It’s revenge time on this week’s episode of The Flash as Mark Mardon, brother of Clyde, returns to Central City.
But let’s back up. The Marton brothers were the bad-guys from the first episode. Clyde specifically became the first meta-human in the show. His brother has similar powers, making this the revenge of the Weather Wizard.
Flash’s penchant for returning villains may be getting a little old. Between Snart and his bland personality appearing on multiple occasions (with more planned for the the future). Yes it’s nice touches of continuity that pay off for people who’ve been keeping up, but in some ways it feels like a rehash of what we’ve seen before.
Barry manages to get a second chance with Linda, which immediately turns into an incredibly awkward situation. This is helped by Iris in great parts, while only Eddie and Linda seem aware of the particular of it. Mardon’s arrival puts a bumper on things, as Barry sees what appears to be another speedster racing towards the scene of a murder. Also apparently Joe’s recognition of a voice he hasn’t heard in over a year is impeccable.
In a way, it’s nice to see how far Barry has progressed. Having him face a similar villain from his first episode. Of course, to throw in some drama, Mardon is after Joe, having found out that he is the one who killed his brother. fortunately, Mark has the same god complex as his brother. On top of that his powers are more focused, so he can generate tidal waves and use lightning to strike cars.
We have Barry and Iris’s sub-plot reach a peak of sorts. The two both have feelings for each other and it winds up in the open. Unfortunately for Eddie and Linda, neither of them seems to be thinking of their current partners. What makes it more jarring is that Linda actually confronts Iris about her overt public affections towards Barry (many of which are done in front of Eddie).
Dr Wells’ secret is out. Well, sort of. Through Cisco we find out that he manufactured the capture of the Reverse Flash using holograms and sound-echoes (I’m not scientist so I’ll leave that).
Unfortunately this revelation costs us Cisco. In a way it’s more heartbreaking to see the effect this has on Cisco, Wells killing him feels like a forgone conclusion by then. Eobard Thawne is the name Wells gives him, meaning that Eddie is related to him somehow, but even Wells seems unsure.
Let’s talk about Iris’ boss: Mason. Appearing sporadically over the last few episodes, we’ve only just found out his name. However, he sets in motion the chain of events that leads to Cisco taking a closer look at Wells. Apparently he’s wise to Dr Wells keeping secrets, and has evidence to prove it. Only problem is… he hasn’t yet. Not sure if this thread is going anywhere but I guess we’ll see.
So even with all the drama happening as the episode winds to a close, namely Barry racing to stop a Tsunami. What really caps this episode is how it ends. Barry winds up back at the moment where he could swear he saw another speedster. That’s right, this episode ends on a time travel cliff-hanger. Of course time-travel was going to come up properly sooner or later, it’s certainly been teased enough. But the question is, how big is this going to get? This is potentially universe-changing, and not just for the Flash.
Is The Flash the only Barry in his timeline at the moment or are the events of the episode playing out as normal? Is there a way to stop Cisco from dying if Barry doesn’t even know about it? Let us know what you think below…