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Ideally, you should watch them in the order they aired. That is, if you want to get the most coherent story from both shows, you should watch Arrow up through the end of Season 2, then watch alternate episodes of The Flash Season 1 and Arrow Season 3. There is only one time when the shows seem to be significantly out of sync, and it won't make a whole ton of ...


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Not only does it not say anything intelligible in braille, but it would appear that Reverse-Flash decorated his super-secret "vault" with $3 room tiles from allmodern and spray painted them silver to make them look futuristic. What a poser. h/t to reddit user Elayne7


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Barry Allen, in The Flash, doesn't have a healing factor in the sense that the term is typically used in comics. He is not able to heal wounds or injuries that normal humans could not. What he has is accelerated healing -- because everything about his biology is accelerated, he heals the same way that a non-metahuman would but it happens more quickly. For ...


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In the comics, Barry Allen has been shown to run faster than light, as per @Keen's answer to this related question. Exactly how fast has never really been measured -- as far as I know, they've never tried to apply the Star Trek "warp" scale to Barry. In the DC universe, there are five "speed barriers" (really, critical velocities): the sound barrier, the ...


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In the comics, yellow is a pure form, and red is the negative form of the Speed Force, and blue is from doping. This seems to basically translate over into the show: Yellow/Gold lightning is from the "natural" Speed Force. You see this color on: Barry Allen Jesse Quick Wally West Jay Garrick (the real one) Red lightning is a corrupted form of the ...


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Most likely, yes, Big Bang Theory, as a fictional television show, exists in the Arrowverse. On the show, Cisco often makes pop culture references to television shows, movies, etc. that really exist. He particularly likes to name-drop "geek" shows, and Big Bang Theory likes to pretend that it's a show that geeks like. His fellow Earth-1 geeks typically ...


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Out-of-universe, it was a way to prevent viewers who hadn't seen Arrow from being confused, while also getting in a nice plug for why they should go check it out. In-universe, the man making the introductions was in a coma at the time. It's like introducing your girlfriend to your coworkers, when you didn't realize she used to work there too. Unless I'm ...


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Why isn't everyone who was exposed to the energy wave metahuman? Because in this televised version of the DC Universe, it wasn't necessary for them to all become metahuman, just some of them. The event allows for random metahuman development to occur as needed by writers, keeping the story centered around this new version of Star Labs and its scientific crew....


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Yeah, probably... Legally, it seems pretty cut-and-dry. He could argue that the damages were unavoidable in the pursuit of saving lives, but then if I floored it to a crime scene in my car and smashed a bunch of cars along the way, it probably wouldn't hold up. The only exception to this is during his actions as a member of the Justice League. I don't ...


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Strictly from the TV show up to the point of Legends of Today, Caitlin Snow mentions his top speed quite accurately: What's the fastest Barry's run? Little over Mach two, when he ran back in time. Taking Googles conversion that's just over 2469.6km/h or 1534.54mp/h Mach 2 = 2469.6km/h and Mach 2.5 = 3087km/h. I'd say this is our top speed range, I'd ...


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No. It is not an absolute requirement. The two shows are definitely entwined, and there are a number of crossovers between the shows, but you will not have any real problems feeling lost or confused without having watched Arrow. Much like Angel and Buffy before them, the shows are written well enough that any pertinent crossover information is presented, ...


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UPDATE: It IS now confirmed that Dr. Wells is the Reverse-Flash, appearances to the contrary. Spoilers Within. What we do know is this: In his Braille-lair, Dr. Wells has technology capable of seeing into the future. The future appears to be mutable with events in the present changing the outcomes of the future. We are not sure if they are prognostications/...


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My understanding is that the coma was caused more by the lightning strike than the explosion and subsequent exotic particles raining down on Central City. Those particles covered a large portion of the city. It'd be overwhelming to the city's health care network to care for people affected in each of these areas. There is evidence, though, that not all meta-...


