This week on The Flash, Harrison Wells stole the show as new aspects of the past and present was revealed. As we learned more of the every mischevious Dr. Wells, a new villain from the comics made his debut in the form of Pied Piper. I have to say I’m glad they ditched the funny robe and flute from the comics and went with a more modern interpretation of Hartley Rathaway. This new origin story of Rathaway has him playing a much more prominent role than was initally expected as he has ties to everyone at S.T.A.R. Labs. Andy Mietus did a great job with the material he was given and I’m excited to see where we go from here, as he left a fairly decent sized cliffhanger at the end of the episode.
Showing Dr. Wells use his powers without the suit opened up a lot of doors in terms of specualtion as to who he actually is. What I took away from it is that his suit is the source of his powers, much like Eobard Thawne in the comics. That’s why he’s always wearing his suit. But Wells is running out of juice and that’s why he’s so intent on Barry reaching his full potential, once Barry reaches his peak speed Wells will leech off Barry and then be fully restored. He could be stuck in the past and need Barry’s speed to return to his time period. The real race however is the one between Barry reaching his max level and Wells running completely out of speed, the more Wells uses his speed the quicker it will run out and thus leaving him trapped in this time period forever. Also the Speedforce is officially a thing now, yay.
While he didn’t get a lot of screen time, Joe was my other favorite part of the show. From giggling like a little girl at Cisco’s joke to fully committing himself to investigating Wells, there’s a lot of character drama happening in The Flash. Also with Joe sending Eddie to spy on Wells, you gotta think that sooner or later Eddie will get caught up in the Reverse Flash discussion.
The big fight scene between The Flash and Pied Piper was a bit of a let down. Maybe it’s because we’re coming off him fighting Captain Cold and Heatwave, but this was more a fight between Pied Piper and Dr. Wells.
Also as much as I like Firestorm, I was expecting Rathaway to drop an even bigger secret than what he told Cisco. But if they’re going to push forward the Firestorm plot I can’t be complaining too much.
This was a very villain focused episode on The Flash as another Rogue made his debut and more light is shed on the devious Dr. Wells.