Flash, The: The Complete Series (DVD)
One of the more exciting and atmospheric TV adaptations of a popular comic book series, The Flash benefited from terrific special effects, but lasted only a single year on its network in 1990. The series stuck to the Scarlet Speedster's origins: police scientist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) is struck by lightning during an experiment, and chemicals splashed on him during the accident give him the ability to move at incredible speeds (note: hardcore comic fans know that this is the origin for the '60s version of the Flash, not his WWII-era identity). The series partnered him with an attractive fellow scientist (Amanda Pays) who assists Barry in his crime-fighting pursuits. Where the show deviated from its source material was its choice of combatants for the Flash--episodes focused on decidedly human villains, like corrupt officials ("Watching the Detectives") and mobsters (Michael Nader played ex-cop turned hood Nicholas Pike in two episodes, including the pilot), and didn't pull in the comic's excellent "rogues' gallery" until the end of the season, when the Trickster (Mark Hamill, who appears in two episodes), Captain Cold (Michael Champion), Mirror Master (David Cassidy!), and a sort-of Reverse-Flash (in the episode "Twin Streaks") made appearances. Sadly, these appearances were too little, too late for the series, which struggled with a high per-episode price tag and a fluctuating time slot (as well as frequent breaking coverage of the Gulf War). But for the Flash faithful, the six-disc set compiles its entire 21-episode run, including the 90-minute pilot. Unfortunately, no extras are included. --Paul Gaita
For a T.V. show of that era, the special effects were very good.
It also Brought back very good memories of the old magazines we used to bye at 10¢ a piece.
I was disappointed that the original tv actors were not used. That's what I expected when I bought the seriesPublished 3 months ago by Ken Johnson
Love it. Did you know that on the new serie The flash on TV now. He plays the father of the flash. Clin d'œil.Published 11 months ago by teleloulou
This series wasn't as good as I remember it. It's pretty campy, but if you can look past that, it's still fun to watch.Published 12 months ago by Carol
As a BOLT of Lightning flashes across the sky,it was BrilliantPublished 13 months ago by Richard Boldt