Awesome: The Flash (2014)

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Season 1

     Episode 1: Pilot 

  • The flashback that shows a child Barry getting beaten up by some bullies. The reason? Because he stood up to them for picking on some other kids. He emerges without any bruises, and his Mom later reveals that he won.
  • The S.T.A.R. Labs team testing Barry's powers. They don't expect much..until he begins clocking in at 200 mph and blows away the canopy they set up.
  • Barry cancelling out Mardon's Tornado Move at the end of the pilot is awesome both in-universe and out.
  • The moment Barry catches the piece of debris headed for Joe and unconscious Eddie, then tosses it off and standing up to reveal himself in The Suit and Mask for the first time.
  • The fact that Crisis on Infinite Earths gets mentioned at the end of the pilot. Making this the first time in non-comic media that any Crisis has been so much as hinted at.
  • Oliver's Rousing Speech about how Barry can be even more of a hero than him, topped by giving the Flash his name.
  • Shortly after Barry gets his powers, he sees Mardon driving in a getaway car. After he and Iris get out of the way, what does he do? He doesn't stop to think, he doesn't hesitate, he just runs after him with the powers he barely even understands yet. The lightning bolt chose well.

     Episode 2: Fastest Man Alive 

  • Flash running through the giant mass of Multiplex's clones Matrix-style.
  • Wells stating that the Flash must be protected, and then stabbing Stagg who was talking about harnessing the Flash's powers after having seen the Flash in action.
  • Flash dodges a bullet for the first time.

     Episode 3: Things You Can't Outrun 

  • Ronnie Raymond's Heroic Sacrifice. The moment the particle accelerator begins to fail, he straight-up volunteers to use his expertise to redirect the explosion. He saves countless lives in exchange for losing his one.
  • Barry's first confrontation with The Mist. He gets exposed to the toxic gas, his next course of action? Running all the way back to Star Labs so they can extract a sample from his body and create an antidote. Bear in mind, he can't breathe and is dying.
  • In the opening scene, Barry pulls a guy being chased by the police out of his car, puts handcuffs on him, and delivers him right into the back of the squad car chasing him - in the time it took Iris to take one phone call with Eddie. Bookended when he snatches a knife from a mugger and leaves the woman being mugged holding the knife, all in an instant.
  • Caitlin facing her fear of going down into the Particle Accelerator deserves some mention. Bonus points for Barry agreeing to accompany her.

     Episode 4: Going Rogue 

  • Barry is now able to simultaneously play Operation, ping pong, and chess, winning two of them.
  • Captain Cold is able to get away from Barry twice (one without his cold gun), and then nearly kills him at the end of the episode. He figures out Barry is more concerned with saving people than stopping him, so he endangers a train full of people, and has proven himself to be the most dangerous villain so far.
  • When Cold derails a train, the cars flip and fall out of control. Barry is able to save everyone by picking them up, running them out and then going back for more at lightning speed. He's moving so fast he might as well be teleporting.
  • Cisco successfully bluffing Captain Cold into backing off by pretending a vacuum cleaner is an upgraded version of his gun. Even when Cold points out he's clearly never killed anyone, the guy is able to keep his cool enough to make it believable.
  • Everyone seems to hate Cisco's code names for the villains, but when he calls Snart "Captain Cold" during their standoff, the latter can't help but give an affectionate smirk, apparently getting a kick out of the title.

     Episode 5: Plastique 

  • Barry runs up a building (And back down again) to save a falling window cleaner.
  • Barry talking Plastique down, only for her to be shot and killed by General Eiling. As her explosive powers begin to overload her body, Barry picks her up and runs across water to get her out of Central City.
  • When Eiling confronts Wells over sending Plastique to kill him, Wells doesn't even need to get out of his chair to convince the general to back off.

