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Subj: Re: Flash Episode 11 - Time to Pay the Piper
Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 at 07:27:36 pm GMT (Viewed 372 times)
Reply Subj: Flash Episode 11 - Time to Pay the Piper
Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 at 03:59:21 am GMT (Viewed 439 times)




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    At Star Labs they go over the history of Rathwell/Piper working there, how he was Well's prodigal son, how the kid was going to inherit his family company until he came out of the closet and was basically estranged from his narrowminded bigoted parents.

I haven't seen the episode as yet but it is satisfying that the producers are staying reasonably true to the source material, The Pied Piper was one of the good ideas to come out of Wally West's run as The Flash, I have always liked villains who set out on a path of redemption and Pied Piper was likable because of his down to earth nature. I do hope we see him developed further.


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    Wells also states that he and the kid had a disagreement about something but wouldn't elaborate. Later the Piper attacks his family company and is bringing the house down when Flash arrives. Piper can hear the radio waves from his suit and taunts Flash about how the Star Labs gang is listening and that he also figured out Well's "deep dark secret"



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    Piper is locked up at Star Labs, and he and Wells have a chat that everyone listens in on. Piper warns Flash that Wells will betray him and that Flash won't see it coming.



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    Wells goes upstairs and tells the them that Piper had warned him of a risk with the particle accelerator, but that his data didn't indicate 100% certainty of an explosion so Wells decided to take the risk. Barry, Snow and Cisco are now not very trusting of Wells.

Harrison Wells is just such a compelling character, played superbly by Tom Kavanagh, that I really do think the show would suffer when he is outed and exiled. The series is addictive because of him, because of the mystery, and that is a double edged sword as it is defining the series.
Still, I think given the time that they spend with Wells it makes perfect sense that
doubts about him would slowly build between them. One can see Cisco being steadfastly loyal as Wells is both mentor and beleaguered employer, but given his own intelligence and access to the Labs one can also see how he might be the one who makes a discovery first and pays the price...



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    Note; Wells' story is not quite true. It has been shown in flashbacks that on the night of the test, Wells knew very well indeed that the particle accelerator was going to blow, likely because he designed it that way.



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    We see in Flashback that Wells and Piper argue about the accelerator and how Wells fires him and threatens him to not make unfounded allegations.



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    Dr Wells holds a press conference and confesses that he was warned about the accelerator and how he chose to ignore the warning. He also assures them he has no plans to rebuild the accelerator.

I do wonder given the the commercial damage from the Accelerator fiasco and Wells' preoccupation with apprehending the resultant Meta-humans just how this branch of STAR is surviving.


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    Wells later has a heart to heart talk with Cisco, tells him that he was always more human then Piper.



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    Piper then broadcasts over the Star Lab speakers and challenges Wells and the Flash to one final "chess game" Wells warns him to not play for those stakes.



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    Piper starts blasting cars and Wells has them scan for tremors to locate Piper. Cisco then discovers that Piper has all the data on Barry's molecular structure and thus knows Barry's frequency. he then uses the suit's speakers to sonic Barry to death.

What this episode proves above anything else is that In so many ways The Flash is the most faithful of all of DCs modern-era movie/Television adaptations. Consider the embittered man who turns into an unhinged ranting gimmick-led super-villain due to being 'unfairly' fired from his job... How oldfashionedly comicbook is that! I think it absolutely charming.


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    Wells then hacks the satelite radios of the cars to send a sonic frequency to cancel Piper's attack on Barry and short out his gauntlets which explode in Piper's hands.



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    back at Star Labs, they celebrate and Wells and Barry have a heart to heart chat about how he hopes to restore the trust he had with Barry. Barry tells him he has, and gives him the picture he took earlier of them and leaves. Wells looks at it and a strange look comes over his face.

Secret history. We know Harrison Wells is probobly not his true name, indeed somewhere out there the younger him surely exists, assuming Wells is from ten years in the future and not the comicbooks 25th century...


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    Barry and Joe chat at the end and after he leaves, Dective Thawne talks to Joe about how he checked Wells' place and found nothing. Joe is determined to investigate Wells.



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    Cisco talks to Piper and he tells Cisco that he knows where Ronnie is and how to save him.....



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    in Wells' secret room that contains the RF suit, Wells is wearing the tachyon device, sets it to full power and gets a report that his SPEED FORCE absorption is 35% and rising, he comments how he is NOT stabilizing, and that his speed powers come and go. His computer Gideon cannot calculate how long the tachyon device will sustain his power and he comments how it was meant as a temporary fix and that the ENDGAME is near......camera zooms in on the RF costume in its case.

The Speedforce... hmm. More and more this adds to my theory that the producers are adapting comicbook plots, the Reverse-Flash taps into the Speed-force and Barry as yet is oblivious to it - this is a very clear retelling of the Wally West mythos. One can make any number of suppositions at this point but Wells presence in the here and now is clearly revolving aroung the young Barry and a Flash just starting out, I do wonder if a reason he is here is because ten years in the future The Flash  dissapears, presumed dead, and with him goes the Speedforce. If Wells' life depends on the Speedforce then his survival depends on travelling back in time to a point where the odds are more in his favour and The Flash is too new/weak to oppose him. Being from the future does he know the exact time and means by which The Flash finally accesses the Force and fullfills his potential? Is this the moment he is steering events to...?





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