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    Edited By gmanfromheck

    There will be spoilers in our summary of the episode.

    Recap

    The episode starts out with a glimpse at the Flash in action. This is a character where it makes sense to have the main character narrating since that's how many FLASH comics started out, with Barry Allen explaining he's the fastest man alive. As this is an origin episode, we see what made Barry the man he is today, starting with being bullied as a child, fourteen years ago. This scene serves to show that despite being picked on, he had a pretty great family life with loving and caring parents. Until one night when everything changes.

    Those familiar with the Flash mythos know Barry's mom was killed and his father was the main suspect. What we see is some yellow and red streaks surrounding her in the living room. Barry is woken up in the middle of the night by the noise and some strange phenomenon. Barry's dad tells Barry to run and suddenly he finds himself blocks away.

    Jumping back to the present, before Barry gains his powers, we see he is constantly late. Working in the CSI division, Captain Singh is not happy with his constant tardiness. In Barry's defense, he is good at his job. We also see that Detective Joe West tries his best to cover for Barry.

    Barry and Iris are close friends. It's clear he has stronger feelings for her than she realizes. She agreed to go with him to an experiment at STAR Labs but he needs to work on her father's case. Because he's so good at his job, he's able to come up with a big lead on Joe's case. Suckerpunch to Barry as he tries expressing his feelings to Iris before the experiment. When Iris' laptop is stolen, Barry tries chasing after the purse snatcher. This is where we meet Eddie Thawne, a detective transferring from Keystone.

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    Later we see that Barry has been gathering evidence trying to solve his mother's murder. Joe and his partner, Fred Chyre, try arresting the crook they were after. He manages to escape into the rainy night in a little plane. As the particle accelerator at STAR Labs goes off, the plane is apparently destroyed as the shock wave hits it. Back at Barry's lab, lightning crashes through the window just after the chemicals around him start to get super-charged.

    Barry wakes up at STAR Labs and finds Cisco Ramone and Caitlin Snow in his room. They tell him he was struck by lightning...which "gave him abs." It's Harrison Wells that informs Barry he was in a coma for nine months. An anomaly went off as the particle accelerator went off. While in the coma, it appeared Barry kept flatlining. It turned out his heart was beating so fast at times, the EKG monitor couldn't register it. Barry feels fine and leaves the lab in search of Iris.

    Barry starts getting moments where his powers start kicking in. Not sure what's going on, Barry goes out for some air. He soon realizes he can run at super-speed. Barry returns to STAR Labs and allows Wells, Ramone, and Snow to conduct tests on his speed. While running, he gets a flashback to the night of his morther's murder. Seeing a man dressed in yellow, he loses his concentration and crashes. Luckily his body recovers quickly.

    It turns Iris got a boyfriend while Barry was in a coma. She's dating Eddie but her dad can't know. Barry sees them and Iris explains how he helped out and covered for her dad when Barry was in the hospital. Barry and Iris are almost hit by a police car in pursuit of a bank robber that appears to have weather powers. Barry chases and confronts him but he gets away. Barry tells Joe the robber was Clyde Mardon, the man that got away and died in the plane. Barry tries explaining that somehow he gained abilities. Joe won't hear any of it.

    Barry confronts Wells about the night accelerator went off. He figures others must have gained abilities as well. Wells says they're not sure what happened. A barrier was opened and unleashed all sorts of energy on the city. They tried mapping how the energy was dispersed around the city but can't be sure of who might've been exposed. Wells tries explaining how Barry is not a hero. He's just a guy that gained abilities. These abilities could help others with his ability to recover from a broken arm in three hours. Barry runs to Starling City and talks to Oliver Queen. Ollie explains that Barry is different. He doesn't have to be a vigilante. He can actually inspire people.

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    Looking over police records, Barry's figured out that the meta-humans have been busy the past nine months. There's been a lot of deaths and unexplained crimes. Cisco shows a suit he designed that could withstand the abuse Barry's speed would put on normal material. Barry's ready to suit up and track down Mardon. Joe and Eddie go to the farm where they last tracked him down. Mardon explains how he gained abilities that night he 'died.' Eddie is knocked out as Mardon unleashes his powers. He's creating a tornado that could wipe out the city. Barry arrives in time to attempt to unravel it. Joe witnesses all of this and discovers his true identity.

    The episode ends with Joe insisting Barry keep his secret from Iris and Barry determined to clear his dad. Well also reveals there is more to him than we thought. He knows a lot more than he's let on.

    Thoughts

    Because this is a spin off from Arrow, it's inevitable to make comparisons. The main difference is the tone. The Flash is simply much lighter in tone. That doesn't mean it's completely bright and cheery. We do have the murder of Barry's mom and incarceration of his dad going on.

