- For the Arrow episode of the same name, see Pilot (Arrow).
- "My name is Barry Allen a friends recently gave me the idea for a new name and something tells me it's going to catch on"
- —Barry deciding on his name
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 members, Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, 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. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe's new partner, Eddie Thawne, catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it's time to put Barry's new powers, and himself, to the test.
Barry Allen, a forensic crime scene assistant for the Central City Police Department, is struck by lightning during a storm that is created after a particle accelerator from S.T.A.R. Labs explodes. In a coma for nine months, Barry awakens in S.T.A.R. Labs, having been placed in the care of his scientist idol, Dr. Harrison Wells, along with his assistants, Dr. Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon. He learns from Dr Wells that during his stay at the hospital he causes the Hospital to have power outages whenever he gets a cardiac arrest, its turns out his heart was too fast for the EKG to detect. Also, S.T.A.R. lab has not been operational since the incident due to all the injury it has caused from the Particle accelerator. The first person he went to visit was Iris, before leaving he asked if he could keep the S.T.A.R. sweatshirt. Barry quickly learns that he can move at extraordinary speeds, and that there were other "meta-humans" created from the explosion. One of them, Clyde Mardon, is robbing banks with his ability to control the weather. S.T.A.R. tested with Barry new abilities, all was going well until he remembered the night his mum was murdered. During a visit with Dr Wells to find out the real truth behind the explosion, an argument occur and Barry left seen running to Starling City even burnt his jacket during the process. Barry is seen talking with Oliver as The Arrow, he gave him some advice before he jump off the roof and swings to other buildings when Barry thinks is cool, Oliver sees him running leaving the city and states "cool" as well. In order to stop Clyde, Barry is outfitted with a suit that can withstand his high speed of movement. He tracks down Mardon and with the help of Detective West, who learns of Barry's abilities, Barry is able to stop Mardon although some difficulties in between. Joe finally believed in Barry that his father was not the one who murdered his mother. Barry visits his father in the prison and he told his father he finally found a way that might find the real killer, his father asks him to move on with his life which he replies he never feel more alive until now. With his new powers, Barry vows to find out who killed his mother when he was a child, believing him to be another meta-human who has similar abilities of speed as he. Elsewhere, in a secret room at S.T.A.R Labs, Wells reveals he is not paraplegic, while reading a newspaper from the future concerning Barry's fate as the Flash (below the news we see Wayne tech/Queen inc merger).
Behind the scenes
- Originally, the 20th episode of the second season of Arrow would act as a backdoor pilot to The Flash, however after seeing Barry Allen's introductory episodes, "" and "", the CW ordered a full pilot.
- The episode's name was in much dispute. Originally it was marketed as simply "Pilot", as most pilot episodes are, however closer to its airdate it was marketed under the title "City of Heroes", one shared with the second season premiere of Arrow. However, after its airing, The CW finally confirmed that it was in fact simply titled "Pilot" as originally mentioned. As to why it was promoted with the other title is unknown.
- Nora Allen's death is similar to her death in the comic, The Flash: Rebirth, in which Henry Allen is blamed for the murder, when in fact Professor Zoom (referenced as "the man in yellow" amongst the blur) was the perpetrator.
- Iris calls the particle accelerator an "atom smasher". They have been previously known as such, however in the comics Atom Smasher is also a size-changing superhero.
- Science Showcase is likely a reference to Showcase #4, which had the first appearance of Barry Allen.
- Barry tests his newly found super-speed at an abandoned Ferris Air Testing Facility site. In the DC comics, Ferris Air employs test pilot Hal Jordan, better known as Green Lantern, who is also one of Barry's closest superhero friends.
- On Barry's wall, one of the articles on his mother's murder is written by Evan Gibson, an ally of Green Arrow in the comics.
- Evan Gibson's article on Barry's father's trial mentions him being questioned by the 52nd police precinct.
- The cage in S.T.A.R. Labs is labelled "Grodd", a reference to DC comics supervillain and Flash enemy, Gorilla Grodd, who was later introduced.
- The laundry van which Barry crashes in to is named Gambi Cleaners, a reference to Paul Gambi, a tailor who in the comics designs many of the Rogues' costumes.
- Cisco wears two shirts, one with the Intellivision video game Astrosmash on it, and another with rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock on it, the latter a game made popular by The Big Bang Theory.
- At the end of the episode, the newspaper from the future shows Wayne Tech and Queen Inc., referencing Bruce Wayne, otherwise known as Batman.
- Well's 2024 newspaper states that The Flash will "dissappear in a Crisis". This may be a reference alluding to Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Barry sacrificed himself using his speed to save the multiverse.
- The first bit of the episode takes place during and immediately following the second season Arrow episode, "", while the rest of it takes place concurrently with the third season Arrow episode, "".
- During the initial flashback, a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica is seen, despite it being set 14 years prior to 2014, in 2000.
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