10 Things This Comics Noob Learned About The Flash From Watching the CW Pilot

By Fred Topel in Comics, Daily Lists, TV
Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

5. They Take a Trip to Ferris Air

I knew this one, from that Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. Ferris is the name of the jet magnate Hal Jordan works for, and he dates Ferris' daughter Carol (Blake Lively). So when the remnants of S.T.A.R. labs take Barry Allen to a Ferris Airfield to test out his new powers, I liked the reference even if it did bring back memories of Peter Sarsgaard with a gelatinous mutant head.

So Ferris has airfields in Central City, which is still where The Flash takes place, you'll be happy to know. We've mentioned Keystone, and we already know that Allen visited Starling City in the last season of Arrow. Now we learn that it's a 600 mile an hour jog to Starling, but it's starting to look like the DC Universe is pretty cohesive under The CW.

4. Singh Has Been Promoted to Captain

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The Flash is coming this fall to The CW

David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) is on The Flash and he's gotten promoted. In my further fact-checking mission, I learned that Singh was was director of the crime lab in the comic books. Now he's the Captain, which is a step up. He's also working with Det. West (Jesse L. Martin), who is Iris's father. I was surprised I couldn't find a mention of Iris's Father in any of the Flash or DC Wikis.

Missing is Darryl Frye, the former captain of Central City PD. Yet we have some entirely new characters, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Wells' remaining two S.T.A.R. Labs employees who appeared on an episode of Arrow. This may be sacrilege for the comics, but seriously, I say go for Caitlin. Iris likes bad boys; you can't fix her. Caitlin is smart enough to work at S.T.A.R. Labs, she already knows your secret and she gets you without any complicated explanations.

3. A Lightning Storm Killed His Mother, and Framed His Dad.

How I Framed Your Father would be a good substitute for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff that didn't get picked up. We sort of knew this already from the Arrow episode with Barry Allen. He talks about seeing a blur kill his mom and his dad is serving time for it. Now we actually see the scene in a flashback.

This seems lifted directly from the current Flash comic books in the New 52, only there's no spelling bee and it looks like the same lightstorm that happens at S.T.A.R. Labs 15 years later. Detective West is now the cop who always suspected Mr. Allen until he became privy to powers of speed lightning and weather control. West still knows the public won't believe this so it's for him alone to know Barry's anguish over his father's unjust conviction. Moping, moping, moping, brooding, brooding, brooding. Actually, Gustin seems pretty happy in the pilot so let's hope he won't go full emo.

2. Green Arrow Names the Flash.

Well, he doesn't so much say, "You will be called the Flash"; he just uses the turn of phrase "in a flash" at a pivotal moment and it's clear that's what Allen is going to call himself. This is obviously a pure invention of the TV universe, and only because Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) got his own show before the Flash did, and Barry Allen was a guest star on that show. So who else would he confide in when he first gets powers?

There is a really cool moment that's not integral to the plot at all, after Flash and Arrow meet as equals for the first time. It's just a moment of mutual admiration where they both look at each other's superheroics. It's a superhero bromance. Seriously, if they have crossovers, Arrow and Flash will make a good duo.

1. Does Harrison Wells Have the Cosmic Treadmill Already?

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Grant Gustin is The Flash

Okay, so there's a spoiler at the end of the pilot. I'm not going to give it away, but it's the first episode and you're likely going to keep watching the show, so I can hint that it sets something up that's going to be very, very important for the rest of the series. I wanted to know if this secret reveal was something from the comic books, and I think I stumbled onto it.

The cosmic treadmill was a time machine that Allen invented. So in the series, Allen maybe isn't the inventor. They've got the two sidekicks, Caitlin and Cisco, to do the inventing, but this device seems to be Wells' own entirely, and he's keeping it a secret from everyone. I mean, Eddie Thawne is already on the show. I think they're already setting up something to do with the future and time travel, though I don't think it's going as far as 2287. Look, I could be wrong. I'm a newbie here, but when you see the pilot, probably as early as Comic-Con, you can come back and either say I called it...or I got pwned.

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