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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Did You Know?


Wells tells Barry he's become a cripple in a wheelchair and a Pariah! In 2020, six years later in the Arrowverse crossover Crisis On Infinite Earths he actually become the character known in DC comics as Pariah! See more »


They explain how the bad guy can clone himself, but they never explain how he can clone his clothes and shoes (but not a gun). See more »


Barry Allen: Yeah, I may be the one in the suit doing all the running... but when I'm out there helping people, making a difference... you're all out there with me. Finally realized something: we were all struck by that lightning.
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The Flash Theme Song
by Blake Neely
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Gaining more and more speed
15 October 2014 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

The Fastest Man Alive is an entertaining and well rounded episode. Sure it had it's flaws but it cannot be denied on how entertaining the episode was.

The action was very refreshing. It was not very often that we see such a hero with super speed do crime fighting on screen, but in this episode Flash's abilities that were portrayed on screen amazed me. Multiplex was a great choice as a villain because it paved way for The Flash to explore more of his skills and thrilling sequences. Some scenes were shot and stylized to almost mimic some of The Matrix's iconic action scenes and I have to say, they were executed impressively. The visuals were great as well for a TV show, it didn't feel rushed or anything. Every time the Flash runs in super speed the visuals are very detailed and effective. Grant Gustin still remained to be a great Barry Allen and Flash. He can easily pull off a light hearted scene or an emotional one. I was also impressed with the flashback scenes shown in the episode which makes you learn more about how Barry Allen came to be in his younger years and see how he and the people around him developed, and at the same time enjoy Barry Allen in the future as the Flash. His relationship with Detective Joe West in his younger years was a great inclusion to the narrative which granted for more character development. Speaking of character development, Caitlin and Cisco, although great in their own roles, seem to be under developed and show no significance yet to the narrative. I would like to see them be explored and develop over time. Harrison Wells' character however, proves to still be a mystery and gained my interest which will go on for future episodes as well.

The Flash is gaining momentum. I know for a fact that the episodes will increase more and more in terms of story and will be a hit just like Arrow. With a refreshing set of action sequences and skill sets introduced by the Flash on screen, great visuals and impressive handling of the super hero and his origins. The Flash will be one show to look out for.

Verdict: 9.0/10

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Release Date:

14 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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