustin will hold his own as The Flash as I liked him even better on his own show than I did on Arrow. Liked the Arrow crossover bit and that Oliver kind of christened him with his name (fitting since Barry made him the mask when he started to become more the Arrow and less the vigilante). I did think it seemed a bit rushed with giving him his costume right away (thought that might be drawn out to at least episode two or three) but it wasn’t a big detraction. Not a huge fan of Iris yet BUT I think it also takes time to see the characters interaction/chemistry. From what we’ve seen so far, supporting cast seems strong too.
    I’m curious as to why people think the Flash is dead in 10 years since the paper headline merely only said he was “missing”…

  42. selfie says:

    A zillion claps.

  43. Devilx says:

    The other article in the future newspaper also states Wayne Tech and Queen Inc merger complete. Does it mean Bruce and Oliver? Lol.

  44. Katherine215 says:

    Loved it. As others have said, Grant Gustin is so darn likeable as Barry, and I like all of the supporting cast. The one thing I don’t like about comic adaptations is that the love interest is already established. There’s less wondering what will happen and more wondering when it will happen. I don’t know Iris’s character well enough to be invested in her with Barry yet, though I did like her overall. Maybe it’s that I don’t always like storylines where one half of the couple pines for the other while the other is oblivious. Hopefully, they develop Barry and Iris as a couple so I can root for them.

  45. Steve F. says:

    Ok, DC fans – anybody think that Harrison Wells is really Metron from the New Gods? (Time travel, wheelchair/seat…)

    Otherwise, great debut! And bring on Grodd!

  46. Drew says:

    I enjoyed the premiere a lot. Visually, it was pretty solid. The cast was interesting, though they still need to settle into their roles. The writing was lighter and more fun than a lot of the DC material out there, which is a nice change (not that I have a problem with the other shows and movies). I can’t wait to see where the series goes.
    If they ever do get around to Wally West, it should be interesting to see how they bring the iconic redhead out of the West family that we have on the show. :)

  47. Briggs says:

    I don’t know where I’ve posted this, or even if I have, but Cisco was the most adorable geek I’ve ever seen. I *loved* Cisco. It’s a good sign when I’m already so invested after one ep.
    Of course, everyone was good. Eddie had me appropriately outraged when we found out he was dating Iris. Iris is perfect in every scene she’s in (you know it’s good when you’re already doing fanfic in your head for them). Joe was great as a father figure, stern yet loving. Caitlin paid off the eventual smile beautifully.
    And Harrison Wells surprised the heck out of me in the last five minutes. I’d heard there was a surprise, but my mouth dropped open when not only did he stand up, but he activated a virtual newspaper on that console. They introduced time-travel flawlessly as an element of the show and I can’t wait to see where they take that.
    Of course, Grant Gustin was awesome. I winced when I saw him try out his powers for the first time, and he broke the back window of that cruiser. And the laundry truck was just funny. LOL His serious scenes were just as good, both when he argued with Harrison and discussed his situation with Oliver. Every one of his scenes was awesome, and I definitely want to see what happens to him, next.

  48. Richard Richard says:

    It was great. Can’t wait for it to get a full season pickup.

  49. LEP says:

    New to The Flash lore. Is the character Harrison Wells a good guy or a bad guy? Or somewhere in between? My thoughts were that (a) he’s a bad guy and had something to do with Barry’s mom’s death, (b) quasi-good guy but does know something about Barry’s mom’s death, or (c) good guy that got those future powers when the particle accelerator did its thing.

  50. G. says:

    I find it a little strange that so many people in Barry’s life are destined to be evil villains … but aside from that, it was enjoyable enough to watch again.