Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sight and Sound: The Flash
The Flash television series, developed by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, premiered 20 September 1990 on CBS. With this blog's bi-weekly reviews of the series' episodes soon to finish, I thought it was about time that I posted the show's unforgettable titles. The lighting bolt logo screens that opened and closed each episode, accompanied by a sudden crash of thunder, were distinctive and dynamic. The show's driving, thunderous theme song was composed by Danny Elfman, and it was often incorporated into the episodic scores by Shirley Walker. The Flash's opening credits--showcasing stars John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, and Alex Desert--cleverly utilize a staggered, slow motion effect to suggest a sense of speed and movement. Both the logo screens and opening titles served to instantly establish that dramatic yet playful tone inherenet to superhero adventures. Television doesn't get much more exciting than this!