The Flash Is Born



Critic Consensus: "The Flash Is Born" is let down by a bland antagonist and a lame kidnapping plot, but benefits from the crowd-pleasing through-line of cementing the Scarlett Speedster's iconic persona.

Episode Info

The Flash faces a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel, but Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris gets in trouble over her blog; Eddie witnesses Tony's abilities and asks questions that Joe doesn't want answered; and Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen's murder.


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
Greg Finley
as Tony/Girder
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Critic Reviews for The Flash Is Born

Utilizing a childhood friend with connections to both Barry and Iris as baddie Tony Woodward not only mends their friendship, but serves as a catalyst to get Iris a little more involved in the action without overly compromising her.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The stakes may be lower this week, but a small amount of action is bolstered by some surprising story lines from the supporting cast.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a single, sour note for the Metahuman Of The Week, and also brings Barry down as well... Yes, the super sonic punch was faaaaaantastic, but was also better than the rest of this plot combined.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

A solid (if not impeccable) hour that contained both an interesting main story, and moved several other plot points forward.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

In "The Flash Is Born"... the show indulges those of us who once had - or still have - sand kicked in our faces by the class - or office - bully, as Barry confronts his grade school nemesis Tony Woodward.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash isn't a perfect show, but it is easily the one that doesn't make being a superhero seem like a complete drag and tonight's episode... reinforces that the show has the fun superhero show crown locked down.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

This was not a good episode of The Flash. In fact, this was an outright bad episode of The Flash, absolutely the creative nadir of the show so far, with a freak of the week so shockingly uncreative even Smallville would take it to task.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

After a couple episodes with improved and more in-depth villains, The Flash backslid into old habits with a stereotypical bully antagonist. Luckily, this still managed to be a solid episode overall.

Jul 21, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Brings Iris in from the periphery of the action, which has been part of her character's problem. The downside is that Iris gets closer to the action via a damsel in distress storyline, which feels rather old school and not in a good way.

Jul 21, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Flash is Born" is a fairly basic episode with a strong beginning and an even stronger finish.

Jul 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…