The Fury of Firestorm went into full gear as we were introduced to the new half of Team Firestorm and some new developments with our other characters. Besides the return of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), there was also the aftermath of Francine West (Vanessa A. Williams) coming back into the West family’s lives. There was a lot going on in the episode, but not all the pieces fit together nicely in a package.

The episode started with the search of Professor Stein’s (Victor Garber) new partner as the scientist was struggling with his body’s molecular structure now that Ronnie Raymond is gone. The hunt for the other half of Firestorm turned into an entertaining hour despite Stein facing certain death. The search was narrowed down to two candidates, scientist Henry Hewitt (Demore Barnes) and former athlete Jefferson ‘Jax’ Jackson (Franz Drameh). We were given a little of Jax’s back story at the beginning of the episode where we learned he was a high school quarterback at his local high school team and given a chance at a scholarship. However, he was robbed at the opportunity after the particle accelerator incident. Now working as mechanic, STAR Labs found a likely candidate to take the mantle of Firestorm.

In the present we pickup right after Stein’s collapse last week. Cisco quickly cobbles together a device to stabilize his condition. The team is on edge, knowing it’s only temporary. The race is on to find a compatible meta human to merge with the professor and share the custody of the Firestorm matrix before he dies.   While the team discusses the two most promising candidates – “Jax” Jackson and Dr. Henry Hewitt, Earth-2’s Harrison Wells lurks nearby studying Team Flash.   It was interesting to see Earth-2’s version of Wells appearing in this universe stalking our heroes. It doesn’t help that he is being hidden in the shadows while observing Team Flash, but he was probably aware of the reputation that his doppelganger has in this Earth. But after seeing Wells saving Barry from the clutches of King Shark towards the end of the hour, it looks like he may soon become an ally to the team. Of course it will take some time for Team Flash to get used to having him around after what the other Wells did to them.  Later at the precinct Barry runs into Patty, who is embracing her role on the metahuman task force with vigor. She asks if Barry can run analysis on some shark teeth she found in connection with a possible man shark roaming Central City’s back alleys. The energy between these two is delightful. As a viewer I want to see their relationship develop faster; as a writer I hope they drag it out a bit to keep the show rich and fulfilling for as long as possible.

Drameh made a good first impression as Jax in the episode. He managed to bring some charm and made his character likeable to viewers. Drameh was able to portray the character’s sorrow and frustration of being denied a chance at greatness. It all paid off in the end as Jax was able to get a second chance at following his dreams with the help of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash.  However, Barnes didn’t impress us as much as Drameh did, due to the fact that there wasn’t enough development for his character. The episode didn’t go into detail building this week’s villain. Hewitt went from an overachieving science genius into a crazed and vangeful supervillain in a few scenes. Without any actual motivations, it was hard to believe Hewlitt going on a rampage against STAR Labs. Jackson takes well to his new abilities and teams up with the Flash to quickly defeat Hewitt, who gets the code name “Tokamak”. With all the build up to finding a match for the matrix this battle seems a little anti-climatic. But the show saves its best for last — as always. Iris makes the difficult decision to meet again with Francine. Using her investigative talents she confirms her diagnosis, but finds another startling secret in her mother’s past: she had a baby boy eight months after leaving Joe which seems like the show is ready to introduce Wally West soon. We should expect to learn more about Iris’ lost sibling as the season continues.

Jackson and Stein depart to train and improve their abilities and prepare for their debut on Legends of Tomorrow. Barry contemplates how to proceed with Patty and gets a two jaw dropping shocks to cap the episode. Patty’s suspicions become startling true as a 9 foot talk shark man grabs the Flash around the neck and is only stopped by a hooded man. The episode took advantage of some great visuals, showing us more of what Firestorm can do. Hopefully, we can learn more of Firestorm’s abilities as in the comics since the show didn’t go into depth the first time around.

I had the chance last night to catch up with the season finale of The Flash last night and must say I’m left with more questions then answers. Starting with why didn’t they even follow their own internal logic? The sin of Revolution as I’ve always called it. Full disclosure I’m not a true die hard fan to this adoration of The Flash but I’ve kept my eye on it this past season and as any of my friends will note anything to do with time travel does grab my attention so I payed special attention when I heard about those episodes.

“there’s no such things as coincides” the (should have been) prophetic dying words of Eddie Thawne. Spoiler alert if you hadn’t already surmised in an act of bravery? and to stop his decedent from doing ill deeds Eddie Thane shoots himself so Eobard’s fore bearer’s are not born and his evil plans are stopped before they can start.

But hold on a second what was Dr. Welles/ Thawne’s evil plans to begin with? Oh yes as one of The Flashes rogues from the future he discovered The Flash’s true identity as Barry Allen and went back in time to kill him as a child so he wouldn’t have a Flash to foil his evil schemes. He then looses his connection to the speed force cannot return to the future to be his bad self all over the place so so then takes over the identity of recent car crash victim Dr, Harrison Welles so in a decade or so could create an advanced particle accelerator that would have a little “accident” that would give Barry Allen his power and access to the speed force so he could get Barry to send him back to the future so ostensibly he could go ahead and figure out a way to kill The Flash back in his future time.

