The Flash (2014– )
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The Flash Is Born 

Barry takes on his childhood bully, who can now turn himself into steel. Iris finally coins the moniker "the Flash."


Millicent Shelton


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Andrew Kreisberg (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
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
Greg Finley ... Tony Woodward / Girder
Patrick Sabongui ... Captain David Singh
Lauren Denham ... Stacy Conwell (as Lauren Lee Denham)
Austin Dunn Austin Dunn ... Young Tony
Amina Elkatib Amina Elkatib ... Young Iris
Daniel Mallinson Daniel Mallinson ... Officer Doyle
Travis MacDonald Travis MacDonald ... Tat Man
Logan Williams ... Young Barry


The Flash faces Tony, a new meta-human who can turn himself into girded steel at will. While Dr. Wells and Caitlin worry for Barry's safety, Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris's blog on The Flash gets her into trouble, and Eddie, witnessing Tony's abilities firsthand, begins to ask questions that Joe doesn't want answered. Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen's murder. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

18 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the second appearance of Professor Zoom (Reverse Flash). See more »


At the beginning the Flash talks to Iris and she says "it's crazy what you can do to your voice". As she has always heard him talk that way there's no way she can know he's "doing" it and that it's not the way it normally sounds. See more »


[first lines]
Iris West: [on her blog; voice-over] To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first. You need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that? Good. Because all of us, we have forgotten what miracles look like, maybe because they haven't made much of an appearance lately. Our lives have become ordinary, but there's someone out there who is truly extraordinary. I don't know where you came from, I don't know your name, but I have seen you do the impossible to protect the ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Performed by Of Monsters and Men
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The Gift that Keeps on Giving
18 November 2014 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

The Flash is a great show. And arguably a better start than what Arrow had a few years back. But every great show has a misfire. The Flash Is Born was the weakest episode of the series to date, saved by the final scene.

It was basically another filler episode to get us closer to the Flash vs Arrow episode in a few weeks. Filler episodes are fine but in order to still capture my attention you have to add to the overall story with elements that you wont necessarily need later on. The villain was absolutely dreadful this week. 'Girder' had cool powers sure, but the dialogue and delivery of the this character was pitiful. The writers have actually done a great job so far 6 episodes in capturing a completely different tone than Arrow, while still giving us an awesome superhero show. It felt like an Agents of Shield villain to be honest.

But the episode had it's great moments, led by Detective West and Harrison Wells' meetings. At this point, we know Wells is a villain but who is he? Is it possible he is Eobard Thawne from the future AKA Reverse Flash? Just an idea one of my friends proposed to me but who knows. It was just about the only interesting part of this episode. I even thought the Iris-Barry scenes were pretty cheesy and weak. And why is Thawne 'training' Barry? Just felt completely out of place. But I did think the flashbacks were a fun little addition to this week. So in a week that didn't have much going on, we did get an introduction into who Reverse Flash may be, and also got a quick sneak peak to the Arrow-Flash episode in two weeks.

+Detective West investigates Wells

+Flashback scenes

+Wells may be Reverse Flash?

-Terrible villain

-Already tired of Iris going after 'The Streak'

-Really bad dialogue all around


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