By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
We got thrown for a loop tonight when Harry declared his intentions to return to Earth-2. I figured he and Jesse would eventually be leaving as nothing in the story suggested they were abandoning their old lives back home. Still, I wasn’t expecting it this soon. At least Harry suggested the team search for a suitable doppelganger to take his place. This led to a truly enjoyable scene where Harry, Cisco, and Caitlin “tried out” a few new Harrison Wells. The one they picked seemed to be Tom Cavanagh recreating his performance as Dan Dorian from Scrubs. That’s alright by me as Scrubs is one of my most favorite sitcoms ever, and Dan was a hilarious character. Please, squeeze in one Captain Bubblebeard reference, just for old times sake.
I haven’t had a chance to write about this yet, but I’m excited to see where the story goes with Caitlin getting the Killer Frost metahuman powers. There have been three incarnations of Killer Frost in DC Comics and they’ve all been supervillains (you can’t really be good with a name like Killer Frost). The third of those villains was Caitlin Snow, who premiered in 2013. That’s a year before The Flash series premiered, so it would be odd if the writers of the series chose Snow if they didn’t intend to eventually make her a villain of Flash. Still, the writers can go their usual route of ignoring origin stories and make her a superhero. Wherever this goes, I hope we at least Caitlin straddling the line between villain a hero for a while.
The show mostly took a break from Alchemy this week. We got a couple scenes of him killing Rival, but otherwise, he was absent. This week’s villains, Mirror Master and Top, had nothing to do with him or his fight against Flash. While it’s nice to move the story along, it’s also nice to get a break from the main story. As with Reverse Flash and Zoom, Alchemy will likely be the main villain until the season finale. He’s a good character, but even too much of a good thing can wear thin on a viewer. It’s nice, every once in a while, to get a story featuring a cool villain or two that has little consequence on the story as a whole. Tonight was one of those nights. Leaving out Alchemy allowed us to focus not only on the fact that we were losing Harry, but also on the love lives of Barry and Iris and Jesse and Wally. It’s a good move by the writers to keep things fresh in the long run.
Legends of Tomorrow
We got a Legends of Tomorrow reference via Leonard Snart. Because most of that show takes place in different periods of time, we don’t hear much about it outside of Thursday nights. It’s sort of become the CW’s lost Arrowverse show. Legends gets to make references to all the other shows, but those references aren’t reciprocated. It would be nice if the writers of each series can think of a way around that because Legends is a fun series and it deserves to be part of the team.
One More Alchemy Thought
Does anyone have any idea who he is yet? In the comics, he has several different alter-egos, none of whom we’ve ever met on the show. Do you think he will be an entirely new character or will he be someone we’ve met before?
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