    As the characters are being set up, it feels a little forced with Barry always being late. This was something from the comics but almost feels like too much. The same with the friendship between Barry and Iris. Their banter is a little much but this was the pilot and just a minor thing to complain about.

    Overall, the show is off to a great start. There are some spotty moments. The effects are pretty cool with some moments where it looks a little cheesy. When Barry is confronting Mardon, for some reason, his mask comes off and allows Joe to see his face. It adds another layer to the show but now we have four people that know his identity already. Having more people in the know is good to keep the conversation going. Having people to confide in is good but, based on this episode, it's hard to say whether or not Cisco and Caitlin will be likable characters. Those that know their comic book counterparts know they could have bigger roles in the future. It's a little too much of a coincidence but they are working with Wells so who knows.

    With a lighter tone, this show can definitely stand on its own and apart from Arrow. It's unclear whether or not the show will maintain this lighter, more optimistic feel. The show still has some darkness as Barry is determined to try to free his incarcerated father. But the show doesn't dip down as much as Arrow does. Hopefully the show won't fall into a common routine of villain of the week, as on early episodes of Smallville, with each one a meta-human from the night the accelerator went off.

    With some of the current comic book TV shows, I don't feel the immediate urge to watch the episodes right away. This is one I may have to be sure to keep up with week after week.

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    @gmanfromheck thanks for the review Tony

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    I think the dialogue problems are just endemic of CW shows, really. They're all a little tacky in their own ways but that's kind of what you get when you toss a bunch of new actors together on a big show with a long script.

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    Loved it I really hope it keeps the lighter tone.

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    Loved it thoroughly. Especially the ending. FUTURE!

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    I saw this a few months back when it was leaked. I thought it was pretty good as far as pilots go. Initially I was super bummed to see "Weather Wizard" go out so quickly. But I'm expecting brother Mark to come back at some point for some real Rogues action.

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    #6  Edited By MadeinBangladesh

    5 STARS!!!! Easily the best superhero Pilot.

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    ..The Ending blew my damn mind. THE F*CK IS WELLES HIDING?!

    I thought the Super Speed Effects were really good for a TV show. (most definitely better than Smallville.)

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    I bet no one caught that Black Lightning reference.

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    I watched it a couple months back online and loved it.

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    Oops, just made a thread of this in the Gen. Discussion thread.

    Oh well, too late now lol. Anyway, the ending was quite the surprise.

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    Like the episode. Oh well it is CW show. Hopefully they can at least do easter eggs about Stargirl

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    #12  Edited By CaptainMarvel4Ever  Online

    On one hand it's kinda lame, but on the other hand it's super faithful to the comics, so I'm a little bit torn.

    In the spirit of not being negative I will say that I like the fact that Geoff Johns is heavily involved (in fact I wouldn't be surprised if he's responsible for the good parts of this show) and that the fact that John Wesley Shipp is part of this is a huge plus for the show.

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    I saw this a few months back when it was leaked. I thought it was pretty good as far as pilots go. Initially I was super bummed to see "Weather Wizard" go out so quickly. But I'm expecting brother Mark to come back at some point for some real Rogues action.

    Yeah. Plus, I doubt he would have gone with the same deal the Rogues are typically known for, with his attitude anyway, which I hope they explore as a dynamic at some point.

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    Dc has done it again.

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    I thought it was great. Definitely going to keep up with this show.

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    I liked it. Preferred Gotham, Constantine, and Agents of shield's pilots though

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    I bet no one caught that Black Lightning reference.

    Black Lightning!? we already saw hints of Blue Devil in Arrow, so I wonder if we could see Black Lighting and Blue Devil team up like in the comics? if so I am sold on whatever show they're in.

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    #18  Edited By Boynerdgeek

    @captainmarvel4ever: so you think it is faithful to comics but you think it is lame. So do you think they should not follow to comics ?

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    @captainmarvel4ever: On the side of the cleaners truck. It said Gambi Cleaners. Peter Gambi is a tailor who created BL's suit and he also mentored him.

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    @boynerdgeek: What I'm saying is it's very hard to do the Flash on TV. let alone on a network on CW. The whole reason I'm split is because while it's not a very good show, it is super faithful to the comics which I like. Honestly the Flash deserves a movie so so much more then just this.

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    Nice, CW, thank you for not debuting The Flash in the same time slot as SHIELD. I am absolutely fine with Tuesday being comic book TV day.

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    Run Barry Run!

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    @captainmarvel4ever: On the side of the cleaners truck. It said Gambi Cleaners. Peter Gambi is a tailor who created BL's suit and he also mentored him.

    Cool, this show already has Firestorm (my favorite version too) and Vibe, if they can introduce Black Lightning I am sold.

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    That was really, really good. I had flash backs to smallville. It was THAT good.

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    Cheesy and cliche at times. A bit too convenient and quick on some of the more "out there" elements of the show. Dialogue is awkward or lacking at times. And there were some moments where the effects were disappointing or strange-looking.

