Just got done watching the series premier of The Flash over on cwtv.com. Crummy video player, but great show.
1. Fantastic casting John Wesley Shipp (1990's Flash) as Barry's dad. Look forward to seeing him again. side note: anyone notice Barry's lab had a look not unlike the lab in the 1990's version?
2. Love that they bring several allies in on the secret up front. Cliche, though, that they keep it from Iris.
3. At least 3 villains introduced in one way or the other: Reverse-Flash, Weather Wizard, and GRODD. You did catch the empty cage with the name spelled out, yes? Discussions on the internet have suggested a fourth, Cobalt Blue, might have also been shown. In truth, I wonder if the show slyly slipped in actors during the gala scenes who will be portraying villains in the future.
4. The suit introduction was a bit hokey. I appreciated JW Shipp's version better. At least there, in the story the suit was custom tailored for him. Here its already Barry's size and shape. Also didn't like that they had features like the big circle where the lightning bolt would go.
5. They need to be more careful handling Iris West. She's coming across as a cliched ditz, (not the actress' fault. She did fine with what they gave her). Mishandled, this could easily become the Lana Lang of this series. She was mishandled in the 1990's version too. Came across as a whiny type oblivious to anything but her own little view of the world.
6. The big question: Eddie Thawne/Professor Harrison Wells: who are they really? Best theory I've heard so far: Eddie is actually Malcolm Thawne, aka Cobalt Blue, an ancestor of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash. Which leads us to Harrison Wells, apparent time traveler. His name is obviously a reference to H.G. Wells, so likely a pseudonym. But if Eddie is Malcolm, that leaves room for Wells to be Eobard Thawne, time traveler, and eventually Reverse-Flash, or as he's often called Professor Zoom.
Some observations made by others: Malcolm is obsessed with Barry. Eddie has shown some points that might indicate early signs of obsession, such as happening to be there right when Barry is chasing a mugger. Also apparently studying Barry's blog. Problem: the actors for Eddie & Barry are 7 years difference in age, and it is visible onscreen. Malcolm and Barry were twins (fraternal?). I suppose they could drop the "twin" and just list the characters as brothers.
Eobard began as a fan of Barry Allen and travelled far into the past to meet him. He arrived after Allen's death and was greatly disappointed. It's very possible that Wells represents Eobard, at first as a time traveling fan of Barry, intent upon creating and guiding him until there is a falling out. He did seem obsessed with Barry's DNA for scientific study. It is possible he hopes to improve his own.