When a meta-human with the power to control light appears in Central City, Barry and his friends have to learn to depend on someone with the face of a man who betrayed them: another Harrison Wells.
Who is Harrison Wells? The question from season one returns to haunt us as Harry Wells from Earth-2 reveals more about his intentions to Barry, the reasons he’s here on Earth-1, and completely attacks poor Jay Garrick, who’s returned from a couple of weeks in the spa (or wherever they hid him!) Barry’s mother was killed by Wells-1, Cisco was killed, Caitlin’s boyfriend was killed, Iris’ fiancé was killed, Joe’s partner was killed. Wells-1 has been responsible for so much death. Wells-2 protests that he’s his own man, and this may be true, but I felt somewhat sorry for him – it has to be weird suffering all those looks and that negative psychic pressure. He seems fairly genuine in his desire to help Barry and the crew, and he seems to have more to offer than Jay Garrick in terms of helpful advice. I still don’t trust Wells-2 that much, and the long lingering stare he lays on Barry and Co at the end seems to me evidence that Something is Being Planned. I'm not sure what to make of Wells' attacks on Jay. I certainly don’t think Jay is a coward or not a hero. What he isn’t, though, is ruthless, and Wells and Zoom certainly are. Is Wells-2 Zoom? That’d be way too much of a coincidence, wouldn’t it? Or… will he turn out to be good, and capable of redeeming the name of Harrison Wells?
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There were also huge developments for Cisco this episode. I actually am half-convinced Wells revealed Cisco’s metahuman nature as part of an attempt to get back into the team’s good graces. How could he know Cisco wasn’t some sort of metahuman spy? In any case, his revelation is almost anti-climactic; none of the team reject Cisco, and we are given a new superhero to admire: Vibe.
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Bits & Pieces
When Joe meets Wells-2, he immediately pulls out his gun to shoot… and Barry goes into action, moving fast enough to grab the bullets. He sort of waits half a second on the final bullet before pulling it: showing exactly how he feels about Wells, if not Wells-2. A great moment.
Then Joe goes to meet Iris, tells her everything, and gives her a gun. I felt it was another great moment–he’s finally treating her like an adult.
The show seems to be making an effort to consistently portray Iris as a successful reporter who’s quickly getting more and more respect from her peers.
I’m not sure Light’s powers make sense. Either she emits very hot energy, or she is manipulating light into a solid… can someone explain?
The Cisco dating sideplot – where do you think it’s going? I thought it was cute, but it seems like a red herring–but Ciara Renee is hella cute. I bet she's next week's metahuman.
Cisco: You know our Dr. Wells may have been evil, but you’re just a dick.
Wells-2: I will be genetically indistinguishable from my Earth-1 counterpart. Your tests will reveal nothing.
Caitlin: Great! Still gonna run ‘em.
Wells-2: Be my guest.
Wells: Zoom’s the plague. One that’s infected my world, and now he’s coming for yours.
This episode was bewildering and wonderful at the same time. The logic behind Light’s powers was confusing, and Jay magically reappearing from The Superhero Spa definitely got a few blinks, but the sincere Cisco drama, Patty plot, and Wells forebodingness kept taking over. And what the heck is Linda going to do, now that she knows about her doppelganger? Four out of five kingly sharks.
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