     Episode 6: The Flash is Born 

  • Just before launching on his way to his mach punch, Bary takes a three point stance and his eyes flash with yellow lightning.
  • Barry's Mach Punch!
  • Iris taking the finishing swing at Tony.
  • Barry reveals his identity to an incarcerated Tony, not only to let the Jerk Jock know who beat him, but to give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how Tony is nothing but the same elementary school bully who has wasted a powerful gift.
  • Barry comes up with an especially sly way to get the public onboard with his preferred superhero name, contriving to mention the word "flash" while talking about the Streak with Iris so she'll put it in her blog.

     Episode 7: Power Outage 

  • Blackout's Curbstomp Battle against Girder.
    • Before his death, Tony punching Blackout across the room and pulling a No Sell against a blast of electricity. He may not have lasted too long, but he did put up a fight against Blackout.
  • Barry outracing lightning from across the room and saving Wells, followed by overloading Blackout.
  • Iris taking out Clock King.

     Episode 8: Flash VS Arrow 
  • Flash VS Arrow in a downright epic street fight!
    • This is also awesome on a meta level, as they seamlessly combine The Flash's special effects with Arrow's fight choreography.
  • Wells deducing the Arrow's identity in less than a day once he decides to get serious about it.
    • Fridge Brilliance kind of nullifies this though, since he probably just used his future computer to figure it out.
  • With the Flash and the Arrow teaming up, the outcome is such a foregone conclusion that we cut straight to Bivolo being put in the Pipeline.
  • During The Stinger, two crooks try robbing someone who turns out to be Ronnie, alive and with superhuman fire powers.
  • Oliver's method of teaching Barry to be more aware of his surroundings: He challenges Barry to avoid being shot, and while Barry easily catches the arrow Oliver himself fires, he runs straight past two automatic crossbows hidden in the grass which both get him in the back.
    • Which then gets a super sweet callback as Barry catches the arrows Oliver had set up to repeat the trick during the street fight. "Fool me once." Then he gets a flechette in the leg. The Arrow landed a hit on a rage-maddened Flash!

     Episode 9: The Man In The Yellow Suit 
  • Reverse Flash's fights with The Flash are awesome, and the character is very scary and effective-as a good villain should be.
    • During their second fight, Barry saves Joe and Eddie from Reverse Flash, and then is himself saved by Firestorm, who blasts RF like a flamethrower. Firestorm then flies away with awesome trails of fire behind him.

     Episode 10: Revenge of the Rogues 
  • Barry has been training to increase his speed, and at the beginning of the episode, we catch up with him dodging missiles. Except he's now gotten so good that he opts to instead catch one and throw it back at the drone, in the process freaking Wells out so much that he almost jumps out of his chair.
  • This exchange from when Caitlin is being held prisoner by the Rogues.
    Caitlin: You're sick.
    Heat Wave: You ever think you're all the sick ones?
    Caitlin: Not really, no.
  • The Flash's epic fight with Captain Cold and Heat Wave, which combines with his public reveal to make the police quickly accept him as a hero.
    • Ending the fight by slowing down, deliberately letting himself get hit by their weapons, in order to cross the streams and cancel them, knocking both villains out.
    • Eddie deserves mention as well, as he dives into the fight with nothing but one of Cisco's customized shields, saving Flash from a double attack by the villains.
  • The Stinger. Both Captain Cold and Heat Wave are on their way to Iron Heights in a police wagon. Heat Wave is ranting about how Cold's obsession with the Flash cost them everything, but Cold is his usual calm and collected self, saying their current situation just means the plan changes. Then an explosion goes off (or some sort of commotion) and someone opens the police wagon door. Who opens it? Cold's sister. The man has a plan for everything.

     Episode 11: The Sound and The Fury 
  • Hartley nearly kills Harrison Wells. The Big Bad of the Flash series. Not bad, for the 'Prodigal Child'.
  • Hartley destroying the company of his parents who disowned him for being gay (old money, old values).
  • Harrison saves Barry by sending a frequency through the satellite radios of all the nearby cars that destroys Hartley's special gloves.
    • And at the beginning of the episode, where he directed Barry to steer 3 motorcycle crooks right toward each other.

