Unlike many of the current and upcoming superhero TV adaptations, The Flash is one of the few who have already enjoyed some time on the small screen, thanks to the short-lived TV 1990-1991 TV series. The showrunners of the newest version saw fit to add the star of that series, John Wesley Shipp as the new Flash’s father, and it looks like he’ll bringing his main co-star along with him: Amanda Pays, known to fans as S.T.A.R. Labs’ ‘Dr. Tina McGee.’
Those following the show’s development know that the showrunners had already created a Prison Break reunion by casting its two leads, and now, it seems yet another (and frankly, more fitting) return will be in the cards. For those who may not know, Amanda Pays played the original Dr. Christina ‘Tina’ McGee, a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who helped Barry Allen (in this case, Shipp) come to grips with his newfound powers.
But where the former Flash was given a new role in the re-imagined series, Pays will apparently be reprising her role, although her expertise in metahuman metabolism and the ‘Speed Force’ will find her employed at a rival technology company. According to Variety, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg claims that the decision to include the good doctor came before a plan to bring Pays back as well:
“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part? Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”
Since McGee acted as something of a romantic opposite for Allen in the original series, the age gap between Pays and new lead Grant Gustin seems to imply a new plot is being created. That new plot is wide open to speculation, since the series’ pilot episode (and marketing) have suggested that it was S.T.A.R. Labs’ Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) who would be helping Barry understand his new physiology.
Fans can speculate on just how McGee will be worked back into the story – and if she’ll be crossing paths with her former subject, in or out of prison – but for now, the tone surrounding the show is shamelessly optimistic. Despite recent trailers focusing more on Barry Allen’s tragic upbringing, Grant Gustin seems overwhelmingly positive about the prospect of playing a certified member of the Justice League:
What are you most looking forward to about The Flash: the cast, the returning characters, or just the chance to see Barry Allen in live action? Or is there another show coming this Fall that’s gotten your attention?
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.
Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce for updates on The Flash as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.