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as Barry Allen/The Flash
as Iris West
as Cisco Ramon
as Caitlin Snow
as Det. Joe West
as Nora Allen
as David Singh
as Eddie Thawne
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Critic reviews for The Flash Is Born
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.
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.
"The Flash is Born" is a fairly basic episode with a strong beginning and an even stronger finish.
A cathartic moment for anyone ever troubled by bullies, though I feel like they could have done more with the topic rather than basically saying "fighting solves everything." Works for the show though.
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.
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