Sometimes you have to take a step back from all the chaos and fights scenes to set up your new characters-which is exactly what happened last night on The Flash. It was nice to see some of our smaller characters shine and learn more about what makes some of the main characters tick.
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We start our episode with Harrison Wells from Earth-19; who is quickly given the nickname H.R. Wells. However, as quick as Cisco was to give him a new nickname, he was also quick to not trust him. And how can you blame him when you bring someone over from another Earth without any background checks? Couple that with the fact that every single Wells they have ever met has been shady and only told half truths, or flat out lied, to them all…they should know better. We are working on an in-depth article about just how shady we believe Wells from Earth-2 is and will release it soon. Eventually Cisco convinces Barry that there is something off about H.R. and since, as Barry says, “they don’t want to be caught unaware like they were before,” they decide to go investigating. The pair check his stuff and instead of vibing him (which would be a lot more effective), they rifle through his things and discover a recording device on which H.R. is talking about Cisco not trusting him. H.R. walks in on them and goes into this whole “don’t you have trust on this planet” and explains he is writing his autobiography which basically makes them feel terribly guilty for going through his things. You would think after everything they have been through in the past they would be less trusting but they immediately buy his, “I am a writer and a scientist” crap!!! Thankfully. they don’t drag this storyline out past last night (because that would have been torture) and by the end of the episode H.R. admits he is not a scientist, but he is just a figurehead for his company and his assistant actually solved the equation they had sent through before, which of course the group buys and moves on. While I really hate to keep referencing both of the previous Wells, we know they lied multiple times and made up the same excuses when confronted with their secrets. I personally don’t know if he’s trustworthy, but I sure hope Barry and the others keep a close eye on him.
We also have queen of lies Caitlin Snow doing the same things to the group. Not only has she lied about having powers (which is ridiculous after seeing Cisco and Barry with their powers) but she then gets the brilliant idea to go and tell her mom about her powers hoping to fix their relationship. It doesn’t make any sense that Caitlin would go and tell her mom, a mother so uninvolved that she didn’t even know Caitlin was married and that her husband had died, but she doesn’t even tell her own team who would completely understand! While it does seem to close the gap between her and her mom a bit, that doesn’t happen until Caitlin freezes a tech who threatens to keep her there for more testing. During that scene, Caitlin’s eyes change for the first time into Killer Frost’s eyes and it appeared she was about to kill the guy until her mom intervened. What we did get from the Caitlin-mom storyline was a possible reason why her powers manifested into cold powers. When talking to her mom about the death of her father, she explains her anger at her mom’s “cold” behavior and “freezing her out” of her life. This is not the first reference Caitlin has made to feeling cold or being left in the cold as she has referred to it many times over the course of the series; like when her husband died that she felt cold and dead inside. I also appreciated her mom confirming our suspicions that the more she uses her powers, the less she will be able to control them. It is looking more and more like she will be turning into Killer Frost but we know that some pivotal loss will have to trigger it. The question is…what will that be?
Not only did we get a lot of character development for Caitlin, we also learned more about what makes Julian behave the way he does. We start off the episode with typical Julian being a dick to Barry by ratting him out to the police chief for nine different policy violations. Julian’s plan quickly falls apart when the Chief basically tells Barry he is not above the rules and lets him go with a warning (take that you snitch). After talking to the all-knowing Joe about getting along with Julian and realizing he needs Julian’s intel on the new monster hitting the city, Barry starts sucking up to him and tells him if he lets him shadow him and learn from him for one day, he will move to the basement and Julian can keep the lab. Of course Julian accepts the deal which has them teaming up to learn more about the monster walking the streets. While investigating the creature, Julian explains that he hates all metas, even the Flash, because they have been given this awesome gift and they are wasting their powers on petty crimes and the Flash is just making the police lazy. Frankly, he comes off like a little boy whining about not getting the cool powers for himself which Barry eventually calls him on. Another interesting development in Julian’s character is revealed when we find out he is always carrying a gun and has 4 years of military training. This could definitely explain why he is always so uptight on following rules and directions. But why military? He is a self-proclaimed science nerd so the military doesn’t make sense. Here’s to hoping more comes out of this element of his character. We eventually find out that someone is creating a hologram of a monster (not a real one) and Julian goes after the guy. Just as The Flash gets there, Julian shoots at the guy, not realizing it is just a kid. The Flash of course moves the kid out of the way of the bullet and for the first time we see a side to Julian that is more likable. He feels terrible for almost killing the kid and reveals that he comes for a wealthy family and never really earned their approval for being a scientist. Just as he was about to make some great achievement in his field, metahumans appeared and changed his whole world. This is why he decided to change over to metahuman study and always feels inferior. All of these things together may be a hint that he might be a former metahuman in Flashpoint, but this is just a theory and we hope to see more on him throughout the season. The scene then ends with Julian letting Barry stay in the lab and the two going out for a drink. While some comic fans don’t like this lighthearted ending, this is exactly why we love The Flash. I tip my hat off to the writing team that lets us end with a sense of happiness to hold you over to the next episode of Flash.
Our final rating in two words: Character Development
Next Episode: ‘Shade’ (3×06)
Episode airs 15 November 2016
Synopsis: Wally has visions of being Kid Flash, so Barry must tell him about what happened in Flashpoint to keep him safe.
About The Flash– After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
Now, in Season Two, thanks to Eddie Thawne’s sacrifice, Eobard Thawne has been defeated. But Barry was unable to prove that Thawne killed his mother, so his father remains in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. And a new ally, Jay Garrick, will arrive with news that the Singularity opened portals to an alternate Earth, with a terrifying new enemy named Zoom now on the horizon.