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The Flash – The Flash is Born

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – The Flash is Born
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The Flash - The Flash is Born

While introducing another of the Scarlet Speedster’s lesser villains and providing Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) the opportunity to stand-up to his old childhood bully for the first time, “The Flash is Born” is more memorable for the time spent on the First Season’s ongoing storylines. As the name of the episode suggests, “The Flash is Born” finally gets rid of “The Streak” and properly dubs the Fastest Man Alive with public moniker of the Flash.

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The Flash: Season Zero #2

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2014

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The Flash: Season Zero #2Investigating the bizarre animal sightings and attacks around Central City, the Flash goes to the circus in The Flash: Season Zero #2. Thanks to the help of Cisco, Caitlin, and Harrison Wells, links the odd break-outs at the zoo, the bank robbery by a strong man, and an attack of snakes inside a skyscraper all back to the circus which just happened to be pitched outside Central City at the time of the accelerator explosion likely imbuing several performers with unexpected powers.

Much like the show, the comic continues to inject humor into the proceedings such as the Flash being forced to think outside the box to wrangle up a group of chimpanzees and failing yet again to offer an explanation for his absence during the Flash’s heroics that doesn’t make him look like a boob.

Although we don’t get a traditional Flash comic villain, the grouping of the circus freaks (and their evil clowns) led by the villainous Nathan Bliss adds to the danger as the Flash will be forced to take on multiple meta-humans at once for the first time. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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The Flash – Plastique

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – Plastique
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The Flash - Plastique

While searching for the person responsible for a recent bombing in Central City, the Flash (Grant Gustin) runs across Bette Sans Souci (Kelly Frye) a metahuman and former soldier hunted by the U.S. Military for her unique ability to infuse explosive properties into objects she touches. Discovering the woman isn’t a would-be super-villain but someone struggling to deal with powers beyond her control, Barry introduces Bette to the Star Labs crew hoping they might be able to help her. Sadly, Barry discovers once again that not everyone can be saved… even by the Fastest Man Alive.

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Batman: Be-Leaguered

by Alan Rapp on November 3, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman: Be-Leaguered
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Batman: Be-Leaguered

Despite refusing to join the Justice League, Batman is forced to investigate when the various core members begin mysteriously disappearing beginning with Superman. Much like the LEGO Batman games LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman: Be-Leaguered features the same humor and LEGO-style action fans have come to love. And I was also pleased to discover the classic take on all members of the Justice League rather than the New 52 versions which apparently be making their first appearance in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

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The Flash – Going Rogue

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2014

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  • Title: The Flash – Going Rogue
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The Flash - Going Rogue

Introduced way back in 1957 Captain Cold quickly became a staple of the Flash‘s Rogues Gallery. Although the comic character was responsible for building the device which game him his name, the television series otherwise stays relatively close to his origins of Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) as the skilled thief whose latest heist was stopped by the Flash (Grant Gustin) and decides he must step-up his game by upgrading his weaponry. Getting his hands on stolen Star Labs tech, which we learn was originally designed by Cisco (Carlos Valdes) as a method for stopping Barry if he proved dangerous, the newly-dubbed Captain Cold takes his freeze gun to both complete his robbery and kill off Central City’s new hero.

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  • Title: The Flash – Things You Can’t Outrun
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The Flash - Things You Can't Outrun

In an episode that builds on the backstory of both Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) by offering flashbacks to the night of the accelerator accident which appeared to kill Caitlin’s fiance (Robbie Amell), “Things You Can’t Outrun” features the Flash (Grant Gustin) attempting to stop the Mist (Anthony Carrigan) from completing a killing spree whose intended victims include Joe West (Jesse L. Martin).

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The Flash – Fastest Man Alive

by Alan Rapp on October 15, 2014

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  • Title: The Flash – Fastest Man Alive
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The Flash - Fastest Man Alive

As Barry (Grant Gustin) begins his role as the city’s new hero he must face the disapproval of Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the questions from Iris (Candice Patton) about his odd behavior since waking up from a coma, a series of mysterious black-outs, and concerns from the Star Labs team about how much Barry is pushing himself. Despite Joe going from complete disapproval to supportive in speeds that would give the Flash whiplash (this turn could have been better explored over a couple of episodes), “Fastest Man Alive” continues to sell me on the premise and style of the show (even while featuring the hero in a costume that needs a serious upgrade).

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The Flash: Season Zero #1

by Alan Rapp on October 13, 2014

in Comics

The Flash: Season Zero #1Tying in to the new Flash television show, The Flash: Season Zero offers storylines set in the Flash/Arrow universe. Promised to include more costumed villains, the comic has another advantage by being able to better hide the show’s mishmashed fabric costume of the hero that looks far better on the printed page than in High Definition.

Set just one week after the “Pilot” episode, Barry Allen takes on a Strong Man whose strength and invulnerability leave the hero with a busted ankle and a pair of cracked ribs (luckily he’s got that quick-healing factor).

Although the hero is far from victorious, the first issue does a solid job in reintroducing the characters and events of the “Pilot” while expanding this version of the Flash’s Rogues gallery with some colorful new villains. I haven’t been picking up the Arrow comic, but this one has a definite chance to remain on my pull-list as long as it keeps it’s $3 price-tag. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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The Flash – City of Heroes

by Alan Rapp on October 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Flash – City of Heroes
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“I don’t think that bolt of lightning struck you, Barry. I think it chose you.”

The Flash - City of Heroes

After introducing Grant Gustin as forensic scientist Barry Allen last season on Arrow, The Flash gets his own show the CW beginning with this pilot episode that introduces the main characters in Barry’s life, the tragedy of his past, and the accident which turned him into the Fastest Man Alive. As nearly all pilots are, “City of Heroes” is a little rough in spots and a bit heavyhanded now and again in underlining specific ideas for the audience going forward. That said, other than the hero’s costume (which needs an upgrade fairly soon), The Flash shows quite a bit of promise.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on September 9, 2014

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: The Flash
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The CW has put out new trailers and cast interviews for The Flash starring Grant Gustin as CSI investigator Barry Allen who after nine months in a coma awakes to discover he has become the Fastest Man Alive. Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, and Carlos Valdes also star. You can find the other videos inside. The Flash premieres on October 7th.

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