Last week, The Flash finished it’s first “half-season” (does anyone else hate the recent spate of “mid-season finale” nonsense?) and while I’ve been enjoying the show so far, it’s really been pretty low on the geek-o-meter compared to shows like Arrow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I just haven’t been getting the same kind of geeky moments from The Flash as I do from those other shows, but all that changed this week.
For anyone who read any of my old TV Thursday stuff where I talked about all of the easter eggs that appeared in Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I pointed out a lot of deep mythology that came out of the comics and, for the initiated among us, gave some hints about what might be on the horizon for these shows. Especially last season on S.H.I.E.L.D., fanboys were trying to connect the dots for things that weren’t readily obvious, but for those of us who knew the comic stories and knew that the creators of these shows were equally as knowledgeable, trying to out-geek the creative geeks is a lot of fun. It was great in the past couple of weeks to finally get them to say “Kree” on screen, something I predicted a long, long time ago. Sometimes we’re right, sometimes we’re wrong, but it’s always fun to try.
The Flash hasn’t really been that way so far. Maybe it’s because I’m not as familiar with the Flash comic, it’s never been one of my favorites so I don’t keep up on the details, but the same is true of Arrow, I never really cared about Green Arrow but they still dropped a ton of references into the show that anyone familiar with the DC universe could pick up on. A while back on The Flash, they let drop that Caitlin’s dead fiance was named Ronnie. Then, in a scene that listed the dead from the explosion, we found out that it was Ronnie Raymond and the whole geek-o-verse exploded. FIRESTORM! He’s one of my favorite DC characters of all time. Of course, there were the immediate questions, the original Firestorm resulted when Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein became fused into the Nuclear Man. Could Harrison Wells be that Stein character? Well, we know the answer to that now with another massive geek moment that entirely explains how Wells could know so much about the future. But first, the trailer:
We really didn’t see a lot of Firestorm because that was the b-plot, what we got instead was the final reveal of Reverse Flash. Oh, and we found out that Harrison Wells is actually Reverse Flash. Sort of. Maybe. It’s certainly set up that way but I’m pretty sure it’s a red herring. Eobard Thrawne, whom Wells identifies by calling Reverse Flash “Dr. Thrawne”, was born in the 25th century, a psychopathic super-criminal who copied Flash’s powers. We’ve known since early in the series that Wells comes from the future, or at the very least has significant future knowledge and technology so it makes sense that he could be Thrawne or an alternate version of him since Wells and Reverse Flash are clearly seen together. However, I don’t think so. There are a lot of other possibilities that need to be addressed. Some of them have nothing to do with Reverse Flash and I think we can put those in the background for the moment with the new revelations. Maybe Wells is really Robern, Eobard’s younger brother. In the comics, Eobard kills his brother out of jealousy but nothing says the TV show has to follow the comics. It could also be Professor Drake, a brilliant future scientist who studied the speed force until, again, Eobard killed him. Both of these could explain how Wells came to own one of Reverse Flash’s suits. Plus, he had the Flash ring, which was damn cool all on it’s own. Only time will tell who he really is. When does Barry get one of those? And seriously, Eddie is part of the whole equation, his name isn’t Eddie Thrawne for nothing, but how he figures in, we just don’t know yet.
Of course, this brings up some really interesting plot possibilities. Of course, Reverse Flash ends up killing Iris in the comics after she’s been married to Barry. Is that in her future? Another unrelated plotline now becomes clearer with the appearance of Firestorm. Caitlin Snow becomes the cold-based metahuman known as Killer Frost. In the comics, she is a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who works on a thermodynamic engine, but when H.I.V.E. shows up and throws her into the engine to kill her, she’s transformed into a creature that absorbs heat and changes it into cold blasts. She discovers that Firestorm can relieve the symptoms of her condition with his powers but after he dies in the comics, she becomes despondent and goes around killing anyone who can give her heat. Maybe in her attempt to cure Ronnie in the TV series, she might undergo a similar metamorphosis. The last thing I wanted to bring up was the revelation that not just Reverse Flash was there the night that Barry’s mother was killed, there was a red streak as well. Clearly this refers to the Flashpoint storyline where Barry goes back in time to save his mother’s life on the night she was killed and changes history. The story itself was excellent and a highly recommended read, it was also made into a DC animated feature last year that was really fantastic. Go see it. Will they eventually do a Flashpoint story in the TV series? Who knows but they’re certainly setting it up. Just trying to work all of this out can drive you mad.
So yeah, while it took them a couple of episodes to really get into that grove, The Flash is now solidly there for me. Unfortunately, I have to wait until next year to see more episodes! That really kind of sucks!