The Flash: The Sound and the Fury
January 28, 2015 8:27 PM - Season 1, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Wells is attacked in his house, and the investigation turns up some oddities that add to Joe's suspicions. The consequences of the explosion of the STAR Labs particle accelerator continue to resonate as a new villain appears, one with additional ties to STAR Labs. Wells has to reveal some of his secrets - to Central City; to Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin; and to us, the viewers.
posted by soundguy99 (19 comments total)
 
Woo! Royal Flush Gang in the opening! Have they been on Arrow before? Or is this their first appearance as "opening villains who get dispatched quickly."
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:45 AM on January 29, 2015


They were in Arrow S01E06, “Legacies”.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 4:53 AM on January 29, 2015


God I love Joe in this, and I love his relationship with Barry. I think he is absolutely the best and he brings a lot of joy to my watching of the show. "It must have been difficult." "What, being so handsome?" It's just a delight and it helps me get over some of the more eye-rolling stuff and makes the viewing experience really enjoyable.

Also GOD Cisco has improved! At first I wanted him GONE GONE GONE but now I actually quite like him; they have toned him down a lot and it's worked.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:03 AM on January 29, 2015 [8 favorites]


The acting of the guy playing Wells continues to be comically (heh) awful. But I do like watching this show, and I did like Cisco in this one. I thought the Pied Piper's getup was ridiculous. But I guess since his aim was continually to get caught, it was right on.
posted by cashman at 6:11 AM on January 29, 2015


Pied Piper's costume was a decent nod to his comics getup, I thought, but it is objectively ridiculous.

I was too excited for the first on screen usage of the phrase "speed force" to have any negative feelings about this episode, honestly.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:19 AM on January 29, 2015


The acting of the guy playing Wells continues to be comically (heh) awful.

Really? I think he's doing a wonderful job with a very difficult role. I believe him when he says he is sorry for not disclosing Hartley's warning and going ahead with the accelerator...and I believe him when he's being evil. Viva Tom Cavanagh!
posted by inturnaround at 6:51 AM on January 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


Yeah, I love watching Tom Cavanagh in this. Sure, it's a little broadly drawn, but I like how he keeps things interesting despite his hidden identity - although there is a limit to the number of "Wells is caught being evil, then earns everyone's trust back by being selfless" times I can put up with.

I never stop marvelling at how much stuff happens in The Flash. Compared to Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, they're burning through plot in this show.
posted by adrianhon at 2:32 PM on January 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Pied Piper's costume was a decent nod to his comics getup, I thought, but it is objectively ridiculous.

No more ridiculous than the name itself.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:31 PM on January 29, 2015


They did it. They really did it. Fuckin' Speed Force, the concept so goofy even the Justice League cartoon barely gave it a mention. I love this show so much, you guys.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:10 AM on January 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Coming forwards from discussion of last week's episode...

We now have confirmation that Wells is indeed a speedster. Still unclear if he's (a) Zoom/Reverse Flash. When he speeds, he streaks red, like Barry - regardless of what he's wearing.

Given what he says about the tachyon gadget being meant as a temporary measure it's possible he didn't have any access to his speed before they landed it. Possible the red streaking isn't meaningful as a differentiator from Reverse Flash if his current powers are liberated from Barry or non-typical for Wells.

Why did he put the tachyon gadget on the RF suit and turn it on in the episode where he got it if it's meant to be on him himself?

He mentions the end game being "soon" which almost certainly means that the news"paper" articles about Flash's disappearance isn't when he expects the endgame to happen. Sounds like "by the end of the season" which I'm presuming won't jump forward a dozen years in time. Well, not without a cosmic treadmill anyway :)

What's the endgame? Will it necessitate a reveal, changing Wells and Barry's relationship?
posted by phearlez at 11:32 AM on January 30, 2015


Why did he put the tachyon gadget on the RF suit and turn it on in the episode where he got it if it's meant to be on him himself?

Maybe that's the explanation for how he and the Reverse Flash were in the same place at the same time - the suit can act on its own somehow via tachyon shenanigans?

Also, is my memory playing tricks on me or was Barry's speed trail in this episode yellow?
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:16 PM on January 30, 2015


Also, is my memory playing tricks on me or was Barry's speed trail in this episode yellow?

Barry's lightning trail is always yellow. His suit is red, his lightning is yellow.

And the Reverse Flash's suit is yellow, and his lightning is red.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:34 PM on January 31, 2015


Since we see in this episode that Wells's speed comes and goes, presumably he needs to tachyons to use his powers more consistently or to supplement them.
posted by kewb at 9:05 AM on February 1, 2015


Ah. I was confused by When he speeds, he streaks red, like Barry.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:58 AM on February 1, 2015


"I failed this city"
Nice use of Arrows arc words.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:13 PM on February 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Perhaps I was confused; I will have to go look again.
posted by phearlez at 11:23 AM on February 2, 2015


Okay so I took some frame captures from the show.

Barry's opening credits scene when he saves the bicyclist.

Barry rescuing people at the dam.

Wells speeding.

Reverse Flash speeding.

So yep, I was completely wrong in my observation - Wells' offshoot looks like RF, not Barry.
posted by phearlez at 12:32 PM on February 2, 2015


I'm just having a harder and harder time with the imprisonment of the villains in this show.

That there are some so dangerous that it is both safer and morally correct to dispense with any sort of trial and even basic human rights is a really terrible message.
posted by ODiV at 9:52 PM on February 4, 2015


I'm hoping that once Wells is outed as a villain and Team Flash takes up hero-ing on their own they'll repent the super-prison and chalk it up to his influence.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:26 AM on February 5, 2015


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