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Get up to speed with The Flash

24/03/2017TV

His name is Barry Allen and he is the fastest man alive. If you haven't been able to keep up with The Flash, you have been missing out on a whirlwind of adventures involving evil metahumans, time-travel and parallel universes.

But don't worry, we have you covered. If you want to start enjoying the fastest entertainment on TV, we at Virgin Media have the story so far, delivered as quickly as the Scarlet Speedster himself could read it. Here's everything you need to get up to speed with The Flash...

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen, an ordinary forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department, developed superpowers. He was now the fastest man alive!

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The storm that gave Barry his powers also created villainous metahumans, so Barry began training under Harrison Wells at STAR Labs to take down the bad guys, with the help  of STAR Labs’ finest: Cisco and Caitlin

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Barry realised his new powers held the key to solving his mother’s murder from when he was a child. He discovered the villain responsible was the Reverse-Flash; his time-travelling nemesis from the future.

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Who was really Harrison Wells in disguise!

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Barry tried to defeat Reverse-Flash by running fast enough to travel back in time to the night his mother was killed.

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But ultimately it was the sacrifice of Eddie – ancestor of the Reverse-Flash and fiancée of Iris, the love of Barry’s life – that saved the day.

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In Season 2, Barry and the STAR Labs crew learned of the existence of parallel universes when they met The Flash’s speedster counterpart from Earth 2, Jay Garrick.

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But Earth 2 also had an evil speedster named Zoom, who it soon became clear was much stronger than Barry.

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So it was the perfect timing for Cisco’s metahuman abilities to manifest. With the power to open dimensional portals and see into the future, he named himself Vibe.

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Meanwhile, Barry’s foster father, Detective Joe West, discovered he had a son he never knew about.

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Zoom then revealed himself to be the man they thought was Jay Garrick, but Barry was able to defeat him by calling upon the Time Wraiths, who uphold the laws of time

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Upset by personal tragedy, Barry rashly travelled back in time to save his mother and created an alternate timeline called Flashpoint.

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He soon realised the error of his ways and changed things back, but some things were permanently different. For example,Caitlin now has the same powers as her evil Earth 2 counterpart, Killer Frost.

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Barry’s mistake also attracted the attention of Savitar, an evil speedster claiming to be the God of Speed.

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On, the plus side, Wally got speedster powers of his own and became Kid Flash.

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And Barry and Iris finally hooked up!

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But after time travelling to the future, Barry saw Savitar murder Iris. And now Team Flash are doing everything they can to change the future and save Iris’ life.

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The Flash airs every Tuesday at 9pm on Sky 1 (CH 110) and Sky 1 HD (CH 109). Also available after broadcast in Catch Up > Channels > Sky 1