As a boy, Barry Allen saw his mother die before his eyes. The police and the courts agreed Barry’s father was responsible; but Barry knows what he saw: a ball of lighting shaped like a man was responsible. Raised by detective Joe West, the now-grown Barry is a forensic police scientist, with a crush on his oblivious adoptive “sister” Iris. But when brilliant scientist Harrison Wells’ experimental particle generator goes haywire, it unleashes forces that transform Barry, giving him the ability to run at unbelievable speeds. With the support of Harrison’s science team, Barry vows to protect Central City from other super-powered “metahumans,” and takes on a new, costumed identity as the Fastest Man Alive – The Flash!
Unlike its sister DC Comics-inspired program Arrow, which often features a dark, brooding tone and intense, fairly realistic violence, The Flash is largely an upbeat, positive show with lots of exciting action but little graphic violence. Where Arrow’s characters often attack one another with arrows, swords, guns, and brutal beatings, The Flash centers around fantasy-style special effects, such as the first episode’s weather-controlling villain. Unless it changes drastically from the pilot, there is little in The Flash to concern parents of even younger children. Instead, the entire family can enjoy the character drama and thrill to the high-speed adventures of The Flash.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CW.
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