The Flash: The Complete Series
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Flash, The: The Complete Series (Repackage/Viva)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At least the Batman, as a character, started out dark, but the shift in tone doesn't work for the Flash at all. Despite having a rogues' gallery second only to Batman's (I'm speaking DC here; Spider-Man's list of colorful baddies easily wins over both), the Flash was never envisioned to be a brooding vigilante. In fact, the character was so light that William Dozier first considered making his '60s lampoon show about Flash and Kid Flash before changing it to Batman and Robin because the running effects would have been more expensive. To this day, however, DC/WB stubbornly continues to try to suck the fun and tonal diversity out of all their characters, by making all their films "dark" and "gritty."
Not that this show is all that serious. Again, it's trying to mimic Burton's offbeat style, so the result is "Dark Camp" (DC-get it?) Horribly painted artsy murals pop up in every scene, on and in every building in Central City, which is annoying.Read more ›
For comic book fans and Flash purists this 90's live action version resembles the 1960's scarlet speedster and more than anything else it stays true to the character. Struck by lightning during an experiment and doused with all sorts of chemicals police scientist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) quickly discovers that his metabolism is rapidly changing and he now has the ability to move at incredible speeds. With the aid of a beautiful scientist Tina McGee played by Amanda Pays, Barry Allen AKA "The Flash" learns how to control his new found powers as he turns his efforts to crime fighting in Central City.
Watching this series all over again reminded me why I loved it so much in the first place. The series was full of great set designs, amazing special effects and a solid soundtrack from Danny Elfman. It's no secret that "The Flash" was an expensive show to create each week and a floating time slot by the network pretty much sealed its fate. Where the show also faltered was in its development of villains to combat the Flash and wreak havoc on the citizens of Central City. The show had a more human feel rather than comic book and the rogues gallery of high caliber villains didn't really surface until the show was almost over and by then it was too late.Read more ›
It was a fun series... and it offered a great trip back in the early 90s.
Very nice set... and very nice series.
All and all its fun, and a bit cheesey at times, but after all its a comic. To bad this show did not get another season. There a number of powers that had yet to be fully explored. As well as a nice little Love interest that never really went far.
For those into superheroes its a must buy.
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A classic and a must for any Flash or live action hero collection!! Casting this Flash to play father of current TV Flash was inspired!!Published 24 days ago by PAUL SAFRANYOS
Finally, I found this series collected on DVD!!! I wish it had been on Blu-Ray but I'll take what I can get. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Morty
Well, colour me red-faced. I thought I was buying the first season of the latest series which is great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Marois
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 13 months ago by Ken Johnson