#TheFlash 1×17 Recap: Will the Real Harrison Wells Please Stand Up?

In case you were wondering the state I am in following the latest episode of The Flash…


Just so we have that clear…

I want to know who thought it was a good idea to kill your fans when there are still six episodes remaining this season? Because quite frankly I’m on overload, Flash. But damn it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

You got me, Flash. Just like the Trickster tricked everyone in this episode, you guys tricked us into thinking this episode was an innocent-enough episode about a couple of Tricksters doing naughty things but in a way that was a ton of fun.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I was looking forward to a fun evening of just enjoying television (remember what that feels like? Yeah, neither do I), but instead I found myself gasping as we watched the truth about Harrison Wells unfold which raised a hell of a lot more questions than I had heading into this episode. And don’t even get me started on that one-minute long trailer (at the bottom of this post) following the episode…

(Excuse me, I need a moment…)

So, where do we even begin with “Tricksters?” Make no mistake, while this episode was advertised as one focused on the return of Mark Hamill as The Trickster, this was all about the truth of Harrison Wells.

The first scene of the night took us back to the night of Nora Allen’s murder but delivered a perspective we hadn’t seen before; two speedsters fighting as they made their way to the Allen house both with different objectives. Immediately I was like: Wells.

Which, I mean, it was. But then again it technically wasn’t. Through a series of the most compelling flashbacks to date on the show, we learned the origin of Eobard Thawne and his ties to Harrison Wells. We finally discovered that Eobard found himself trapped in the past after he exhausted his powers when he time-jumped with The Flash.

In the present, Barry struggled with newfound suspicions about Wells and his involvement or knowledge about his mother’s murder. Barry is ready to go right after him, but it’s Joe that wisely warns him that they need to be patient in their approach. But still Barry couldn’t hide his emotions from Wells, who immediately sensed something was up with Barry.

“Even the Flash wakes up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes.” Oh, Joe.

Amidst all of this, Team Flash and Central City find themselves up against a couple of Tricksters that really fooled us all. A copycat trickster was wreaking havoc on the city, but it all turned out to be a grand plan to break James Jesse, our original Trickster, out of Iron Heights. They take Henry Allen as insurance against the police.

So I know we were all thinking it: why did the Trickster choose this kid to help him out? Get ready for the line of the night…

More than anything this episode, Barry was upset with himself that he didn’t see Wells for who he really was. He was fooled. Just like with The Trickster. But Barry can’t help it. He’s the kind of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. As Joe said, “Seeing the best in people is your superpower.”

While the Trickster thought he had The Flash in check — attaching a bomb to his wrist that would explode if he ran under 600 mph — it was Wells that actually helped Barry out of the situation. Helping Barry access the speed force to literally run through a wall and separate himself from the bomb. It worked. But it also revealed to Barry something important about Wells. The way he described running, it was if he was speaking from experience aka Wells is the Reverse Flash.

After defeating the Trickster and saving his father, Barry has a chat with Wells in which he admits that he’s lucky to have him in his life. It seems as if they’re back in good graces. But Barry just executed one of life’s important lessons: keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. And it’s written all over his face when he turns his back to Wells and walks away. Barry will have justice.

Through the flashbacks we get to see Wells’ life long before things like particle accelerators and S.T.A.R. Labs itself existed. We finally met his wife, Tess, as well as saw her demise in a moment that changed everything and one that I didn’t see coming.

A mystery man, who was eventually revealed as Eobard Thawne, approached Wells, who lay in the wreckage of his car and his now-dead wife, telling him about the future he wouldn’t get to have himself; about the particle accelerator and hinting at The Flash. But also Eobard needed to speed things up by five years from 2020 to 2015.

Eobard broke out this “genetic camouflage” device and literally rewrote his DNA to match that of Wells, leaving the real Wells’ body decayed as he took over his identity. In the end credit scene, the police arrived on the scene to find Wells aka Eobard Thawne in the car in search of help.

“I’m Harrison Wells.”

And so it begins…

Now here we are as we headed into our final hiatus of the season. I know it’s only one week without a new episode until the final six are all-new through the end of the season, but after an episode like that my body is literally craving more.

Life is buffering

What’s On Our Minds…

1. So I guess technically Harrison Wells isn’t Reverse Flash

Because Harrison Wells isn’t technically Harrison Wells. But Eobard Thawne is Harrison Wells who is Reverse Flash.

2. Joe West is the greatest TV dad in the history of TV dads


I live for Barry and Joe scenes. This is my real OTP.

3. Barry’s superpower is that he sees the best in people

Barry might have super speed, but make no mistake that is indeed his real superpower. Yes, Caitlin, Barry did need that hug after this episode.

4. Barry gives no shits about revealing his identity


Let’s add Henry Allen and Eddie Thawne to the list of people who know Barry is The Flash. Well, he’s certainly ahead of the curve set by Arrow‘s Oliver Queen.

5. Mark Hamill is so much freaking fun


Apart from the traumatic Harrison Wells storyline, this episode was so much freaking fun. And it’s because of this guy right here!


Episode 1×18 “All Star Team Up”

Returns: Tuesday, April 14, 8/7c on The CW


The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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