Last night on The Flash, the truth came out. And out. And out some more. I mean, an unbelievable amount of truths were spewing from every direction, making me freak out on more than one occasion. In what was easily the most exciting episode of the season, The Flash managed to blow up every major plot of the show. Who killed Barry’s mom? Boom. Will Iris ever develop feelings for Barry? Double boom. Who is Harrison Wells and what is he after? Boom boom KABOOM. Spoilers ahead. Like, big ones. If you haven’t seen “Out Of Time” yet, maybe come back later. Or at least figure out how to travel through time so that you can undo the past. Just a thought.
The Monster of the Week plot itself isn’t very interesting. The weather dude from earlier in the season has a brother. He can also control the weather, but in a much more badass way. The Weather Wizard (TM Cisco) comes back to kill Joe, because Joe killed his brother. Murder, vengeance, blah blah. It’s kind of silly. Joe is like, “I don’t need anyone’s help! Let me do this on my own!” even though, of course you need help, you idiot. The dude can murder you with basketball-sized hail! Sheesh. We end up with the captain of the police department paralyzed, a huge tsunami headed to destroy the city and Joe – giving us his best Tom Collins – on the edge of death.
This seems like it would all be pretty stressful for Iris, but she’s got a lot of other things on her plate. First of all, she totally wants to kill Barry’s girlfriend Linda Park and hide the body. She’s so jealous of Linda that it’s awkward to watch. At one point she gives Barry the, “I like Linda, I just don’t like Linda for you” speech, followed by a long, meaningful look. Poor Eddie. His relationship is so dunzo. Additionally, Iris’s mentor Mason Bridge dumps a big Harrison Wells file on her desk and asked her to investigate him. ‘Cause he’s a bad guy. Obvi.
Barry doesn’t much buy into Iris’s line of questioning – like hey, remember when he went to see that guy, and then that guy died? Weird right? But Cisco’s not so easy to dismiss the possibility of an evil Dr. Wells. He’s seen things building all season, culminating with Joe’s investigation into Wells and the murder of Barry’s mother. So, Cisco does what Cisco does best – he tests his theory. He starts with the containment field that inexplicably failed the night they tried to capture the Reverse Flash. Poor Cisco. He’s too smart for his own good. He quickly discovers that the machine didn’t really fail – it was programmed to project a hologram of Reverse Flash. Holy sh*t, right? Yeah.
This is where things get REALLY EFFING CRAZY.
Harrison Wells, who also falls into the “too smart for his own good” category, shows up. Walking. On his legs. Just all casual like, “Oh hey Cisco, ‘sup? Yeah, I can walk. Also, I’m the Reverse Flash. I can duplicate myself with my super speed! Cool, right? Sorry I’m a huge liar.” I MEAN HE JUST LAYS IT ALL OUT THERE.
What does he reveal? Let’s see:
- He is from the future. Like, the way distant future. His real name is Eobard Thawne, which makes Eddie a familial descendant. At this moment, I would like to say: CALLED IT.
- Harrison/Eobard killed Barry’s mother, but it was by accident. He was actually traveling back through time to kill Barry, but he effed that up and now he’s stuck in the present. He’s spent all these years preparing to turn Barry into The Flash.
- Barry, as we already suspect, can travel through time. He just doesn’t realize it yet – but it’s almost certainly Barry himself who goes back in time to save his mother and who fights the Reverse Flash. Harrison/Eobard is waiting to use this time traveling ability so that he can get um, back to the future. Yeah, I really just typed that. Sorry.
This is the part of the episode that absolutely kills me. Because despite his insanely high IQ, Cisco Ramon is basically a small, fluffy animal that you want to protect from bad guys. He doesn’t like to believe that people can be bad guys. He is precious like a bunny. When his mentor and father figure tells him that he is essentially the biggest, baddest guy of all, Cisco is crushed. In that moment, he doesn’t just lose his faith in Harrison Wells – in that moment, he loses his faith in everything. And he cries. WELLS MAKES CISCO CRY, DAMMIT, AND THAT IS NOT OKAY. OH ALSO, THEN HE KILLS HIM. DEAD. CISCO CRIES AND THEN IS DEAD. NOT OKAY.
DO YOU SEE THOSE TEARS? AGHH! Honestly, I think I’m more upset about watching Cisco’s heart break than I am about watching him get stabbed. I have issues, maybe.
Luckily, the episode doesn’t end there. Barry still has that pesky tsunami to deal with (he stops it with like, speed, I guess?) and then WHAT? A LOT MORE CRAZY SH*T HAPPENS! In rapid succession, we get two jaw-droppers:
- Iris says that she’s in love with Barry. I mean, duh, but that kiss! Hello!
- Barry reveals to Iris that he’s The Flash so that he can stop the tsunami.
Iris sums up my feelings pretty well:
In his effort to stop the tsunami, Barry taps into that mysterious speed force that allows him to create two versions of himself. And, you know, travel through time. The same one Harrison/Eobard has been waiting for. When Barry lands on the street and it’s clearly yesterday, I totally yelled “YES!” at my television. Because first of all, I am a huge nerd and, second of all, it all makes sense. Barry has gone back in time and now he can fix everything.
Naturally, this means a few things will happen. First, annoyingly, you and I both know that he won’t reveal his secret identity to Iris. He also won’t kiss her and he won’t let her profess her love. I mean, that’s how these things work. The hero has to stay tortured and unrequited, at least throughout season one. But the good news is, all of the bad things that happened – the captain getting paralyzed, Joe being beaten nearly to death, CISCO CRYING HORRIBLE TEARS AND THEN NOT BEING ALIVE – can also be undone.
But here’s the big question – does that mean that everyone goes back to knowing nothing about Harrison Wells? Probably.