It’s no secret—this week’s episode was intense!
Whoa… Just wait a minute. Did they seriously just end the episode that way? But what does that mean for next week? Does this mean Cisco’s still okay? What about Captain Singh? And that kiss?!?!
A big episode like that yields some big secrets. Let’s see if we can break them down…
- Weathering a new Wizard
- What’s in that wand?
- A Thawne by any other name
- A visit to the past
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The Mardon Menace
The seeds for tonight’s villain were planted in the very first episode of The Flash. In that episode, Detective West saved Barry’s life when he shot and killed the weather-controlling Clyde Mardon. However, observant viewers were probably wondering what happened to Clyde’s brother, who was discussed in the episode, but was nowhere to be seen when Clyde wreaked his stormy mayhem.
Well, they got their answer tonight. Meet Clyde’s brother, Mark Mardon. He’s back in Central City looking for revenge for his brother’s death, and even worse, he shares his brother’s ability to control the weather.
As fans of the Flash comics can tell you, this parallels the Weather Wizard’s comic book history nicely. In the books, Mark became the Weather Wizard after discovering finding his scientist brother dead of a heart attack and discovering his notes on controlling the weather. He then uses those notes to create a weather wand—a wand that gives him meteorological ability.
And speaking of wands…
The Weather Wand—Reverse Engineered
On The Flash, Mark Mardon doesn’t need a wand to control the weather. The ability is an innate super power. However, the show does give a nifty nod to the weather wand by essentially reversing it. Instead of Mark’s weather wand, we get Cisco’s anti-weather wand, which is used to good effect in the police station after Mark zaps Captain Singh with lightning. (Also, how amazing was that scene?! Yikes!)
We’ll have to wait until next week to see if Captain Singh is okay.
Meet Eobard Thawne
We’ve known that Harrison Wells is the Reverse-Flash for a little while now, but this week one of the show’s key characters discovered it as well, and paid the ultimate price (or did he?).
This was also the week we finally learned Harrison Wells’ real name, and if you’re like this fan here, you probably got a chill when you heard it—Eobard Thawne.
If you’re familiar with the character from pre-New 52 DC Comics, Eobard is the name you likely associate with Reverse-Flash, and much like in the comics, the show’s Eobard is from the future. But there are some key differences. In the comics, Eobard is arguably insane, while on the show, he’s a man lost in time and willing to do anything to get himself home, even commit murder. Of course, there is the question about why he was trying to murder the Flash, and now seems determined to help him. Hmm…
Living in the Past
Okay, let’s talk about that ending. Yes, the Flash has gone back in time. And yes, he’s now at a point where all of the dramatic events of tonight’s episode have yet to take place. That means Cisco is still alive and could still be saved. Captain Singh has not yet been struck by lightning. And that kiss and everything that was said with it hasn’t happened. (Unfortunately, that awkward double date still has.)
This is a turning point for the show and a hell of a final twist, but again, this has its roots in the Flash comics. Time travel has been a huge part of the Flash throughout the years. Heck, he even eventually builds a treadmill that allows him to do it. We knew it was coming, but we had no idea it was coming the way it did. As for what it means for Barry, his friends and his mother… we’ll have to wait and see.
For a great Flash time travel story that also features the Weather Wizard, we recommend THE FLASH VOL. 1: THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES.
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