“The Flash” debuted on the CW Tuesday night, Oct. 7, giving television fans a new hero. The show tells the popular comic book story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) a forensic scientist who is given superhuman powers after an accident. The series is a spin-off of “Arrow” from the same network, where Gustin appeared as Allen in a couple Season 2 episodes.
Here are the top moments from “The Flash” series premiere:
Barry’s Mom is murdered
Fans got a small glimpse of Barry’s childhood in the beginning of the episode where they saw that he was an often-bullied kid, not fast enough to escape the school bullies. More notable though, was the night he woke to find a mysterious lightning storm swirling in the living room with what seemed to be man inside attacking seeming to attack Barry’s mother. Fans were not immediately told what happened, but when the series shifts to present day it becomes clear that Barry was raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse Martin) and became best friends with his daughter Isis (Candice Patton), whom Barry has a crush on. Later fans find out from Barry that his mother was murdered and his father was wrongly imprisoned to the crime.
Tragedy at S.T.A.R. Labs
After work one day Barry visited S.T.A.R. labs for the unveiling of a powerful new particle accelerator that Barry said would open new doors in physics and scientific discovery. That night something went wrong when the scientist behind the particle accelerator, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh), turned it on and an explosion created storm of energy above the destroyed accelerator. A lightning bolt from the storm struck Barry who woke up 9 months later feeling a little “different.”
Barry Allen is More
While visiting Detective West and Isis at the police station after getting out of his comma, Barry stared to realize the powers he had. Stepping out into an ally he discovered his super human speed and immediately went to Wells and his team where he they help him figure out the extent of his powers. Out on an old airstrip they clock Barry running over 200 miles per hour.
Barry is Not Alone
Not long after Barry discovered what he can do, he encountered another person with similar gifts. Clyde Mardon (Chad Rook), a criminal given the ability to control the weather during a plane crash the night of the particle accelerator explosion robbed a bank earlier in the episode. Barry spots Mardon fleeing from a police officer and tried to stop him, but Mardon stops him, killing another man in the process.
“Wear A Mask”
After Wells tells Barry that he can not waste his gifts being a hero and needs to commit to scientific testing, Barry pays a visit to Starling City where he sought advice from none other that the Green Arrow (yes, that Green Arrow), Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who tells him to be the hero he could never be.
Barry Becomes the Flash
Barry returned to S.T.A.R. Labs where he convinced Wells and his team to help him track down the rest of the “meta-humans” like him who were committing crimes with their newfound powers. Barry tracked down Mardon just in time to save Detective West, who realized Barry had been telling the truth about his mother. Barry runs around a tornado caused by Mardon, reaching speeds fast enough to unwind the tornado and stop the criminal. Barry decided to continue hunting down criminals under a new name – The Flash. What did you think of “The Flash” premiere? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV.