The Flash: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (20 Sep. 1990)

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A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.

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Barry Allen, crime lab detective, is transformed into the Flash, the fastest man alive, and takes on the Dark Riders, a motorcycle gang terrorizing Central City. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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His justice is fast. And furious.


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Barry Allen's older brother's name is Jay. Jay Garrick was the original Flash in the comic books. See more »

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The building used in the prison scene is one that is wholly inadequate for its purpose. Chief Cooper refers to the inmates as "...serial killers, hit men and the worst scum on earth...", yet there are corridors with large windows with unreinforced glass; interior scenes show as many as six occupants per cell and mixed male and female populations in the same cell block. Furthermore, Pike is able to shoot out the lock on an access tunnel with one shot. None of these conditions would be considered adequate for a prison holding the kinds of criminals the chief described. See more »

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Nora Allen: So what did you wish for, big guy?
Jay Allen: I just wished for a little bit of my brother's brains.
Barry Allen: Hey, leave me out of this. You're not doing so bad for your own, Jay.
Henry Allen: Hell, 42 years old, commander of the motorcycle division. I think you're doing pretty damn well for yourself. Not to mention taking down that Conway and his hijacking crew.
Jay Allen: Actually, Dad, that was Barry and the Crime Lab boys who put us onto Conway.
Henry Allen: Sure, sure, lab boys are important. But real cops, you know, work the street facing the ...
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Followed by The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991) See more »

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Great Comic Hero Film
23 July 2003 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I agree with most of the comments here. This is one of the best comic book superhero films ever! Especially the pilot film, it ranks right up there with Spider-man, Batman, Darkman and Superman! It has fabulous effects, especially for a TV movie; good acting; a good storyline; funny scenes and action scenes; fine production values and above all an excellent score and theme song by the great Danny Elfman...and I think possibly his best. I also agree that CBS did not give it a chance to develop a following, which I'm sure it would have. If it had a weakness, it was the villains, who could not compare with Dr. Ock, Green Goblin, The Joker, The Penguin or Lex Luthor. The Flash is now available on DVD. Don't miss it!


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