The 1990’s ‘Flash’ was cool, but suffered from the same ailments that killed off lots of hero shows: no supervillains. By the time Mark Hamill’s Trickster showed up, the damage was done and the Flash made a quick exit. But if you were there like I was, you’re left with the memory of it all being fun while it lasted. Fast-forward to present day, and bask in the glory of our upcoming new Flash TV show. It looks spectacular. And casting original star John Wesley Shipp as a supporting player means that the makers of this thing really give a damn about fans like me. But it didn’t stop there. They sped back to the old school and roped in another former series alumni. And that’s going above and beyond the call. Can you guess who it is?
Look guys! It’s Amanda Pays! Oh, come on – you remember her. She played Dr. Christina McGee, opposite J. W. Shipp in the original series. She was a nutritionist and research scientist for S.T.A.R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Labs). In the comics, her character was assigned to study Wally West’s metabolism while her husband went insane and turned into the nefarious Speed Demon. In the TV series, she initially helped Barry Allen control his powers and sort of acted as his ‘Q Branch’ in combating baddies. But while Shipp plays a completely new character, Pays is said to reprise her role as Dr. McGee. Wow, that sounds intriguing. Here’s more from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg:
“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part?…Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”
Here’s my problem with this. I want star Grant Gustin’s new Flash to be Wally West and Shipp to be Barry Allen. That’s my only issue with this series, otherwise it looks freakin’ amazing. I love their speed force depiction of him running, I love the action, I’m digging the tone, and it was too cool how the show spun off from ‘Arrow.’ My DVR will not go hungry this fall. And bringing in Pays is inspired casting and all goes back to my original line about fan service. Thing is, this version of McGee clearly won’t be any sort of potential love interest like she was in the 90’s. The age gap is too wide. Will she be Shipp’s significant other? Will she sexless altogether? Is it all business in 2014? Drop your thoughts into the comment section. Sharing is caring!
Here’s a cool Chiller Theater interview from 2009 where some geek interviews Shipp and Pays at a comic convention. Skip to about 2 minutes in unless you’re a Corbn Bernsen fan.
Via – Variety