Here’s my reaction to watching this weeks episode of The Flash: “I JUST CAN’T EVEN.”
I won’t recap the episode, you have to see it to believe it. I will talk about spoilery points of the show, but won’t fully recap. If you need a recap, you can check it here. I will, however, talk about some details of the show, and give my thoughts. Beware of spoilers! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Ok, still there? Good. Let’s talk about what we saw last night.
1. Firestorm – Ronnie makes an appearance, after showing up at the end of last week’s episode. As you may know, Ronnie Raymond is Firestorm in the comics, and he utters the word Firestorm in this episode. Typically he was revealed to have been a combination of two people (Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Martin Stein), but with no mention of Stein being present at the particle accelerator “accident,” it’s apparent this version doesn’t use Stein as his mentor (yet). He didn’t really fit into the narrative of the episode, but at least we got to see Firestorm, and we know he’s either going to be a regular on the Flash, or he’ll be spinning off into his own show.
2. Dr. McGee – Dr. McGee was the female lead character on the original Flash series, and Amanda Pays reprises her role for this new series of the Flash, and she’s a rival of Harrison Wells, working at Mercury Labs. Is he going to kill her, too? Reportedly, she won’t be the only character reprising her role from the original series, with Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Trickster later this sesason.
3. Tachyons – Tachyons are a theoretical particle that can potentially travel at light speed. Also used in Sci Fi as a means of time manipulation/travel. What does Reverse Flash want with the Tachyons? What can he do? What does combining them with his suit accomplish? Is it a time travel loop? Does his giving his suit the tachyons allow him to get the tachyons– a time travel paradox? We’ll have to wait and see where this story goes.
4. Barry’s Love Confession – Barry confessed his love for Iris, and though things might be tough for him right now, we know (if they follow the comics) that they’ll eventually get together. Until then, things will be weird. What an interesting turn of events!
5. Reverse Flash, Thawne, and Wells – We saw Reverse Flash, and he beat the crap out of Barry. But here’s the kicker (and the SPOILER). Cisco and Wells trapped him after luring him with a tachyon particle prototype thingy, and you got to see Wells, Thawne, and Reverse Flash all in the same room. Now here’s the confusion: Thawne and Wells are both huge candidates for Reverse Flash, but with all three in the same room, how can one of them be the Reverse Flash? Well, at the end of the episode, Wells is revealed to be wearing a Flash-ring (like where Barry and Wally keep their costumes in the comics) and he has possession of the Tachyons and the Reverse Flash suit. He also speaks in the Reverse Flash’s voice. How could he have been in two places at the same moment? Is he THAT fast? He couldn’t have been inside and outside that cage at the same time… So what’s he playing at?
Also, when the Reverse Flash took out all the cops and threatened Joe, he looked Thawne in the face. If Reverse Flash is Wells, what’s his fixation with Thawne? I think Thawne’s descendant is Reverse Flash prime, with Wells being another Reverse Flash. In the comics there were two Reverse Flash characters, one being Hunter Zolomon and one being Eobard Thawne. Zolomon got his powers by tapping into the speed force and gaining the ability to alter time (appearing to move at super speeds). So, there will probably be two Reverse Flash’s, one being Thawne from the future (the one that eyed his ancestor, Eddie), and the other being Wells, the two working together.
6. Cisco’s Revelation – Cisco had a revelation after seeing the Flash and Reverse Flash fight. The two men fighting emitted red and yellow electricity, much like what Barry saw the night of his mother’s murder. He deduces that there were two speedsters present. So what does this mean? Barry was there, he just hasn’t been there yet. He’ll chase the Reverse Flash back and one of two things will happen. Either Barry will allow him to kill his mother, knowing that fixing it could ‘break time’ essentially, showing immense growth in the character, and would serve as a huge plot device for Barry’s guilt and internal conflict, OR he could prevent it, and set off a “Flashpoint” esque crisis, with the world being completely changed. Either way is fine with me!
With that, I’d like you guys to tell me what you thought of the episode, and what you think is coming when the season reconvenes!