There are two immediate problems that (may) have nothing to do with the threat of Zoom for the S.T.A.R. Labs team to deal with currently on The Flash: Professor Stein needs a Firestorm match and Earth-Two’s Dr. Wells has come through the breach.
The end of The Flash season 1 saw Eddie Thawne make the ultimate sacrifice that erased Eobard Thawne (a.k.a. “Harrison Wells”) from existence. However, as revealed in the season 2 premiere, it turns out that part of Wells’ estate included a video message for Barry, to whom he also left S.T.A.R. Labs, and on that video message, he not only offered up some last words of wisdom (“We were never truly enemies, Barry. I’m not the thing you hate, and so, I’m going to give you the thing that you want most. It won’t matter, you’ll never be truly happy, Barry Allen, trust me. I know you.”) but also that thing he wants most: what he needed to free his father from prison. See, the last part of the video message was for the police, with Wells confessing to killing Nora Allen, with all the pertinent details needed to see Henry free.
But that wasn’t the last that fans saw of Tom Cavanagh in The Flash season 2. The end of the episode 2 moved over to Earth-Two, from where Jay Garrick came and warned them of Zoom, a speedster sending over metahumans through the breach with one goal in mind: kill The Flash. Over on Earth-Two, Dr. Wells is the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs and praised as “the savior of Central City.” At the end of episode 3, he came through the breach in S.T.A.R. Labs.
But other than those two brief looks, it’s unclear what to expect from this Dr. Wells. What is he going to be like? Is he like what Dr. Wells would have been like if Eobard had never killed him in this world? According to TVLine, Grant Gustin has said that his presence will be met with “shock, confusion, fear,” as everyone has to make sense of seeing “the actual guy that Barry always idolized and looked up to, but from a different world.”
There is some good news. This is really (a) Dr. Wells, and despite Barry’s trust problems at the beginning of the season – after Dr. Wells’ betrayal, his distrust in Jay was understandable when the other (now powerless) speedster first arrived – don’t expect to see the same thing with this man from Earth-Two. “Barry is wanting to trust him…and in a way is quicker to trust him than he was to trust Jay,” Gustin previewed.
But what is this Dr. Wells like? According to ET Online, Gustin has described him as “less of a bad guy and more of a douchebag,” with Cavanagh adding that, like Eobard, who “had a plan and…completely believed in his plan,” Earth-Two’s Harrison “is similarly committed.”
And how will the rest of the team react to him? According to Danielle Panabaker, Caitlin’s “initial reaction is not good,” while Carlos Valdes shared, “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that it would hit Cisco very hard. It would take a lot for him to open up his vulnerability to someone like that – especially a person that he associates with killing him.”
Also coming up in the immediate future for the team in The Flash season 2 is the search for a Firestorm match for Professor Stein, as seen in the trailer for next week’s episode, “The Fury of Firestorm.” When Firestorm had to separate in the middle of the singularity to save Central City, Ronnie didn’t survive, and Professor Stein is suffering the side effects of Firestorm being without a match. It looks like they’ve found a match in Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (guest star Franz Drameh), but that’s not going to come without its problems.
Robbie Amell has posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Drameh, and the “I’ll be back” in the caption suggests that the premiere was not the last that fans will see of him as Ronnie Raymond.
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The Flash season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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