     Episode 12: Crazy For You 
  • Barry being a great singer at the Karaoke bar. It helps when Barry impressed a girl enough that she gives him her phone number.
    • Bonus points for Barry's actor Grant Gustin where his singing talents are demonstrated since Glee.
  • While confronting Peekaboo, Barry hears a gunshot from behind and catches a bullet fired by Clay just before it enters the back of his neck. It barely broke the skin.
  • Cisco and Hartley's fight. For a couple of nerds, they throw it down pretty hard. And when Hartley almost escapes, Cisco whips out a vibration device of his own making that makes his hearing aids emit a sonic tone right into his brain.
    • Hartley's eventual escape is also a villainous awesome moment, with him turning this against Cisco, allowing him to disable him using the same method. The icing on the cake? He did it after telling him what he wanted, and thus, lived up his end of the bargain, and made sure Cisco held up his.
  • Iris being fast enough with her phone's camera to get a picture of the Flash's face.
  • Barry and Peekaboo both showing great creativity in their fights to constantly turn the tables on each other with their particularly well-matched powers.
  • Though he doesn't outright say it, Henry figuring out that Barry is the Flash.
  • Barry finds out his father's been stabbed by the underling of a local crime lord. He proceeds to take the assailant out of prison, and instead of attacking him, interrogates the thug on the activities of his gang. They finish their "interview" with the Flash leaving the thug outside of prison instead of returning him inside (police sirens can be heard closing in so he wouldn't even think of escaping on his own), adding 5-10 years to the thug's sentence. The Flash had his revenge without even getting too violent.
  • The final scene where Gorilla Grodd makes his debut, and it was tense, a little scary and definitely FREAKIN' AWESOME!

     Episode 13: The Nuclear Man 
  • Barry redeemed himself in Linda's eyes by eating a ghost pepper, which is the spiciest of all peppers (it is so spicy that it has been known to send people who try eating it to the hospital), thus becoming her "Spicy Champion" and winning back his date.
  • Barry outrunning a nuclear explosion

     Episode 14: Fallout 
  • You have to admire the tenacity Professor Martin Stein shows when he refuses to give the military information about how F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M works. The professor didn't surrender even when he's shivering in the cold torture room and getting electro-shocked by a cattle prod. Even General Eiling is genuinely impressed by the professor's endurance.
  • To contact Martin, Ronnie willingly cuts himself to write a message in his own skin.
    • And in return, Martin taps with his fingers using Morse code so Ronnie can relay the location.
  • Ronnie and Martin are cornered by the military, leaving them no choice but to merge together again in order to fight back. This time, they performed a successful Fusion Dance due to cooperating with each other, resulting in Ronnie's body powered by Firestorm and Martin's sharp mind.
    • Because they discussed the possibility of the merging being permanent, the Fusion Dance is treated as a Godzilla Threshold. And both Ronnie and the professor still decide to go through with it.
  • The final scene. It features 100% confirmation that Harrison Wells is the Reverse-Flash, our first full view of (and dialogue from) Gorilla Grodd, and the (possible) Karmic Death of the episode's absolutely ruthless villain, all rolled into one.
    • It's even better if you're a fan of the DCAU, where Grodd was killed by Lex Luthor, voiced by Clancy Brown, but not before swearing he would somehow get revenge. It fits so perfectly that one wonders if this was done specifically to pay that moment off.
  • Victorious over Eiling, we are treated to the Flash and Firestorm racing together back towards Central City. It makes fans think a live-action Justice League may just happen yet.