What we have on hands is a predestination paradox that doesn’t sit right with me. So the existence of Flash is dependent on Thawne having fought him in future going back in time to kill Barry as a child being trapped. Then somehow figuring out he’s one who made Barry The Flash in the first place then put into place a decades long plan to control and shift his young life all while building an advanced particle accelerator in the dead center of a major metropolitan city so it could have an “accident” on start up making Barry The Flash.

Hold on those who remembers or still read the back issues every version of Professor Zoom is dependent on The Flash already existing so in a future century he can fan boy his heart out go back in time to meet Flash and in the process lose his mind and become a villain.

So what happens in the show after Eddie Thawne turns the gun on himself thus unmaking Eobard’s existence? Well not a lot really, nothing has changed everyone remembers everything. Victor Garber is still in that sweater! The villain is not only slain he is unwritten from history itself Joseph Campbell should be rejoicing but he isn’t. Because if Eobard does not exist then he cannot go back in time to try kill young Barry only to be trapped. Then to realize he created The Flash to begin with using an advanced particle accelerator he built in the guise of Dr. Harrison Welles so he in the far far future could be inspired by The Flash go mad while trying to meet him (maybe) become mortal enemies.

The maker of The Flash the Reverse Flash has been unmade, but wait the Reverse Flash existing is dependent on The Flash existing and so clearly as the entire season has laid out The Flash is totally dependent on the Revere Flash’s existence.

So by the internal logic of the show since detective Eddie Thawne is now dead Eobard Thawne no longer exists so he cannot go back in time to try and kill a young Barry Allen. Only to realize he created the Flash and needs him to create a wormhole/singularity to send him back to the future so again he can figure out a way  that he can kill Flash but in the future. If Eobard no longer exists to make The Flash the one that possibly inspired him to become the Reverse Flash in the first place. Two things should be happening right now, one you should have a headache and two everything should be different in the show.

Because Eobard did not exist to go back in time to make the accelerator that makes Barry the Flash everything changes. He’s never The Flash to begin with STAR labs as we know doesn’t exist nor does the partial accelerator that blows that merges Martin Stein with Ronnie Raymond creating Firestorm or any of the meta human criminals they like to keep locked in that pipeline without benefit of due process of toilets from what I can see.

What does happen on the show is nothing absolutely nothing changes. Barry Allen remains The Flash everything remains the same only now the looming singularly created by the now unstable wormhole Eobard Thawne had Barry create so he could use it to travel back to the future in. The season cliffhanger that is Barry fast enough to close the this singularity.

If you don’t get this message call me. I would genuinely like the producer and the writers (@FLASHTVwriter) of The Flash to explain to me how this singularity exist within the internal logic of there own story if their is man who creates the machine that creates The Flash that later with the Flash’s assistance makes a singularity that will possibly destroy the planet? He is prevented from being born then how does The Flash continue to exist how does the singularity exist if the lynch pin that made both of them possible never happened?

Again I’ll admit I’m not a die hard fan may not have seen every episode but these seem like some rather enormous planet sized logical plot holes in the very core of the story stemming back to the pilot. Call me old fashioned but I do like my shows to make sense even it’s just in the four walls on my screen.

Hot off the heels of the CW’s announcement for their fall line up a thought had occurred to me after watching the sizzle reel for “legends of tomorrow” narrated by the great Victor Garber. Will the center hold on the DC television universe? This coming September were going to have not one not two not three but four DC related television shows on the air. With more already in development and expected not long after.

Monday Fox’s Gotham prime time slot, which granted has not been determined to be connected to any other show but statements have been clearly made that the television division is separate from the film division. So this means Gotham, Arrow and The Flash are not connected to Man of Steel or the forthcoming Dawn Of Justice picture. Tuesday The Flash prime time slot. Wednesday The Arrow prime time slot. Thursday the highly anticipated Supergirl displacing The Big Bang Theory for it’s prime time slot.

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That’s four one hour shows all in a very similar vein when it comes down to story and target audience. Even DVR’d that’s quite a commitment to even the most die hard of comic book fans. Me personally I LOVE hot pepper sauce but if I use too much with my lunch then I tend to have none with my dinner. It’s as if when I gorge on this good thing that I love I need a break and to have something totally unrelated.

If only there was some other successful franchise that’s weaved in and out of television and movies with great success? Oh wait There’s Star Trek I forgot about it for a moment because it’s not on TV (CBS that was directed at you). A very successful highly popular scifi show that translated to movies then more television. Yes there was more then one show on at the time and they were on two different networks on different nights on different schedules but make no mistake they and the movies were all still very connected.

I’m not saying I feel cheated by DC in anyway but I feel as if I have or will see Amanda Waller 5 times before I need to replace my shoes. In recent memory She was depicted on Smallville she’s a semi recurring character on Arrow and is a totally different version is a major part of the forthcoming Suicide Squad movie. I’m just saying maybe pick one and stick with it model yourself after Star Trek a little. Please don’t get me wrong I don’t hate you DC I want you to entertain me. You have a direct conduit to your audience coming on four nights a week now and the best part is their inviting you in the hard work is done.

It’s not like anyone else is doing anything even remotely similar and is being widely successful entity telling one grand story like a “universe” if you will instead of pockets of cross talk selling variants of same the thing. #CoulsonLives.

The thought remains will DC be able to hold there core television audience with such a bombastic barrage of comic book related television shows stacked almost on top of each other? We’ll find out in September.