Flashback: Invincible (S2-E22)
Buildings are falling, and so are the good guys! Will Barry save the day? Will Wally save The Flash? Here’s your look at the comic book inspired origins for this week’s episode of The Flash!
Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans, the leader of which is Black Canary’s doppelganger, Black Siren; Joe worries when Wally goes out to help The Flash.
This week, fans got a chance to see Katie Cassidy return as a screaming siren. The only downside is she is not Black Canary, but rather the Earth-2 Black Siren. Black Siren is an interesting character. For the most part character connections in The Flash have always come from the comic book, but this week’s villain has her origin in a totally different universe – the DC Animated Universe.
In the first season of the most excellent animated series, Justice League, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and J’onn J’onzz are transported to an alternate dimension where the Justice League never formed, but the Justice Guild of America did. Borrowing heavily from the Silver Age comics of the time, the JL heroes come face to face with Catman, Green Guardsman, Streak, Tom Turbine, and Black Siren – all alternate versions of Justice League characters, and the stars of The Justice Guild comic book that Green Lantern read as a kid.
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As Donna Nance, Black Siren’s off hours were spent baking cookies and serving the male members of the team. While that may be distasteful in this day and age, the ultimate villain of the story was fully immersed in the expectations of the time, and “forced” everyone to play those roles.
If you haven’t seen Legends Part 1 and Legends Part 2, the big shocker of the episode is that the entire Justice Guild has been dead for years, and the Justice Guild were simply projections of a child mutated in a nuclear explosion.
The two part story originally aired in April 2002, and because of the Silver Age nature of the characters and story, the episodes were dedicated to Gardner Fox.
So why bring Black Siren to The Flash? Beyond the obvious alternate version of Black Canary, Justice League Legends was written by Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer for The Flash.
As we expected, when a character claims he is back for good, it usually means the character is going to die before the end of the season. For Henry Allen, he lasted all of two episodes post proclamation, only to die by the hand of Zoom in the final moments of the episode.
However, before that moment, there was another nod to television history as Dr. Christina McGee and Henry Allen had a chance to meet and get to know one another. Dr. McGee’s statement “I don’t think we’ve ever met before,” is classic as Amanda Pays (Dr. McGee) and John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen), were co-stars in the 1990’s Flash series on CBS. Having Dr. McGee appear in this episode and the interactions with Henry, have many of us believing that the Man in the Iron Mask is indeed Shipp. If that is the case, it will be a real mindtrip for viewers, and would definitely fit into Zoom’s statement that “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”
TUNING THEM OUT
The plan this week is to have Team Smarty Pants create a vibrational frequency device that vibrates in such a way that all Earth-2 characters will pass out. There was a little off screen help from Pied Piper to get the device built, which continues to show Hartley’s desire to continue to do good. So, does the vibrating wave have any comic book connection? It may be a stretch, but in Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Monitor creates devices and scatters them throughout time, that will halt the antimatter wave, and will keep the infinite worlds from collapse on themselves. It seems like the concept from the episode has an origin in the 1985 maxi-series created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.
MACH 50 ISN’T A REAL THING
Actually, Mach 50 is a real thing as it equates to 38,060 miles per hour. No one has gone that fast as it would mean someone could circumnavigate the Earth in under an hour.
IT’S CALLED A SECRET IDENTITY FOR A REASON!
Dr. Harrison Wells(deceased)
- Eobard Thawne (as Dr. Harrison Wells)
- Dr. Harry Wells (Earth-2)
- Dr. Caitlin Snow
- Dr. Cisco Ramon
- Detective Joe West
- Dr. Martin Stein
- Mrs. Clarissa Stein
- Hartley Rathaway (Pied Piper)
- Felicity Smoak
- General Wade Eiling
- Oliver Queen (Green Arrow)
- John Diggle
Bette Sans Souci(deceased)
- Dr. Henry Allen (out of prison)
Iris West(in another timeline)
- Iris West-Allen (in the future)
- Iris West (via spark touch)
- Iris West (of Earth-2)
- Leonard Snart (Captain Cold)
Detective Eddie Thawne(deceased)
- Ray Palmer (The Atom)
- Brie Larvan
- Laurel Lance (Black Canary)
Hannibal Bates (Everyman)(deceased)
- Gorilla Grodd
- Lyla Diggle (Harbinger)
- Jay Garrick (The Flash of Earth-2)
- Dr. Henry Hewitt
- Jefferson Jackson (Firestorm)
- Linda Park
- Malcolm Merlin/Al Sa-Her/Ra’s al Ghul
- Vandal Savage
- Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl)
- Cater Hall (Hawkman)
- Thea Queen (Speedy)
- Patty Spivot
- Barry Allen (of Earth-2)
- Killer Frost (of Earth-2)
- Jesse Quick (of Earth-2)
- Supergirl/Kara Zor-El (of Earth-CBS)
- James Olsen (of Earth-CBS)
- Alex Danvers (of Earth-CBS)*
- Martian Manhunter (of Earth-CBS)*
- Winn Schott (of Earth-CBS)
- Cat Grant (of Earth-CBS)
- Lucy Lane (of Earth-CBS)
- Everyone at the DEO (of Earth-CBS)
- Dr. Tina McGee
- Wally West
And that should be everything! What did I miss? What did you catch? Use the comment section below to share your thoughts on this episode, and until next week – Sit, Barry, sit. Or, RUN, BARRY! RUN! It’s your choice.
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