Quote:The budget appeared a bit limited in some episodes and the special FX at times for some villains could have been better. The speed FX for Barry were fine, John Wesley Shipp was good in the role and Tina McGee at Star Labs was a good support character.
I had a couple of the VHS releases of this series up until a few short years ago, and in hindsight I wish i had kept them as I had a soft spot for the show, despite its shortcomings in actual content. As a television production it impressed me with the effects in particular, this series was made at a time when digital effects were still relatively new and expensive so to so to actually pull off a convincing technique for the Flash's superspeed was praiseworthy indeed, furthermore the casting was generally very good, where the series fell down for me was in the actual content and the poor realisation of the costume.
The main cast were not given much to work with in terms of character and direction and this lack of direction and season storyline-arcing lent the show an air of indifference. Neither were the stories often all that engaging, certainly I think if anyone remembers this series it will be the Trickster and Nightshade episodes that stick in the memory purely because of the casting and the memorable characters this created. But this was made in the era just after Tim Burton's Batman and well before television was able and confident enough to commit to a serious super-hero show. In this respect it perhaps helped pave the way for Lois & Clark to be commisioned, though without a doubt the charisma and chemistry between Terri Hatcher and Dean Cain was a prime reason for its huge success, quite unlike that of the two main leads in the Flash alas.
I agree that the 90's Flash helped paved the way for other such shows and that pulling off the super speed was an achievement for the time.
I feel that this show really got short changed by the networks, if it had been in a better time slot at the start and not always preempted I think it would have survived for another season or 2.
Netflix has the series on DVD rental, you need to search for
The Flash: The Complete Series
If you don't it will only display the current series.