‘The Flash’ 1×01 Preview Guide: ‘City of Heroes’

It’s finally here: the extended series premiere of The Flash speeds its way onto The CW as arguably the most-anticipated new show of the fall. (Read our advanced review here). Get ready to see how Barry Allen went from forensic assistant to the fastest man alive.

We’re getting you ready for tonight’s electric premiere with sneak peeks, photos and five things we’ll be on the look-out for.


Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8pm, The CW


5 Things We’re Watching For In The Flash Pilot

  1. An Arrow Cameo 

    A familiar face makes an appearance in the pilot to give an inspiring pep talk to our young hero, which I think we all know by now is Oliver Queen. It wasn’t too long ago that Oliver couldn’t stand Barry, and while we expect that these two will feud in the future, this meeting should serve to inspire Barry to be the hero we all know he can be.

  2. How has Central City as a whole been affected by the Particle Accelerator explosion?

    We all know that Barry got his super speed after he was struck by a lightning bolt caused by the Particle Accelerator explosion, but we’re wondering just how many people in Central City have been affected. We’ll see the first villain Barry goes up against, but something tells us he’s just the warm-up.

  3. Getting to know Team Flash.

    Like with Arrow, I have no doubt that we’re going to end up seriously loving the team working with Barry to save the city. But make no mistake, this isn’t Team Arrow. The members – Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells – are completely different, but the great thing is it that they will be Barry’s family much like Team Arrow is Oliver’s.

  4. Barry and Iris.

    Back on Arrow, we knew that Barry has harboring unrequited feelings for a certain somebody in Central City, and now we’ll see firsthand how Barry struggles with his love for his best friend, Iris. We expect this to be the Oliver and Felicity relationship of The Flash. Settle in, folks, because these slow burns can be a bitch.

  5. Easter Eggs Galore.

    Perhaps one of the most exciting parts about watching a comic book adaptation is keeping an eye out for the various Easter Eggs scattered throughout. They’re prevalent enough in normal episodes of shows like Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so we’re expecting some pretty big ones in the series premiere of this Arrow Here’s a tease: Keep your eyes peeled during the final scene for a major Easter Egg that will have fans talking.






THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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