     Episode 15: Out of Time 
  • Captain Singh defended Joe from a lightning strike by Mardon. Singh may be suffering from paralysis and brain damage from his heroic action, but it was a quite the Badass Normal moment.
  • A villainous one for Harrison Wells. How he reveals himself to be Eobard Thawne to Cisco is a truly chilling scene. The way he explains everything; what his motivations are; even killing Cisco are all done in a chillingly calm and matter-of-fact manner. Not once did he raise his voice.
  • The Big Damn Kiss Barry shares with Iris, after she confesses she has feelings for him as well before he goes off to save her father, that leads directly into the reveal, as he immediately, and by immediate super speedy, changes into the Flash. The look on her face is priceless, both Shock and Awe!
  • Barry Allen out-races a lightning bolt. He's in a car with doors closed and seatbelt on, the lightning bolt has already smashed through the sunroof, and Barry unbuckles his seatbelt, grabs Joe, unbuckles him, opens the door and quickly moves himself and Joe out of the car while the lightning bolt is moving in super-slow motion. From a sitting position, Barry saved himself and Joe from a lightning bolt that was literally three feet away from blowing up the car.
    • He tops it at the end of the episode, when he runs so fast that not only does he create a wall of air to stop a tsunami from crashing into Central City, but he breaks the time barrier and winds up one day in the past.
      • This carries into a meta level by being such a big moment that for the first time they don't even try to top it with any kind of stinger.

    Episode 16: Rogue Time 
  • Both Barry and Cold have their respective Badass Boast on how much leverage they have on each other. Barry having his Super Speed to put Captain Cold away for life, but at the risk of revealing his true identity. It ends on a draw resulting Cold having no actual means to broadcast the identity of the Flash, but still free to go.
    • Cold is perfectly capable of broadcasting the identity of the Flash if he wants to. It's just that if he does so, Flash no longer has any incentive not to capture him and turn him in to police.
  • Captain Cold and Heatwave don't need their guns to send a message to a mob family. They simply kick asses after freeing themselves from being held captive.
  • Reverse Flash decides to pay a visit to the reporter investigating Wells and his connection to Stagg. The meeting ends with his hand through the reporter's chest.

    Episode 17: Tricksters 
  • The opening of the episode was a Moment Of Awesome! We finally get to see the fight between Reverse Flash and Flash in the Allen home, as they run around on walls faster than light. Giving us a glimpse into Barry's true potential.
    • One highlight is Flash flinging the Reverse Flash into a wall and stomping on his chest.
  • James Jesse's Batman Gambit. Arrange for a lost soul to act like a copycat, and then pretend to be enraged that somebody's stolen your act. Then have that copycat dupe the police to look for a bomb in the city, when the real bomb is at Iron Heights ready to go off to set you free. Also doubles as Heartwarming when you know that said lost soul is in fact your long-lost son.
  • Jesse's "perfect trick": Infiltrate a fundrasing gala hosted by the mayor by posing as a waiter. He spikes the complimentary champagne with mercury poison that takes one hour to kick in, and effectively hold the entire poisoned gala hostage. He forces the guests to transfer all their funds into his bank account (the number is located at the bottom of the wine glass) before he gives them the antidote, and he has a gun with him in case they try to call 911.
    • And he tops that by planting a kinetic bomb on Barry that will blow up if he goes below 600 mph or tries to take it off.
    Trickster: Ooh, it's active. Run, run, run, run, run!
  • Wells coaching Barry on how tap into the Speed Force by telling him to vibrate at the same frequency as air. The result leads to Barry running through a truck and getting rid of the bomb bracelet on his arm:
    Breathe. Feel the air. Feel that wind on your face. Feel the ground, your feet lifting you up, pushing you forward, and the lightning... Barry, feel the lightning. Feel its power. Its electricity pumping through your veins, crackling through you, traveling to every nerve in your body, like a shock. You're no longer you now. You're part of something greater. You're part of a speed-force. It's yours. Now do it.
    • Considering that the bomb will go off if he runs below 600 miles/hour or forcibly take it off, it's a relief that Barry didn't have to run forever to prevent the explosion.
    • The end of the episode: Barry figuring out from said coaching that Wells is in fact the Reverse-Flash.

