Faster Than A Cop on a Donut Run, The Flash is Back
If you’re enjoying the current iteration of The Flash on the CW, you’re gonna love this. Way back in 1990, there was this show, see, called The Flash. It starred none other than The Flash’s John Wesley Shippe, father of Barry Allen, as…Barry Allen, the Flash.
Anyway, long story short: CW Seed has kindly posted the entire series (what should really have been the first of at least a few seasons, but that’s another story) for free streaming. If you’re enjoying the current version of the Flash and its co-universe show Arrow, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Besides just JWS, you’ll recognize a number of other actors who’re connected to the current series, including Mark Hamill as the Trickster (yep! Same actor, same character, 25 years later) and Amanda Pays as Tina McGee.
For a “Then and Now” perspective, it’s fun to watch the old show versus the new for a handful of reasons, not the least of which is the tone. The original show was much darker, featuring a Barry Allen out for revenge against a (cheesily stereotypical) biker who murdered his brother. In support of that, in fact, it even features music by none other than 1989 Batman composer Danny Elfman, whose signature approach to cinematic music is instantly distinguishable.
I’m actually arguing with myself about which costume I like better, old or new. Both are nice, but I think the old one might actually capture the comic look a little better. Plus, it shows off Shipp’s much beefier physique compared to modern Barry Allen played by Grant Gustin. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Gustin, but he’s a twig.
What I really hope is that we’ll see some further reference to this Flash in the new series, similar to the “Welcome to Earth 2” episode, which plainly showed this version of the character existing in an alternate universe (along with Supergirl, incidentally). Pretty cool!
Go watch it!