October 7th, 2014 8pm CW
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Tom Cavanagh as Dr, Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Det. West
"Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West , the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne, catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test."
The Flash is one of the most visually known superheroes in existence. However, the average person doesn't know much about the character's history and background, beyond him being the hero that can run fast. So before you dig into the show, here is some context. This is the brief history of The Flash in comics.
What the Series Has Going For It:
It is being anchored to an already extremely successful show, Arrow. While the character of the Flash is the more well-known comic book icon historically, the Stephen Amell led show Arrow, has forged its way into modern pop-culture. Arrow is as popular with female viewers as it is with male viewers as well. The Flash TV show was conceived during an episode of Arrow, which gives the new program instantaneous credibility with casual television viewers.
Special effects and the element of fantasy will be what differentiates this show from its counter-part. Unlike the show's big brother Arrow, which from the outset, looked to build it's characters out of a heightened realism. The Flash is going in the opposite direction. They are reverse engineering the show to be the perfect compliment to the gritty form of superheroism that Arrow offers. That means that familiar villains and iconic storylines that fans of the Flash comics are familiar with, will be adapted for the program. Even the more far-fetched concepts will eventually be tackled. The creators are not pulling punches and intend on bringing as close of a cinematic experience to TV as possible.
The showrunners will constantly be juggling the need to keep the spirit of the comic, without falling into the realm of camp. It seems that it will be a tightrope for the writers and producers to walk. They will be balancing out including fantasy based characters, such as Gorilla Grodd (a mastermind and a huge gorilla), against actual humans on a TV budget. It seems that CW is giving them the financial latitude to make these fanboy dreams a reality. Hopefully they are able to write and shoot in situations that make the world of The Flash feel plausible.
Audiences are starting off with a character that can run at lightning speeds. That is a big enough leap of logic for the average viewer to grapple. For those who aren't familiar with the comic, it will be a shock to find out how far his skill set really goes. The Flash will learn he can move so fast that he can go through walls and even travel through time. It will take precision writing to slowly unfold the mysteries of Barry Allen's powers, while not making him seem so powerful that he is never in real danger.
This show has the chance to be something very special. From the looks of it, CW is moving away from the soft-lighting and pre-teen drama that they are mostly known for and are expanding their scope of storytelling. The real challenge for the show will be to maintain its quality over a course of a season and to avoid the freak-of-the-week trap, which has sullied other genre shows in the past.
The crossover potential will be fun as supporting and main characters from the show will journey to Arrow and vice-versa. It's a very exciting time for fans of DC entertainment. We will be there for the premiere episode and season-long to track the show's progress. Expectations for The Flash are high and our hopes that it delivers quality are even higher.
So how do you think the show will be? Where would you like to see the show go over the course of its first season? Let us know on the comment boards!
Source: Point of Geeks