Quote:Granted it didn't start as a paradox but I think when Barry inadvertently killed RF before he could kill Iris it became a Paradox.
Quote:Of course that was Pre-Crisis and all the subsequent reboots.
Quote:As to Wells overwriting history, here is the question: is he overwriting history to ensure it happens, or is he fulfilling what he already knows is history?
Quote:As I recall in comic history, Professor Zoom in the future developed an obsession with Barry and his history and replicated the accident and gained super speed powers. After that was when he began to time travel to the past to menace Barry and later Wally.
Quote:So what we likely have is something similar in the series where in the future he gets obsessed about the Flash to the point where he makes himself into Reverse Flash, and then after time traveling he observes the past and records it and realizes that he needs to set himself up not only as Flash's nemesis but that also he creates the Flash and the other meta humans as well.
Quote:That could be what the writers are going for.
In the comics Reverse-Flash is insane, a criminal from the future obsessed with The Flash and his heroic legacy who becomes more and more disturbing as the years go by and the hatred grows. The television show differs I think in that he (Wells) is much more calculating, patient, and very aware of history and its needs. As I say the key point in this story seems to be The Flash's dissapearance in the future in some great Crisis event, this is seemingly what Wells is here for, so whether it is out of a concern for The Flash's future or some attempt to study him close-up for his own ends the motivation for coming back in time and setting up this identity has to be a powerful one. The point which bothers me is that he is not a passive observor, he is actively (re)shaping Barry Allen's life. Altering history, reshaping it.
But is it to prepare for the Crisis in the future and save The Flash, or is it done out of pure maliciousness and self interest?
The apparent time-Paradox of it all may be part of the creative teams long range plan for the series, but in the short term it does raise a lot of awkward questions if given any thought...
Who was that other Flash that followed Zoom back into time and was there where barry mother died though?
And could it be that Zoom is trying to make sure that the Crisis event is averted, with barry as the hero, so he preserves both his future, and ends up with Flash dead as he wants in the end?
And are we still certain that wells is really Zoom?
And what if, as anticipated, supergirl somehow gets factored into all of this?