Holy cow, that was the best thing the CW has ever given me for my birthday.

This is everything I'd want a Flash show to be. There are some changes to the mythos -- the particle accelerator being the source of most or all of the super powers in the area -- but I'm okay with that. It gives the show some unity, and asks us to believe one unbelievable thing instead of asking us to believe a new unbelievable thing every week. I think it's a smart approach. 

Grant Gustin is perfect as Barry -- younger than when I'd first encountered the character, but with so much heart and good humor. I'm stunned at how well he inhabits the part.
I'm most concerned about Thawne's inclusion -- I hope they don't rush through that, putting the prime suspect for his mother's murder right up front. And, frankly, I think growing up with Iris is makes that relationship a little odd, too... and ultimately she might not be the one he ends up with because of that dynamic. (I don't think they plan for that not to happen, but it might be that the show finds itself unable to surmount the squick factor and decides to go another way.)

But I love the cast, the supporting characters (especially at the lab) are great, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes! For me, this is head and shoulders above Gotham -- even after this week's ridiculous Balloon Man episode, where I'm finally starting to enjoy it for the cheese it brings to the table.

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Or the TRON pilot was approved!
 
Richard Willis said: Richard Willis said:

It sounds like in March we will get a team-up with the Atom!

They've released an in-costume pic of Brandon Routh in costume as The Atom.

Looks like like his powers will come from electronics in his suit. Or he has a thing about armor.

On Arrow, Ray Palmer bought a mine where he suspects he can find a dwarf star alloy.


 Has anyone heard whether or not they're actually going to give him his shrinking ability?  I know they were originally going to use the Blue Beetle (there were numerous references to both Ted Kord and Kord Industries in Arrow's second season) but DC wouldn't let them.  Since they're essentially using him as a Beetle stand-in, I fear they may just give him a high-tech costume and weaponry and skip the super powers altogether.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

On Arrow, Ray Palmer bought a mine where he suspects he can find a dwarf star alloy.

No one's said that specifically, but there's been a lot of talk of miniaturization and white dwarf stars. And he's the Atom. So all signs point to yes.

Any reason given why they didn't let them use the Blue Beetle?

Obviously rushing to get their shrinking guy out before July.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think the Ted Kord version (my Blue Beetle) is considered the current BB. Wasn't the Ted Kord/Booster Gold book one of the one-shot what-ifs? Isn't Jaime Reyes still considered BB at this time? Or was it just at the time the producers of The Flash needed to make plans?

Ron M. said:

Any reason given why they didn't let them use the Blue Beetle?

Obviously rushing to get their shrinking guy out before July.

How many Blue Beetles have there been by now? The original was already dead before DC even got the character.

I don't think the TV shows care who's the current Blue Beetle -- they'll use Ted Kord if they want to and are allowed to. (He would have been introduced as someone taking over Queen Industries, which wouldn't suit Reyes. It's a tweak to Palmer as it is.) I think Blue Beetle was already claimed by something else in development at the time, but I've no idea what.

Ted's in a comic right now, and Jaime hasn't been for a year or so. But Ted's not appearing in the present day DCU. So it's tough to say who the current Blue Beetle is.

I found Iris very annoying in seeming to not want Barry to see Linda. It came off very catty and needy, like she wanted to keep Barry in love with her and not wanting to "share" him.

Linda wasn't that much better. As a reporter, she should know about emergency calls and she knew Barry was CSI. And she was moving things too fast!

Did anyone else notice that the quantum gizmo aped Firestorm's original emblem with one big circle and three smaller ones.

Of course, there was "The CONWAY Award!

Ron M. said:

How many Blue Beetles have there been by now? The original was already dead before DC even got the character.

The first two, really. The Golden Age BB was Dan Garret (one T), a police officer with a chainmail suit and a super-vitamin pill; he had his own radio show for a while. The second was Dan Garrett (two Ts), an archaeologist who found an ancient scarab that gave him super-powers. Then came Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes.

It appears to be a popular name. The university I attended had a campus shuttle bus nicknamed the Blue Beetle. And I recently started reading Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, in which Dresden's nickname for his car is the Blue Beetle.

Yes.  I liked it.

Philip Portelli said:

Did anyone else notice that the quantum gizmo aped Firestorm's original emblem with one big circle and three smaller ones.

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