Keep Calm and Han Shot First
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The Sound and the Fury is a solid installment of The Flash where the Wells mystery begins to thrillingly unravel before a clumsily executed third act cuts this episode a bit short. The chief nemesis of the week is Pied Piper from the comics, otherwise known Dr. Wells’s former protégée Hartley Rathaway who is out for revenge after becoming affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Kudos to the writers of The Flash, primarily Alison Schapker and Brooke Eikmeier, whose script for this hour makes sure that we never get the sense that the Pied Piper is just a villain for the sake of being one. He was a jerk and an exceedingly condescending one at that, but immediately a villain that does not make. An engineering genius, Rathaway was heir to a massive fortune that he was excised from after he came out to his parents. He nevertheless kept on working with Dr. Wells until the latter’s true side began to come forward. The particle accelerator was a dangerous piece of work, there was little to doubt about that, but to those who are just sticking to the show, the revelation that Rathaway understood the risk of the accelerator and attempted to stop Wells is a fairly significant one. The revelation succeeds in alienating the STAR group for at least a good while, with Caitlyn understandably carrying the largest grievance. As significantly, Rathaway forces Wells to go public with that information, which certainly isn’t going to prove helpful to his public persona anytime soon.
Iris got a job this episode with Central City’s main newspaper and she’s disappointed to discover two things: she got hired because of the assumption that she personally knows the Flash and that her mentor that she looked up to is a complete and utter ass. It’s a disappointing first day on the job, to say the least. Barry tries to be helpful and claim that her mentor must be a terrible writer. “He’s won the Pulitzer… twice, I think,” she says ruefully before the two of them erupt into laughter with Barry’s “Good for him”. It’s a nice little chat between the two, but more so I’m glad that the show isn’t going the route of enmity between the two because that’s a cliche that simply isn’t necessary. Yes, Iris knows that Barry is romantically attached to her but that doesn’t prevent the two of them from sitting down, having coffee, and bitching about the morons they have to deal with on a regular basis. To her credit, Iris tries to be genuinely serious about her job, but her mentor seemingly can’t get past his reading of her as an entitled millennial. She does upheld him, however, at Wells’s press conference. “Hey, what was that?” he asks irritably. “Gumption,” she snaps. Cream for that burn?
The final act blunders a bit, but generally this episode is an important marker for the series going forward. Cisco being the catalyst for the division between Wells and Rathaway will certainly be coming back. That division in and of itself has opened a plethora of doors, that simple act of firing Rathaway now coming back to haunt Wells, whether or not he can truly see the scope of the consequences his actions have unleashed. Rathaway knows where Ronnie Raymond is and what he is, content to be caged in with the knowledge of the leverage those simple pieces of evidence provide him with. For the moment, it may have seemed that Dr. Wells has won or at the very least scraped together some semblance of security, despite the warning bells that are ringing resoundingly everywhere. For quite some time, Wells’s machinations have kept him secure, yet the appearance of one adversary is knocking those walls down with an alarming speed. For one, the fiasco has furthered the doubts Joe has about Dr. Wells. Surely the investigation he’s conducting in tandem with Eddie isn’t going to go to a happy place, for lack of a better phrase. For another, how long before the strained trust between himself and his colleagues is permanently broken? When Barry notes to Iris that “the people we admire aren’t always who we’d like them to be,” it can’t help but resonate resoundingly with Rathaway’s warning that Wells would turn on him in a flash when necessary. And at that time, no apologies or press conferences can do the trick.
Great/Not So Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+Cisco’s Keep Calm and Han Shot First shirt
+“Wells didn’t have a scratch on him despite the glass…”
+“I’m getting a feeling that Wells is hiding something.”
+“See? I know his secret.”
+Cisco on “Pied Piper”: “Although that one’s not bad…”
+“His data did not show one hundred percent certainty.”
+“You owe them more than an apology.”
+“It’s a small, really, really big thing.”
+“If you don’t have the courage to admit you were wrong, I will do it for you.”
+“It’s difficult for me to admit, when I’m wrong.”
+“What, to be this handsome?”
+“The real endgame is almost here.”
+/-The Barry frequency trick was neat in theory, if choppy in execution
-The scene of Wells entering his apartment, accompanied with orchestral classical music is just poorly done. We get it, he’s a villain. Moving on…
Title: The Sound and the Fury
Written By: Alison Schapker & Brooke Eikmeier
Directed By: John Showalter
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