The Flash: Who is Harrison Wells? Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

In my opinion, “Who is Harrison Wells?” was a better crossover than the previous episode, “All Star Team Up.” This episode utilized the Arrow characters in a more plot-driven way.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

For the past couple of episodes, the series has felt like it’s been running in place. Since “Out of Time,” the audience has known what’s up with Dr. Wells. After that revelation, we have been watching Team Flash try to figure it out. It’s the classic “the viewers know what’s going down but the characters are still floundering about” situation. That narrative can get old quickly. The better narrative is when the audience and the characters know almost the same information. It allows the audience to go on a ride with the characters. Thankfully Team Flash made some strides in their investigation of Dr. Wells thanks to a road trip to Starling City.

Watching Laurel smile and laugh was surreal. She was extremely enjoyable. Now I’m starting to think that it’s an Arrow problem, not a character problem. Suffering makes for good drama, which is what Arrow specializes in, but sometimes characters need a break. Cisco was able to bring out a much more fun and warm side to Laurel. And he made her signature “Canary Cry.” It also helped that Katie Cassidy seemed to be having a blast. This is the Laurel I want to see on Arrow. I would even propose her moving to The Flash.  

Tonally, the Starling City scenes didn’t seem to mesh well with what’s going on with Arrow. Practically all of the Arrow characters are in ruins, so to see how carefree Lance and Laurel were felt off. If you don’t watch Arrow, there’s no way you would’ve known was going down.

I’m glad the episode was able to service both Lance and Joe’s relationships with their daughters. They both are having daughter issues so for them to be able to bounce advice off each other was beneficial for both of their characters.

Iris can’t do anything right, can she? If this is what it’s going to be like when Iris actually finds out about Barry, I’m having doubts. I thought Iris finding out about Barry would be beneficial for her character, but now I’m not sure about that. When she does find out about him, there should be a strict “no helping with metahumans” rule.

Everyman was a knock-off of Marvel’s Mystique. I wasn’t fond of the villain as he didn’t pose much of a danger, but what saved it was watching evil versions of Barry, Caitlin, and Iris. There should be some kind of law that says you can’t name your kids after serial killers, real or fictional. But that was a shout-out to his origins in the New 52 comics where he has to eat a part of a person’s body in order to change appearance.

Barry and Eddie had some lovely bromance scenes. Sitting on the loveseat while Barry fumbled with the pillow and knitting supplies was a highlight. I’m glad Eddie was able to reveal just enough to Iris without completely outing Barry. That probably would have ruined their friendship for good.

There was a nice Easter egg at the beginning of the episode. Barry runs to Coast City to grab some pizza, and while there he passed a sign with Ferris Air on it. Ferris Air is a shout-out to the pilot Hal Jordan who is also known as the Green Lantern.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. Ben PhillipsApril 25th, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I really liked this because of the Cisco and Laurel parts. Laurel was fun to watch and it seemed Katie Cassidy was having a blast with Carlos Valdes. Cisco’s reaction to Laurel’s knowledge of who Barry is and confession of being the Black Canary made me burst out laughing. I wish we could see Laurel like this on Arrow, at least for a little bit.

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