The Flash "Who Is Harrison Wells?" (REVIEW)
written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
This past week on The Flash, the mystery of Harrison Wells is beginning to come to a close while Team Flash is split between Starling and Central City. Joe and Cisco make a trip to the darker side of the tracks, hunting down any clues to Harrison Wells by visiting the site of Tess Morgan’s death. We the viewers know what happened; as a reminder, Eobard Thawne orchestrated the horrific crash and assumed the identity of the real Harrison Wells thanks to a device that allowed him to alter his appearance and basically become Harrison Wells. On the homefront, a new meta human with the unique ability to shape-shift into people he comes in contact with give Barry and Eddie a run for their money, all the while Barry is forced to continue working with the man he knows murdered his mother.
A mini crossover with the cast of Arrow also come with, both Paul Blackthorne and Katie Cassidy reprise their roles as SCPD Captain Quentin Lance and Starling DA by day/Black Canary by night Laurel Lance. Seeing Starling City on The Flash really drives the point home in how different these two shows. The otherwise dark and dreary Starling City is painted in an all new light, literally. Seeing Starling City through the lens of The Flash was was a treat, even the otherwise dark and dreary characterization of Arrow’s cast seemed lighter, almost made me forget how frustrated I have been with Captain Lance in recent weeks.
Back to the case, Joe and Cisco uncover some startling new evidence when the long buried corpse of the real Harrison Wells is uncovered by the side of the road where 15 years ago he crashed his car and lost his wife. The notion of tachyons being left behind where time travel occurs and the resulting effect it has on liquid doesn’t seem to phase Captain Lance much, either his mind is elsewhere… or the notion of a man who can at super-sonic speeds doesn’t leave much to be surprised about.
Back in Central City, a series of robberies committed by people that claim to be innocent leave the CCPD baffled. This of course is thanks to Everyman, a shape-shifting meta who commits crimes while wearing the face of people involved with the place being robbed. As if Barry didn’t have enough to worry about, not only does he have to continue working with Harrison Wells, he has to somehow convince Caitlin of Wells’ true face while, thanks to Everyman transforming into Eddie and gunning down two officers, tackling Eddie’s wrongful arrest. I’ve grown to really like Eddie in the past episodes, and seeing how much Eddie believes in Barry and his abilities leaves me a little sad for what I assume will be an eventual falling out… I mean, Iris falling in love with Barry is endgame, and I can’t help but think this will eventually drive a wedge between the two men in her life.
Black Canary get’s a bit of development in this episode, Laurel asks Cisco to help upgrade her sister’s sonic device. This results in a kind of collar that I assume she’ll wear around her neck. For the comic initiated, you’ll be happy to know they called it the “Canary Cry.” I can barely contain my excitement!
Harrison Wells continues to be helpful, with his more sinister side buried deep below the surface. Setting up for the eventual grudge match between the two speedsters, it looks like finally we’ll begin to see Barry coming face to face with the Flash’s greatest enemy. Eobard Thawne is coming, and next week looks to be the moment the other shoe drops.