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Tuesday, October 7, 8pm

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, 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, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion - and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose - using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother's murder and clear his father's name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become... The Flash.

The series stars Grant Gustin ("Glee," "Arrow") as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton ("The Game") as Iris West, Rick Cosnett ("The Vampire Diaries") as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker ("Necessary Roughness," "Justified") as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes ("Once" on Broadway ) as Cisco Ramon, with Tom Cavanagh ("Ed," "Eli Stone") as Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin ("Law & Order") as Detective West. THE FLASH is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Tomorrow People," "Green Lantern"), Andrew Kreisberg ("Arrow," "Eli Stone"), David Nutter ("Arrow," "Game of Thrones") and Sarah Schechter. The pilot was directed by David Nutter. This series is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-flash

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Since there is a lot of coverage of the show now and you can actually watch the pilot (if you know where to look ;)) I thought I would make a new thread instead of filling up Arrow.

If you didn't know (as I did not) there is a nice callback to the earlier series by casting John Wesley Shipp as Barry's father. Read some more coverage: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/press-tour-cws-the-flash-hits-the-ground-running

I haven't watched the pilot yet and I'm not sure if I will, so if anyone else does please spoilerize yourself with the details. I'm interested to know if it's good or bad though based on the baggy-suited leaping we caught glimpses of. Early press reaction seems positive.
 

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Just read the DC said they will not be doing movies tie ins and that the TV shows are in a separate world from the movies. Guess that could be a good and bad thing depending on how you look at it.
 

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How many 'Flash' episodes have been finished and made available?
He's referring to this version featuring new Barry's dad:




Only the pilot for the CW version has made it into the wild so far, but I think I'll hold out for some HD and 5.1 before I take a look.
 

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Do we even know for sure that the first episode in October will be the pilot, or could it be an altered premiere episode?
They might alter the current version slightly, we can't really know, but the pilot/premiere episode is the one that they are showing on the TCA press tour right now. According to the press and creators it's a fully realised version with all the effects work in place.

"The pilot episode — featuring Grant Gustin as police scientist-turned-world's fastest man Barry Allen, Jesse L. Martin as his cop mentor Joe West and Tom Cavanagh as STAR Labs scientist Harrison Wells, among others — is one of the most satisfying of any of the new network shows debuting this fall, full of action, special effects and sincere streak of emotion carried by both Gustin and Martin. The super-speed effects are so good, in fact, that some reporters wondered how the show can maintain the production values on a weekly basis.

"We're thinking about starting a Kickstarter," joked Kreisberg. "Obviously, the pilot had a lot of resources at its disposal, but a lot of the pilot was R&D for the series, and the pilot was a steep learning curve. With 'Arrow,' I remember we ourselves watched the pilot and wondered, 'How are we going to do this every week?' And 'Arrow' has only gotten bigger and better. Whereas that's about stunts and this is about visual effects, we're hoping we'll be able to maintain the same level of action, adventure and excitement. So far, with what we've been doing, we feel like we can.""
 

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We also get a return to the days of the good old genre crossover stories too. I've missed those Buffy/Angel events.

Even though The Flash's problems in Central City will mainly be separate from the crime-riddled Starling City in Arrow, the network has already planned a special two-hour crossover event later this fall. "Episodes 8 of both shows, Arrow and Flash, are going to be a two-hour crossover event," Kreisberg said to TVGuide following the panel. "[Also], in Episode 4, Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is going to come to The Flash."
 

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We also get a return to the days of the good old genre crossover stories too. I've missed those Buffy/Angel events.

Even though The Flash's problems in Central City will mainly be separate from the crime-riddled Starling City in Arrow, the network has already planned a special two-hour crossover event later this fall. "Episodes 8 of both shows, Arrow and Flash, are going to be a two-hour crossover event," Kreisberg said to TVGuide following the panel. "[Also], in Episode 4, Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is going to come to The Flash."
Rats. I was hoping for a Flash crossover with one of the CW teeny shows. On a related note how many songs are in the Flash pilot?
 

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Never watched Arrow. In fact, the only CW show I've ever watched was Nikita. I'll be adding the Flash to that list.:D
 

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Never watched Arrow. In fact, the only CW show I've ever watched was Nikita. I'll be adding the Flash to that list.:D
If you haven't watched Arrow then you are missing out. Especially if you plan to watch The Flash. Barry Allen's story begins in season two with the two-part episode that introduces him.
 

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If you haven't watched Arrow then you are missing out. Especially if you plan to watch The Flash. Barry Allen's story begins in season two with the two-part episode that introduces him.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll add Arrow to my Netflix queue. Is it only 2 seasons so far?
 

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Yes, so you still have time to catch up. It's far more mature than most of the stuff on CW, although I would still say that Nikita was better.
 

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Don't want to say anything that could be considered spoiler--and I actively avoid them--but there is some fun news from comic con this past week. Prison Break star Wentworth Miller will be Captain Cold. And they have already stated some b-team heroes from DC universe will be making appearances. One they mentioned is Firestorm, which will be very interesting to see how they pull off.

Producers say they are dropping tons of hints for what's in store this season in the premiere, including some big villains. Lots of Easter eggs too, for the comic fans.

I'm happy Arrow was successful enough to give us more of this universe. This show will be very different in tone from Arrow which is good. And it'll definitely be more fantastical, as we are talking about real powers now.

First big Arrow/Flash crossover will be episode 8. I'm anxious for this show. Hope the star can pull it off!
 

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I still don't know how they can do a crossover episode when the shows effectively exist in different universes.

Barry: "Oliver, help me take out this guy who throws knives with his mind."
Oliver: "Don't be an idiot. There's no such thing as telekinesis."
 

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I still don't know how they can do a crossover episode when the shows effectively exist in different universes.

Barry: "Oliver, help me take out this guy who throws knives with his mind."
Oliver: "Don't be an idiot. There's no such thing as telekinesis."
How do they exist in different universes?

There's magic drugs on Arrow... it isn't much of a leap to get to the other stuff.
 

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I'm also not sure where you get they are in different universes. It is very plain they coexist. If you are speaking metaphorically, given the groundedness of Arrow and more fantasticalness of Flash, just look at the MCU. Up until the alien invasion in Avengers, every hero was science based. (Even Thor arguably... just way advanced science.) And they are slowly stepping into the metaphysical/fantasical with GotG and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
 

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Producers say they are dropping tons of hints for what's in store this season in the premiere, including some big villains. Lots of Easter eggs too, for the comic fans.
Not being a comic-book reader, I missed all of the easter eggs.
 

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I still don't know how they can do a crossover episode when the shows effectively exist in different universes.
From a comic book point of view they do not exist in different universes unless something has changed in the last several years.

Firestorm would be neat although the comic book itself did not contain any great stories although I guess the same could be said for Flash unlike the Green Arrow/Green Lantern late 60's stories.
 
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