EDITORIAL: Batmaniac's Thoughts On THE FLASH Pilot

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By BatManiac - 6/25/2014

I think I speak for most, if not everyone when I say I wasn't expecting the pilot for The CW's Flash to leak as soon as it did, but as somebody who's been eagerly anticipating the show, I have to say, I feel very lucky that it did.

Let me just start of by saying I think the pilot was fantastic. It met all my expectations, and it has only increased my anticipation for rest of the series. I've decided to share my detailed thoughts on the writing, characters and everything to do with the pilot, so without further ago, let's start of with...

The Writing

I think when coming into a CW show, there's a certain level of expectations you have to set when it comes to the writing. It's like that with most movies and shows, to be honest. I mean you wouldn't go into a Joss Whedon film expecting a Chris Nolan film anymore than you'd go into a CW show expecting a HBO show. However, with that being said, the writing is very good by The CW's standards, and a lot stronger than Arrow's pilot from 2012.

Of course, like most pilots, the writing wasn't perfect. There's a few bits of iffy dialogue here and there, but for the most part, the show is well written, especially the dialogue between Barry and Detective West, and Barry & Henry Allen. I'd say the weakest part of the pilot was Weather Wizard, as we didn't really to get to know the character, but this is a 45 minute pilot after all, which also concentrated on Flash's origin, so they can't fit everything in.

All in all though, the writing was rather satisfactory, especially for a pilot, and between Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, they crafted a screenplay that made this Flash fan very happy!

Barry Allen/Flash

As somebody who was initially skeptical about Grant Gustin when he was announced as Barry Allen, I'm glad to say Grant Gustin, and the team behind the screenplay, have nailed the character in the pilot.

Barry Allen is a forensic scientist, and because of that, he approaches crime fighting as an investigator, and his scientific approach is always leading to him coming up with creative ways to deal with situations, for example, unraveling the tornado. Barry is also a very humble and level headed guy, making him extremely hard to dislike.

Gustin and the team have nailed these aspects of the character down perfectly in the pilot, and while they're sure to explore the character further in the series, so far all is as it should be, and as Barry Allen fan, I take my hat off to Gustin for playing the role so well.

The Costume

I personally love the costume, and I have done since it was first revealed. As expected, the costume looks a lot better in motion. I was initially worried about the belt, as it looked a bit off in the set pics, but thankfully, it looks fine in the pilot. The cowl is absolutely perfect, and I rather like the addition of lightning bolts at the side.

I like the fact the costume also had a purpose, as opposed to just being a fashion statement. I personally think we'll see the costume evolve over time, but as a first costume, and a costume made on a TV budget, I think it looks great.

Iris West & Detective Joe West

I personally liked Candice Patton's portrayal of Iris West. I found her to be instantly likeable, and Patton and Gustin have great chemistry as Barry & Iris.

Taking on the role as Barry's guardian after his dad was wrongfully sent to prison for his mothers murder, Detective West acts as a sort of mentor to Barry Allen, and obviously, his boss. The interactions between Barry and Joe West were great, and I look forward to seeing their relationship be explored further in the series.

Caitlin Snow & Cisco Ramon

Caitlin and Cisco make up what looks to be Team Barry, acting as Barry's very own Diggle & Felicity. I enjoy the interactions between Caitlin, Cisco, and Barry, and I'm interested in seeing how the characters are developed throughout the show, as they're both destined for bigger things than they're currently realize.

Dr. Harrison Wells

Harrison Wells, a name that is quite clearly an alias, because I kid you not, this guy is Eobard Thawne from the future, AKA Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom. If he's speech about changing the future wasn't enough to convince you, the revelation at the end of the pilot should be enough to seal the deal. I'm extremely interested is seeing how all of this plays out.

While there are some parallels with the comics, I'm sure certain things going to be hanged. However, I welcome the changes, as this really is Geoff John's second chance to make clear what he once failed to do. Short story short though, Zoom has obviously created a predestination paradox, which basically means that Flash wouldn't exist without Zoom, and Zoom wouldn't exist without Flash, tying their fate together throughout time.

Eddie Thawne

It's not surprise people thought Eddie was going to be Zoom, but after the revelation at the end of the pilot, and deeper think, it's clear to me that Eddie Thawne is none other than the shows version Malcolm Thawne, who is Barry Allen's long lost twin brother, and a distant ancestor of Eobard Thawne. The show runners revealed that Eddie has a dark and mysterious past, and this lines up with Malcolm Thawne perfectly.

In the comics, on the night Barry and Malcolm were born, the Thawne's gave birth to a stillborn, while Nora and Henry Allen have birth to a set of twin boys. The doctor who delivered the twins felt sorry for the Thawne's, and out of pity, gave one of the twins to the Thawne's, and lied to the Allen's by telling them that one of their twins was stillborn.