    Episode 18: All-Star Team Up 
  • Another crossover episode with Arrow is expected to be chock full of awesome moments:
  • Barry manages to revive Cisco with his super vibration as substitute for a defibrillator.
  • Felicity outhacks the Bug-Eyed Bandit and proceeds to drop the entire swarm dead on its tracks.
    Felicity: Stay away from Barry Allen!
  • Ray manages to outmaneuver the swarm of robotic bees in his Atom suit and short circuited them.
    • Despite frying his Atom suit in the process, Ray manages to safely land inside of Cisco and Caitlin's van.

    Episode 19: Who Is Harrison Wells? 
  • Once he stops holding the Idiot Ball, Barry gets it together and gives the Shapeshifter the very definition of a Speed Blitz. Even when the shapeshifter changes into Flash himself, Barry still outfights him!
  • Dr. Wells nonchalantly taking down Barry!Bates with a tazer before the shape shifter can attack Caitlin and Iris.
  • At Laurel's request, Cisco invents The Canary Cry. He repurposes (and improves on) Sara's sonic devices, fits it into a choker that won't look out of place on her costume, and does it in whatever spare time he has on his visit to Starling City.

    Episode 20: The Trap 
  • Barry saves the people (including Captain Singh's fiance) trapped in the fiery building by creating a vacuum from his super speed arm rotation, therefore putting out the fire in a flash.
  • It turns out Wells/Eobard has been keeping tabs on the team and has known about their growing suspicions of him the whole time, culminating in his sending Hannibal Bates disguised as him into the trap they prepared while he heads out to kidnap Eddie.
    • Even though it was somewhat a disappointing outcome for the team, the fact that Joe killed Hannibal Bates with a precise heart shot goes to show his excellent marksmanship.
    • In that same moment Barry manages to run after and snatch harmlessly out of the air 2 out of 3 bullets. It really shows how fast he's become since the beginning. And hell, the only reason he didn't catch the third is because of the force field bouncing him back!
  • After a whole season of keeping Iris Locked Out of the Loop, she ultimately doesn't need anyone to tell her and figures it out through her own detective work plus a handy Eureka Moment.
  • The implication that the Arrowverse is heading towards making its own Justice League, particularly given how the DC Cinematic Universe has been screwing with the shows and dictating which characters they can use.

    Episode 21: Grodd Lives 
  • Following up on her learning Barry was the Flash last episode, Iris wastes no time revealing this: literally, Iris arriving at S.T.A.R. Labs to reveal she knows ends Act I.
    • This leads to Iris giving her dad a WELL deserved What the Hell, Hero? moment, for not only not telling her about the incident, but on the stupidity of not telling her about Flash. She then explains that she could have helped, could have stopped putting herself on trouble, and even stop writing the blogs about the Flash.
    • Also, just how quickly Iris fell into the groove at S.T.A.R. Labs, and, in a part Awesome part Heartwarming scene, in which Cisco and Caitlin are in a panic, Iris calmly and knowingly snaps Barry out of his Grodd induced Mental Stupor with just the sound of her Voice
    Iris: Barry, Do it for me!
  • Everything about Grodd. For starters he pulls a No Sell when Barry tries to do his super sonic punch.
    • Not to mention that Grodd has come so close to killing the Flash with his Mind Rape telepathy. If Iris didn't snap Barry out of his senses, he would have been squashed by a subway train while under Grodd's trance.
    • Turns out Grodd survived getting hit by a subway train and proceeds to climb up a building King Kong style before The Stinger begins.
  • A double header for Eobard: 1) he's hiding with Eddie underneath STAR Labs where nobody would think to look and 2) He turned the particle accelerator into a giant Cosmic Treadmill.

