This episode of The Flash had some big reveals, at least one big swerve (if you’ve been watching the preview clips), and some uneven results – but it still adds up to an episode that will have serious impact moving forward. Who IS Harrison Wells? Yes, WE know…but the fun is watching Barry, Joe and company figuring it out piece by piece.
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD
This episode brings us an “Everyman” who can shape shift, which brings in multiple opportunities to have our favorite actors play the bad guy (if only for a few moments). Throughout the episode, the villain (Hannibal Bates) takes on the look of different people after simply touching them. Bates has used this ability, gained through the accelerator accident, to commit crimes for years while framing innocent people. There is the battle throughout the episode to track him down, to stop him while he creates havoc…and that’s where we have that one BIG swerve…
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You know that preview clip we’ve been watching, the one where Eddie Thawne kills two cops? The one where we all thought, “THERE, THAT’S what we’ve been expecting from him!”? Well, not so fast…that was our shape-shifter framing Eddie by taking over his appearance and committing the crime. Yep, a swerve…and a bit of a let-down as well. Still, there are some other interesting slices of chaos in the episode, including when “Barry” (actually our villain taking on Barry’s appearance) kisses Caitlin. That resulted in several slightly funny bits that ran through the rest of the episode – slightly funny, though not over-the-top.
However, none of this was the real point of the episode, titled “Who Is Harrison Wells?”
The real point was the investigation Joe and Cisco conducted in Starling City, tracking down the facts of the car accident that killed Harrison’s wife Tess. While there, Cisco meets Black Canary – who asks for his help in upgrading her sister’s sonic device (and yes, he does so, creating the “Canary Cry” upgrade – nice way to get that name in the show). And, Joe and Cisco use a special Tachyon-tracking device at the scene of the accident to find…
Harrison Wells’ body!
This is the final straw that brings Caitlin around from her prior reluctance to believe that Harrison Wells could be something other than a friend and mentor.
Before we get to the Epilogue, let’s note one major relationship update – Eddie confesses…a bit…to Iris in order to win back her trust. He confesses, “I’ve been working with The Flash”. That does work…at least for now…and now we go to…
EPILOGUE: Cisco, Caitlin and Barry are reviewing the 3-D virtual mock-up of S.T.A.R. Labs and spot a room that shouldn’t be there. Using the tachyon tracking device that found the real Wells’ body, they find the secret room that “Harrison Wells” has been using since Episode 1, INCLUDING the yellow suit…AND the headline from April 25, 2024 when the Flash goes missing in the Crisis!
SUMMARY: Parts of this episode were a bit over-reliant on special effects, with our “Everyman” bad guy constantly switching bodies but never revealing his “real” look until the end of the episode (or at least as close to that “real” look as Hannibal Bates can remember, since he can’t fully recall just how he really looked before). It falls into the trap of a lot of shows when shape-shifting is brought in…the chance for all the actors to play the “bad guy” for part of the show. It works to an extent but was a bit over-used, with seemingly everyone except Joe getting copied during the episode. At the same time, the reveals that were shown in this episode are significant, and should have major repercussions for the rest of the season. I’m a bit disappointed in the swerve involving Eddie Thawne, but I am very stoked to see the group find that secret room…that should take things to the next level for the rest of the season. Not the best episode of the season, but one that will definitely have an impact. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!