This week’s episode of The Flash has a new “villain of the week”, the Pied Piper! He might be lasting a bit longer than a week though, given his close ties to Dr. Wells. Also, some more of the mystery behind Dr. Wells is unshrouded! Check out Josh’s episode recap on The Sound and the Fury, and see both Josh’s and Violet’s thoughts about the episode after the jump!
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Episode Recap of The Flash, Season 1 Episode 11: The Sound and the Fury
On this week’s episode of The Flash, the episode opens with Barry chasing down 3 motorcyclist fugitives, members of the Royal Flush Gang. Through his speed and Dr. Wells ingenuity, Barry is able to corral the three, and the Star Labs team celebrates their victory. Dr. Wells seems particularly jazzed about his role in stopping the criminals.
Back at Joe’s house, Iris gets news that she has been asked to join the local paper as a journalist. She is really excited about that.
Back with Wells, he has gone home, and walking around. But he receives a mysterious phone call, and the person on the other end says, “We know what you did”. The figure then begins shattering Wells’ glass roof. We then see the first glimpse of Wells using his superpowers, zipping a short distance away at super speed.
The next morning, Joe and the police show up, and Wells has returned to his wheelchair. He tells Joe that this was just a prank, and wants to be left alone. Barry shows up, as do Cisco and Caitlin, and we learn that Wells has never invited any of them to his house before.
Then in a flashback, we see Wells playing chess with a younger man, probably our villain of the week. This man, Hartley, is introduced to Cisco, who is a new hire to Star Labs at this point. Hartley isn’t impressed with Cisco despite Wells being very impressed with Cisco.
Back in the present, Eddie and Joe can’t figure out how the glass shattered, nor how Wells was able to avoid being rained on with glass. Barry, meanwhile, gets to work, and determines that the glass wasn’t broken with a solid object. Wells then reveals he knows who the culprit is–his former employee Hartley Rathaway. Wells refers to Hartley as the “Prodigal Son”.
So, Joe and team Star Labs get the rundown from Wells about Rathaway. Barry is confused as to why he hasn’t heard of him before, and it turns out not many people liked him other than Wells.
In another flashback, Rathaway challenges Cisco to a quick science quiz, to which Cisco passes. Caitlin then shows up and introduces herself to Cisco. Hartley gives her a hard time too.
Meanwhile, Iris heads to her new job, and no one seems to be happy to work with her. Her editor also presses her to get some articles on the Flash.
Barry works with Joe, and Barry seems to have determined that Rathaway is using sonic technology to cause his damage. Joe expresses his concerns about Wells hiding something. Eddie comes in though, and tells Joe and Barry that Rathaway is attacking Rathaway industries. Barry shows up to stop him, and does so quite easily. Perhaps too easily…But before being taken into custody, Hartley says he knows Wells’s “secret”…
Back at Star Labs, Pied Piper, AKA Rathaway, has some snarky remarks for everyone. Cisco detects metal objects in Rathaway’s ear, and tells him to take them out. Rathaway says that he would be in excruciating pain if he did so, so he’s left alone. Wells then comes in for a chat, and Rathaway explains how he knew about Wells working with the Flash. Rathaway then warns Barry that eventually Wells will turn on him. Wells then reveals that Hartley warned him about the particle accelerator possibly exploding.
Barry and Iris meet up for a coffee, and Iris vents about her Flash writing abilities. Back at Star Labs, Cisco figures out that Rathaway used a low setting on his handy dandy sonic gloves. Cisco then realizes Hartley must have wanted to be caught. Wells tries to superspeed to somewhere….but his power drains. Rathaway then removes one of the metal objects from his brain, and using his sonic power blows a hole through the building. Cisco is caught in the blast and his knocked unconscious. Rathaway retrieves his sonic devices, and steals some files from the computer in Star Labs.
Barry gets a call from Wells, and Barry rushes to Star Labs to help, leaving Iris to wonder where Barry went. Barry shows up, but Rathaway is already gone. Cisco is in the lab’s hospital, but he is fine.
In another flashback, Hartley is walking out of the accelerator, and Rathaway says the device could be dangerous. Wells has him fired and escorted from the Lab, and threatens his career if he tells anyone about anything in Star Labs.