Well, eventually this all comes out, and Malcolm doesn't take it too well. He kills the doctor that gave him to the Thawne's, and begins stalking Barry, which would explain why Eddie conveniently showing up after Iris was mugged. Of course, I'm sure all of this will slowly be revealed in the show, and changes will be somewhat made, but I'm pretty confident that Eddie Thawne is the shows rendition of Malcolm Thawne.

Weather Wizard

In my opinion, Clyde Mordon was the weakest part of the pilot. That's not to say he was a bad villain, because he wasn't, but there's definitely room for improvement. It's unclear whether or not Clyde survived, but fear not, Clyde is actually Weather Wizard's brother in the comics, so regardless of whether or not he did survive, I'm sure we'll be seeing Weather Wizard again.

As for Mark Mordon, the Weather Wizard from the comics, it will be interesting to see whether or not he survived the plane crash too, and whether or not he shows up in the show to take on the mantle of Weather Wizard.

Easter Eggs

There was quite a few easter eggs in the show, but the two that stuck out the most was the Grodd and 2024 News Article. The later was a juicy one, which pretty much confirmed that Harrison Wells is really Eobard Thawne, but it also referenced Batman, as well as Barry's death Crisis On Infinite Earths.

Then there's the Grodd easter egg. It's strongly implied Grodd has escaped what looks to be a Gorilla cage after the particle accelerator explosion, probably due to gaining heightened intelligence from the accident, just like the meta-humans. I look forward to seeing where they go with this.

In Conclusion...
I think the show is off to a fantastic start. The pilot may not be perfect, but it's easily the strongest comic book related pilot thus far, blowing Arrow and Agents of SHIELD's pilot out of the water! As a Flash fan, I couldn't be more happier with the pilot, and I can't wait to see the rest of the series this fall!

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MightyZeus - 6/25/2014, 8:20 AM
Great review.

I look forward to watching the pilot.
Pasto - 6/25/2014, 8:20 AM
I need to see the pilot again. I dumbly closed the tab when trying to go to twitter.

Then, dailymotion deleted the video....
Doopie - 6/25/2014, 8:22 AM
It was good but at times it seemed like 'screen-writing 101 for Superhero pilots' - everything was a bit too formulaic. There were stand out moments though...I almost lost my shit at the Grodd sign. Must admit I did not care for the girl who played Iris.

But I do think the future looks bright for the Flash
ndwwrestler2 - 6/25/2014, 8:25 AM
So you're saying Joss Whedon is a CW writer in comparison to Chris Nolan. Coming from a fan of Whedon's, that's pretty hurtful.

But other than that I agree with almost everything you said. Iris is far more likable than Laurel will probably ever be.

The Costume is great. Grant nails it as Barry.

Love the potential of Caitlan, Cisco, and Barry together.

I'd give the pilot an A-.
BatManiac - 6/25/2014, 8:30 AM

I never meant it like that, haha. Basically, what I'm trying to say is, regardless of whether you like Whedon or Nolan, you wouldn't go into a Chris Nolan movie expecting a Joss Whedon movie, and visa versa.
H3LLBLAZER - 6/25/2014, 8:33 AM

You got it buddy :)

blackandyellow - 6/25/2014, 8:39 AM
Candice Patton is hot.

ndwwrestler2 - 6/25/2014, 8:39 AM
@BatManiac Maybe I read too much into the CW and HBO thing as well. But I see what you're saying. Great write-up.
TheSonOfKrypton - 6/25/2014, 8:41 AM

Check it out - http://www.mediafire.com/watch/ybjr42922b02842/f.s01.e01.mp4

Thought it was awesome, like others have said, the dialogue was a tad off in parts, but overall I loved it!
Here's hoping that Grant can embrace the more comedic parts of the character as he grows into the hero we know he can be!

MrReese - 6/25/2014, 8:43 AM
Awesome review.Gonna watch it again in a bit. :)
NovaCorpsFan - 6/25/2014, 8:45 AM
I heartily agree with what you've said!
JorL5150 - 6/25/2014, 8:45 AM

all things are better with boobs.
batz11 - 6/25/2014, 8:46 AM
Yeah, enjoyed the pilot a lot! Nerdgasm with the Arrow cameo...we already knew it was gonna happen, but cool to see in the actual Flash show...
BatManiac - 6/25/2014, 8:48 AM
Thanks for supporting the article guys!
Tuuralihn - 6/25/2014, 8:48 AM
Could not agree more. I'd go as far in saying it's one of the best pilots I've ever seen.
Rickelton - 6/25/2014, 8:48 AM
did anyone else think the "red skies vanish" headline referenced smallville and zod converting the yellow sun to red? i'm not sure when that storyline was set though.
patrat18 - 6/25/2014, 8:48 AM
Where can i find this pilot?
SpiderFraud - 6/25/2014, 8:49 AM
The pilot was a little shaky and felt rushed at times, but I enjoyed it. Once the show finds its sweet spot, I think it will be really spectacular

Cant believe I have to wait to the Fall for the next episode.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/25/2014, 8:50 AM
Watching it today, I'll get back
CaptainSporty - 6/25/2014, 8:52 AM
Malcom Merlyn and now Malcom Thawne?

Is the name Malcom a CW specialty or something?
McFarlaneFan - 6/25/2014, 8:52 AM
I didn't know it leaked. But I checked Pirate Bay and there it is. So I'm downloading it now.

Can't believe they put all that work into it and let it leak. The ratings for the pilot will suffer as a result.
JorL5150 - 6/25/2014, 8:52 AM
watching porn. i'll get back.
DarthSandwich - 6/25/2014, 8:53 AM
I didn't expect it to be good, i expected it to be typical CW crap, i was kinda wrong. I hate this Iris and the stupid love triangle but that's where the most CW-isms end. The worst part for me was Oliver Queen cameo, not only because guy who plays Oliver is a terrible actor but that speech was awful, the rest of it was awesome. Also Fritz and Simmons rip off much? That girl even looks identical to Simmons, also the long haired dude has a strong possibility to become the most annoying thing about this show.
TheReddestHood - 6/25/2014, 8:57 AM


SkullFace616 - 6/25/2014, 9:00 AM
Pretty much agree with everything you said. I like how they get to him being Flash quickly, no messing around. Sure it wasn't perfect but it was pretty damn good. I'll have to give it a re-watch. But seeing it yesterday has got me well excited for the series!!
Swiftsword777 - 6/25/2014, 9:02 AM
Dawson's Creek with super heroes! Don't know what u other A-hole's are talking about but u are all confused hahahahah really the show was meh at best. Howsoever then again must of you think the Arrow show is the the best thing since Asian Pu$$y
SkullFace616 - 6/25/2014, 9:02 AM
Also liked the exchanged "Cool!" comment when Barry and Oliver saw each other do their thing!
cipher - 6/25/2014, 9:03 AM
I completely missed it.

I suck. You can agree with that statement if you like.
TheDufase19089 - 6/25/2014, 9:03 AM
I think Caitlyn and Cisco have powers as well. When the professor was talking about meta humans the camera cut to them and they gave a weird look at each other.

They are hiding a lot from Barry and he will probably figure it out at the end of the season.

Personally I got more of a Agents of Shield Vibe from the Pilot mostly because of the Powers, but I think CW is handling it better. I thought the Arrow cameo was a good but looked weird because of the different tone of the show. I did laugh when they both were like "Cool" when they saw each other leave.

I thought that felicity should have been there during the cameo though. She spent weeks with Barry when he was in a coma. He wouldnt go to starling City with mentioning her at least. Perhaps she will be referenced in the Arrow show and barry will have a brief cameo in season 3.

And I believe the reason why they changed the name to Eddie because Arrow had a Malcolm already and while its obliviously a different show i think the name change will throw people off and they may not catch all the hidden easter eggs like we do.

P.S. Friendzone sucks.
GodzillaKart - 6/25/2014, 9:03 AM
@BatManiac: Good review. I agree on all points, and you schooled me a bit on Flash's comic history.

I also agree that Flash is the best pilot so far. IMO, Arrow started out good, and got great, but never lost that CW soap opera melodrama. AOS started out shit, and amazingly got great, but never lost that Whedon fun cheese factor (which isn't bad, but I have to be in the mood for).

With the Flash pilot, while clearly TV level drama, I have no major complaints. Fall seems far away now!
TheBaroness89 - 6/25/2014, 9:04 AM
Agreed with everything except Iris West. She was flat and uninteresting for about 70% of her scenes...she may get better but if they replaced her and told no one I don't think we'd notice. Glad to see though that it was mainly her scenes with her dad and her boyfriend that were flat and not the scenes with Gustin.
McFarlaneFan - 6/25/2014, 9:04 AM
@DarthSandwich I have been greatly disappointed in Arrow since Dec. 13. While I think the Arrow character is a great fail as a "hero", I've never seen Amell act bad.
And not everyone lives a loveless life of masturbation. Nothing wrong with Barry being in love.
cipher - 6/25/2014, 9:05 AM
The "Crisis" reference is f*cking cool, though.
GodzillaKart - 6/25/2014, 9:05 AM
Hmmm. Swiftsword777 seems like a smart, thoughtful and articulate commentator. I'll have to watch for his little intellectual gems in the future. :)
Swiftsword777 - 6/25/2014, 9:06 AM
Those who have not seen the show check it out http://www.solarmovie.tl/tv/the-flash-2014/season-1/episode-1/ I recommend the vodlocker link at least that is the one that works best on my laptop.
batz11 - 6/25/2014, 9:08 AM
I think Caitlin is Poison Ivy, found this leaked online already ;)

IndependentGeorge - 6/25/2014, 9:08 AM
I can't imagine action tv version of Grodd. Hope he will be badass.

DreMo707 - 6/25/2014, 9:10 AM
Where in the show was the Grodd easter egg? I don't remember seeing it
blackandyellow - 6/25/2014, 9:10 AM
Gorilla Grodd is a terrible character.

batz, that's from a different movie.
batz11 - 6/25/2014, 9:10 AM

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