‘The Flash’ S.T.A.R. Labs Featurette & Plot Synopsis

Published 10 months ago by , Updated June 11th, 2014 at 6:25 am,

The hype train for The Flash TV show had already left the station when the well-received trailer was released last month. So when positive early reviews for the Arrow spinoff started popping up online – even from DC cynic Mark Waid – well, that was just the icing on the cake. The fan consensus, it seems, is that it’s a good time to be a fan of the fastest man alive.

Though The Flash won’t debut on The CW for another few months, media to promote the show will likely be rolled out from here until the premiere date. Today, we have the first video featurette – showcasing S.T.A.R. Labs – and a (very long) plot synopsis.

The featurette (above) is primarily an interview with Tom Cavanagh (Ed), who plays Harrison Wells, the head of S.T.A.R. Labs. The other employees at S.T.A.R. are Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) – who eventually became Killer Frost in the comics – and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) – better known as the superhero Vibe. S.T.A.R. Labs takes care of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) after he’s struck by lightning and falls into a coma.

Flash TV Show Teaser Trailer The Flash S.T.A.R. Labs Featurette & Plot Synopsis

Wells, Snow, and Ramon all know that Barry is a meta-human with superspeed, and they more or less will function as his gang of helpers, a la John Diggle and Felicity Smoak on Arrow.

As for the plot synopsis, check it out below:

Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris.

Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning.

After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

It’ll be interesting to see how well The Flash does as a series. Arrow, of course, has been a huge success for The CW, and it initially pulled that off as sort of a TV version of Christopher Nolan’s Batman. The Flash is being positioned as an anti-Arrow, in that it will forgo the grime and grit and darkness in favor of a fun, more lighthearted tone, though obviously with a style not too dissimilar from its parent show.

This is, in a way, new territory for DC and Warner Bros. The last live-action superhero story that they put into production that wasn’t “superheroes in the real world” (or something along those lines) was Green Lantern, and we know how well that turned out. Could a successful Flash TV show – with more whimsy and joy than Warner Bros. is used to – mean that we could see more lighthearted superhero adaptations down the line?

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to The Flash on The CW? Drop us a line in the comments.


The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW this fall.

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  1. This show is going to be awesome me thinks!

  2. First

  3. Just for the record Green Lantern, despite some problems, ws not that bad. The overly-zealous nay-saying critics were the thing that was grossly unfair.
    I am pumped for this Flash show, and hope Professor Zoom has a big part in it. Maybe Mirror Master and Captain Cold as well?

    • Oops. “ws” = “was”…typed too fast like The Flash, and skipped a letter! Sorry!

    • Green Lantern was terrible. (In my opinion.)

      • Nooo that’s a fact!

      • In brightest day, in blackest night,
        Goldilocks is always right
        That Green Lantern is an awesome sight…
        (That oughta start a real fight!).

    • I really enjoy Green Lantern, except for the parts where Hector Hammond is on screen.

      It’s not that I have a visceral dislike for the character or for that particular portrayal: I’m just very conscious of the fact that (to me) he feels unnecessary. If they had scrapped that entire storyline, they could have spent more time with Hal on Oa, interacting with the other Lanterns. If they wanted to make sure that Hal would have a fight / action scene, they could have had Sinestro and/or some of the other Lanterns take Hal to an alien planet to catch a criminal (which is done in some of the animated versions of his origin story). That would have established the Green Lantern Corps as intergalactic peacekeepers a little better, and you could still have Hal decide that he’s “not worthy” and run away home; you could still have Green Lantern save people from some accident (a genuine accident, rather than needing a telekinesis gimmick), and I feel like it would have felt more like a coherent story.

      When you ignore the Hector Hammond scenes, there’s actually quite a lot of enjoyable scenes and good stuff in the movie: the story is just a little too cluttered to let that shine through, IMO.

      • I agree with you wholeheartedly, there some great points you raise on how it could have been done, and it still could be done with a reboot or sequel Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong should return for their roles, which they were awesome in. Also, I want the next season for the awesome Green Lantern: TAS.

        • How about a Green Lantern #2 film, continuing the set-up storyline of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) versus Sinestro, but with a twist: make it a team-up film, with The Flash (Barry Allen) on GL’s side, and Professor Zoom (Reverse-Flash) helping Sinestro! Two on two, evenly-matched duos…what a slobber-knocker that would be! Want to make it a handicap match? Put Time Commander helping the baddies, and now the two heroes have their work cut out for them! Saves money doing separate flicks for GL and Flash, gives you a bigger tent-pole at the box-office, introduces Flash and Green Lantern a little more for Justice League, shows the DC Universe is just that more threatening and larger, and I know alot of you would want to see this irregardless of feelings for the first GL movie (admit it, you do), so why not? The fans win, DC/Warner wins, everybody wins!

    • While Lantern wasn’t exactly good, it’s not as bad as Jonah Hex (I had the agony of watching that)

      • The only good things about Jonah Hex were Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender.

