Grant Gustin, Kevin Smith, and Jesse L. Martin on the set of The Flash episode
Grant Gustin, Kevin Smith, and Jesse L. Martin on the set of The Flash episode "The Runaway Dinosaur." (Image Credit: The CW)

First official images and behind-the-scenes photos from upcoming episode

Next Tuesday brings us arguably the most anticipated episode of The Flash since the series premiered: “The Runaway Dinosaur.” And it has nothing to do with the plot of the episode; rather, it’s all about who’s behind the camera.

“The Runaway Dinosaur” was directed by geek extraordinaire Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Tusk) and scripted by screenwriter Zack Stenz (Thor, X-Men: First Class).

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There’s been nothing but praise emanating from the episode since it was filmed. The cast, crew, producers, and even Smith himself have been over-the-moon in their appraisal. Smith said it “may be my favorite thing I’ve ever directed.”

Here’s how Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) described working with Smith to TVLine:

“I had no expectations and literally no idea what to expect, and he came on board and it was the best directing experience that I’ve had on the show, personally. He killed it, knocked it out of the park, man. He was so giving as a director, so trusting.”

The synopsis for the episode is light on details (as was the trailer that aired last night):

KEVIN SMITH DIRECTS – With Barry (Grant Gustin) gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy – Girder (guest star Greg Finley).  Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris (Candice Patton) volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs.  Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life. 

The official photos released feature a lot of shots of Barry (along with his mother!), lost in whatever limbo he was propelled into by Dr. Well’s failed particle accelerator recreation. There are also a few rare behind-the-scenes pictures of Kevin Smith on set:

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We’ll have more on The Flash and “The Runaway Dinosaur” as it develops. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter for all the latest updates!

What do you think? Are you excited to see Kevin Smith’s directing debut on The Flash? Any theories as to where Barry is and how he’ll get home?