After watching the leaked pilot episode for The Flash, I am absolutely stunned, amazed, and hooked for life. I can honestly say this is the best superhero pilot episode to date, which could change soon after the release of the hoard of oncoming superhero series coming our way in the next few years. The rest of this article is basically a spoiler, so prepare yourself if you haven't seen it.
If I were to summarize the episode, it would sound something like this:
During the course of the first episode, Barry Allen watched his mom's murder, becomes a crime scene investigator, establishes the perfect soap opera love life issues, gets struck by lightning, goes into a coma for 8 months, becomes a superhero, clears his fathers name, stops a weather-controlling villain, and dons his costume, all complete with the series' own version of a post-credits scene.
Considering the budget that the series has, the CGI was never to the point that it was unbelievable or not something that felt plausible. In all honesty, the pilot episode felt so well done that you could launch the episode by itself and call it an hour-long Flash movie. The approach towards the series seems to feel that way now: a movie with plans for more sequels than you can imagine. That is a very good feeling.
"You're not a hero. You're just a young man who was struck by lightning."
Possibly one of the coolest parts about the pilot was that the first half of it was told as a story with Barry Allen narrating his own story, which turned out to be a story he was telling to none other than Green Arrow from the Arrow TV series. As the episode continues, Barry declares that he named himself after a phrase Oliver Queen used on their story scene on the rooftop: something like "You'll be saving people in a flash" which felt a little forced, but nothing some action couldn't fix.
"Take your own advice: wear a mask!"
Despite some of the writing being a little forced and a little corny, this first episode is FILLED with amazing one-liners: the amount of one-liners might actually compare to an Iron Man film, if I might be so bold.
"Aren't you glad I know you so well?"
Yes, like any sitcom it had to add in it's little sappy romance and dramas here and there, such as the love triangle or the fact that it's episode one and they already have Barry parading around STAR labs with no shirt flaunting his abs, but hey, if it brings the female audience in and guarantees us a Season 2, then I'm not complaining!
Villain: "I am God."
Officer: "Shut the hell up."
The comedy in this was nice. None of the jokes were out of place, or forced into any of the scenes which doesn't always happen, especially in pilot episodes (I'm looking at you, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Many of the jokes also tied in very nicely with modern culture, such as using modern music, references to social media like Facebook, and even a small "LOL" moment in the police station about twerking.
Conclusion: The Flash is very promising, and has me waiting on the edge of my seat dying to see what they have in store the rest of the season and what's coming in the next episode. My only regret is that we have to wait a few months to see the second episode now.