Five Things to Know About This Week's The Flash
Warner Bros. made fans very happy with a surprise screening of next week's episode of The Flash at New York Comic Con. Here are five things to know about the second episode and, needless to say, major spoiler alert.
1. The villain is very considerate
The one-off particle accelerator mutant of the episode is Danton Black, AKA Captain Clone. The characters describe his power as "spontaneous replication," and at first, I assumed that he must have some sort of limit to the number of clones he could produce. First he commits a crime with three copies, then five. Five seems like a reasonable limit, right? Wrong. He was just waiting until he had his final dramatic showdown with Flash to make a million copies. Because God knows a million copies wouldn't aid you in your failed efforts to murder a scientist.
2. Barry and Iris are a lot like Clark and Lana on Smallville (Except Grant Gustin can actually act)
We sort of already knew this from the pilot, but there are a lot of parallels between The Flash and Smallville. Not only does the monster-of-the-week conceit come from some kind of freak accident in the pilot, but the central romantic relationship is remarkably similar. Normal, slightly bumbling guy with a secret identity loves the girl-next-door childhood sweetheart type who probably loves him back but just so happens to be dating another (blonde) man. We knew all of this already, but this episode added another dimension of the Barry and Iris relationship that gave us deja vu: Barry's slightly inexplicable conflict over keeping the secret from Iris. It's okay for now, but dragging this somewhat needless conflict out as long as Clark and Lana did wouldn't help anyone.
3. Barry has daddy issues, if you hadn't noticed
Not once, but twice during this episode, Barry tells his adoptive father, Detective West, "You're not my father!" There's a flashback to Barry's father telling him that he doesn't want to see Barry, because he can't bear for his son to see him in handcuffs. Then Barry explicitly states that he is motivated to save the people of Starling City to compensate for his helplessness regarding his father's situation. Then there's a touching speech from Barry about all the reasons why Detective West is, in fact, his father. That's a lot of daddy issues to fit into one episode.
4. This show really likes to explicitly state its themes
Aside from the "You're not my father!' bit, there was:
"Doubt is his worst enemy, not whatever's out there."
"Some people, when they break, can't be put back together again." "Some people heal even stronger."
5. Harrison is even sketchier than your average person who fakes a disability
In this episode, Harrison once again gets out of his chair and (spoiler!) commits cold-blooded murder. His victim, a corrupt researcher who wanted to use the Flash's powers in nefarious and exploitative ways, was not exactly a stand-up guy, but it was still a dark moment, especially for this show.
Incidentally, right before he committed this murder, he also lent credence to the various time traveler fan theories. When the researcher called Barry a "red streak," Harrison said, "He's called the Flash. Or at least he will be," which was met with huge cheers from fans at NYCC. Then he stabbed him, because the Flash "needs to be kept safe." This is dark stuff, folks.