Fastest Man Alive



Critic Consensus: The Flash's sophomore episode repeats the same narrative beats as its pilot, but viewers will be eager to forgive the fledgling series as it efficiently builds Barry Allen's world.

Episode Info

Barry changes into the Flash when six gunmen storm a university event honoring a scientist, but his heroics don't match up to his expectations. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the "red streak."


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Rick Cosnett
as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
William Sadler
as Simon Stagg
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Critic Reviews for Fastest Man Alive

In this episode we're introduced to the second low budget villain who ceases to amaze in every way except for the fact that he's worse than Episode 1's low budget storm.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I hope The Flash sticks to this relentless forward motion - after all, it makes sense for a show about the fastest man alive to let loose the burdens that drag down many other superhero stories and just whoosh ahead to the fun parts.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

While it was identical to the series premiere in a lot of ways, it took care of enough business that I generally enjoyed it in spite of its repetitive nature.

Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Fastest Man Alive" is still as slickly made and as good natured fun as its predecessor, but for a long while it lacks the wit and invention.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Fastest Man Alive" is more concerned with our hero's life outside the red suit... On that score, the episode is far more successful in terms of the former relationship than the latter one.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is spinning a lot of plates... but it's not getting bogged down. Everything gets its due in this issue, which is rather impressive, considering there were tons of plot points and story beats to be hit.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

'Fastest Man Alive' shares many of the strengths of The Flash pilot, but also a few of its weaknesses - its solid, but doesn't present much in the way of significant progression from what we've already experienced.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite a lot of rehashing what we already saw in the pilot episode, "Fastest Man Alive" was another strong episode and in many ways better than the first.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"Fastest Man Alive" very much followed the TV formula of "repeat the pilot 5 or 6 times until the audience understands what the show is."

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's probably wise to start the series off with disposable, unmemorable mischief-makers, allowing Barry opportunity to refine his game in time for the onset of cooler criminals, like Captain Cold.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…