The Flash officially premiered last night, and I’ve gotta say: I was impressed. The episode was a pretty basic origin story. We got to see how Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) becomes the Flash, we got a peek into S.T.A.R. Labs, and we got a glimpse into Barry’s childhood, family, and friends. Spoilers ahead.
If you want to check out the synopsis, I’ve got that for you here. However, a quick synopsis is this: an enormous accident at S.T.A.R. Labs with a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, Barry is struck by lightning from that storm, and sent into a nine-month coma. When he finally wakes up, Barry finds that in addition to suffering no ill-effects from the coma and gaining accelerated healing powers, the lightning also gave him other prizes, too.
We also learn that the storm created other “meta-humans”–or at least one other meta-human, who chooses to use his power for evil and attacks the city. When Barry confronts the scientists at S.T.A.R., he finds out they really have no idea how many people were affected by the storm, or how many other meta-humans were created. I’m no physicist, but I’m gonna guess a LOT of meta-humans were created–a great deal of bad meta-humans, I should add.
While we didn’t get to dig too deeply into the supporting characters, we really got to know Barry, and I already am a huge fan of our new Flash. He’s sweet, kind, and just a bit awkward. His reaction to his superpowers is also hysterical. While initially freaked out, it takes him about ten seconds to realize what’s happened, and start running around the city at breakneck speeds–right into the back of a truck, but getting the hang of super speed does take time.
It also helps if you have a buddy who is already in the vigilante business with whom you can talk things through. Barry takes a brief detour to Starling City to talk about his new powers with Oliver Queen, who is, of course, lovely and helpful.
Their interaction also led to what would become my favorite moment of the episode:
While most of the episode was a straight up origin story (which was awesome, btw), it also had quite a twist ending.
Throughout the entire episode, we were lead to believe that physicist Harrison Wells (played by Tom Cavanaugh) had been injured in the storm and was in a wheelchair. However, in the last few seconds of the episode, Harrison rolls into a secret area of his lab, stands up from his chair, and walks over to a device that pulls up a holographic image of a future newspaper with a headline about the Flash going missing.
Yeah, I’ve got no clue what they’re setting up either, and IGN even sat down with Cavanaugh to try go get some answers, but he said, “I feel like it bodes well if there’s characters we can’t talk about. We’d love to tell you but we can’t. That’s good for the people who are watching the show. We’ve got secrets to unveil. It’s extremely fun to play, having a bunch of different levels at work. The way he has been crafted, it’s really enjoyable.”
It looks like everyone on Team Flash is staying pretty tight-lipped about what the future holds for the show, but I like that. I’m ofically intrigued, and I am such a fan of their choice in a Barry Allen. I cannot wait to see what comes next on The Flash. They’re definitely also gonna have to explain this from their upcoming episodes preview: