Flash Facts: Blackout, Clock King, and… Professor Zoom? [Spoilers and Theories Abound]

This weeks episode of the Flash is filled with fun topics to talk about, so let’s break the episode down:

1. They Solved Last Weeks Problem Of Girder Knowing Who The Flash Is- Wells releases Tony to stop Blackout from killing all of them. I was initially annoyed the week before when Barry reveals his identity as the Flash to Tony. Having a Super Villain prison is always a bad idea. There will either be a break out at some point, or the government finds out and takes all of them into custody, or worst of all Captain Cold breaks IN and breaks all of the villains OUT (I say Captain Cold because I’m pretty sure that’s usually his schtick).

2. They Showed The Darkest Side Of Harrison Wells- Harrison Wells not only releases Girder on Blackot, but you also see him drawing blood from Blackout in the end of the episode, with the apparent motive of stealing Barry’s powers. Professor Zoom? I said in my last Flash Facts that Hunter Zolomon had the same powerset as Barry, except he had the intention of making Barry a better Flash. Now this leaves one thing missing: This means he currently doesn’t have powers, so he can’t be the Man In Yellow that stopped Joe from investigating Barry’s mother’s murder. Who does this leave? Thawne. Reverse Flash will definitely be that guy, which means Wells is now off the list of predicted candidates again, leaving once again either Eddie Thawne, Joe’s partner, or a yet unknown descendant of Eddie’s.

3. Arrow Crossover Alluded To Without Directly Showing It- Arrow villain Clock King appeared, portrayed by Robert Knepper, one of my favorite Prison Break actors (he was T-Bag). This now makes 3 Prison Break actors to appear on the Flash this season, with Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and Dominic Purcell (The as of yet unseen Heatwave). Interesting. Only three more episodes until the Captain Cold/Heatwave team up. Can’t wait! And after the recent episode of Arrow featuring a Boomerang? Hmm… (Yes, Captain Boomerang appeared… Will he be joining the Rogues?)

 

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4. Iris West To Save The Day? – With Eddie shot by the Clock King (I said there would be spoilers!) a few things happen. Iris saves the day, by saying goodbye to Eddie, and he tells her about the gun in his ankle holster. She shoots Clock King, saves the day, and all is well. Except Eddie once again witnesses Barry as the Flash (The first time while chasing down a bad guy last episode, which Barry explained away poorly), and this time while “drugged up.” I use quotations because I believe that Eddie is Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, and he faked being drugged. Barry couldn’t get drunk, Thawne couldn’t get “high” off the pain killers. The only flaw in this theory was the lack of healing from a bullet wound. The speedsters heal quickly, right? Wrong! Thawne would not heal if the bullet was still lodged in his arm. By the time it’s bandaged up, it’ll heal, and he’ll pretend it still hurts. Theory still stands!

5. Two Speedsters In Yellow? – While I “know” that Harrison Wells is Hunter Zolomon/Professor Zoom, and Eddie Thawne is Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash, does that mean there are two over-arching villains? Yes. The man in yellow in the opening credits, and the man in yellow that attacked Joe was sporting a yellow and red streak, while the leakd image of the villain in yellow was wearing a yellow and black costume. The effects guys know better than to ignore black in the streak, I hope, so perhaps there really are two. We’ll just have to wait and see.

6. In Every Episode- There are multiple instances of the number 52 cropping up, not only referring to DC’s New 52, but also to DC’s continued usage of the number over the years. But why? Well, there are 52 weeks in a year, and DC comics are published weekly. DC also did the “52” event a few years ago, a weekly countdown (and yes it started with One Year Later), that led to the discovery of the “52 alternate universes.” And when they announced “The New 52” this referred to the number of books they’d be publishing, as well as the number of alternate earths. (This may also have roots with the fact that Golden Age comics had 52 pages.)

Did I miss any Flash Facts? Let me know!