The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Man Who’s Father Betrayed Him (SPOILERS)


I loved how the opening of “The Man Who Saved Central City” was like a reunion of the characters.  Barry and Firestorm defeated Captain Cold and Heatwave.  Then, Barry walked into S.T.A.R. Labs where he saw Iris, Cisco, Caitlin, Joe, Ronnie, Dr. Stein, Eddie, and even Dr. Wells.  While it was Barry’s fantasy, it was still a great way to start the season.  I had missed those characters.

Season one of “The Flash” ended on a huge cliffhanger.  The city was threatened and so was the space-time continuum.  Did the Flash save the day?  Did time change?  The deeper we got into “The Man Who Saved Central City,” the more answers we received.  Slowly, we learned that the Flash did succeed in saving the day, and that everyone still remembers the events of that day.  We learned that Eddie is still dead.  Eventually, there was a flashback and we actually got to see what happened.  That’s when we learned about Ronnie’s demise.  Since that day, meta-humans have now become public knowledge.  Cisco is now working for the police department (he even has a badge).  He and Joe spent a lot of time together this episode.  I can’t wait to see them bond more throughout the season.  They are two of my favorite characters.

The villain in “The Man Who Saved Central City” was the Atom Smasher.  In order to call him, the Flash and his team shined a flash symbol into the sky.  Immediately, I recognized it.  It was exactly like the bat symbol from the Batman comics.  Cisco even commented on this resemblance.  “I think I saw it in a comic book somewhere,” he said.  It was very meta and humorous.

Throughout “The Man Who Saved Central City,” the characters joked about how often people would just walk into S.T.A.R. Labs.  This was one of the biggest critiques of last season, so I found it hilarious that the writers joked about it, poking fun at themselves.

Ok, now it’s time for me to vent… In his will, Dr. Wells left Barry a confession tape where he confessed to Barry’s mother’s murder.  Barry’s father, Henry, was finally a free man after being falsely accused and in prison for the majority of Barry’s life.  Barry achieved his super objective.  Every decision he made in life was based on finding his mother’s killer and clearing his father’s name.  He became a forensic scientist because of this.  He became the Flash because of this.  Even the opening monologue of season one explained this ultimate goal.  “And one day, I’ll find who killed my mother and get justice for my father,” Barry said before the beginning of every episode.  Finally with Dr. Wells’ confession, everything Barry had been working towards had come to fruition.  Barry’s family finally got justice.  To celebrate the good news, Barry and his friends threw a party for Henry.  At the party, Barry confessed to his father that he was eager to start their life together.  He offered to help him get a job and even suggested that they move in together.  Unfortunately, Henry wasn’t as excited as Barry was.  He told Barry that he wasn’t going to stick around… What?  Henry missed out on seeing his son grow up.  He can finally make up for lost time.  Doesn’t he want to spend time with the only family he has left?  On top of this, throughout Henry’s imprisonment, Barry was so supportive.  Barry was the only one who truly believed that his father wasn’t guilty.  And if it wasn’t for Barry, Henry would still be in jail.  But now that Henry is free, he doesn’t want anything to do with Barry?  I couldn’t even begin to wrap my head around all of this.  What else does Henry have besides Barry?  This plot point was very upsetting.  What were the writers thinking?  If they really didn’t want Henry on the show anymore, they should have come up with a better excuse– one that didn’t destroy all that Barry had worked for and one that didn’t make me hate Henry.

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