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See the "birth" of The Flash in the mid-season finale of CW's Arrow

Dec. 12, 2013by: Paul Shirey

As our favorite shows wrap up for the year in their mid-season finales, one of them has left fans with a wonderful tease of the future. Last night's episode of Arrow featured the "birth" of The Flash as Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) is literally shocked into his origin as the speedy superhero. Although we won't see the actual in-costume Flash until his pilot debuts next fall, there's still a remote possibility we'll see him in some form in episode 20 of Arrow, but don't put any money on it. The origin of Flash isn't as well known to most folks, but it's still an iconic transformation, which is captured nicely here.

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Arrow has ramped up its comic book ties in a big way, even since season one, and continues to do some serious universe building. They've had villains like Deadshot, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson), Nyssa Al Ghul (daughter of Ra's), and heroes like The Huntress, Black Canary, and Bronze Tiger, amongst many others with more likely on the way. DC/CW has seemingly been the leader of the comic-book TV show for a while now and will need to maintain that edge as Marvel gears up for it's big "TV" push on Netflix.

Arrow returns on January 15, 2014.

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2:15AM on 12/13/2013

Great episode yesterday

But this whole season has been good, and unlike some other shows based in Comic Book Universes, it's not afraid of its own source material. This site should do a weekly review of this show, if you are going to do one about the disappointing show Marvel has on ABC
But this whole season has been good, and unlike some other shows based in Comic Book Universes, it's not afraid of its own source material. This site should do a weekly review of this show, if you are going to do one about the disappointing show Marvel has on ABC
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2:13AM on 12/13/2013
This show's first season was great and the finale was on form. This season's first few episodes have been great and this mid-season finale... woot! has me really excited to see what comes next!
This show's first season was great and the finale was on form. This season's first few episodes have been great and this mid-season finale... woot! has me really excited to see what comes next!
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2:13AM on 12/13/2013
Can't wait to see the Flash running around in a red hoodie and going by the name Lightning.
Can't wait to see the Flash running around in a red hoodie and going by the name Lightning.
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2:19AM on 12/13/2013
they did that in Smallville already.
they did that in Smallville already.
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1:39AM on 12/13/2013
Even this look good, its so cheap the way that Warner is creating its Universe, Cmn Marvel make a great way to built his universe ....
Even this look good, its so cheap the way that Warner is creating its Universe, Cmn Marvel make a great way to built his universe ....
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2:18AM on 12/13/2013
Cheap? You must be too young marvels 90's B movies along with the awful Hulk tv movies.
Cheap? You must be too young marvels 90's B movies along with the awful Hulk tv movies.
11:03PM on 12/12/2013

Arrow > SHIELD

Solomon Grundy? Flash? Brother Blood? All in one Episode.... Marvel needs to step its TV Game up!
Solomon Grundy? Flash? Brother Blood? All in one Episode.... Marvel needs to step its TV Game up!
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2:14AM on 12/13/2013
As much as I don't like either of these shows, can't argue with your post!
As much as I don't like either of these shows, can't argue with your post!
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7:49PM on 12/12/2013
I didn't read this article in its entirety as we're one episode behind in the UK but just wanted to say that while Marvel is kicking the sh*t out of WB (not DC)'s cinematic universe...in Arrow they've got a real gem on their hands. The people behind this show know how to make a live action comic book universe - and they either need to be learnt from...or given a serious role in the team behind the cinematic universe. FFS, I just saw Fast and the Furious 6...even they know how to make a kick
I didn't read this article in its entirety as we're one episode behind in the UK but just wanted to say that while Marvel is kicking the sh*t out of WB (not DC)'s cinematic universe...in Arrow they've got a real gem on their hands. The people behind this show know how to make a live action comic book universe - and they either need to be learnt from...or given a serious role in the team behind the cinematic universe. FFS, I just saw Fast and the Furious 6...even they know how to make a kick ass universe with a multitude of characters and story arcs. I digress, Arrow is awesome and while it's very early days for the guy playing Barry Allen, who didn't LOL when he and Felicity had that exchange about his theory as to why the Arrow used green and who he could be - well written. Shield, at this moment in time, is getting the sh*t kicked out it by this show - the best thing on TV I'm watching by far.
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7:05PM on 12/12/2013
I'm so loving this show. The moment a particle accelerator was mentioned earlier in the season, I was hoping that would figure into the Flash's origin and I'm glad it does.
I'm so loving this show. The moment a particle accelerator was mentioned earlier in the season, I was hoping that would figure into the Flash's origin and I'm glad it does.
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4:33PM on 12/12/2013

Give Amell at shot at the JLA movie...

I can usually see why studios will recast for film from their TV counterparts but I think Arrow should be the exception. Amell is the perfect Oliver Queen, it would be nice if they brought him in to the big screen as the Green Arrow, you wouldn't hear me complaining.
I can usually see why studios will recast for film from their TV counterparts but I think Arrow should be the exception. Amell is the perfect Oliver Queen, it would be nice if they brought him in to the big screen as the Green Arrow, you wouldn't hear me complaining.
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4:00PM on 12/12/2013
Arrow is far superior in every way to SHIELD and last night's episode just proved it again.
Cool ending, couple of nice little set ups too for when the season returns. Great show.
Arrow is far superior in every way to SHIELD and last night's episode just proved it again.
Cool ending, couple of nice little set ups too for when the season returns. Great show.
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2:42PM on 12/12/2013
At first I was kind of iffy on Grant Gustin playing Flash. But so far (2 episodes) he's proven himself capable. I know he was never anyone's first choice for the character, but if they're going to use him to launch a TV show, I'll definitely tune in to watch it.

Frankly, since WB can't seem to get their shit together with making a Movie Universe, I suggest they just work on getting the trinity established in movies - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Launch everyone else as a TV show
At first I was kind of iffy on Grant Gustin playing Flash. But so far (2 episodes) he's proven himself capable. I know he was never anyone's first choice for the character, but if they're going to use him to launch a TV show, I'll definitely tune in to watch it.

Frankly, since WB can't seem to get their shit together with making a Movie Universe, I suggest they just work on getting the trinity established in movies - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Launch everyone else as a TV show and tie it all in together. Amell has proved himself as Green Arrow and I think Grant Gustin will do the same as Flash. Let's just let them be the established Green Arrow and Flash in DC's cinematic universe.
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2:39PM on 12/12/2013
Just finished the first season, and I dug it. Glad to see this season has this moment.
Just finished the first season, and I dug it. Glad to see this season has this moment.
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1:24PM on 12/12/2013

Wow!

I've never watched Arrow but that's actually pretty cool!
I've never watched Arrow but that's actually pretty cool!
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8:23AM on 12/13/2013
Watch it.
Watch it.
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1:21PM on 12/12/2013
That was just awesome last night!!! My poor neighbors probably jumped about 10 feet from my incredibly loud scream of "FLASH!!!!!!"

This show just keeps getting better and better! I really hope they decide to tie this in with the films, it freaking deserves it!!
That was just awesome last night!!! My poor neighbors probably jumped about 10 feet from my incredibly loud scream of "FLASH!!!!!!"

This show just keeps getting better and better! I really hope they decide to tie this in with the films, it freaking deserves it!!
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1:38PM on 12/12/2013
Agreed. But just like Smallville... I doubt this will be our big screen Flash and Green Arrow. They def deserve it though
Agreed. But just like Smallville... I doubt this will be our big screen Flash and Green Arrow. They def deserve it though
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