The Flash (2014– )
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Fastest Man Alive 

Barry takes on a group of armed men at an awards ceremony, but side effects from his new super power catch up with him.


David Nutter


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Streak
Candice Patton ... Iris West
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnett ... Detective Eddie Thawne
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh ... Dr. Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin ... Joe West
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
Michael Smith ... Danton Black / Multiplex (as Michael Christopher Smith)
William Sadler ... Simon Stagg
John Wesley Shipp ... Henry Allen
Michasha Armstrong ... Java
Evelyn Chew ... Woman
Emily Delahunty ... Paige
Amina Elkatib Amina Elkatib ... Young Iris


Barry escorts Iris to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg. When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man's life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco scramble to find out what's wrong with Barry, Joe comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn't six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black, who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the "red streak." Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

14 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The blue lines on the ski mask Multiplex wears is reminiscent of his original mask from the comics. See more »


When talking with Joe, Barry states that he can run a mile in 3 seconds. That would be equivalent to averaging 1200mph or mach 1.56, which is much faster than Barry can run at this point in time. See more »


Caitlin Snow: [to Barry] We're gonna need to fashion you a new diet based on your metabolic changes.
Cisco Ramon: I've done a few calculations. You need to consume an amount equal to roughly 850 tacos - unless we're talking cheese and guac, which is like a whole other set of equations.
Joe West: For Mexican, I recommend Tito's. On Bruckner Avenue? Best burrito in the city.
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Performed by Oliver Daldry
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Taking Cues From Arrow, The Flash is Heating Up
14 October 2014 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

This fall is shaping up to me quite a time for T.V shows, and in particular, superhero shows. Gotham was much improved last night, Arrow will be great as usual, and The Flash' second episode built on the pilot's momentum and gave us a great second week.

I really like that this show is taking some of what makes Arrow great and crafting it to be it's own. Wells is shaping up to be much like Arrow's Moira character in that he cares very much about the Flash, but has some hidden motivations that may or may not be evil. It also takes the ever so brilliant Arrow flashbacks and give us some heartfelt Flash flashback sequences. I don't know how much they will be used, but it's a fascinating way of telling the story, and in particular the mystery surrounding Barry's mother's death.

The effects once again were spectacular and I found myself loving the slow motion sequences. It was especially cool seeing The Flash bury hundreds of men by a few punches. I just love that television is able to bring us some of our favorite things from the comics and make them visually stunning. Simon Stagg was cool to see after being mentioned in Arrow a few times but the culmination of the episode was a bit shocking considering the characters impact in the universe as a whole. Much of what I didn't like about the episode was the supporting STAR labs characters. They worked well in the pilot but were borderline unbearable tonight. I don't think Panabaker fits the character of Caitlyn Snow and Cisco is just out of place in this darker tone that they have set.

The bright spots were seeing the interactions between detective Joe West and Barry. The two actors sold that relationship extremely well and those scenes are starting to feel similar to how great the Oliver and Moira scenes were in Arrow. I'm really enjoying what the writers and show runners have done so far with The Flash. It's looking very promising.

+Barry and Detective West scenes

+Effects in replicant scenes were extraordinary

+Taking cues from Arrow

+Much like Arrow it has kept me guessing


-Snow and Cisco out of place


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