The Flash: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (20 Sep. 1990)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julio Mendez (as Alex Desert)
Jay Allen
Chief Arthur Cooper
Patrie Allen ...
Eve Allen
Biff Manard ...


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 <>

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His justice is fast. And furious.


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20 September 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Barry Allen: Pike has been terrorizing the city. Well, I'm gonna terrorize him. You know that insignia of his? That blood dot they all wear on their backs? Well, I've got one of my own.
[shows a drawing of a lightning bolt]
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Great DC Comic movie!
12 November 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The Flash is a great movie! I liked it very much! John Wesley Shipp was the perfect choice to play the hero that is known as the Flash! He reminded Me a lot of Bruce Campbell! Amanda Pays, Michael Nader, and Alex Désert were good! The additions of Tim Thomerson and M. Emmet Walsh was cool and they acted very well! Richard Belzer had a short part. The movie has tons of action and the film is realistic! The music by Shirley Walker and Danny Elfman was awesome! If you like Super hero movies such as Batman, The X-Men, Spider-Man, and The Hulk then don't miss the Flash!

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