Welcome to Pilot Perception, our feature in which we break down the first episode of each new show in order to help you decide whether it’s worth your time.
The Pedigree: The Flash is a DC Comics property and, more directly, an Arrow spinoff, created, written, and produced by Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. The pilot was directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones).
The Cast & How You Know Them: The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Glee), along with Candice Patton (The Game), Jesse L. Martin (Smash), Tom Cavanagh (Royal Pains), Danielle Panabaker (Justified), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), and newcomer Carlos Valdes.
The Premise: When scientist Barry Allen is hit by lightning after a particle accelerator explodes, he becomes the fastest man alive and works to protect his city while trying to solve his mother’s mysterious murder.
What Doesn’t: There’s a lot of set-up to get through, as you’d expect from the beginning of a superhero story, and at times this can feel rushed. Some of the dialogue — especially in the scene when Barry goes to visit Oliver Queen — is extremely cheesy. We’ve got a love triangle going right off the bat, which made me sigh a little, though it entirely depends on how they handle it. But these are all small quibbles; I loved this premiere and can’t wait to see more.
Our Favorite Line: “Lightning gave me abs?”
You Might Like This if you like the lighter side of superheroes. It clearly shares some DNA with Arrow, but the tone is much brighter and more focused on fun.
(Photo courtesy of the CW.)