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.
Wells never gave him a name and just called him The Time Traveler. He also never gave the Invisible Man a first name. Maybe he was very bad at names like Robert E. Howard was.
The Flash has a new episode on January 20 (tomorrow) featuring Captain Cold and Heat Wave.
Now we have coming up Lisa Snart, Pied Piper, and Grodd!
Grrr. I went out to dinner last night and started watching the Agent Carter rerun already in progress when I got back. Completely forgot to check to see if there was a new Flash!
I wasn't aware of McSnurtle so didn't catch the reference. In case anyone is wondering, he first appeared in Funny Stuff #1, which was also a DC comic.
Philip Portelli said:
Iris' stuffed turtle was named McSnurtle the Turtle who in the Golden Age was THE TERRFIC WHATZIT who resembled the original FLASH!
On the Gotham thread, Jeff mentioned Firefly. Watching the latest Flash episode I thought they had combined the burn-scarred Firefly with Heat Wave. In the Silver Age Heat Wave didn't have burn scars. Did they do this for the show or was it a comics ret-con I don't know about?
I can't find the post, but someone recently commented that DC was promoting the Flash and Arrow shows but was ignoring the Gotham and Constantine shows because they aren't Warner Brothers shows.
I was reminded that Warner Brothers show Big Bang Theory has a comic shop with only comics, statues etc from DC.
By the way, the CW Network is a joint venture from CBS and Warner.
Some random thoughts:
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:
I'm pretty sure the dead villain from the first episode was Clyde Marden, Mark's brother. (Who, in his original origin, Mark killed for the Weather Wand.)
Ach, you're right about Weather Wizard! I knew that, but was flummoxed by what I think is the New 52 origin -- or maybe an earlier Geoff Jonhns revision -- where Mark killed his brother.
And yes, I think Det. Thawne looks more like comics Barry than Barry! But I'm glad we've got Grant Gustin playing the role -- I think he's the stronger actor of the two.
And you should have heard me cheer when they name-dropped McSnurtle!
I didn't pick up on the McSnurtle reference. I never read any of his Golden Age stories, but I remember when Roy Thomas brought him back in Captain Carrot #9.