Every time I see these two together I forget how much I enjoy those moments between John Wesley Shipp, the original television series Flash, and Grant Gustin today’s Flash. The writers couldn’t have made a better choice in actors for the man who would be Flash’s father. The other thing I’ve come to love about the series is its racial dynamics; especially in light of the Ferguson riots. The father son dynamic between Joe and Barry ranges from heart wrenching to inspirational. Every time I see these two men together I keep thinking if only America as a whole had the capacity to parent all of our children into healthy, successful adulthood regardless of our racial differences – what an incredible country we would have! However that’s not the case so back to tonight’s episode. I was actually hoping that Wells was not Professor Zoom once he and PZ had made their appearance together at Star Labs; unfortunately, I was right Wells is Professor Zoom.
What tonight’s episode brought home for me was the lesson of compassion, restraint and humanity; it was an appropriate episode for the Holiday season. I don’t really believe there’s going to be any deep or even superficially deep psychological underpinnings within the episode until its January season. Right now all I can say is great episode, and way to go in terms of setting things up for a future relationship between Iris and Barry. Yes, I believe that Iris’s present bow might experience a short life span during the series. I don’t see him as being a long term character at least not in his present incarnation as Detective Eddie Thawne. He’ll either die, move out of town or become a superior villain; my money is that he’ll die during a clash with the reverse Flash.