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tl;dr: No, you didn't miss anything. Nothing is ever mentioned in either series about why Dr. Wells wasn't tempted by the Mirakuru -- either as a villain, or even just as a very curious scientist. (But, read on for some reasoned speculation) Without a direct explanation on-screen, the best we can do is try to figure out what might have kept Dr. Wells away. ...


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The televised Flash is much slower than his comic counterpart and does not rely on speed to time travel (forward or backward) nor dimension-jumping to parallel Earths. At his fastest, he has been clocked at a pokey eight times the speed of sound, nowhere near the speed of light... The television Flash has time-traveled by aligning his molecular vibration ...


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That would be DeathBolt, introduced in Arrow. seen in Arrow Season 3 "Broken Arrow" and Flash season 1 "Rogue Air" Jake Simmons, nicknamed Deathbolt by Ray Palmer, was a meta-human who had the power of shooting plasma through his eyes and absorbing electricity. He was the only known meta-human to have not been in Central City during the particle ...


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The really short answer is "The Speed Force" makes everything OK. Because it transcends time itself, a lot of "plot holes" in the story can be explained away as Barry being special because he can access the Speed Force. (The same is true of the comics, for what it's worth.) The two Barry Allens your talking about are the same physical person, he just ...


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Well in the Arrow-verse the Wells built Star Labs 15 years before the Flash got his powers. During those 15 years Wells has become pretty rich considering the fact it was one of the largest labs. It probably added many millions of dollars to his wealth. In addition he knew that he was going to go home(to the future) so he could use up nearly all of his ...


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this question 'Arrows'ed my curiosity. Copy into notepad, save as CSV, import into Excel. You'll have a watch order list in a Flash... sorry. Show, Series NO., Episode Name, Original Airdate Arrow, 1, Pilot, October 10 2012 Arrow, 2, Honor Thy Father, October 17 2012 Arrow, 3, Lone Gunmen, October 24 2012 Arrow, 4, An Innocent Man, October 31 2012 Arrow, 5, ...


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Yes, as of Feb 3, 2016, the shows are part of the same fictional universe. (Note that the Arrowverse itself already includes a DC-comics-like incarnation of a multi-verse; it's highly likely that Kara Kent and Barry Allen will be from different internally-defined Earths, but part of the same externally-defined fictional reality.) We have known for a while ...


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I don't think this has been explained on the show yet, so the only thing we can do is fall back on the source material and hope it's similar. In the comic books, Thawne's hatred for The Flash was a typical example of a predestination paradox. Eobard Thawne initially considered The Flash (the Barry Allen version) a hero, and spends a lot of his early life ...


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"Present day" sections of episodes of The Flash and Arrow take place roughly in line with the relative original broadcast dates of the episodes. Since Arrow ran for two years before The Flash started, Season 3 of Arrow runs parallel to Season 1 of The Flash with episode 1 of the two shows happening at roughly the same time and so on. They first meet in ...


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There are two things going on here: Wells has way more experience than Barry does at using his speed. He tends to beat Barry not just because he's comparatively faster, but because he's just plain better at being a speedster. He knows how to use his speed to his advantage, plus he knows how to anticipate The Flash's moves, having fought him so often. Barry, ...


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When Eobard Thawne ceased to exist, it should have reset the timeline so that Barry's mother was never killed, Barry grew up with his parents, and Harrison Wells' particle accelerator didn't come online until 2020 (resulting in the creation of The Flash). However, that didn't happen. Instead a paradox ensued, the result of which created a singularity above ...


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Not necessarily. The Flash may have been running around the tornado but he was also create a counter-vortex designed ultimately to destabilize it. If he was able to stay out of the active vortex region, he shouldn't be affected at all. The area of effect of tornadoes can actually be quite small. It is possible to have two homes separated by a mere yards and ...


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Speaking on a more scientific level, I would say for the same reasons that not everyone who is exposed to carcinogens will get cancer, and not everyone who is exposed to various viruses will catch said viruses. Special circumstances were in play for those who became metahuman during the accident. Barry was bathed in certain chemicals when the dark matter ...


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