    But as a whole, pretty solid pilot. 4 out of 5 sounds about right. I am not immediately sold on this as a show I will be running to watch, but I will definitely continue to tune in.

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    I don't think I can take a live action Flash. Super speed is an ultimate power yet the situations on ther show will have to make me believe Flash is in danger. With super speed Flash should almost never be in danger.

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    #27  Edited By SilverPool

    It was pretty good. I'm really looking forward to future episodes. A lot of the clips they teased at the end looked awesome. Arrow? And Flash!? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are going to rule this year!

    "Cool"

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    Loved the pilot. The show has a lot of heart, humor, and intrigue. This is by the far the best new pilot I've seen this season. That ending is quite the mystery.

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    This is basically the shame show as Arrow with the dressing changed. Still, it works.

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    I.Can't.Believe.I.Missed.It.

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    @madeinbangladesh: I think there's room for improvement. I would like them to surpass this in future episodes. Really liked it but I couldn't give it 5.

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    #32  Edited By ms__omega

    @johnny_blaze: what where didn't even notice that :(

    Gorilla Grodd reference BTW :)

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    It was alright to me. 3/5 IMO.

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    #34 the_stegman  Moderator

    I'd give this a 5. It did everything a pilot should do, and I LOVE Barry and the actor that plays him. Better than AOS and Gotham.

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    @technobacon2014: Smallville's were great, but so is this shows! I love it!

    Great show, have a feeling this show will last a while! Yes!

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    Loved it thoroughly. Especially the ending. FUTURE!

    Hopefully...TIME TRAVEL!!!

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    I would give this episode 5 stars. I loved every minute of it. The performances were great, the CWness was at a minimum, and the episode ended with me wanting more. It was a highly effective pilot that deserves a 5, imo.

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    #39 the_stegman  Moderator

    @lurkero: Clark had super speed and much more, and they gave him realistic problems on Smallville.

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    Dat ending. My god dat ending

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    @johnny_blaze: it was after Barry woke up when they were taking a tour of Star Labs also Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost was in the episode too.

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    4 out of 5 seems about right.

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    I.Can't.Believe.I.Missed.It.

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    They're replaying the episode tomorrow after Arrow.

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    I wonder what they're going to do about his speed limits. Looks like they're keeping him at early Wally Flash levels for now. Come on Speed Force.

    I liked the pilot. Loved all the little references. The liberties they took as well as the comic elements they incorporated all worked for me. I never really liked Barry Allen. Could never understand him or get a solid read on his personality the way I could other major characters. These guys did a good job setting him up. I look forward to getting to know him.

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    A very solid pilot! Gustin proves he's a wicked lead and a damn near perfect choice for Barry. Some unnecessary moments were easily forgiven with a decent attempt at humour and very, very well written emotional scenes between Barry and a specific character.

    Cannot wait for the series to stretch its legs!

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    i loved it. Also, the chick that plays Caitlin Snow is hot.

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    #47  Edited By Crimz

    Favourite of the new comic book tv shows so far, loved it and agree with the 4/5 score. Looking forward to the future of the show, and will tune in religiously. And the effects on this are better than I thought they would be, especially for a CW show.

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    #48  Edited By jwalser3

    And I missed it. Anyone know where I can watch a stream?

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    @g_man said:

    @madeinbangladesh: I think there's room for improvement. I would like them to surpass this in future episodes. Really liked it but I couldn't give it 5.

    I understand.

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    #50  Edited By Ducey13

    Loved it. Seems like a quality cast, good tv special effects, different from ARROW (in a good way) but obviously connected, and some nice mysteries to look forward too. I still don't love the costume, but I'll get used to it. Hopefully they make improvements to it over time or season to season.

    Dr. Harrison Wells has already grabbed my full attention. Super mysteries with this guy? Is he from the Future? Good or Evil? Heck, My first thought was that he looks like an older version of BARRY! but how could that possible make sense? Is Wells actually Eobard Thawne?

    It feels like it's mimicking ARROW a little too much with the whole TEAM ARROW/TEAM FLASH dynamic. Neither Barry nor any of the Flashes have ever needed a support team. But if the characters are as engaging as Diggle, Felicity, Roy and Sarah I'll accept them.

    The Particle Accelerator Cloud that gave Barry and Clyde their powers appears to be a way too convenient blanket excuse for Meta's showing up.

    Geek out moment of the night was when they showed Gorilla Grodd's cage! Can't wait for that!

    In the beginning, I thought Kid Barry was a bad actor, but the scene with his mother was amazing. Professor Zoom is one of the greatest villains in all of comics and I'm glad they made sure to plant that seed right from the get go.

    As far as I'm concerned, after Batman and Spider-Man, Flash has the best Rogue's gallery.

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