In Review: The Flash, Episode 19 “Who Is Harrison Wells?”

A smart script with super direction make this an outstanding episode.

The Flash, Episode 19 “Who Is Harrison Wells?” Broadcast April 21, 2015

Written by Ray Utarnachitt & Cortney Norris

Directed by Wendy Stanzler

“Previously on The Flash“, Barry reveals his identity to Eddie, Iris walks out on the detective because he’s obviously keeping something hidden, Barry knows Harrison is the Reverse Flash, Dr. McGee confirms that Harrison changed after his fiancée died, Eobard Thawne kills this woman then kills Wells after assuming his identity. In the present, the Flash narrates he knows he’s getting faster (so fast, he speeds to Coast City). He feels as if his past is catching up with him. Barry runs into Joe’s place, bearing pizza he got from a place on the pier in the distant city. Joe, Eddie, and Cisco dig in, but Caitlin hangs back, not hungry. They’re meeting to discuss Wells. Joe and Cisco are going to Starling City to investigate the car accident the doctor was in fifteen years ago. Cisco needs Caitlin to cover for him to Wells, but she doesn’t think she can lie to her mentor. Days later, Eddie is interrogating a woman who was caught on camera stealing from her workplace. She claims it wasn’t her; she left work early. Consulting Barry, Eddie suggest the crime may be a result of a metahuman that controls minds. Iris pops in and tension flare between her and Eddie, who confides in Barry he can’t lie to her much longer. Across town, a man is trying to sell some stolen diamonds–the ones that were supposedly taken by the woman Eddie was questioning. At S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry tries to talk to Caitlin, but Wells interrupts, and then Eddie calls about the stolen diamonds. As Barry zips off as the Flash, Eddie chases down the man. A struggle occurs with Eddie down for the count. Arriving just after, the Flash says to the criminal, “You can’t outrun me.” The man touches a close woman and says, “I don’t have to.” He transforms into a likeness of the girl and turns a corner. The Flash follows, but has lost the criminal in the crowd. “Well,” he says to himself, “that was new.” Cue opening title card and first commercial break.

The Everyman is a good criminal for actors who feel like they need a stretch. Posing as the metahuman, the actors can do things that their normal characters can’t. Getting the best of this was, naturally, Grant Gustin, who looks as though he was having a blast in his scenes with Danielle Panabaker. She, too, has a fun time confused with what Barry is saying and doing. Her visual asides, even before the introduction of Everyman, were good. Making extended cameos in the episode from Arrow were Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Paul Blackthorne as her father Quientin. Joe and Quientin’s scenes are a nice take on father-daughter relationships, but before they can go deep, something very important is found. Cisco’s reaction to seeing Laurel was great, and their scenes were lots of fun. The payoff at the end was sensational. Tom Cavanagh’s every appearance generates tension, and when his voice sounds before his appearance the screen electrifies.

The good: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Katie Cassidy, clever idea from writers Utarnachitt and Norris to get Cisco and Lance together, funny silent bit with Barry sitting down uncomfortably, good “normal speed” foot chase, clever escape by Everyman from two characters, best wake up EVER from Caitlin, and those final three minutes are killers!

Fun lines: “Yeah…”, “Scared is a good thing,” “I love you,” “Dirty pool, Barry,” “Nothing. I didn’t do anything,” “You show this to anyone and I’ll kill you,” “It was pretty damn cool,” “I can’t remember,” and “What the frack?”

The bad: With this episode, Cisco is now the smartest person on The Flash and Arrow. Plus, he’s now established by heroes and villains as being really smart. Is this too smart, too soon? He needs to be a target more often by villains, or taken out. I don’t want him to be, but he’s smarter than Wells, and something’s got to happen to him. Maybe take over S.T.A.R. Labs at the end of this season?

The final line: A smart script with super direction make this an outstanding episode. Fun and creepy, with the Reverse Flash storyline moving quickly forward. Overall grade: A 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    22 April 2015 at 9:56 pm -

    I just hope we don’t lose Tom Cavanagh as Wells when Reverse Flash is fully unmasked. This twist demonstrates how brilliant he really is in this layered role.

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