Sunday, December 14, 2014

'The Man in the Yellow Suit' episode review

"I don't know who you are." -- Barry Allen to Reverse-Flash: 

"But you do, Barry. We've been at this a long time -- you and I -- but I'm always one step ahead. It is your destiny to lose to me, Flash, just as it was your mother's destiny to die that night." -- Reverse-Flash

There's good news and bad news for "The Flash" TV series.

The good news: The Man in the Yellow Suit finally appears! (As I assumed was the case when I did a Reverse-Flash-related review of some New 52 FLASH comics — but that's really a no-brainer/"duh!" moment if you've been watching "The Flash" and know at least a little bit about the Scarlet Speedster's comic-book history.) The Flash takes on the villain whom S.T.A.R. Lab's Cisco soon will dub the Reverse-Flash! And Barry Allen, and in turn, the series, will be more focused as the first season proceeds from here.

But there's bad news: … Awright, it's more like a fan's gripe; we have to wait until Jan. 20 until The CW airs the next new "Flash" epsiode. Uuuuuuugh!

And of course, this winter finale left me with a lot of questions. My girlfriend Liz Truxell may — and I mean, may — have answered many of those questions we had.

So be warned: There are plenty of spoilers ahead, for both the winter finale and possibly the last half of this season. … I'm not kidding. … Ready? … You're still there.

Now that you've been warned, you can keeping reading. (Last chance to come back to this review/op-ed; we can wait and I won't be upset!!)

As many episodes have ended this season, Dr. Harrison Wells goes into what I call his "creepy room." (Liz calls it "the Braille Room," which actually is much more accurate — and funnier!)

This is where Wells reveals a secret compartment that infers he's actually "the man in the yellow suit." (To be less awkward, I'll refer to him as the Reverse-Flash from now on.) Once the suit is displayed, Wells plays a X-shaped contraption on the chest of the costume which then activates and vibrates the suit, just as the Reverse-Flash vibrated his body each time he appeared in the episode.

Remember that after the Big Reveal, Wells says "Merry Christmas" — and sounds just like the Reverse-Flash when he spoke.

This seems to be enough evidence to indict Wells as being the mysterious "man in the yellow suit."

So you might be thinking: Sooooo?!?

Follow me for a bit here.

My question and confusion, upon seeing that doozie of a scene, was how was it possible for Wells and the Reverse-Flash to be in the same room when they are one and the same? Keep in mind the villain beats the living tar out Wells once the scientist is trapped in the force field with him. And Wells had blood and facial lacerations when Caitlin was treating him in the lab after he got the beat-down.

Liz's theory is nothing short of brilliant. For my money, it's spot on: The contraption on the Reverse-Flash's costume allows Wells to animate the costume and give the appearance there's a person wearing it — when in fact Wells is controlling it remotely. (I just realized we never see this device on Reverse-Flash, so does Wells have some way of making it invisible? But that's beside the point. … Or not. If you have an idea, post a comment below!)

Since it's pretty darn obvious Wells is the big baddie, it's equally clear he wants people to believe he's not the Reverse-Flash.

Let me once again give credit actor Tom Cavanagh, who deftly plays Wells as a sleazeball whom we just can't trust. Just about the time I'm halfway considering he might not be might up to something Wells does something sleazy or threatens someone.

Back to Man in theYellow Suit, specifically an observation Cisco makes about the blurs young Barry Allen saw when his mother was murdered.

Cisco reminds Detective Joe West that Allen saw a yellow and red blur surrounding his mother. Probably like most you, I assumed that was the residual effects of Reverse-Flash. But Cisco says the two blurs means there were two people there -- or in this case, two speedsters.

That means it's probably The Flash and Reverse-Flash. What if the show is following The Flash's comics history and has Allen go back in time to stop his mother's death?

"I really hope that's what they're doing; I really want to watch that storyline play out. I think that would be very interesting," my girlfriend said.

And I'm confident Liz and I aren't the only fans who find that intriguing. Sure, time travel always complicates any story ("Star Trek," I'm looking at you!), but it sure would be fascinating to see with that subplot.

Keep in mind in the very first episode Wells goes into his "Braille Room" and sees a newspaper from the future in which the lead story is about The Flash's disappearance. If the time-travel storyline is where "The Flash" writers are heading -- and that's a big if -- we might not see the speedsters at the Allens' home for many more seasons.

That leads me to a few more questions that this winter finale inspired. What would be Wells/Reverse-Flash's motivation in killing Allen's mother? How do Wells and Allen know each other? What would have Barry's mother have been doing that threatened Wells or his research?

Now, the fun part: It's your turn. Comment below and let's talk shop!

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