Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – The Flash

Show Notes

The Season of the Comic Book TV Show continues on The CW as The Flash runs spins out of Arrow! Conor Kilpatrick and Paul Montgomery have partnered up to have a spoiler-filled discussion about the pilot episode that stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash!

Running Time: 00:28:10

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  1. I think it has the right amount of everything I want in a TV Flash show.

    How about you?

  2. Avatar photo PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    I liked that there were protestors outside of STAR Labs. I suppose they had assembled due to the unpredictability of the particle accelerator, but having read Grant Morrison’s “Animal Man” I understand the concerns around STAR Labs to also include cruel animal testing. Maybe Grodd’s wrath will come from the same place as Koba in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Perhaps Barry will turn his back on STAR Labs someday, like the way Invincible in Image Comics split from Cecil Steadman and the Global Defense Agency over ethical concerns. I enjoyed the special effects used to make Barry appear faster than humanly possilbe this episode. The design’s crackling and streaking energy reminds me of Francis Manapul’s illustrations, a very fine Flash artist.
    Thank you for posting this tonight. You’re fast.

  3. Paul, you’re right on about the Spider-Man vibe; even the music when he was first running around and discovering his powers sounded like Danny Elfman’s theme from Raimi’s “Spider-Man.”

    Also, when Jesse L. Martin first walked out at the crime scene, did it kind of seem like a walk-out on “Law & Order?” Even his partner looked like a bigger version of Jerry Orbach.

    Also, don’t rule out a Rogues reunion – we’ve established that time travel is possible, so Weather Wizard could be plucked from the past.

    Overall, I really liked this episode, and I hope they didn’t change much between pilot and ep. 2, because there really wasn’t much needed fixing.

  4. Expect these numbers to grow when the L+3 come in…

    “CW drama ‘The Flash’ opened to impressive ratings Tuesday, drawing more young adults than any program on ABC (including ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’) or Fox last night and logging the best scores for a premiere on the network in the five years since ‘The Vampire Diaries’ in 2009.

    “According to preliminary national estimates, ‘The Flash’ averaged a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall — a demo rating well above the net’s top premieres in recent years, ‘The Originals’ last year (1.0) and ‘Arrow’ in 2012 (1.3). You have to go back to the September 2009 premiere of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ to find a better premiere on the network in both 18-49 and total viewers.”

    Source: http://variety.com/2014/data/ratings/cws-the-flash-off-to-fast-ratings-start-tuesday-nets-best-bow-in-five-years-1201324675/

  5. I loved the 90’s Flash show and I REALLY loved the pilot last night!

    Great pod you two. In the comics, Weather Wizard is Mark Mardon. His brother, Clyde, is the scientist who discovers how to control the weather. Seeing as how the police thought they were both dead, maybe Mark is still out there to return as Weather Wizard II. I realize the show doesn’t have to (or need to) line up with the comic exactly but it’s a thought.

    Can’t wait for Rainbow Raider!

  6. I loved it!! Embracing the goodhearted square nature of Barry Allen was a choice consistent with the character yet surprisingly bold, but finding an actor like Gustin who actually embodied those qualities was a joy to watch. Any dialogue or plot contrivance I may have found clunky or cringe-worthy in an episode of “Arrow” or other network shows was neutralized or made downright charming in an “old movie / tv” way because the writing and ensemble around Barry was so strong in creating believable relationships and depicting a character with those pop sensibilities who you truly want to root for. Sure, the flashbacks to the murder where kinda melodramatic, but once I saw that wonderfully touching scene with Barry and his Dad I immediately forgave it… This may be veering into hyperbole, but honestly, had a double-sized episode of this come out as a movie even 10 years ago people would still talk about as one of the great superhero movies of that initial early 2000s blast…

  7. I think this was my favorite pilot episode of any of the “superhero” shoes that I’ve seen. I pretty much liked eveything about it and don’t think it had the normal problems pilot espisodes tend to have. Really looking forward to this series now.

  8. I use my girlfriend as my non-fanboy barometer. Her opinion was that it introduced too many characters and plot-points for a pilot, comparing it unfavorably to Smallville, where such a story would have been spread out over the course of a season. The funny thing is, I seem to remember having the same feeling when Johns started his run on the Flash comics.

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