Tuesday, 3 September 2013

OSW: The Flash (1990)

This one people probably saw. One of the few live action superhero based tv series (and the other ones I can immediately think of got more than one season), this was based on The Flash, aka the guy who does things quickly. More "inspired by" the comic, rather than directly borrowing from it, the Flash fought rather mundane villains with the odd mad scientist thrown in. The occasional super villain was less than super (this being an approach Arrow seems to be emulating).

The main image you might remember is John Wesley Shipp in that padded red suit. Still, it looks more realistic than certain other outfits I’ve seen (I’m looking at you Thing). But even more than him… Amanda Pays. Ah, I remember being rather enamoured of her as a younger lad. I recall her accent being rather exciting, although coming back to the series, not so much now.

Looking through that guest star list, there is quite a few names there, such as Mark Hamill, Jeffrey Combs, Bill Mumy, Denise Crosby, Jeri Ryan… clearly this one season failure didn’t hurt their career any.

Money and bad tv slots earned this series its axe, although there was a second season planned.


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