        The only good things about Green Lantern were Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong and whoever played Hector Hammond. I genuinely think they could’ve had Hector as the main villain and left out the Parallax stuff to make a better, more coherent movie.

  4. Is it just me or does the last bit of the plot kinda sound like the first few seasons of smallville where superman I mean the blur.. Is stopping all the meteor freaks in smallville like the it says in the flash plot there are other meta humans. I am an optimist about this show much like arrow is one of my fav shows now I’m sure this will be as well I just really hope they don’t try to copy smallville too much

    • You don’t read comics, do you? Every one of them since 1938 has featured a meta-human hero stopping meta-human villains.

  5. Can you guys please not use Playwire? By the time I’m done buffering the video above, I’m done watching 5-6 other videos with equal duration on YouTube.

  6. Agent shield uses movie actor in TV show, Samuel Jackson..Agent Hill..Agent Colson…Thor’s female sidekick Sif.
    Would this Flash actor join movie Justice League?

    • I hope not, mainly because it would work better with TV shows being separate from the movies. Main reason being that the shows could be almost like a different universe like the Earth 2 comics (especially since Arrow has killed off or changed various characters).

  7. That would be hard. Once Flash goes big screen its going to be hard to take it back offline to small screen again. The budgets are going to be a huge differential. They will have to upgrade the Flash movements/effects ( possibly some Matrix style slow mo things or new tech ) that they can’t do on the TV show budget. That would only highlight how weak the TV show is ( even if its a good show ) as the director will likely be better at pulling out a good performance as well working off possibly Academy Award winners/nominees that are not on the TV show.

    If the Flash was just a pure straight out acting gig it might work.

    Just a personal opinion.

  8. Me thinks that cw,wb, and dc a re pushing this show hard. I don’t recall all this for arrow. Its great thou, as flash has been a fan favorite for decades, be it jay,barry or wally. One thing is certain with this , arrow, and constatine linking the occult and magic side of dc we have a pretty nice year in terms of exposure of dc characters.

  9. A local comic shop had a sneak viewing and they said it was really good. there are some cool easter eggs and shoutouts in it.

  10. looks good. hope it works out as well as arrow has

  11. This sounds exactly like the plot for the show static shock.

  12. For some reason this featurette has me more excited about the show more than the trailer, or maybe it was Barry asking to keep the sweatshirt :)

  13. I cannot wait to see “The Flash” come out on CW this Fall. That will get “The Fastest Man Alive” off from the ground, on the big screen.

    • Oh, whew, read that wrong! You had me worried for a moment when you said The Flash was “coming out” on CW. I thought you meant that he was, er, how should I put this…uh, you know…of a rather ecclectic and amorously-discriminating but generally thought of as unorthodox social proclivity! Boy am I relieved I misread that!

  14. I don’t actually recall the origin story behind The Flash, but the whole “he killed my (insert uncle, mother, father, sister, brother, gold fish) trope” is incredibly boring. I do have hopes, however, that once they move past that moment, the rest of the series can be original enough to last.

    • I agree. Seems like that figures into batman, Spiderman, The Flash TV show, indirectly Superman, and who know how many others (didn’t Green lantern’s test-pilot dad die in the movie as well, or at least it was alluded to).? While the death of a loved one could definitely set anyone off, especially if by tragedy or foul play, the cliche does get a bit over-used. In fact, didn’t Howard Stark die tragically or because of foul play as well in the movies?

  15. Ok, so I admit it.. I’M going to watch the show whether I want to or not.

    But that one thing that just gets to me about the show is that WB/DC seem to just not get that the Flash now as this “Entourage” of over achieving teenagers that don’t even look like they ever graduated but can solve 90% of the world’s problems by accessing the most secure networks in the world in 5.2 seconds.

    Arrow is good, but I hate when they suddenly throw in the “Oh my god, no one could aver do this!” and suddenly the over achieving assistant logs into a laptop and suddenly can get access to thermonuclear weaponry in order to stop it from going off..

    Now these new teen characters are going to assist Flash in his missions, keep him informed via a bluetooth device, ect ect..

    I know they want the show to appeal to teens but the hero his a 19yr old superbrains CSI Investigator … Wasn’t that enough?

    I still hope the show will be just good enough (Like the Arrow), and from what we can see from the previews, at least Grant Gustin is able to make more than 3 expressions on screen compared to Amell.

  16. Arrow may have been a huge hit with fans, but what does that mean exactly? We basically take what we get. I like fantasy. Arrow leans in that direction, even if it doesn’t go all the way there. This last season sucked in my opinion, which no one ever asked me for. How many of you were asked? You know a show sucks when you’re fast forwarding through huge chunks of it (I download my [few] shows. TV is garbage.), episode after episode. I did the same thing with this last season of Walking Dead. What we are getting, besides crappy entertainment – as fortifying as the cheapo, paper tasting, overpriced nachos in the theaters – is attitude. In spades.

    Yes, I’m looking forward to Flash. Hopefully I won’t end up fast forwarding through huge chunks of it.