Returning to the present, Wells holds a press conferences, and admits to the journalists that the accelerator’s explosion could have been prevented. Rathaway watches the conference on his TV. Wells tells the journalists that he will not be rebuilding the accelerator.
Rathaway shows up, and threatens the Flash and Wells. We see Rathaway attack cars on a bridge, forcing Barry to show up. Barry makes a quick rescue of a driver thrown over the bridge. Then he saves a bunch more people that Rathaway puts in jeopardy. Cisco makes the revelation that Rathaway has the frequency in which Barry “vibrates”. Wells warns Barry to retreat, but it is too late, and Barry is immobilized by the frequency. Wells is able to hack into some of the cars around Barry though, and deactivate the sonic frequency. Rathaway slumps over in pain, and Barry is able to take Rathaway into custody. Barry seems to be over Wells’ deception, yet again.
Barry pays a visit to Joe, and Barry and Joe have a moment about Joe raising him as a kid. Barry heads out, and Eddie walks in. He speaks with Joe, and it turns out that Eddie and Joe will be investigating Wells.
Back in his cell, Rathaway is visited by Cisco. Rathaway then assumes that Cisco is going to let him go. Cisco seems confused, and Rathaway clarifies–he knows what happened to Ronnie, where he is and how to save him….
And finally, Wells is in his secret room, talking with Gideon. His “Tacyonic Device” isn’t sustaining his speed, but Wells isn’t concerned because he ominously says, “The real end game is almost here”….
Josh’s Thoughts: The Flash, Season 1 Episode 11: The Sound and the Fury
So this was an interesting episode, in that it helps shed a little more light on Dr. Wells and his not-so-clean past. I am wondering what he will be revealing to Cisco about Ronnie, as we have seen what happened to Ronnie–for the most part. I am curious to see if Wells had more to do with Ronnie’s transformation than we know so far. I also wonder how Rathaway knows how to fix Ronnie. It seems like Cisco should have that ability himself, given the opportunity to examine Ronnie. I guess we will have to see what Cisco thinks though, as learning Ronnie’s whereabouts is going to require releasing Rathaway.
As for Rathaway, he seemed like a pretty weak villain in my opinion. I think the whole sonic ability could have been played up better, to make it appear a more threatening foe to Barry. As a plot device though, Rathaway certainly helped push Wells’s story along.
So I think this is the first episode we have actually seen Wells use the “superspeed”, which seems to be coming from this “Tacyonic device”. Wells says he is close to his end game though. Is that end game, the stealing of Barry’s powers? I am curious to see how that all plays out.
I am glad to see Joe digging into Wells again. I think that will be an interesting storyline to watch play out, but could put Joe or Eddie’s lives at risk, given how dangerous Wells is starting to become.
Overall, I am enjoying The Flash a lot, at least as much as Arrow. I really hope we start to move towards time travel, as I am a sucker for a good time travel story.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 11 of The Flash: The Sound and the Fury
Yay, another meta-human! But of course, he’s a bad guy. Why do they always have to be bad guys? Sigh. Speaking of bad guys, Dr. Wells just keeps seeming worse and worse. I was able to attempt to justify defending him before, saying that the present Dr. Wells wasn’t bad yet, that it was actually the future Dr. Wells who is bad. But then we see the flashback scene where Hartley brings up some safety issues about the particle accelerator to Dr. Wells – and Dr. Wells has him fired and escorted off the premises and goes ahead with it anyway?! What a jerk move! I mean, we all saw how much of a jerk Hartley was himself, but this was a legitimate danger that Dr. Wells should have listened to and done something about. I’m guessing that his real reason for doing so was because he knew that the particle accelerator accident was supposed to happen, in order for the Flash to get his powers, and for the rest of the expected timeline to fall into place. But wow, that’s pretty bad. And no one really cares. He apologizes, and that’s that. Um, okay.
So… what’s up with Dr. Wells having a red streak when using his super speed? I thought he was supposed to have yellow? Not really sure what the color difference is about. Definitely intrigued to see what happens next with Dr. Wells descent into evil and becoming the Reverse Flash, and also to see what happens with Ronnie!
Scenes from The Flash, Season 1 Episode 12, Crazy For You
Here are scenes from the next episode of The Flash, titled Crazy For You: