Wednesday, October 9, 2019

“THE FLASH” S6 Premiere Uses QUEEN’s “FLASH GORDON” Theme for Shout-Out

The CW has teased it for so many months now, and fans of their DC superhero TV lineup known as the “Arrow”-verse just cannot wait any more for their Holiday crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” But first, the various series that constitute the “Arrow”-verse have to start off with their latest seasons, or in the case of “Batwoman,” premiere as a new series. The second show of the franchise, “The Flash,” just started its sixth season this Tuesday with an incredible initial threat that the Fastest Man Alive must face. And he does so with an old “Queen” song that has been connected via meme to his character too.

As Comic Book Resources tells us, on his sixth season of adventures as part of the “Arrow”-verse on The CW, Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) faces an unusual menace in the form of ultra-micro-scale black holes appearing all over Central City in the season 6 premiere episode “Into the Void.” These come about due to a freak accident involving a gravity wave emitter developed by Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight), a minor superhuman character from the “Flash” DC Comics. When Chester’s consciousness is taken into a dimensional void, various black holes open up in the city sucking up matter everywhere.

Barry thus volunteers to enter the void on the other side of the black holes to recover Chester’s spirit. He plans to use a larger black hole that opens up in the streets, while his fellow “Team Flash” compatriots evacuate civilians and Iris (Candice Patton) and Cisco (Carlos Valdez) run mission control. As Flash preps to get inside the black hole, Cisco opens his playlist to a song he has been keeping in reserve for such key moment: the theme song for the 1980 “Flash Gordon” movie as performed by legendary British rock band Queen.

While the memorable rock theme song refers of course to the space opera hero of the legendary King Features Syndicate comic strip, the lyrics have also been taken by The CW “Flash” fans with a flair for making online videos to refer to Barry Allen and his incredible reality-bending feats using his super-speed. Boastful lines of “Savior of the Universe,” “Miracle” and “King of the Impossible” remarkably apply to Barry and his alter ego as well, after five completed seasons of super-adventures and a sixth already started this week. And soon the S6 storyline will tie into the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover that The CW has long been hyping.

“The Flash” is on every Tuesday night on The CW. Its December 10 episode will be the third in sequence for the 2019 “Arrow”-verse crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

Image courtesy of IGN


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