Barry begins the show with the familiar “My name is Barry Allen. I’m the Fastest Man Alive”. But, the narration avoids repeating the whole back story, veering off in a way that really fits Barry’s character. We are introduced to Simon Stagg, a familiar name in DC history, whose life is in danger from a villain who can multiply at will (Captain Clone? No, we get a better and more familiar name later in the episode). Meanwhile, Barry is trying to figure out his place in the world as he darts around Central City saving people in danger…and passing out afterward. What’s going on here? Turns out, what is going on will make Wally fans very happy. You’ll get the connection quickly, and it’s great to see this element of Wally’s time as the Flash played out here. Meanwhile, Barry’s first go against the bad guy doesn’t turn out well – and there are a lot of voices telling him to stop this hero gig. Problem is, no one seems to be stopping this villain, who continues his pursuit of Stagg.
We get some flashbacks to Barry’s youth and to his two father figures – both his own dad and Joe West, and it is that relationship that gets a significant spotlight in this story. I have to say that I really like Joe West’s character in this show – not too surprising considering Jesse L Martin, one of my favorite actors is playing that role.
Talking more plot would just be too spoilerish right now. But, this episode has everything you would want – including a SHOCKING epilogue that already has the internet blowing up! Our advice…DON’T read those spoilers until you see it for yourself!
THE BOTTOM LINE: THE FLASH is what a superhero series should be – an unapologetic comic book series that combines excellent characters with a great story. There is more than enough to satisfy long-time comics fans while remaining highly accessible to new viewers who have never seen the Scarlet Speedster before. The acting is amazing, the story is excellent, the effects are spot-on…and yes, I am blathering about now but you will be too once you see the show. Can’t wait for the next episode!