    Episode 22: Rogue Air 
  • Iris West rescuing a cornered Caitlin's life by knocking an escaped Peek-a-Boo out cold from behind mid-taunt.
  • Considering how long Eddie endured captivity from Wells, it's still commendable of him to have enough energy shouting out for help so that Team Flash can hear and rescue him.
  • On the dark side, we have Snart double crossing Barry and releasing all of the captured metahumans back out into Central City. And this is after talking Barry into destroying all federal evidence of his existence.
  • Snart also shows remarkable Nerves of Steel as he stares down both Weather Wizard and Prism after casually murdering Deathbolt. It helps that he has his sister backing him up.
    • Which in turn also leads to Lisa's awesome moment as she casually puts her gold gun to Bivolo's head when he tries using his Hate Plague powers on Leonard and tells him to "Power down if you don't want me to melt your face".
  • The all out 3 on 1 battle between the Reverse Flash and a team consisting of the Flash, the Arrow and Firestorm. And thus we have the genesis of the Arrowverse's version of the Justice League.
    • And while Ray couldn't make it to the fight, his nanites are what let them negate Eobard's powers and take him down.
    • Reverse Flash managed to hold his own against three of his opponents, taking down both the Flash and Firestorm temporarily. While Arrow is the only non-metahuman of the group, he managed to fight on par with Reverse Flash (albeit disabled super speed) while Firestorm was recovering from being blown away and Flash busy helping out Firestorm.
    • What makes it more awesome is that Reverse Flash is holding his own in a melee fight against Ollie post-training with Ra's

    Episode 23: Fast Enough 
  • The implication that Cisco has been affected by the Particle Accelerator and that one day he may become the Super Hero Vibe
    • And on the evil side Caitlin may become the Super Villain Killer Frost
  • The Heroic Sacrifice that Eddie makes erases the existence of Eobard Thawne just before Barry is about to get killed.
  • Barry running right into the middle of a Black Hole to prevent a universal calamity
  • Barry's Roaring Rampage of Revenge after witnessing his mother die once more. Sadly, it doesn't get far, and seems to only make things worse.
    • On that note, the final fight between Barry and Eobard, while awesome in and of itself, is one for Eobard. He shows Barry that, no matter how fast or strong he gets, Eobard will always be one step ahead.
  • As Eobard prepares to go through the wormhole, Jay Garrick's helmet flies through, which he takes as his cue to leave. It seems that Barry isn't the only Flash Thawne has made an enemy of.

    Meta (human) 
  • Unlike Arrow, which tries to be much more grounded, this show's heavy use of metahumans means it's going to be much more effects-heavy (Barry's speed effects, Mardon's tornado, and Nimbus's mist effects, for starters.) From what we've seen so far, they've handled it really well.
  • The fact that they're even tackling Gorilla Grodd, one of the more outlandish elements of the Flash mythos, in live-action.
  • Many queer viewers have been praising the fact that Captain Singh is gay, like his comic book counterpart, and especially the fact that his statement confirming this was the most casual and normalized thing he could have said.
    "My boyfriend wants us to eat more healthy at home, so this is the only place I can eat what I like. Sorry, you were saying something?"
    • Later in the season, he just as casually reveals that he and his boyfriend are now engaged, and no one treats him any differently.
  • Mark Hamill has been confirmed to be reprising his role of the Trickster, having played the role both in the 1990's TV show and in Justice League Unlimited.
  • The CW has released a teaser not for an episode, but for a villain - Grodd, a few weeks before he fully reveals himself to Team Flash. It's a warning: Grodd is Coming. It's a testemant to just how popular Grodd has become among viewers and fans even though he's only had a few minutes of screen time so far. Watch it here.
    • And on a side note General Eiling, looks terrified in the teaser. Keep in mind Eiling is a man who thinks he can bully meta-humans to be living weapons, and Grodd is able to scare the hell out of him.
  • Not directly Flash related, but Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes and Rick Cosnett took part in a Kickstarter project titled "The Letter Carrier". This Kickstarter got the support of none other than Joss Whedon. This was how the three thanked Whedon for his support.
  • Superhero Fight Club. Black Canary and Arsenal fight Merlyn. Arrow fights Ra's al Ghul. Flash takes on Captain Cold and Heatwave, then the Reverse-Flash. It's as awesome as it sounds.