The Flash 1×17: “Tricksters”

Wow. That’s all I can say to describe this episode of The Flash. With things heating up as we progress toward the season finale, The Flash and its writers are pulling out all the stops. Tonight, we found out a little bit more about Eobard Thawne, but before that, we saw the (return of, in some ways) Trickster.

The episode begins at the Central City park, where many kids and their families are spending their day. But, oh, look at that, little gifts start to parachute from the sky, floating right toward the park. And when one hits the ground, an explosion with enough force to kill you goes off. How fun! Soon thereafter, we see a video from the (young!) Trickster, who claims the return of the title, and promises that he’s only just begun.

In Iron Heights, Barry and Joe go to visit the (old!) Trickster, James Jesse. (Get it? Hilarious, right? Not really, but his laugh sure is. And creepy, also. Anyways.) He ferociously denies knowing who this new fraud is that stole his games and creepily laughs until Barry and Joe get so uncomfortable that they leave.

While the boys are off fighting the Tricksters, Iris is investigating the disappearance of her colleague, Mason Bridge, who was investigating Harrison Wells and STAR Labs. In the previous episode, Mason was visited and killed by the Reverse Flash, and then was disposed of. At least he’s a good housekeeper, right? Iris’ growing suspicion of STAR Labs is only furthered throughout the episode. She visits Eddie at work and asks him to help her look into his disappearance.

The (young!) Trickster releases another video to the public; this time, he exclaims that he placed a bomb in a certain section of the city, and it’s set to go off any time, thus leaving Barry and the Central City Police Force to start looking. Barry, against the advice of Harrison (because during the entire episode, he was struggling to be able to fake his trust in Harrison, while they uncover who he really is) keeps looking, even though Harrison says it’s a distraction. And yet, he’s right. Iron Heights was where the real bomb was located, and the (young!) Trickster helps James Jesse escape, along with taking Barry’s father hostage.

Barry (in one of Grant’s best performances on the show) leads us to STAR Labs, breaking our hearts as he says he can’t lose his father too. Meanwhile, Iris attends the Mayor’s fundraiser at City Hall, where the host is actually both the Tricksters, after having prepared a night of fun. Having laced the champagne with poison, they give everyone a glass, before announcing that they’ve all been poisoned and have to deliver the contents of their bank accounts into a special account for (surprise! Father and son!) Tricksters. Iris, being the clever woman she is, calls her father, and Barry overhears the whole speech. But they’ve prepared for The Flash, attaching a bomb to his wrist that goes off if he stops running. Another game.

Barry starts running, while the STAR Labs crew prepares an antidote to the mercury based poison that those at the fundraiser were laced with. Barry, out of ideas, must rely on Harrison to get the bomb off, as he explains in meticulous detail of how Barry can run through a wall, and leave the bomb behind. As mentioned later, details that only someone who has experienced it can know. The Flash comes to the rescue, injecting an antidote into everyone before taking down the Tricksters.

Tonight is the night that Eddie Thawne becomes aware that Barry is the Flash. Joe and Barry decide together to bring him in on it, and help keep Iris safe and lead her away from STAR Labs and Harrison Wells. Which he does. Eddie tells Iris that Mason moved to Brazil. Where the hell did he get that story?

Eobard Thawne, however, is not who we thought he was. He is the Reverse Flash, but he is NOT Harrison Wells. When he was stuck in the past after trying to kill Barry, Eobard took Harrison’s place, killing him and his wife. We are one step closer to finding out exactly who this mysterious 25th century man is.

Next week is another Arrow crossover, so stay tuned! The epic trailer at the end of the season promised so much to come in the next few episodes, including many more Arrow crossovers and a team up with the Flash, Arrow AND Firestorm,  I’m not sure how we’ll all survive!


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