(Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)
(Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)

Spoilers. The more you know, the more you want to watch.

There’s a plethora of surprising reveals in this week’s The Flash 1×17: Tricksters wrapped up in a nice little homage package. The Trickster has returned. Well, not exactly. The original Trickster, played by Mark Hamill as he did in that other version of The Flash, has been in jail for twenty years. The new Trickster appears to have stolen the gimmick along with a warehouse of gadgets to cause panic and death in Central City.

Barry is pretty much the worst at lying. He’s trying to conceal his mistrust of Dr. Wells and being blatantly obvious at it. Wells can smell it a mile away. Joe takes Barry away before his mentor gets too suspicious. They’re on the case, and pay a visit to Iron Heights to see the original Trickster. Seeing Mark Hamill camp it up as the old school maniac was a treat. Since we are visiting the prison, Barry pays a visit to Henry, once again played by John Wesley Shipp. In case you live under a rock, he played the Flash in the previous series. You know something is going to go down here.

We get a flashback story Arrow style! We get to relive the encounter of Flash and then Reverse-Flash that took place 15 years ago, killing Barry’s mom. What we also see is the Reverse Flash speeding away… stumbling and talking to his computer. He learns he has lost the speedforce and can’t return to his own time. He takes off the mask to reveal… someone we’ve never seen before. This is Eobard Thawne.

So, what happens? I really think you should watch this one.

The Tricksters join forces and capture Henry Allen as leverage. When they stage the usual caper capturing all the attendees at the Mayor’s re-election campaign party, The Flash shows up just to end up with a nifty bomb bracelet that will explode if he’s not speeding. As he does, he must trust Dr. Harrison Wells as he explains him that what he has to do is phase. Barry has to learn to vibrate at the correct frequency to pass through materials so he can run through a wall and leave the bracelet-bomb behind.

Meanwhile, on the flashback (or reverse flashback in this case) story, we witness a happy Harrison Wells with his wife. Their bliss ends in tragedy when Eobard sets up an accident that kills his wife and then, using some nifty gadget, changes his appearance to become the eminent scientist.

Back in the present, The Flash rescues the hostages and captures both Tricksters. Then he rescues Henry from a booby trap and reveals his identity. Later on, Barry and Joe decide they have to keep Iris from tracking down Mason Bridge. I presume they do this to avoid her becoming a victim of the Reverse Flash. To do this, they enlist the help of Eddie doing the one thing he doesn’t expect: they let him know who the Flash is.


  • Dr. Harrison Wells aka Eobard Thawne (can I call him Professor Zoom already?) explaining the theory of phasing to Barry, and using the term speedforce which made my day.
  • The secret origin of the Wells/Thawne identity is revealed.
  • Mark Hamill acting like a lunatic and becoming The Trickster one more time. Oh, and he gets to tell his protege: “I am your father.”
  • Henry Allen is out of the prison for a few moments and gets to meet the gang at STAR Labs.
  • Joe has a moment with Barry in which he explains that Barry’s greatest power is seeing the best in everyone. Joe’s sorrow is that as a cop, he only sees the flaws, the guilt and that he wishes he could see the world as Barry sees it. Actually, we need both kinds of people in this world.


  • They’re going to be really nitpicky but… Why didn’t they just came out and tell Iris that Barry was the Flash and explain the whole Wells theory to her? If Arrow has shown us something is that skulking around and coming with lame awkward excuses just over complicates the scene.

That will do for now.

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(Source: The CW)