This week’s episode of The CW’s The Flash featured the highly anticipated return of season one’s primary antagonist, Eobard Thawne A.K.A. Reverse-Flash! Of course, the episode featured plenty of other exciting moments too – come check out n3’s top 5 moments from “The Reverse-Flash Returns”!
Patty Learns The Truth
Admittedly, we all saw this one coming from a mile away – Patty Spivot, Barry’s latest love interest and Joe West’s most recent partner, used her detective skills to work out The Flash’s secret identity. This led to a confrontation between her and Barry where she demanded he tell her the truth or she would continue with her plan of leaving Central City to attend Midway City University’s Forensic Science program. Ultimately, Barry couldn’t bring himself to drag her into his dangerous life, and his lies led her away. In the end, he revealed himself, knowing that she would be far away from him – and therefore, Zoom.
The Reverse-Flash vs The Flash
The main event of this episode was, of course, the return of Barry’s arch nemesis, Eobard Thawne, the time-travelling speedster dedicated to destroying everything Barry loves. From their initial confrontation in the episode, it was made clear that The Flash was not going to be able to take his enemy down easily (you can check out that particular scene here). Later on in the episode, Barry managed to get the advantage over Reverse-Flash, which resulted in Barry almost killing his enemy. While he spent the majority of the episode after that locked up in The Pipeline, he did ultimately achieve the chance he desired – to return to the future in order to discover The Flash’s identity.
See you later, Eobard!
The S.T.A.R. Labs team finally managed to capture Reverse-Flash and get him locked away in The Pipeline, which led to some interesting moments between him and Barry Allen, as well as Cisco Ramon (which led to a rather hilarious moment in the form of Cisco quoting the humourous line “Bye Felicia” from 2015’s N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton). Unfortunately, when the imprisonment of Eobard leads to Cisco slowly phasing out of the timeline, Barry has no choice but to help Thawne return to his own time in order to restore Cisco and the timeline. Unfortunately for Thawne, this means he is destined to always be stuck in a loop of going back in time and triggering the events of the show’s first season – not that that means we won’t see Reverse-Flash returning in the show’s future, albeit from different points in history.
Cisco Gets Closer To Becoming Vibe
Cisco Ramon’s Vibe powers have proven very handy this season, when they’ve worked. Unfortunately, the unpredictability and lack of control over when his powers would be triggered have proven rather problematic for the S.T.A.R. Labs team. Harrison “Harry” Wells cracked the code today, and discovered that Cisco’s powers were triggered by his brain being flooded with dopamine (meaning his powers were triggered by adrenaline). In order to have control of Cisco’s powers, Harry retrofitted Cisco’s REM sleep goggles from the first season to give his brain an adrenaline rush and trigger his vibes. This results in a controlled vibe, and also the discovery that not only can Cisco vibe parallel universes and timelines, but also that he can vibe events that will occur in the future.
Introducing… Hunter Zolomon!
It was revealed last week that Earth-2’s former Flash, Jay Garrick, was dying of some form of incurable disease – and that the only way for him to survive would be to catch Zoom and return his stolen speed. This week, Caitlin Snow believed she may have found a viable alternative – find the Earth-1 version of Jay Garrick and replace the E2’s version’s dying cells with the E1 Garrick’s healthy ones. When Caitlin and Barry failed to find an Earth-1 counterpart of Jay, she was forced to ask Jay himself, who revealed the truth to her – his counterpart’s name was Hunter Zolomon, and the cells wouldn’t be a viable match due to Garrick’s DNA being mutated when he gained access to the Speed Force. If the name Hunter Zolomon sounds at all familiar, it is because that is the identity of Zoom in the comics. Whether or not this version of Jay Garrick has anything to do with Zoom remains to be seen, but you can most likely expect him to show up again in some capacity.
Reverse-Flash’s Origin Story Revealed
One of the other highlights of the episode was Eobard Thawne revealing his origin story to Barry Allen – and it’s quite faithful to that of the pre-Flashpoint Eobard Thawne’s from the comics! Thawne explains that he was originally obsessed with The Flash, and when he finally obtained access to the Speed Force, he discovered something awful when he ran back in time – he discovered he was destined to become The Flash’s greatest villain. This drove Thawne to become the complete opposite of Barry, and made him feel compelled to destroy everything The Flash loves.
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