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Smallville History: A Forgotten Flash

As Smallville celebrates its 15th anniversary, we recall the show’s Flash-y guest star

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runseeya15 years ago today, the show that started it all, Smallville, premiered on The WB Network, which later merged with UPN to become The CW. The series lasted 218 episodes and paved the way for such shows as Arrow and The Flash on The CW network.

In 2004, the Smallville episode “Run” was the first to really bring in a “guest hero” – and while the character Bart Allen later took the code name “Impulse,” WB promos called him The Flash.

Unlike John Wesley Shipp and other alums from The Flash TV series of 1990, Kyle Gallner, who currently stars in WGN’s Outsiders, hasn’t been on The Flash… yet. But his place in Flash history should not be ignored. Maybe sometime?

You can see the Smallville “Run” promo trailer below; some photos from the episode can be found here.

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  1. Justin Black

    October 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Craig you gotta admit that smallville sucked the entire 10 years of its airtime. it made people want decent tv shows about superheroes. it just happened to be the only show about a superhero at the time, thats the only reason it survived for so long. the only thing good about it was when it ended, that gave cw the chance to replace it with something decent. so we got Arrow, followed by The Flash, then Legends and Supergirl. and Supergirl’s Superman is far better than tom welling in every way. tom welling cant act his way out of a wet paper bag

    • Craig Byrne

      October 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Actually having written 4 companion books for the series I can definitely say “no” to that “it sucked the entire 10 years of its airtime.” Sure, there were bad moments – like the disappointing series finale – but it still goes without saying that without Smallville, shows like The Flash wouldn’t exist.

      And I’m not arguing with you that Hoechlin is better, because he is better than Welling. But I can still appreciate what Smallville was. The Flash episode “Run” as well as Bart’s second episode “Justice” were incredible.

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Flash Spoilers: Abra Kadabra Returns in “Central City Strong”

Official description with spoilers for the Flash Season 7 episode “Central City Strong”

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The CW has released an official description for the fourth episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “Central City Strong” and it features the return of Abra Kadabra! Here’s the description with some spoilers; hopefully we’ll have some photos soon.

ABRA KADABRA RETURNS – The Flash (Grant Gustin) must deal with Abra Kadabra’s (guest star David Dastmalchian) sudden return to Central City. The villain is back with a vengeance and a score to settle. Meanwhile, Allegra (Kayla Compton) deals with a tricky situation and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) suspects something is off with Frost. Iris (Candice Patton) is forced to look at a dark moment in her past. Jeff Byrd directed the episode with story by Kristen Kim and teleplay by Joshua V. Gilbert & Jeff Hersh (#704). Original airdate 3/23/2021.

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Flash #7.2 Photos: “The Speed of Thought”

Preview images with spoilers for the Flash TV series episode “The Speed of Thought” airing March 9 on The CW

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The CW has released a series of stills from the second episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “The Speed of Thought” and of course FlashTVNews is bringing them to you at super speed!

The episode airs on Tuesday, March 9 and here is how it is described; the photo gallery follows below.

BARRY GAINS A NEW SKILL — When Barry (Grant Gustin) suddenly gains the power of speed thinking, he attempts to use his new gift to save Iris (Candice Patton). While Barry is thrilled with his new power, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is hesitant to trust it. Meanwhile, Eva (guest star Efrat Dor) must face a shattering truth. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (#702). Original airdate 3/9/2021.

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The Flash -- "The Speed of Thought" -- Image Number: FLA702fg_0001r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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Flash Season Premiere Clip: Barry & Iris Have A Dinner Date

The CW has released a preview clip from The Flash season premiere “All’s Wells That Ends Wells.”

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In a preview clip for tonight’s Flash season premiere, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) have a dinner date! But wait — wasn’t Iris still in the mirror world? It’s been so long since the last episode, you’re forgiven if you don’t remember.

“All’s Wells That Ends Wells” airs tonight (March 2) on The CW after a long wait, but hey… we now have this preview clip, and official photo stills and a description with spoilers for the season premiere can also be found below. Don’t forget that after The Flash we get a new episode of new Tuesday night companion series Superman & Lois!

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The Flash -- "All's Wells That Ends Wells" -- Image Number: FLA701a_0052r.jpg -- Pictured: Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

SEASON PREMIERE – When an experiment to save Barry’s (Grant Gustin) speed backfires, Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) faces off with Rosa Dillon (guest star Ashley Rickards). Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Lauren Certo (#701). Original airdate 3/2/2021.

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