This episode is not just about innocence. It’s about innocence when no one else believes in you. How do we treat those who have paid their debt to society? And, how quickly do we doubt them at the first sign of trouble? You’ll get a lot of flashbacks (no pun intended) to Henry Allen, in yet another solid episode for Season 8 of THE FLASH. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!
SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
There is a LOT happening as we get closer to the season finale of THE FLASH – just 3 episodes left after tonight. Barry has to decide whether to try a dangerous experiment to regain his speed, while Zoom plans a takeover of Earth 1. But, if you think that was ALL that was going on this week…wow, do YOU have a surprise coming! The show is (to coin a phrase) “picking up speed” as we head to the end of season 2…and if you want to know more, just follow us after the jump!
The history of Henry and Nora Allen (best known as Barry Allen’s parents) can be a bit confusing thanks to a long history of retcons. For those new to comics, a retcon is short for “retroactive continuity”, and refers to the changes inserted into a character’s or an event’s history by later writers. Here’s an explanation of the elder Allens’ histories to date, with an emphasis on their interaction with the Rogues and other Flash villains.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop. Since John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the 1990 Flash TV show, was cast in the Flash pilot in a recurring, but unnamed role, fans have gravitated toward two theories:
- Henry Allen, Barry’s father
- Jay Garrick
The secret is out, and we now know that he’ll be playing Henry Allen.
“Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti. “He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes.”
The Flash premieres in October on the CW in the US and on CTV in Canada.